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.