Being a house guest is all about the gesture.
I had a few house guests this summer who completely didn’t understand this and consequently, I couldn’t have been more ready for them to leave and don’t especially want to see them again any time soon.
If you’re staying with someone instead of at a hotel, it’s likely because you’re trying to be financially conscious or, you’re looking to spend quality time with the person you’re crashing with. Or both. In any case, there is no need for grand gestures or fancy, expensive thank-you gifts. Here are a few simple tips and nice ways to show your appreciation for staying in someone else’s home:
– Offer to wash the dishes after a home cooked meal.
– Be careful to keep your area of their living room tidy, or should you be staying in a spare room, treat their things with respect.
– Don’t leave your wet bathroom towel crumpled up on the floor in the bathroom or hanging randomly over a chair in their apartment.
– If you go out together, offer to buy them dinner, breakfast, a drink or anything.
– If money is tight, a simple, thoughtful thank-you note speaks volumes.
Some of these things may seem like basic manners, and you’d be correct. Your host may be amazing and not let you clean, help or buy them anything, but simply offering means a lot. You don’t want to leave your host feeling used and abused, but rather pleased you came and stayed and that you’re an appreciative guest.