It is a wonderful tradition to leave a little welcome gift in the hotel room (or guest room) of your out-of-town guests. They have traveled, usually at their own expense, and are sometimes in an unfamiliar place, and it is important to make them feel welcome and let them know you are appreciated.
So, what do you put in those baskets? The most important thing is a map or directions to the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. Even if it was in the invitation, it’s bound to get lost in travel. Also include a list of the most efficient public transportation. Next, leave a note or a cute poem letting them know that they are appreciated. Then, add a few items that are distinctively from your area. For Phoenicians, some good ideas might be travel sunscreen and a couple water bottles to warn them of the dry, hot weather. If your guests are arriving a few days before the wedding and there won’t be constant activity, it might be helpful to give them entertainment options. For instance, a map and trail guide for hiking, along with a pamphlet of the birds or plants in the area. The nearest grocery store and movie theatre should also be listed. Think about what your guests will need and what they may not be prepared for.
This doesn’t have to be a lot of work, but it should be something that makes them feel at ease.