Looking for great ideas for B&B gift shops? Bed and breakfast owners can earn income not only from their room rates, but also other ways such as offering guest packages, additional services, and even having their own gift shops.
We will list excellent items for your bed and breakfast to sell. The following items have been sold at bed and breakfast gift shops:
- Apparel including hats, jackets, and T-shirts
- Aprons and bibs
- Candy, desserts, and gourmet chocolates
- Cards (greeting cards, postcards, or even playing cards)
- Coffee mugs
- Cooking tools
- Fashion accessories
- Purses and tote bags
- Spa products (for hair, skin, nails, etc.)
- Stationery and journals
- Stuffed animals
- Towels and blankets
Not all bed and breakfasts are big enough to have a room solely dedicated to displaying merchandise, but even having some items displayed in a common room on shelves or in a glass display case will work. Just make sure that people will not be able to walk off with your merchandise without paying for it. Perhaps have it near the front desk where there is always someone on staff. Alternatively, have it in a room that can be locked at night.
Consider using the same vendors with whom you buy your linens and coffee mugs to provide you with merchandise you can, in turn, sell to your guests. Also, think about selling the work of talented people in your local community such as experienced artists and gourmet chocolatiers. That gives your guests a reminder of what makes your local area so special and why they want to return. Having your logo on many of your items for sale will also give people an extra reminder of your inn (including your coffee mugs and apparel).
Some bed and breakfasts also sell their gift shop items online. This means people can purchase items after their visit (or even if they have not yet stayed your inn). Whether your gift shop is brick and mortar or virtual, we hope these great ideas for B&B gift shops prove useful to you!
Innkeepers may want the following items to use in their B&B gift shops:
- Eco-friendly custom return address stamp
- Promotional pens with your B&B name on them
- Tissue paper to protect what guests purchase from you
- Brown kraft paper for wrapping, packing, and protecting surfaces
- Tote bags which can feature your B&B name
- Compact travel umbrella for guests
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