The many fundraiser basket ideas we are sharing with you have great appeal for bidders. One thing to remember, when you hold your auction, bidders who participate are there to support your cause. They’re going to buy something. This is why having a variety of themed gift baskets, you’re certain to appeal to various interests.

First, let’s talk about creating gift baskets. Where do they come from?

1. Reach out to local businesses to provide the “one big item” in the basket, such as a travel agent’s 3 day/2 night weekend to NYC (or another loved destination for a weekend getaway with someone they love) or front-row seat to a pro ball game or popular concert—you get the idea. Another fundraiser basket idea is asking the local pro hockey team to offer two seats to four games this season—it’s your job to create the basket by complementing the tickets with a team t-shirt, ball cap, water bottle, or even something autographed by the team. This way, your organization is on the hook for the basket and the complementary items. To offset the cost of creating these baskets, you might consider a fundraiser.

2. Perform a search to find local businesses that sell gift baskets. Typically, you’ll find specialty stores that sell cookies, cheeses, and wines. or cooking gadgets (to name a few), and sell gift baskets. Ask the owner if they would consider donating a gift basket or two. Have the owner check with their CPA to see if a business can write the donation off on their taxes.

FundraiserBasket Ideas by Theme 

From foodies and sports fans to travelers and self-care gurus…we have several fundraiser basket ideas for every auction. It doesn’t matter if it’s a silent auction, a live event, or even a virtual one, the possibilities are only limited by your team’s imagination!

Top 21 Fundraiser Basket Ideas for Any Type of Charity Auction

Fundraiser Gift Basket Ideas for Foodies

1. The Baker’s Basket

Give your bidders everything they might need to make some Instagram-worthy baked goods. Throw in a popular cookbook, baking mixes, and some cute cookie cutters. 

The baker’s basket is not only a family favorite, but it can also be the start of a fun date night. 

2. The Chocolate Lover’s Basket

Chocolate is a favorite of those with a sweet tooth. So, why not put together an assortment of gourmet chocolates or chocolate muffins and cookies? Get creative and throw in some locally-sourced chocolate products.

Or, even better, you can surprise the audience with some unusual chocolate flavors. For example, you can try chili chocolate. You can thank us later…

3. The Gourmet Basket

Why not offer the guest with the highest bid the chance to become a gourmet chef for one night?

Here are some auction items ideas for those food “connoisseurs”:

  • A voucher for a local cooking class
  • An evening with a personal chef
  • Gift certificates for local restaurants

4. The Vegan Basket

Since veganism is rising, including a vegan gift basket at your charity auction is a must. Toss a vegan cookbook into a basket with some vegan treats and maybe a gift card to a local plant-based restaurant.

5. The BBQ Basket

Another crowd favorite. Various barbecue sauces and marinades, cooking utensils, and some specialty seasoning will grab the attention of any grill enthusiast.

Gift Basket Ideas for The Family

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1. The Bundle of Joy Basket

This is always a fun one to throw together.

From swaddling blankets and toys to parenting how-to books, you can mix multiple items to create “the bundle of joy” gift baskets. In fact, you can make this even more adorable by throwing it all into a baby bathtub.

2. The Movie Nights Basket

From movie passes to movie theater gift cards, you can ask your local cinema for donations to create the perfect raffle basket for movie lovers.

Don’t have a theater nearby? No problem. Bidders can create the ideal movie night at home with gourmet snacks and Netflix or Amazon gift cards.

3. The Rainy Day Basket

Rainy days don’t always have to get you down. A single basket can bring the whole family together for a game night.

Here are some items you can add to a raffle basket:

  • Puzzles
  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Microwave popcorn or baking mixes
  • Family-friendly books from a local bookstore

Fundraiser Basket Ideas for Sport Lovers

1. The Gym Rat Basket

Some of your bidders might be on a quest for a healthier lifestyle.

Help them get into the gym by putting together a basket with gym essentials such as running shoes or resistance bands. You can also offer a trial gym membership. In fact, many gyms will often throw in a voucher for a personal training session with new memberships, too.

2. The Bicyclist Basket

This one does not have to be specific to cyclists, you can always pick another popular sport in your area and build your basket around it.

Cyclists, for example, might enjoy gift cards to bike shops, cycling helmets, new water bottles, and tire pumps.

In fact, have you thought about organizing a more “active” charity event? If you think this would suit your audience, check out our tips for organizing a successful walk/run event.

3. The Basket “Fore!” Golfers

Do you have any golfing enthusiasts attending your charity fundraiser?

Then, here are some items you could include in the gift basket:

  • Golf balls
  • Golf tees
  • Golfing magazines
  • Gift certificate to a local sporting goods store
  • A free session with a golf pro
  • 9 holes of golf for two
  • 2 passes to the driving range

4. The “Ultimate Fan” Basket

Create a fun basket by including items such as team jerseys, binoculars, and event stadium seats.

Fundraiser Basket Ideas for Tech Lovers

1. The Gamer Basket

You could start by selecting a video game to build your theme (like Minecraft or Fortnite) around and then fill a raffle basket with the most popular gaming gear.

However, you could also just throw in an Amazon gift card so that bidders can purchase their own gaming items.

2. The Traveling Tech Basket

Having the right tech accessories when traveling has become a must. From mobile power banks to outlet converters and USB cords, these are just a few of the items that will make your bidders’ journey easier.

Fundraiser Basket Ideas for Travelers

1. The Camping Connoisseur Basket

To make camping more comfortable, you can include an ultralight sleeping bag, a glamper tent, and even a portable grill.

Here are some other physical items you can add to this basket:

  • Flashlight
  • Compass
  • Local hiking guide
  • Lantern
  • Outdoor cooking pot and utensils
  • A gift certificate to a local sporting goods store.


2. The Adrenaline Junkie Basket

Include travel vouchers for skydiving, white water rafting, amusement parks, or any other adventure-filled local activity to create the perfect summer basket.

3. The Day-at-the-Beach Basket

Who doesn’t love a good beach day? With these items, you can help bidders have a chill weekend getaway by the beach:

  • Beach towels
  • Frisbee
  • Water bottle
  • Beach toys
  • Pool floats
  • Speaker
  • Boogie board

Want to upgrade this basket to make it even more appealing? Then, add the items to a beach bag. 

4. The Survival Kit Basket

Are any of your bidders eager to take a walk on the wild side?

Then, they might appreciate items such as:

  • A first-aid kit
  • A water purifier
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Flashlights
  • Freeze-dried food
  • A lightweight blanket
  • Pocket knife

Take this fundraiser gift “basket” to the next level by adding the items in a hiking backpack instead of a basket. 

Fundraising Gift Ideas for Self-Care Gurus

1. The Spa Day Basket

Bath bombs, face masks, bath salts… This fundraiser basket sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? 

Give bidders even more to think about by tossing in a bathrobe, luxurious towels, essential oils, and even a bottle of wine. 

In fact, you could even add a gift card to the local salon for a massage. 

2. The Hair Care Basket

Save bidders a trip to the salon by including top-rated hair dryers and curling irons. Don’t forget the professional shampoo and conditioner

3. The Makeover Basket

Since makeup is quite a personal thing, you should steer away from including specific products. Instead, you could consider makeup brushes, mirrors, a gift card to a local cosmetics store, or a one-on-one session with a highly-rated makeup artist. 

However, you could add some skin care products to the makeover basket because who doesn’t love a good cleanser or a refreshing face mask? 

Take Your Auction to the Next Level by Adding Fundraiser Basket Ideas

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Whether you are running a silent auction online or offline, great prizes are crucial for the success of any charity fundraiser. So, why not switch the run-of-the-mill single auction items with some gift baskets?

This is one way to take your charity auction from ordinary to extraordinary. This is a great way to highlight local businesses and bring the community together, but bidders will also feel compelled to bid more due to the perceived added value, rarity, and limited supply. It’s a win-win.

We hope some of these fundraiser basket ideas make planning your next charity auction easier. We love helping every auctioneer succeed.

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