So your company or your social group wants to help a non-profit with some auction donations but you’ve run out of ideas about what to donate. Here are a few themed basket ideas that might stir the juices on what individuals can contribute to create a great auction basket.
Recently a Portland company wanted to support an auction and held an auction basket drive. Each department selected a theme and individuals brought in something small to contribute to their theme basket. The knitting basket was my favorite. There was a cornucopia of yarn colors, needles sizes, patterns, even gift certificates for lessons. So get your company, your friends, your neighbors, your organization involved with supporting a benefit auction and put together a great basket. Here are some theme ideas.
Auction Basket Themes
Gourmet Gift Basket:
Items for the chef in the family. Gift certificates for cooking lessons, gourmet food items, cooking utensils, specialty baking dishes, or favorite cook books.
Book Lovers Gift Basket:
Everything for the book lover. Books, magazines, gift certificates, a reading light, bookmarks, a reading blanket, tea, mug.
Martini Gift Basket:
Vodka, gin, vermouth, cherries, olives, shaker, glasses, decorative sugars and a martini book.
It’s all the rage. Yarn, how to books, patterns, crochet hooks, needles, gift certificates for local knit shops for lessons or supplies.
Items for the new mom. Outfits, burp clothes, and blankets, baby books, stuffed animals, bottles, rattles, teething ring, sippy cup, gDiapers starter kit, Baby Einstein video.
Blanket, books on hikes in the NW, service ware, bug spray, wine, gourmet snacks, tablecloth.
Wine, chocolate, champagne, glasses, candles, bubble bath, massage oil.
Craft Supplies, scissors, ribbons, glue, glue gun, craft books, gift certificate for craft stores, apron, paint brushes, paints.
Italian Food Basket:
Pasta, sauce, olive oil, breadsticks, cookbook, wine, olives, capers, dried herbs, cheese grater, packaged gourmet food items.
Hardware Supply Basket:
Flash light, took kit, tool box, repair kit, measuring tape, level, set of wrenches, set of screwdrivers, tool belt, gift certificates.
Dog Lovers Basket:
Dog bed, toys, treats, grooming kit, bowls, leash, pet frame.
Tequilla, salt, glasses, shot glasses, lime juice, limes, book, blender, sombrero.
Family Game Night Basket:
Games, dice, cards, mugs and coco, snacks, score pad, pen.
Movie Madness Basket:
Popcorn, gift certificates for Regal, Hollywood, Blockbuster, Netflix, classic movie collection, candy, soda, movie buff book.
Tea, coffee, mugs, French press, tea pot, tea bags, tea diffuser, coffee canister, coffee scoop, biscuits or cookies, coffee cookbook.
Yoga mats, videos, weights, yoga bag, fitness bands, gym membership, yoga classes, gym bag, water bottle, sweat towel, sports watch, t-shirt, socks.
Lotions, bubble bath, candles, mellow music, loofah scrub, bath pillow, slippers, eye masks, face masks.
Gloves, tools, shears, knee pads, seeds, books, magazines, gift certificates, bulbs, hose attachment, solar lights, hummingbird feeder.
Bird House Basket:
Bird House, seed, suet, bird books, humming bird feeder, binoculars.
Car Care Basket:
Car wash gift certificates, car care wipes, sponges, shammy, soaps, air freshener, gift certificates for service.
Music Lovers Basket:
CD’, iPod, iTunes card, music store gift certificates, Rock N Roll history book, concert tickets.
Pens, stationary, journals, inkwell, notecards.
Pancake mix, scone mix, syrup, coffee, tea, mugs, spatula, dish towels, dried fruit, nuts, cook book, waffle iron, egg timer, egg cups, oatmeal, grapefruit spoon, juicer.
Home Makeover Basket:
Painting tape, edger, paint brushes, home improvement books, Home Depot gift cards.
Pinot Noir Wine Basket:
Selection of Oregon Pinot Noirs, wine tour, Pinot wine glasses, wine book, wine club.
Children’s Book Basket:
Children’s books under 3-6 years old, collection of classic and new books, a library starter.
NW Natural Grill with BBQ sauces, brushes, tool kit, BBQ planks, chef apron, BBQ book, gourmet rubs.
Kids’ Toys Basket:
Summer fun for the whole family. Games, toys, and a fun toy box or wagon to haul them around in. Everything you need for a summer of fun.
Preserve family memories with everything you need for a scrapbooking fan. Books, stickers, scissors, hole punches, and all of the extra touches.
Mojito Summer Party Basket:
Rum, mint, sugar, glasses, pitcher, everything for a summery refreshing drink.
Herb Garden Basket:
Fill a gardening basket with starts for a kitchen herb garden. Include mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, cilantro, chocolate mint, lavender, sage, parsley, oregano, garlic, chives. Throw in some extra help with a herb garden resource book, trowel, sheers, and garden gloves.
Everything green. Tickets to the game, Ducks t-shirts, pom poms, bumper stickers.
Everything orange, game tickets, athletic wear, fan gear, souvenirs.
Gourmet Pizza Party:
Pizza cookbook, pizza stone, pizza cutter, and lots of gourmet ingredients. Olives, olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, basil, throw in a bottle of red wine.