Fish and house guests may begin to smell after three days, but you’re going to have to deal.
BE YOUR OWN FIRST GUEST
One of the best ways to see just how well your guest room functions is to sleep in it. Put yourself in your visitor’s slippers: is there anything disruptive to sleep? Decent Wi-Fi? A copy of The DiG (shameless plug)? Speaking of Wi-Fi, how about including a stylish-yetfunctional wireless charger for phones? This ultra-thin charger doubles as a decorative piece of polished marble and supports a variety of phones, combining the practicality of a wireless charger with the luxury of marble.
ULTRA-THIN WIRELESS CHARGING PAD $18.99
AVOID UNSANCTIONED POLITICAL DEBATES
There are three things we’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin. Keep conversations civil with conversation cards; this colorful deck presents fascinating facts and intriguing questions. There are no right or wrong answers, no matter what your conspiracy-theorist aunt says.
TABLETALK CONVERSATION CARDS – $7
PLAN FOR QUICK AND EASY MEALS
Instant Pot enthusiasts display a devotion to the kitchen gadget that borders on religious zeal. While we would not consider ourselves true Pot Heads, Instant Pot does what it claims: the work of both a slow-cooker and a pressure-cooker. It speeds up tedious kitchen tasks such as hard-boiling eggs, cooking rice and steaming veggies. Apparently, some people also make yogurt in it.
INSTANT POT DUO NOVA – $99
BOOK THEM A ROOM
If Cousin Eddie and Snots have descended upon your home (and didn’t forget the rubber sheets…), perhaps you should just go ahead and book them a room at the local hotel. For their own comfort, of course.