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Basket Ideas


  • Dessert Lover’s Basket: smaller denomination restaurant and cafe gift certificates displayed on a cute dessert plate
  • Day to Be Pampered: manicure, massage, haircut, home cooked dinner delivered to your door
  • Head to Toe Makeover: eyebrow shaping, massage, Pilates lessons, acupuncture, pedicure
  • Do-It-Yourself Spa Basket: bath products, CD of relaxing music, candles
  • Wine Basket: bottle of red wine, chocolates, night at a hotel
  • Date Night: restaurant gift certificate, movie tickets, babysitting
  • Golf Package: round of golf, cart, swing lessons, golf balls
  • Honey-Do Package: hammer, work gloves, hardware store gift card, massage
  • Car Wash/Care Basket: big bucket, gift card for oil change, car wash mitt and soap, tire brush, rags for drying your car
  • Birthday Party Basket: gift card for family fun place, like a local pool, climbing facility, video game arcade; bakery gift certificate for purchasing the cake, streamers, bag of balloons, Happy Birthday sign
  • Picnic In The Park: picnic basket, gift certificate for local cheese store or bakery, bottle of wine, table cloth and napkins
  • Chocolate Obsession: hand-dipped chocolates, fudge, hot chocolate, anything chocolate, mug filled with more chocolate
  • Yoga Lover’s Delight: Yoga classes, Yoga mat, health food store gift card
  • Beach Book Basket: Romance or mystery novels, sun glasses, sun screen, margarita glass
  • VIP Graduation Night Package: VIP seats at graduation, gift card for nice restaurant
  • Knitting Basket: yarn, knitting needles, knitting book, knitting lessons, box of tea
  • Gardener’s Delight Basket: landscape designer consultation, gift certificate to local nursery, load of compost delivered, bag of bulbs, watering can, seeds, gardening gloves, wheelbarrow, kneeling pad
  • BFF Shopping Extravaganza: matching shopping bags, smaller denomination gift cards to local stores or stores at the mall, manicure, coffee shop gift card
  • Baseball Lover’s Basket: signed baseball, bat, tickets to a professional baseball game, jersey
  • Baker’s Delight Basket: cookbook, apron, cookie cutters, cookie decorations, measuring cups and spoons, rolling pin
  • Family Night at the Movies: movie tickets, giant candy bars, bottles of water, bag of un-popped popcorn
  • Coffee or Tea Lover’s Basket: bag or two of coffee beans, travel mug, biscotti, tea pot, tea cup, loose leaf tea infuser, loose leaf tea, book
  • Teacher Story Time: teacher’s time, bookstore gift card, bakery treats
  • Mommy and Me Date Basket: mommy and me haircuts, toy store gift certificate, restaurant gift certificate (for lunch), temporary tattoos
  • End-to-End Dog Lover’s Basket: vet check up, grooming, dog biscuits, safe dog toy (ask at the store), dog waste bags
  • Try Your Luck Lottery Basket: basket of lottery scratch tickets

Wine Lover's Auction Basket Ideas

Create a wine basket with accessories, snacks, wines, and reference books.

  • Wine (different varieties: red, white, dessert, etc.)
  • Bottle opener
  • Small wine refrigerator
  • Cookbooks
  • Wine reference books
  • Day trip to a local winery gift card
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Ice bucket


Life's a Beach Silent Auction Basket

A beach theme is a fun and cost-effective way to make a silent auction basket. Several low-cost items can quickly add up to an incredible basket. It's also appealing for a school silent auction where there are families with small children. Package the basket in something fun like a beach cart or cooler.

  • Frisbee
  • Snorkel
  • Beach towels
  • Boogie board
  • Cooler
  • Disposable waterproof cameras
  • Beach cart
  • Umbrella
  • Pails and shovel
  • Sandcastle molds
  • Sunscreen
  • Bubbles


"Let's Get Physical" Auction Basket for Exercise Lovers

An exercise basket can be appealing to a diverse group. Pick items that are the latest in fitness to make it fun and inviting.

  • Resistance bands
  • Free weights/dumbells
  • Yoga or exercise mat
  • Exercise DVDs
  • Certificate for personal training sessions
  • Certificate to sporting goods store
  • Trial membership at a local gym


Family Night Silent Auction Basket

A family night with games, movies, and popcorn is an appealing basket for any family type. Fill your basket with items such as:

  • Family movies
  • Popcorn
  • Board games
  • Pizza gift certificate
  • Movie candy


Spa-Tacular Silent Auction Gift Basket

A spa auction basket could work well in an event that hosts women. Start with a certificate to a local popular spa and embellish with a few items to dress it up.

  • Spa robe
  • Cute flip flops
  • Spa gift certificate
  • Nail polish
  • Lotion
  • Pedicure kit
  • Magazines
  • Cute spa bag/purse


Golf Lovers Silent Auction Basket for Golf Enthusiasts

Create a basket with passes to local golf courses, golf items and accessories. Basket items could include:

  • Golf tees
  • Balls
  • Soft cooler
  • Oversized umbrella
  • Club covers
  • Autographed items
  • Golf passes to local courses
  • Tournament tickets
  • Sunglasses
  • Golf glove
  • Visor
  • Hat

Jewelry Silent Auction Basket

Save high-ticket jewelry pieces for a live auction, but unique costume jewelry or mommy-and-me jewelry sets are excellent for most silent auctions.

  • Bracelets
  • Charms
  • Earrings
  • Necklaces
  • Jewelry cleaner
  • Travel cases
  • Jewelry box


Parents' Night Out Gift Basket

Take restaurant gift certificates and combine them into a theme that would make any parents' night out a dream. If it is a school fundraiser, check to see if a popular teacher would donate babysitting services for the night or check with local groups that offer parents' nights out.

Local Fun Silent Auction Basket

Make a basket of regional books and local gift cards to allow the buyer to explore the local area.

  • Gift cards to local venues/restaurants
  • Park pass
  • Museum passes
  • Hiking book
  • Family regional book
  • Disposable camera
  • Photo book


Yoga Gift Basket

A yoga basket is a unique basket theme. Items you could include in your basket are:

  • Yoga mat
  • Yoga DVD
  • Yoga books
  • Starter kit
  • Gift card to local yoga studio
  • Relaxation CDs


The Joke's on You Silent Auction Prank Basket

This basket of pranks is a hit for families with young boys. It is a perfect silent auction item for schools, clubs, or boys' sport events.

  • Bug-in-an-icecube
  • Plastic insects
  • Whoopie cushion
  • Shock pens
  • Dirty soap
  • Joke book
  • Handshake buzzer


Garden Gift Basket

Green thumb gift baskets work well for springtime auctions.

  • Seeds
  • Plants
  • Garden tools
  • Gift card to garden center
  • Gardening books
  • Garden caddy
  • Gardening gloves


Learn Your Lessons

Ever wanted to take piano lessons or become better at tennis? Many establishments will offer gift certificates for a free lesson at their place of business. This is one where you will need to know your audience. An auction basket for music lessons may go over very well at a school, while a series of tennis lessons may work better at a country club. Combine the gift certificate with a small basket or item to make it stand out. For example, include a small basket of balls and accessories with a tennis lesson auction item.

  • Music lessons
  • Tennis lessons
  • All-star sports lesson
  • Golf lessons with a golf pro
  • Craft lessons
  • Cooking lessons


I'm a Chocoholic

Fill this basket with chocolate galore! This is a fantastic option near Valentine's Day or Christmas where the basket can double as a gift.

  • Fine chocolates
  • Cookbooks
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate kits
  • International chocolate varieties
  • Gift card to local bakery


Magic Silent Auction Basket

A magician's basket works well for school silent auctions or events that attract adults with children. It is an affordable and popular auction item. Ask local magic stores for gift card donations or items in exchange for advertising to round out the basket.

  • Deck of cards
  • Magic paraphernalia
  • Melissa & Doug magic set
  • Book of magic tricks


Young Sports Fan Silent Auction Basket

Fill a basket with fun sports items for boys (or girls). You can target it to toddlers with plastic and soft sports equipment or an older age with more performance-based sports equipment. Pick a specific sport or mix-and-match. Top it off with a gift card to a local sporting good store or tickets to a local sporting event.

  • Football
  • Baseball bat, glove, and ball
  • Hockey stick
  • Hacky sak
  • Basketball
  • Fact books
  • Indoor sport items such as an over-the-door basketball hoop


Throwback Gift Basket: Back in Time with Your Favorite Treats from Your Favorite Decade

Were you a child of the '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, or '80s? Do you miss that favorite candy or soft drink? These retro throwback gift baskets are full of decades of fun!

Pizza Maker Silent Auction Basket

Pizza is something the entire family can enjoy together. Layer your basket with a children's pizza kit, cookbook, pans, pizza cutter and sauce. Round it off with a gift certificate for a local kitchen store or grocery store to complete this fun basket.

Melissa & Doug Basket: Fun Fake Food for Little Chefs

High quality Melissa & Doug wooden toys are keepsakes. Their incredible craftsmanship and unique design capture the imaginations of children. They have wooden sandwich making sets, wooden pizza making sets, wooden cookies, and wooden fruit. Pick a theme-based assortment, such as a group of food products.

Beer Making Basket: Make Your Own Beer

For hobbyists that love beer, a beer making kit would make a great gift. Keep costs low and simple on this one. No home breweries are starting here, you just want to draw in those who have an interest and keep your audience broad. Include mixes, ingredients, a beer brewing jug, beer brew books, and a certificate to a local beer barn (in the event their brew goes south!).

Sew Crafty Basket

Put together gift certificates from craft stores such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Joanne's Fabric with a themed craft item to create a craft lover's dream. Your theme could be do-it-yourself thank you cards or make-your-own wreaths.

  • Sewing machine
  • Patterns
  • Craft how-to books
  • Material, beads, special papers, or other craft-related items


Young Children's Classics Silent Auction Gift Basket

Create a basket full of children's classics that will bring a lifetime of memories.

  1. Dr. Seuss books
  2. Nursery rhymes
  3. Soft books
  4. Shel Silverstein
  5. Beatrix Potter
  6. Eric Carle


Puppy Love Silent Auction Gift Basket

Appeal to dog lovers with an auction gift basket that makes their dog the crown prince.

  • Treats
  • Dog toys
  • Dog bed
  • Bowl
  • Fashion
  • Pet store gift card
  • Pet books
  • Gift certificate to local dog groomer


Scrapbook Silent Auction Basket

A school, child care center, or other family-centered organization can have success with a scrapbook gift basket. Stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and even Walmart offer an array of unique designer scrapbook papers and accessories. A few ideas include:

  • Keepsake scrapbook
  • Scrap paper
  • Paper punches
  • Stickers
  • Carrying bag/organizer
  • Photo organizer


Spice of Life Gift Basket

Compile a basket of unique spices, spice racks, and cookbooks. Create a basket with unique hard-to-find spices and delicacies.

Coffee Lovers Auction Basket

Coffee is a hot commodity in many households. Homes with bare kitchen counters and condiment-heavy refrigerators still grace a coffee maker. A basket with unique coffees, syrups, and maybe even a Keurig will be a bit hit at silent auctions.

  • Keurig Single Cup Home Brewing System
  • Coffee flavors
  • Syrups
  • Starbucks gift cards
  • Mugs

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