Calling for Silent Auctions – Basket Ideas

Support the Back to School Clothing Drive 50th Anniversary Celebration by donating a silent or live auction item today! Not sure what to donate? Check out our wish list here and feel free to get creative!

Silent Auction Basket Ideas

Pamper Mom
Suggested items: Bubble bath, bath salts, towels, candles, a CD of meditative music, gift card to a local salon and/or for a massage.
Creative twist: Make the container part of the pampering—use a foot bath or a pretty basket suitable for keeping personal items.

For the Golfers
Suggested items: Tees, golf balls, visor, gloves, book about golf, a gift card to a golf store or to a local course.
Creative twist: Present the items in a sports bag.

Outdoor Adventures
Suggested items: Sleeping bag, fishing pole, mini lanterns, fixings for s’mores (graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate), head lamps, bug spray, citronella candles, gift cards to outdoor stores.
Creative twist: Pack the contents into a cooler or a tent.

Italian Dinner Night
Suggested items: High-end pastas, a variety of sauces, Italian bread/bread sticks, Parmesan cheese, a bottle of red wine, and gift cards to an Italian deli and local Italian restaurant.
Creative twist: Present the items in a large pasta bowl.

Family Fitness
Suggested items: Water bottles, fitness DVDs, books on healthy family activities (hikes, outdoor vacations, etc.), dumbbells, passes to local gyms and other fitness facilities (like roller-skating rinks).
Creative twist: Try to get local fitness businesses to donate services as part of the basket.

Trusty Traveler: Everything business travelers need to jetset in style. Include a suit bag, leather briefcase, Bose headphones and travel pillow into a carry-on roller with wheels. Up the ante with a gift card for flights or hotel stays. (Pin source: House Party)

Mixologist’s Wheelbarrow: Stock a wheelbarrow full of alcoholic beverages, plus mixing tools and cocktail recipes. This is one big “basket” that’s guaranteed to get plenty of attention and bids.

Looking Suave: Pair men’s grooming essentials like a shaving kit, heated shaving cream dispenser, shower mirror and electric razor with selection of 12 silk neckties from an exclusive Men’s Shop.

Gourmet Wine and Dine: A few bottles of fine wine pair perfectly with gourmet goodies: think pacific smoked salmon, camembert cheese, Godiva chocolates and truffles, olive oils, vinegars, specialty cupcakes and more. Complete with a leather serving tray.

Music to My Ears: Auction off concert tickets for a year (12 Ticketmaster gift cards, or a combination of gift cards and pre-purchased tickets) along with signed memorabilia and CDs of popular artists touring next year. Up the ante with airfare and lodging to a concert of their choice, like Winspire’s Music Lovers’ Getaway.

Fun in the Sun: Obtain designer sunglasses (his & hers), beach towels, sand toys, sunscreen, tropical beverages, waterproof cameras, snorkel gear and an e-reader to enjoy at the beach. Store in a big straw tote, suitcase or on a beach chair, with bright decorations like paper umbrellas and leis. If your town gets frigid in the winter, you can market this as an “emergency tropical getaway.”