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.
1. Ice Cream Basket Content Ideas --toppings, sundae dishes, waffle bowls and cones, sprinkles, ice cream scoop, cherries, ColdStone’s gift certificate
2. Art Basket Content Ideas—crayons, paints, construction paper, play dough, colored pencils, sidewalk chalk, paint brushes, finger paints, finger paint paper, glitter, markers, scissors, stickers
3. Movie Night Content Ideas—candy, microwave popcorn, movie gift certificate/ passes, blockbuster/video card, popcorn bowls
4. Coffee & Tea Basket Content Ideas—flavor
ed coffees, coffee mugs, creamers, carafe, flavored teas, tea strainer, creamers, biscotti
5. Beach Bag Content Ideas—suntan lotion, blanket, towels, beach chairs, sand pails/ shovels, beach ball, underwater camera
6. Game Night Content Ideas---family game- Go Fish, Uno, Crazy Eights, regular deck of cards, Old Maids, carrying storage tote,
7. Chocolate Lover’s Basket Content Ideas---hot cocoa, different chocolates, truffles, chocolate cookbook
8. Spa Basket Content Ideas---soaps, bath salts, loofa, sponge, pumice stone, candles, bubble bath, lotion, eye mask, bath pillow, massage oil
9. Travel Basket Content Ideas---travel games, crossword puzzles, maps, atlas, CDS, travel diary, snacks, water, cooler, magna doodle, CD headset, portable DVD player
10. Grilling Basket Content Ideas—grilling tools, grilling mitt/pad, grilling spices, marinades, grilling vegetable basket, meat thermometer, apron, skewers
11. I Love Books Basket Content Ideas--- favorite children’s books, book characters, book marks, gift certificate to Barnes & Noble
12. Fishing Tackle BoxContent Ideas—tackle box, fishing line, bobbers, lures, fishing weights, fishing net, Swedish fish
13. Wine & Cheese Basket Content Ideas—wine, cheese tray/platter, wine glasses, corkscrew, wine topper, wine guide, wine vacuum, wine charms, decanter, napkins, different cheeses
14. Martini Basket Content Ideas---martini glasses, martini mixes, olives, olive picks, shaker, napkins, plates, cocktail book
15. Party Baskets (1—Spiderman and 1—Dora) Content Ideas---tablecloth, plates, napkins, silverware, piñata, disposable camera, balloons, decorations, gift certificate for DQ or bakery cake, gift bags
16. Scrapbooking Basket Content Ideas---paper, photo splits, corner rounders, ribbon, embellishments, embellishment tools, photo organizing case, album, pages, page protectors, pens, stickers, scissors
17. Cleaning Products Basket/Bucket (2 baskets) Content Ideas---glass cleaner, furniture polish, kitchen cleaner, cleanser, dusting mitt, tile/bath cleaner, rubber gloves, sponge, toilet bowl cleaner, disinfecting wipes, floor cleaner, bucket, mop
18. Gardening Basket Content Ideas--- gardening gloves, shovel/tools, watering can, kneeling pad, bug/insect spray, plant food, garden fertilizer, potting soil, hose sprayer, pots, seeds/bulbs
19. Car Kit Content Ideas—bucket, hose sprayer, tire/wheel brush, wheel whitener, tire wet, air freshener, car wash detergent, car wipes, window cleaner, upholstery cleaner, sponges, car mitt, shamee, car wash gift certificates, oil change gift certificates, gas card
20. Italian Basket Content Ideas---pastas, red sauce, alfredo sauce, pesto, olive oil, bread, cookbook, dipping oils, capers, wine, pasta bowls
21. Tailgating Basket Content Ideas---large wheeling cooler, mini-grill, beer, chairs, snacks, water, condiments, nurf football, radio, batteries
22. Princess/Dress-Up Basket Content Ideas---tiaras, shoes, gloves, boas, make-up, mirrors, jewelry, dresses
23. Picnic Basket Content Ideas---basket, plates, silverware, napkins, glasses, salt/pepper shakers, wine, cheese tray, cheese knife, corkscrew, tablecloth, blanket
24. Baking Basket Content Ideas: different chips/morsels, vanilla, sprinkles, frostings, baking powder, baking soda, cookie cutters, measuring cups, spoons, oven mitt, flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, oil, baking pans, apron
25. Stamping Basket Content Ideas---paper, cards, envelopes, stamp sets, stamp pads, stamp cleaner and pad, scissors, embossing powder, embossing gun, glue, pencils, pop-up tabs, markers/pens, ribbon, embellishments, beads
26. Dog Lover’s Basket Content Ideas—leash, collar, food dish, food/dish mat, bowls, toys, pillow/blanket, lint roller, brush/grooming tools, treats, shampoo, bones, sweater, food, poop scoop, pet frame/photo album, disposable camera
27. Cat Lover’s Basket Content Ideas—collar, toys, grooming tools, lint roller, food dishes, food mat, treats, cat food, litter, litter box, pet frame/photo album, disposable camera
28. Door County Basket Content Ideas---Cherries, wine, t-shirt/sweatshirt, magnet, guide book, gift certificates
29. Breakfast Basket Content Ideas—pancake mix, waffle mix, preserves, syrup, coffee, creamer, mugs, wire whisk, omelet pan, mixing bowl, sugar and cinnamon, honey, oatmeal, coffee, creamer, juice
30. Camping Basket Content Ideas---camping dishes, pans, flashlights, matches, pudgy pie makers, marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallow skewers, batteries, radio, cards, games, tent, and air mattress
31. Yoga/Pilates Basket Content Ideas---Pilates or yoga books, Pilates and yoga DVDs, yoga mat, yoga ball, yoga rubber bands, yoga wear, relaxing CD, tea, yoga class gift certificate
32. Aromatherapy Basket Content Ideas--- candles, aromatherapy oils, diffuser, aromatherapy book, massage oil, sachet
33. Golf Basket Content Ideas—tees, golf glove, golf balls, golf shirt, certificate for a golf lesson, golf pass
34. Mexican Fiesta Basket Content Ideas—chips, salsa, margarita mix, margarita glasses, rim salt, tortilla holder, salsa/chip bowl, chili pepper towel, Mexican or chili pepper tablecloth, tequila
35. Fondue Basket Content Ideas—fondue pot, chocolate fountain, fondue plates, fondue cookbook, fondue forks, sturnos, napkins
36. Oriental Basket Chopsticks, teapot, tea cups and saucers, fortune cookies, bowls, teas, noodles, spices, peanut oil, sesame oil, table linens, cookbook, gift certificate to restaurants
37. Beer Sampler Baskets (2 baskets) Content ideas---beer glasses, bottle opener, different beer (world beers)
38. Lake Geneva Basket Content Ideas---Sweatshirt/t-shirt, boat ride tour gift certificate, Grand Geneva Spa Certificate, golf certificate
39. Packer Basket Content Ideas—Packer blanket, cheese head, sweatshirt, t-shirt, poster/picture, glasses, football, helmet
40. Date Night Basket Content Ideas—wine/champagne, 2 glasses, nice restaurant gift certificate, hotel or bed & breakfast stay, truffles, gift certificate for flowers
41. Aveda Basket Content Ideas—Aveda products, Aveda spa gift certificate
42. Baby Basket/Diaper Bag Content Ideas---onsies, receiving blankets, pacifiers, bottles, bottle cleaner, wipes, diapers, diaper cream, burp rags, baby toys, grooming kit, safety set (i.e., outlet plugs, cabinet locks), sippy cups, books, booties, lullaby CD, Purell, baby lotion
43. Get Well Soon Basket Content Ideas-- books/ magazines, crossword puzzle, mug, soup, juice tea/coffee, soup mixes, slippers, plant
44. Cards for All Occasions Basket Content Ideas---Card organizer, address book, pens, stamps, cards (i.e., thank you, sympathy, congratulations, new baby, happy birthday, seasonal, new home, retirement, wedding, anniversary, just because, encouragement, etc…)
45. Costume/Dress-Up Trunk Content Ideas---capes, dresses, shoes, ties, gloves, jewelry, costumes, hats, glasses, boas, accessories
47. Harley Basket Content Ideas—Harley calendar, t-shirt/sweatshirts, models, photo frames, key chain, mug/glasses, towel, blanket, framed picture, road atlas, decals
48. American Idol Basket Content Ideas—American Idol Game, Karaoke CD’s, Karaoke machine
50. American Girl Basket Content Ideas—American Girl doll, Clothes/accessories
51. Field of Dreams Basket Content Ideas - Gardening Theme - Garden tools (adult & child), seeds, bulbs, kneeling pad, watering can, plant markers, gloves, decorative pots, garden tote, fertilizer spikes, gift certificates to Agway or a garden center.
52. Adrenaline Rush Content Ideas - Coffee/Tea Theme – Flavored coffees, mugs, different teas, flavored spoons, teabag holders, serving tray, tea or coffee, canister, carafe, cappuccino mix, coffee scoop, gift certificate to Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks, biscotti.
53. Pep Rally Content Ideas - Arts & Crafts/Paper Theme – Paints, brushes, markers, stamps & pads, clay, gift certificate to craft store, gel pens ,stickers, paper punches, scissors, beads, colored pencils, stencils, scrapbooking supplies, notepads, stationary.
54. Fútbol Content Ideas - Mexican Theme – Salsas, dips, terra cotta bowls, cumin spice, margarita mix, salt, margarita glasses, refried beans, chili peppers, flan mix, chip & dip bowl, plates or napkins with a fiesta theme, lime juice.
55. Indy 500 Content Ideas - Car Care Theme – Car wash supplies, armor all, car wax, car care cloths, window cleaner, tire gauge, snow scraper, emergency kit, small tool kit, bucket, sponges, air fresheners, cup holders, cd holders, gift certificates for car wash, memo pads.
56. Snack Shack Content Ideas - Chocolate theme – Big candy bars, bag of Hershey Kisses or M&Ms, hot chocolate, chocolate coffee, chocolate covered pretzels, spoons, nuts, fruit, chocolate cookies, brownie mix.
57. Wild World of Sports Content Ideas - Sports Theme – Golf balls, tees, hockey pucks, balls, tennis balls, Gatorade, water bottles, sweat socks (adult or child),baseballs, nerf balls, energy bars, football tee, sweat bands (head or wrist), ball pump or needles.
58. Tailgating Content Ideas - BBQ Theme – BBQ tools, skewers, sauces, meat subs, marinades, spices, apron, grill brush, oven mitt, plastic dishes or tray.
59. How to Play the Game Content Ideas -Book Theme – New books (all ages, kid & adult), bookmarks, crossword puzzles, pencils, magazines, dictionary (pocket or regular), thesaurus, book light, journal, pens, book plates/stamp, gift certificate to book store.
60. Sports Therapy Content Ideas - Bath/Spa Theme – Bath gels, soaps, lotions, massage oil, mineral water, loofah sponge, nail care, candles, bath pillow, aromatherapy, eye covers, bath towel.
61. Non-Contact Sports Content Ideas - Game Theme – Playing cards, travel games, Uno, small board games, such as Yahtzee, brain quest, books of card and travel game ideas, sudoku, crossword puzzles or word game books. 62. Golfer’s Delight Content Ideas - balls, towels, lesson gift certificate, and umbrella
63. NFL Bowl Content Ideas - Game Time- Sports bowl with game time beverages, and delicious snacks. 64. Weekend Getaway Content Ideas - Hotel or Bed/breakfast, his/her robes, wine glasses, chocolate
65. Maid Service Delivery Home maid service come to your home for a day and clean your entire house. Could includes carpet cleaning and/or laundry service.
66. Gardening Basket Basket containing items for kids or parents to plant vegetables in garden and care for them (i.e., seed packets, small shovel, gloves, apron, etc.)
67. Family Fun Membership Basket Donated annual family memberships to kid friendly places like the zoo, museum of natural history, art museum, sea center, and maritime museum. 68. Restaurant Gift Certificate Basket An auction basket full of gift certificates from local restaurants. 69. Luncheon with your Local Firemen A meal with the firemen at the firehouse.
71. Fun Day in the Sun Tickets for enjoyable tourist activities to do around town.
72. Camping Basket Goodies that can be used for an impromptu camping day, including hiking equipment, sleeping bag, flashlights, and small tent.
73. Road trip basket Bookstore gift card (for reading in the car or book on tape)-small travel toys-travel bingo etc.magna doodle, coloring books, crayons, small travel desk for coloring on, electronic toys-window cling-ons, etcha-sketch, color wonder markers with paper pad.
74. Costume Basket Have each parent in the class put in dress-up costumes - hats, gloves, shoes, scarves, play jewelry, bandanas, eye patches, old Halloween costumes, etc. Wrap it up in colored cellophane with a big bow!
75. Organic Goodies Basket I think teaching kids to eat healthy and quality food is very important. So if you make a basket with organic products or food (that won't perish in a week) either from trader joes, lazy acres, or tri-county and ask the market to donate a gift certificate so that you can put it in there. All the market needs is your Tax id number for schools and they will do it. It's a great way to get great products out there for families.
76. Sleepover Party at the Zoo A sleepover party at the zoo, with kids wearing animal costumes (contact zoo for specifics).
77. Music Basket A basket with a musical theme - concert tickets, instrument(s), CDs, MP3 player, etc.
78. Cultural Handicrafts I've seen handicrafts made by women in 3rd world countries. It would be neat to be able to support a great cause and also auction off interesting cultural handicrafts at the same time.
79. College Basket: shower caddy, binders/folders, sheets, laundry basket, towels, etc.
80. Fourth of July Basket: sparklers, fireworks, USA ribbons & flags, red & blue plates and accessories, red & blue candle, etc. 81. Sewing Basket: scissors, thread, needles, thimble, seam ripper, safety pins, etc.
82. Sports Basket: decorate with a particular team
83. Teacher/Secretary Basket: pens, stapler, tape dispenser, post-it notes, fun binder clips, paper clips, etc.
84. Computer Basket: mouse pad, organizers, paper, CDs, keyboard cleaner, wipes, etc.
85. Fishing Basket: rod & reel, fishing lures, net, tackle box, etc.
86. Just for Dad - Ideas for this basket would be tickets to a sporting event or a round of golf, gift certificate to Home Depot or Gander Mountain or anything that would make Dad feel special.
87. Teen Girls (gift cards from American Eagle, PacSun, Forever 21)
88. At the Car Wash (gift certificates from the Wash Tub, Auto Zone; Armour All, chamois cloth)
89. Books and Coffee (gift cards to Borders, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks)
90. Bistro (gift certificates to Williams Sonoma, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s, Dillard’s)
91. Movies ( DVDs, gift cards to Regal cinema, AMC cinema)
92. Off to College (gift cards to Target, WalMart, Subway)
93. Exercise for Health: items to promote physical fitness: sweat band, pedometer, stress ball, water bottle,jump rope, etc.
94. Weekend Getaway Weekend Stay at a Mountain or Beach Home Gift Basket filled with goodies for the weekend
95. Sports Package Four Tickets for a Braves Game and a Parking Pass Dinner for Four at a Downtown Restaurant
96. Action Territory Family Night or Birthday Party
Trips and Getaways • Use of vacation home • Bed & Breakfast • Hotels and resorts • Limousine service • Airline tickets • Hot air balloon ride • Sailing or boat cruise Sports and Sporting Events • Pro Game tickets • Rounds of golf or tennis • Pro instruction • Riding lessons • Skiing lessons • Sports memorabilia • Equipment and clothing Gift Certificates • Restaurants • Books and CD’s • Clothing and accessories • Beauty salon • Car wash Concert tickets • Theater tickets • Movie tickets • Personal museum tour Special Events • Hosted dinner • Hosted kid’s party • Catering • Music for a party • Facility rental Electronics • I-Pod • Digital camera • Laptop computer Cultural Events Food and Drink • Bottles of wine or spirits • Gourmet foods • Cooking lessons Arts and Crafts • Paintings • Drawings • Prints • Ceramics • Fine jewelry • Quilts and hangings • Handmade clothing • Art classes House and Garden • Antiques • Oriental carpets • Garden equipment • Appliances • Kitchen equipment
Professional Services • Accountant • Personal trainer • Photographer • Interior designer • Landscape designer • Computer consultant