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What are Silent Auction Gift Baskets?

Silent auction baskets are fundraising prizes featuring an assortment of items beautifully arranged in a basket. These appealing gifts are displayed at silent auctions and sold to the highest bidder.

Like raffle baskets, baskets for silent auction can be tailored to fit any theme or event. Their flexibility and value make them a top pick for charity galas, local fundraisers, and benefit events.

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Why Use Baskets for Silent Auction?

👀 Visual Appeal

Gift baskets are an eye-catching way to showcase silent auction prizes. A beautiful basket not only highlights the items inside but also draws bidders to your silent auction table. Gift baskets that reflect your event theme can also add to the fundraiser's ambiance. 

✨ Value-Packed

Did you know bundling items can make prizes seem more valuable and appealing? That's because most bidders see groups of items as a chance to score a better deal. By thoughtfully picking and pairing items, you can transform simple prizes into bidding magnets.

🛍️ Versatile

Gift baskets are one of the most flexible and versatile auction item ideas. Endless item combinations make them easy to tailor to any theme or event and offer a simple DIY option for nonprofits. The broad appeal of the prizes also attracts any donor demographic.

💸 Raise More with Less

Silent auction baskets are a quick and easy way to bundle smaller donations. By packaging these items together, you avoid cluttering your silent auction table and devaluing your other prizes. By bundling low-value donations, you also raise more than selling them alone! 

Food & Drink Themed Gift Baskets

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Picnic Basket

This themed gift basket makes it easy to plan the perfect picnic. Include a blanket, bottle of wine, and gourmet snacks all bundled together in a picnic hamper. Be sure to include accessories like knives, glasses, and plates to complete the prize. 

Wine Tasting

This donor-favorite basket promises a wine-tasting experience at home. Showcase reds, whites, sparkling wines, or rosés or bundle an assortment of each. Finish it off with the perfect pairings like crackers, spreads, and cheese. 

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coffee gift basket

Coffee Lover

Capture the joy of that first sip with a coffee lover's basket. Bundle specialty beans, mugs or espresso cups, and coffee accessories such as a French press, grinder, tamper, and more. Sweeten the deal with some cookies or snacks! 

Gourmet Foodie

This classic basket celebrates all things fine food. Showcase delicious gourmet products, including cured meats, crackers and cheeses, chocolates, cookies, nuts, and more. Bundle in a bottle of wine to further elevate the offering. 

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Cooking Class

Appeal to the amateur chef with a cooking or baking themed gift basket. Include a recipe book, kitchen accessories, an apron, and fine-quality ingredients. You can even add passes to a cooking class so donors can try out their new skills.

Farmer's Market

Showcase fine and artisanal foods from local vendors. Think hot sauces, craft ales, honey, specialty meats and cheeses, pasta sauces, preserves, and more. Many local shops are happy to donate these items in exchange for exposure.

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Entertainment Themed Gift Baskets

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Date Night

Treat donors to a romantic date night with this special gift basket. Must-haves include wine or champagne, movies and popcorn, chocolates, candles, and games. For a night out, add movie tickets, restaurant certificates, or hotel/spa passes.

City Pride

Show some city pride with this gift basket. Include tickets to a sightseeing tour or museum, gift certificates to a trendy restaurant, and some disposable cameras to capture the fun. Bundle it with city memorabilia, art prints, and local foods. 

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sports gift basket

Sports Fan

Fill this all-time favorite silent auction basket with all things sports. Think team merch, posters, cards, or signed memorabilia. Popular additions could include craft beers, sports gear, and even equipment like balls or rackets.

Ticket Bundle

Have lots of ticket donations? Bundle them together to give donors the ultimate free pass. This basket could include tickets to sports games, museums, movies, concerts, or plays, as well as fitness center or yoga passes.

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Gift Cards

Gift card baskets are another great way to repackage low-value donations while offering something for everyone. You can even organize gift card baskets by theme, like retail therapy, wine and dine, or home makeover. 

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Travel Themed Gift Baskets


Tap into donors’ love for travel with the ultimate getaway gift basket. Include a Passport to Paradise ticket that lets donors choose their dream trip. Include flight essentials such as cozy neck pillows, portable chargers, eyemasks, and earbuds. 

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Under the Tuscan Sun

This basket promises an escape to the rolling hills of Tuscany. Get donors dreaming with a stay in an authentic Tuscan home. Then bundle with artisanal Italian favorites like wine, pasta, and olive oils. Swap for Venice, Dordogne, or Provence.

Beach Getaway

Give donors some fun in the sun with this silent auction basket. Choose a stunning beach experience like Turks and Caicos, Tulum, Cabo, or St. Barths. Then include all the beach essentials, from sunglasses and towels to fun beach floaties. 

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Adventure Escape

This gift basket gets donors into the spirit of adventure. Start with a mountain or wilderness trip, then pair it with smaller, themed prizes. Think ski tickets, park passes, trail snacks, a thermos, and camping gear.

Easy and DIY Gift Baskets

Back to School

Everybody loves fresh school supplies! Create the ultimate back-to-school basket with notebooks, pens and pencils, colored markers, craft supplies, and recess snacks. Why not bundle it all in a brand-new lunch box or school bag? 

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gardening gift basket

Gardener's Basket

Pack this prize full of gifts for a green thumb. Be sure to include gardening gloves, seed packets or starters, and garden tools presented in a flower basket or tote. Herb kits, a gardening book, and a potted plant are welcome additions.

Arts & Crafts

Get creative with this arts and crafts basket. Bundle colored pencils, markers, stickers, paints, glue sticks, and more. Paint-by-numbers, craft kits, or tickets to a paint night event make this basket even more appealing.

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Book Lovers

This themed basket is as cozy as curling up with a good book. Bundle together best-sellers or classics, warm reading socks, a blanket, and teas. Fun additions include candles, guided book club questions, and bookshop gift cards. 

Give-Back Basket

What better way to support charity than a basket that gives back? Fill this box with items from companies with a conscience, like jewelry from Jewels With A Purpose, chocolates from Alter Eco, and fair-trade goods from Ten Thousand Villages. 

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Seasonal Themed Gift Baskets

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Valentines Day Gift Basket

Say 'I love you' a dozen different ways with this sweetheart's basket. Bundle in a bottle of fine wine, decadent chocolate truffles, heart-shaped sweets, candles, and flowers. Don't forget to wrap it all up with a bow.

Easter Gift Basket

Ideal for kids of all ages, this basket includes everything you need for an Easter egg hunt. Fill it with chocolate bunnies, mini eggs, candy, and a plush easter toy. Bundle the prizes together in a woven wicker basket.

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4th of July Gift Basket

Bring some red, white, and blue to your summer fundraiser with a 4th of July gift basket. Fill a cooler with classic sweet and salty snacks, BBQ sauces, rubs, and craft beers. Add in flags and sparklers to make it pop!

Fall Bounty Basket

These fall silent auction basket ideas are perfect for Thanksgiving or the harvest season. Fill your basket with spiced teas or coffees, ciders, candles, and jams. Don't forget to add apple or pumpkin-flavored treats! 

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Christmas Gift Basket 

Celebrate the season of giving with a beautiful Christmas gift basket. Fill this seasonal favorite with hot chocolate, gingerbread, candy canes, and fruit cake. Make it extra special with stockings, candles, ornaments, and holiday cards.

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