Who doesn’t enjoy getting a themed gift basket full of goodies?

That’s why any time of year you are planning a fundraiser, gift baskets are an ideal option.

They also make for unique fundraising ideas, whether it is for a silent auction at a live fundraising event or in online charity auctions.

The creative options for themes, items, and presentations are endless…Use our list of 36 gift basket ideas to help get you started!


Idea Description
The Baker’s Basket A wicker basket of baking mixes for cakes, brownies, pancakes, pie crust, pie fillings, rolling pin, glass pie pan, wax paper, cookie cutters, cut cupcake liners, and a baking cookbook.
Chocolate Lover’s Basket Have an assortment of gourmet chocolates, chocolate liqueurs, chocolate muffins, cookies, and fudge. Be creative and have a few rare, weird, and fantastic chocolate products.
Julie & Julia Basket High-end cooking dishes, Julia Child cookbooks, and DVDs of her show, the book and movie, Julie and Julia, and a local cooking class for the winning bidder and a few of their friends.
Cultural Food Basket Choose a culture like Italian, Thai, Indian, or Zulu (or a few cultures, for a few different baskets) – select a group of food items, jewelry, cultural books, tourist books, curious, and artwork, etc.
Barbeque Time Basket Use a barbecue as the actual basket and include tools, sauces, spices, tongs, recipe books, and vouchers for meats.


Idea Description
Gourmet Coffee Basket Include a coffee machine, a variety of filter coffee packs, espresso coffee packs, milk frother, coffee plunger, and gourmet or rare coffees, as well as, gift certificates to a favorite local coffee shop.
Tea for Two Basket Include a variety of teas, crackers, petit fours or tiny cakes, a tea set with cups, and a teapot.
Wine Lovers Basket Have a selection of red and white wines, wine glasses, plus snacks to go with the wines, like cheese and crackers, and meats.
World of Wines Basket A selection of different wines from around the world. Include a bottle opener, a wine reference book, and an ice bucket.
Global or Micro Beer Basket Include an assortment of beers and drinks from around the world or your local microbreweries.

Family Friendly

Idea Description
New Baby Basket Swaddling blankets, handmade toys, pacifiers, diaper cream, baby shampoo, onesies, all displayed in a baby tub or car seat.
Pirates of the Caribbean Basket A chest of pirate booty that includes chocolate gold coins, a gold bracelet or earrings, model ship kit, plastic sword, eye patch, and the 5-set movie collection.
Rainy Day Fun Basket A basket of puzzles, board games, a deck of cards, dice, popcorn, ingredients to make s’ mores, chips, pop, classic books, and movies. Throw in a fun raincoat and rubber boots too.


Idea Description
Date Night Basket A romantic basket! Gift cards for restaurants, movie tickets, popcorn, bowling, go-carts (or any activity that could be used for a date), and flowers. You could also include a babysitting service!
Weekend Getaway Basket Contains a voucher for a hotel, or bed and breakfast. Include champagne, wine, cheese, and other romantic snacks. Also, toss in some vouchers for activities near the hotel such as tour guides, spa treatments, and hiking/riding/cycling.

Sports and Fitness

Idea Description
Body Builder’s Basket Dumbbells, resistance bands, an exercise mat, stability ball, sweat towels, sweatbands, gym subscription, and a voucher for personal trainer session.
Athlete-in-Training Basket Pick a specific sport and build around it. For example, cycling – with gift cards to cycle shops, cycling helmet, spare tire tubes, pump, and bike repair kit, etc.
Golfing Galore Basket Include balls, golf tees, an umbrella, sunglasses, golfing glove, cap, golfing magazines, vouchers to local courses, and a free session with a golfing instructor, etc.
Sports Fan Basket Include a team jersey, team hat, tickets, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, binoculars, heat pads, banner, team flag for car and even tickets.


Idea Description
Video Games Basket Select a video game console to build your theme, like the Sony PlayStation or Microsoft Xbox, and fill a basket with the most popular games and a gift card to their local game store.
Geared Up Basket Phone accessories, mobile charger, outlet power strip, extension cord, USB, and a compact travel organizer to put all their small gadgets in.


Idea Description
Pet Lover’s Basket Themed towards a specific type of pet – cat, dog, bird, or horse, etc. Have a selection of pet toys, snacks, food, shampoos, and a voucher for the local vet.
Pup and Master Gift Basket Delicious treats for both the proud pet parent and their four-legged friend! Include an assortment of gourmet snacks for the owner and yummy biscuits for the dog.


Idea Description
Auto Care Basket Car tune-up or oil-change vouchers, air fresheners, tire pressure gauge, battery starter, seat covers, etc.
Deluxe Car Wash Bucket Delicious treats for both the proud pet parent and their four-legged friend! Include an assortment of gourmet snacks for the owner and yummy biscuits for the dog.


Idea Description
Camping Adventure Basket Flashlights, tent, compass, local area hiking guide, lantern, cook stove, outdoor cooking pot and utensils, canteen, camping foods, and a gift certificate for outdoor recreation store for sleeping bags.
Adrenaline Junkie Basket Include vouchers for skydiving, white water rafting, roller coaster rides, horse polo lessons, track cars, motorcycle rentals, etc.
Beach Blanket Bingo Basket Colorful towels, plastic pail, shovels, beach ball, umbrella, cooler, Frisbee, radio, sunblock, and funky sunglasses all displayed in a beach bag or picnic basket.
Survival Kit Basket First-aid kit, bottled water, wind up transistor radio, flashlight, matches, lightweight blanket, freeze-dried food, and a survival guide.


Idea Description
Pampered at Home Basket Bath gels, lotions, facial kit, bathrobe, fluffy slippers, luxurious towels, massage products, and a pedicure kit.
Hair Care Basket Have a selection of hair care products – a hair dryer, a curling iron, shampoos, conditioners, gels, hair spray, comb/brushes, and hair clips.
Designer Makeup Basket Include a variety of makeup, also throw in a voucher for a training session with a professional makeup artist.

Crafts and Hobbies

Idea Description
The Holiday Basket Include tinsel, garlands, ornaments, lights, candy canes, fruitcake, holiday-themed cookie cutters, advent calendar, Hickory Farm’s style edibles, wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape.
Knitting Basket Knitting needles, yarn, pattern books, knitting magazine subscription or book, completed scarf, knitting class for winning bidder and friends with local knitting guru.
Candle Aroma Basket Include a variety of candles and accessories such as candle holders, matches or lighters, candle making kit, and candle making books.
Gardening Basket Garden gloves, shovel, seeds, spray can, fertilizer, soaker hose, sprinkler, knee wagon, and a hand rake.

Have we inspired you with these fun, themed gift basket ideas for fundraising? What unique basket or bundle ideas have you come up with at your fundraisers? We would love to hear all about it! Start a conversation on our Facebook page.

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