Raffle or Auction Prizes: Themed Gift Hampers

Raffle or Auction Prizes: Themed Gift Hampers

Today’s tip, about themed gift hampers as auction/ raffle prizes, was prompted by a reader questions about challenges with a silent auction:

We’re having trouble with prizes for our silent auction. For years a dad at our school always managed to get big ticket items sourced because he was well connected. Things like celebrity chef dinner parties, signed rugby jerseys, training sessions with sport stars. This year he isn’t at the school anymore and we haven’t got anything great – it’s really stressing the mum in charge of the silent auction stall! Do we buy stuff to auction off?

My advice to this reader was to first get in touch with Mr-Connected-Former-School-Dad and ask if he was happy to pass on some of his contacts. One would hope that he still harbours feelings of goodwill towards the school and might be happy to hand over a phone number of two.

My other advice is this: If you can’t get your hands on Big Ticket items, instead put together gift hampers along various themes.

The types are limited only by your imagination. Here are some ideas:

  • Camping

  • Gardening

  • Chocolate

  • Kitchen/ Baking

  • Women’s Pamper

  • Men’s Pamper

  • Colours eg Red, Yellow etc

  • Barbecue

  • Toddler

  • Baby

  • Craft

  • Travel

  • Beach Holiday

  • Salted Caramel… OK, maybe I’m projecting here 😉

This works well if you assign one theme per class or year level. Ask each student or family to bring in a donation – suggest something between $5 and $20. One or two families might donate the basket and wrapping instead of a gift.

The beauty of these themed baskets is that there will be something for everyone – they will have broad appeal and generate a good deal of interest.

This can also be run as a Cent Auction, where a sheet of tickets is purchase by each entrant and placed in tubs in front of the prizes according to which you would most like.

Happy Fundraising!

xMandy Weidmann

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