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    34 Things To Make Your Home So Welcoming, People Will Never Want To Leave

    Hint: You'll want to stock up on candles, plants, and snacks — lots of snacks.

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    1. A sweet little welcome mat that's sure to elicit a smile from anyone who walks up to your door.

    "Yay It's You welcome mat" in front of a door

    Promising review: "Perfect! Great quality. Looks exactly as described. The most welcoming doormat, so glad I got it!" —lital

    Get it from Amazon for $16.17.

    2. A luxe faux-fur throw blanket your guests will love cuddling with so much, it'll make your cat jealous.


    Based in Oceanside, New York, Comma is a small home goods business focused on using eco-friendly materials whenever possible (for instance, this blanket is made of 100% polyester from recycled plastic bottles). They also donate 10% of their sales to organizations dedicated to helping the homeless.

    Promising review: "This is the softest, most luxurious throw I own! It looks exactly like the photos, and the color is so nice! The 'fur' side on this is super smooth and soft, while the sherpa side is plush and so cozy. This is very lightweight, but very warm. There's no shedding, and happily it doesn't smell like anything (unlike other throws I've bought, which need to be aired out and washed several times to get rid of a bad odor). I'm very happy and definitely will buy more!" —Nina

    Get it from Comma for $69+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

    3. A macramé photo display to show off photos of your family and friends (they'll be so flattered when they visit and see they've made the cut!).

    Reviewer photo of the white macrame photo display hanging on the wall

    It couldn't be easier to put up (just hang it using a nail or tack), and it comes with 25 wooden clips to attach photos, or any other decorative items you might want to display.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love it! I've gotten tons of compliments on it! (Was gonna try making one, but decided to try this out beforehand... Glad I did!! LOL!). I’m sure there’s gonna be a price increase once my friends start ordering! So order fast! Hahaha." —Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors). 

    4. A truly *genius* sugar cookie candle that'll make everyone nostalgic for those blue tins that always seemed to be hidden away in the closet and contained pretty much everything but cookies — hence why this candle says Mentiras, or Lies, on it!

    The sugar cookie candle and the included mini sewing kit
    Fanesha Fabre Art Shop / Etsy

    This four-ounce candle is made by Latinx- and woman-owned Fanesha Fabre Art Shop, which is a small company based in Brooklyn, New York. It comes with a mini sewing set that you can store in the tin once you've used up the candle, because isn't that what those containers are really for anyway?

    Promising review: "I gifted this to several people (so think of this as multiple reviews in one) and everyone lllllooved this candle and the Cafecito one. Smells great and appreciate the artwork in our homes!" —Melo

    Get it from Fanesha Fabre Art Store on Etsy for $16.

    5. A portable fireplace for those of us who don't have Roy family levels of wealth to install full-size ones in every room. Not only does it provide extra warmth, it'll also look cool on your coffee table *AND* can be used for indoor marshmallow roasting. S'mores party in February, anyone?,

    Flîkr Fire is a family-owned small business, and their personal fireplace is fueled by isopropyl alcohol, meaning no carbon monoxide. Simply place the fireplace on a stable surface, add the fuel, wipe up any spills, and light it with a long-handled lighter or match for 45 minutes of flames.

    Promising review: "Really awesome little firepit. Perfect for intimate dinners or small gatherings — it's also portable and burns clean." —Cheron

    Get it from Flîkr Fire on Amazon for $95.

    6. A sleek serving tray that looks way more expensive than it is, but will make your guests feel like they're at a 5-star resort when you use it to serve them breakfast in bed.,

    Promising review: "The tray is an attractive contemporary design and easy to handle. Glasses, mugs, and smaller breakfast/lunch/appetizer plates or bowls fit on it. I both got one for myself and for my best friend’s birthday. My lovely friend who has a low-key aesthetic, mid-century house in California really did love the tray. She told me she uses it to bring her breakfast out of her kitchen most mornings to a more relaxing spot." —N. Erdmann

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes and four designs).

    7. A set of "Be Our Guest" hand towels, because even your bathroom should feel welcoming. Just remind your visitors that the West Wing is forbidden.,

    Each set contains two 100% cotton towels.

    Promising review: "Very soft. I love these big hand towels. Perfect for guests. I had a hard time finding a 'guest' towel." —Sandy S.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    8. A mini bar cart to impress your friends with all of the natural wines you became an "expert" on after, like, one tasting.,

    Reviewers say it's on the shorter side, so depending on your height, it might be better as a stationary piece, rather than something you wheel around.

    Promising review: "Six stars for sturdiness. This cart doesn't squeak or lean, it's very high-quality, and something I would expect to find at a Crate & Barrel." —Jason E Steckey

    Get it from Amazon for $105.63+ (available in six designs).

    9. A cheery daisy bath mat, because is there anything more inviting than a cheery daisy bath mat?


    It's made with extra-thick microfiber, and has a nontoxic rubber backing to help prevent slips.

    Promising review: "This little rug is adorable and true to color. Very soft and squishy on my feet. Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two sizes and six designs).

    10. An (inter)stellar star-shaped succulent planter to add a little green to your home, even if gardening is your nemesis. If you're able to show you can care for plants — even low maintenance ones — you might even be able to convince your family that you're a responsible adult the next time they stay over.

    Star-shaped planter filled with succulents
    Harry & David

    The succulents come with instructions to keep them alive year-round with little effort, so fear not! Included are a homey redwood tray and approximately 15 pre-planted succulents.

    Promising review: "This was a gift from my daughter. It arrived on time and was wrapped so well. It truly was a surprise and so beautiful — I followed the directions, and the next day everything had popped up and has been doing well ever since. A truly beautiful gift." —KATHRYN

    Get it from Harry & David for $89.99

    11. Or, an artificial ficus so you can rid yourself of plant responsibilities altogether. After all, what better way to make your space feel more friendly than with a big ole tree (fake or otherwise)?

    The tree in a white planter inside of a home

    Promising review: "I love this tree! It's really great quality. Artificial trees are typically very expensive, so I was afraid this one would look cheap because it is sold at such a great price, but I took a shot based on the great reviews, and I'm so glad I did. It does not come with a decorative pot, just the small black planter as shown in the picture, but I knew this at the time of purchase and had already planned to put it in a pot I already owned. I added some dried moss on the top of the filler items I put in the pot to hold the plant in place and it looks great. I would definitely purchase again, and I just might buy another one for another area of my home." —SK

    Get it from Amazon for $53.67+ (available in six sizes).

    12. A big gold metal bowl for holding candy to offer to unexpected guests (and snack on yourself).


    Promising review: "I needed a large gold bowl for my large coffee table, and this is just what I wanted! The size is fairly large (all the other stores offered such small options) and the finish is sleek and versatile. I definitely recommend! There were some slight marks/scratches but they were so minuscule that I can't help but wonder if that's part of the intended finish." —Love these

    Get it from Target for $25.

    13. A assortment of sparkling mixers to have on hand juuust in case your guests decide they want to stay for a nightcap. Use them to mix up a cocktail or enjoy on their own!

    All five flavors of the sparkling mixers

    Avec is a Black- and woman-owned small business that crafts mixers made with 100% real ingredients, like fruit juices and natural botanicals. The sampler includes three of each of their five flavors: Hibiscus & Pomegranate, Ginger, Yuzu & Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, and Jalapeño & Blood Orange

    Promising review: "Love the assortment of flavors (from sweet to subtle, and all the way to spicy)! It was possible for everyone at our get-together to come away with something they really enjoyed, and all with less than four grams of sugar? Simply amazing. Cans are gorgeous as well! Thanks, Avec, will definitely be back for more!" —Lucy B.

    Get it from Avec for $45 (also available as a monthly subscription for a 10% discount). 

    14. A giant beanbag sofa chair that you — and anyone else who enters your home — will want to sink into and never leave.,

    The microsuede cover is machine washable, and the memory foam filling adapts to your body's shape and temperature.

    Promising review: "My husband had been showing me ads for these for a while, so finally I got him one for Fathers Day and no regrets! This thing is awesome. My whole family enjoys it for lounging, napping, and it even works for guests that stay the night to sleep on. It’s super comfy — if you’re on the fence, get it! I looked at a bunch of different brands and this was the biggest I found for the price. Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $159.99+ (available in sizes ranging from 3 feet to 7 feet and in eight colors.

    15. A felt letterboard so you can share customized messages with friends and loved ones upon their arrival.

    Reviewer photo of the felt letterboard with an inviting message

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh. It truly doesn’t get any cuter when it comes to decor. From the moment I opened the package I was enchanted with this product. It takes time and some small scrapbook scissors to cut all the letters apart, but worth the time so they don’t have the little nubs on them. Adorable! I debated giving this as a Christmas gift, but it’s so cute I’ve decided to keep it and get another one. I can’t wait to decorate with it! So many possibilities. Thank you!" —SRiteNow

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95+ (available in three sizes and 26 colors).

    16. A sunrise-simulating alarm clock to help anyone who spends the night wake up on the right side of the bed.

    It's also a radio, and comes with seven colored lights to choose from, as well as three natural sounds to relax to.

    Promising review: "I am a registered nurse and I work 12-hour night shifts. It is incredibly difficult for me to maintain an adequate sleep cycle. This Wake Up Light is amazing! When I return home from work at 7 a.m., I use the night/sleep mode option with the sound of rain and the simulation sunset, along with blackout curtains. I fall asleep in no time! Then, when I have to wake up in the evening, I use a peaceful alarm sound with the simulation sunrise starting an hour before the alarm. It is amazing how much this product has helped me wake up and fall asleep with ease." —Ryan and Elyse

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

    17. A comfy, high-backed rocker so you can literally tell your houseguest to pull up a chair.


    To help keep this chair in great shape, the manufacturer recommends placing it in an area without lots of direct sunlight and vacuuming/light brushing it every week or so.

    Promising review: "OMG, I love my new rocker!! It is so comfortable. All my friends have sat in it when they come over and they all agree it's so inviting to rock in it! My neighbor helped me put it together and it was easy. Just wish I had an Allen wrench bit for my cordless screwdriver; it would have been faster. All in all, a fabulous purchase!" —Beryl

    Get it from Wayfair for $231.99+ (originally $1,399, available in nine colors).

    18. A micro-fleece weighted blanket that'll wrap around you like a hug and serve as a piece of decor in its own right.


    Bonus: the removable cover is machine washable.

    Promising review: "We ordered this for my son with autism. He loves the feeling of being 'hugged' at night! He's very calm and content with his blanket on. Very happy with our purchase!" —Erin D

    Get it from Gravity for $146.25+ (available in four sizes and three colors).

    19. A botanically scented room spray you'll want to spritz in every room, on every piece of bedding, and basically every square inch of your home.,

    It's nonaerosol and is made with 94% naturally derived ingredients.

    Promising review: "Great refreshing scent. I mainly use it on the spots where our dogs lay on the rug and sometimes leave their doggy smell. My wife loves how the spray smells, and uses it to refresh the guest bedrooms when we are about to have someone stay over. Definitely glad we came across this." —A. Chinea

    Get it from Amazon for $5.38+ (available in five scents).

    20. A charcuterie board set that'll have everyone coming back to your place just for the snacks.,

    It comes with an extra round tray, two slate labels (with chalk), two ceramic bowls for dipping sauces, and four slicing and serving utensils.

    Promising review: "Bought the product as a present for my partner for the holidays. The charcuterie cheese board itself is great, and the ability to store the cheese knives was an excellent addition for transportation and to 'wow' people at parties. I was able to host twice with the device, and it often was able to hold around six to eight cheeses and cracker combinations reasonably well without feeling like the device is crowded. I also like how easy it was to clean, since the drawer used to store the knives can be easily removed. Finally, I enjoyed all the additional items that came with this set." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    21. A set of drinking glasses for casual get-togethers, or to elevate everyday beverages.

    Our Place

    These handblown glasses are made of recycled glass and sand and are naturally dyed.

    Promising review: "I felt, as an adult, I should have a set of glassware, and I’m so glad I invested in this set. First of all, the color is absolutely beautiful! They are really sleek/smooth and the perfect size for a cocktail or just a glass of iced tea. It’s definitely a vibe when I serve drinks with this set!" —Lindsay K.

    Get a set of four from Our Place for $50 (also available as a set of eight and in nine color options).

    22. An embroidered Sade pillow that's just as inviting as the singer's smooth (operator) voice.

    Embroidered Sade pillows in yellow and pink
    Create The Culture / Etsy

    Create the Culture is a Black- and woman-owned small business that makes truly remarkable embroidered pillows, sweatshirts, tote bags, and more. Their items depict some of the greatest luminaries of all time, from James Baldwin and Prince to Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé.

    Promising review: "Perfect fit for my living room. We have four of Create the Culture's pillows. Think that says it all. These pillows are great." —ccrowder2

    Get it from Create the Culture on Etsy for $75+ (available in two colors or in custom colors by request). 

    23. A handmade LED bread night-light because nothing says, "This is a safe space" like softly illuminated carbs.


    Believe it or not, this lamp is *literally* made of bread that's been baked, hollowed out, and given a special coating to keep it preserved and looking fresh. 

    Get it from Food52 for $78+ (available in three designs). 

    24. A geometric-print shag rug that's like an oasis for your feet.


    I recently got this rug in rust for my living room, and I consider it one of the best purchases I've made all year. It's incredibly soft (I'm extremely picky when it comes to how rugs feel), and the fun print is subtle enough without drawing too much focus. Now I'm strongly considering buying it as a runner in another color for my bedroom...

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this rug! It’s even better in person, I’ve already received so many compliments. The rust-orange color is perfect, looks very expensive." —Madeline

    Get it from Wayfair for $84+ (available in six sizes and six designs).

    25. A lovely macramé plant hanger to help breathe some life into your home, even if you don't have much floor space. If you're looking for a surefire way to get guests to compliment you on a piece of decor, this is it.,

    This handmade plant holder is 35 inches long and is suitable for pots up to nine inches in diameter.

    Promising review: "This plant hanger is extremely attractive and well-made. It holds my rather heavy plant securely and enhances the beauty of the foliage. The pot is quite wide around, and I was concerned the hanger might not open up enough to accommodate it, but it's fine. Excellent hanger for the money." —KRW

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available as a set of two and in four colors).

    26. Some festive speckled wallpaper that's easy to remove if you're someone who likes to change things up every so often.

    Chasing Paper

    It's got a matte finish, is nontoxic, and is easy to apply — just peel and stick! Before committing, you can also order a sample of the print for $6.

    Promising review: "Chasing Paper's peel-and-stick wallpaper allowed me to completely change the look and feel of my small rented apartment. It was easy to apply (I did it solo!) and can withstand the rather harsh environment of a twentysomething's kitchen. I even hung one of the panels crooked, and it easily peeled off and reapplied. I was worried it wouldn't stick as well, but it's not budged. So impressed and will order again for my next place!" —Anna

    Get it from Chasing Paper for $40+ (available in three sizes and five colors).

    27. An organic soy wax cube bubble candle you won't want to light because it's so pretty (but you should, because it'll make your space smell like flowers, coconuts, and peaches).

    Five pink and white cube bubble candles
    Mother Of Pearl / Etsy

    Mother of Pearl is a small business based in Los Angeles, California, that makes stunning candles in shapes ranging from seashells to iconic ancient statues. 

    Promising review: "Obsessed with this candle! It came well-packaged, smells amazing, and is a good size for the price. I will be purchasing more colors!" —Kayt

    Get it from Mother of Pearl on Etsy for $9.99+ (available in four colors). 

    28. A strand of fairy string lights, because your living space deserves a soft, cozy glow all year-round.,

    With the flexible wire, you can shape these lights to fit the shape of your space, and the included remote allows you to choose between eight lighting modes and set a timer. Plus, they come with a USB power adapter.

    Promising review: "I ordered these lights for a bedroom and they were beautiful! One pack of lights was way more than I needed for one room. I had excess lights after fully hanging them around the entire room, so the length was fantastic. Perfect for bringing a nice illumination to a room. Sometimes I only have these lights on as opposed to the room's lights and it makes the room very cozy. I just ordered another set for another room!" —DHB

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    29. A ceramic oil diffuser that'll make your home smell so good, everyone might just need a moment to stop what they're doing and inhale.,

    Reviewers say you'll barely hear this diffuser while it's on, and its automatic shutoff function is another much appreciated feature. It's designed to run for up to five hours and comes with nine LED light settings for a gentle glow.

    Promising review: "I purchased this lovely diffuser because of the great reviews. I will add my two cents' worth. I use a CPAP at night and diffusing the aromas into the night air helps make for a more pleasing sleep experience. I recommend this fine product. It has added to the quality of life in its humble little manner." —Leone R. Burns

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99+ (available in two sizes).

    30. A popcorn variety pack for impromptu movie nights (or whenever a salty snack craving strikes).,

    This assortment includes nine bags of organic, non-GMO microwavable popcorn, nine oil packets, and nine seasoning packets, with three of each flavor: Real Butter & Sea Salt, Aged Parmesan & Rosemary, and White Cheddar & Sea Salt. Bonus: The microwave bags are made of compostable paper with no chemical coatings.

    Promising review: "Movie night in my home has definitely been upgraded. All of the flavors are delicious. Will be ordering my next box really soon because we are almost finished." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.44+ (available in eight varieties).

    31. A fun and fruity shower curtain to let your guests know they're peachy keen.,

    Promising review: "I LOVE this shower curtain. I bought it a couple months ago and still have no complaints. One big desire I had was to make sure whatever shower curtain I had still let in light. I have a small, dark bathroom and wanted a curtain that was cute, cheerful, and bright. Not only does this shower curtain spruce up the bathroom, but it still lets in plenty of light." —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    32. A Sonos speaker that'll fill your home with streaming music, podcasts, audiobooks, and practically anything else you'd like to create a heightened auditory experience.

    Reviewer photo of the white speaker

    As someone who uses this speaker almost every day, I need to profess my love for this portable (yet powerful) device. I usually have it in my living room, but I love listening to podcasts while I'm preparing food in my kitchen, and the crystal-clear sound carries effortlessly. Plus, I live on a fairly noisy city street and find that whatever I listen to via this little speaker drowns out outside sounds. You can also use voice control with it, if that's your preference.

    Promising review: "This speaker is freaking awesome. I wanted a small speaker for my living room to, obviously, play music. I didn’t realize how great this was going to sound! I rarely have the volume up high because it would shake the room. It has great bass and overall sounds amazing. Just buy the speaker. It’s a great deal." —Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $199+ (available in two colors).

    33. A faux-eucalyptus wreath to spruce up the front door, zero maintenance required.

    Faux eucalyptus wreath

    Promising review: "This is actually my second time buying this wreath! I bought one for my front door a little over three years ago and it still looks great, I just wanted to add a second one to my side door!" —JN

    Get it from Target for $34.99.

    34. A pack of funky fruit coasters that'll keep your furniture protected during all of the gatherings you'll soon be hosting.

    A glass sitting on one of the fruit coasters, surrounded by others

    They're BPA free and dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Are you kidding me? How could anyone rate these anything less than a 5 stars? Mine arrived fairly quickly. They are colorful and the pattern is exactly as pictured. They are wrapped individually. What a good buy! I plan on using mine in a door wreath because they are perfect for decorations." —SuZck

    Get a pack of seven from Amazon for $4.99.

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