Create a wine basket with accessories, snacks, wines, and reference books.
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.
An exercise basket can be appealing to a diverse group. Pick items that are the latest in fitness to make it fun and inviting.
A family night with games, movies, and popcorn is an appealing basket for any family type. Fill your basket with items such as:
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.
Create a basket with passes to local golf courses, golf items and accessories. Basket items could include:
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.
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.
Make a basket of regional books and local gift cards to allow the buyer to explore the local area.
A yoga basket is a unique basket theme. Items you could include in your basket are:
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.
Green thumb gift baskets work well for springtime auctions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!).
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.
Create a basket full of children's classics that will bring a lifetime of memories.
Appeal to dog lovers with an auction gift basket that makes their dog the crown prince.
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:
Compile a basket of unique spices, spice racks, and cookbooks. Create a basket with unique hard-to-find spices and delicacies.
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.
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