Gift baskets don’t always drive high bids and when paired with high-end unique items like vacation experiences, autographed memorabilia, and other fundraising products. Sadly, they often get lost in the shuffle.
Creativity and a little planning can transform any gift basket into a unique auction item that will shine amongst your high-end fundraising items.
Here are some basket auction ideas that will help you exceed your fundraising goals for an upcoming event.
Talk with a fundraising specialist for more creative tips and ideas by calling (201) 492-4294 at Charity Fundraising!
Creative Gift Basket Ideas
The Spa Basket – relaxation products, bath gels, lotions, spa gift cards, massage supplies, herbal teas and lavender sachets, soft music cd’s, fluffy slippers and bathrobe.
The Date Night Basket – restaurant gift cards, movie gift cards, popcorn and movie candy.
The Family Game Night Basket – a selection of board games, popcorn and other treats, deck of cards and fancy soda pop.
Memory Making Basket – disposable camera, scrapbook, scrapbooking supplies like scissors, glue, stickers, ribbons and embellishments.
Patriotic Gift Basket – history themed coffee table book, map or globe, flags, cd of patriotic music, firecrackers, red, white and blue picnic themed tableware and American themed cookbook.
International Basket – a selection of items from different cultures, cookbooks, non-perishable food items, culture specific tableware like chopsticks, fondue pots, BBQ supplies, tortilla warmers. This idea can be crafted towards a blend of cultures or you may select one culture to focus on. Additionally, this basket idea could be tweaked into an Olympic themed basket.
Pet Lover’s Basket – Cat or Dog themed, create a selection of pet toys, pet treats, a pet themed photo frame, a gift card for use at a local pet groomer, or even a certificate for a donation to a pet-friendly charity.
Gift Card Basket – feature a basket with a selection of gift cards from various establishments around your community. These certificates may include restaurants, gym memberships, retail stores, grocery stores, gas cards and more.
Baby Basket – create a basket with all the items a new parents would need for their baby. Medicines, diaper rash cream, blankets, bibs, wipes, diapers, lotions and toiletries, soft music cd, books and more.
Off to College Basket – a supply of non-perishable foods, organizers, totes, laundry supplies, small household items and stationary.
BBQ Basket – a selection of barbecue tools, recipe books, spices, rubs, barbeque sauces, skewers, grillers and picnic ware.
Weekend Getaway Basket – a gift card to a bed and breakfast or hotel, a gas card, a small bottle of champagne and glasses, snacks for the car and brochures from local tourist destinations.
The options for creating gift baskets for silent auctions are endless.
Just remember to:
- Securely package your items.
- Coordinate color schemes and brand your items.
- Do not fill baskets with mismatched items.
Avoid showcase just gift baskets, unless you are hosting a casual fundraiser at a school, church or civic group, for example.
Contact Charity Fundraising for more basket auction ideas and assistance in creating exciting fundraising events.