Monday, July 11, 2011

Gala Auction Baskets Needed for September Gala

Auction Gift Basket Ideas
Note: Not every item listed needs to be considered a part of each basket. These are nice to have but they are suggested ideas to get you brainstorming. Create your own basket to donate.
{Deadline: August 1st}

·         Spa products basket.  Assorted lotions, bath oils, towels, soaps, cozy robe, slippers, scented candle, etc.

·         Coffee Lover’s Basket.  Coffee beans, grinder, mugs, gift card, biscotti cookies and any other related coffee products

·         Wine Basket.  2 wine glasses, 1 bottles red wine, 1 bottle white wine, cork screw, wine stopper, cheese/crackers, book on wine

·         Kids Baskets. Girl or boy theme – favorite books, movies, cd’s, toys, games, etc.

·         Pet Basket.  Cat or dog theme – bowls, toys, treats, leash, collar, bedding, clothing, food, etc.

·         Baker's Dozen. Baking mixes for cakes, brownies, pancakes, pie crust, pie fillings, rolling pin, glass pie pan, measuring spoons, spatulas, etc. 

·         Beach Blanket Bingo. Colorful towels, plastic pail, shovels, beach ball, umbrella, cooler, Frisbee, radio, Twister game, sun block, and funky sunglasses.

·         Rainy Day Survival. Puzzles, board games, deck of cards, Mad Libs, popcorn, ingredients to make smores, classic books and movies.

·         Tea Party. A variety of teas, biscuits, petit fours or tiny cakes, tea set with cups and teapot, tea infuser, a year of tea from Teavana or gift card, a book on tea

·         High end cooking basket.  Baking dishes, cookbooks, measuring spoons/cups, basic baking supplies, a cooking lesson,etc.

·         Ultimate Fan basket. Team jersey, team hat, tickets, peanuts, Cracker Jack, signed ball.

·         The Ultimate Gift Wrap Basket.  Assorted wrapping, gift bags, cards, tape, scissors, ribbons, bows, etc.

·         Keep In Touch Basket.  Assorted stationery, envelopes, cool pens, postage stamps, assorted greeting cards, thank you cards, etc.

·         The Good Ol’ Boys Club Basket.  Box of high-end cigars, bottle of liquor, shot glasses, poker chips, decks of cards. 

·         It’s an Italian Feast Basket.  Pasta maker, pasta fork, marinara sauce, fancy olive oils, dry bread sticks, etc.

·         The Ultimate Art Experience.  Basket full of art supplies.  Markers, colored pencils, drawing pencils, erasers, canvas, paints, paint brushes, paint tray, etc. 

·         A little Bit of Heaven.  A basket full of luxury bedding (sheets, pillow cases, duvet cover) throw blanket, decor pillow.

·         A Family Getaway.  Does anyone have a timeshare or cabin anywhere they’d want to donate a week stay?  The donation doesn’t have to include airfare. No basket required.

·         Date Night Basket.  Gift card to nice restaurant, movie or theater tickets, two wine glasses and bottle of wine, chocolates, scented candles.

·         It’s Lulu Time.  Assorted yoga products, gift card to Lululemon, yoga DVD, etc.

·         Clean Up Your Act!  His and Hers car detailing (gift certificates).

·         Movie Night.  Big popcorn bowl, bags of microwave popcorn, assorted DVD’s, cozy throw blanket, assorted candies. The bowl could substitute as the basket in this case.

·         Picnic in the Park.  Wicker picnic basket, travel dishes, wine glasses, bottle of wine, cork screw, wine stopper, assorted meat, cheese and crackers, cheese cutting board, cheese cutter.  Large checked blanket/table cloth to sit on. 

·         Mom, You Deserve a BREAK basket!  Gift certificate to Let’s Dish for some complimentary dinners, gift certificate to have your house “spring cleaned”, gift certificate for a mani/pedi at local salon. 

·         Get It Together!  Assorted organizers, baskets, book on how to be organized, planner, gift certificate for 2 hours with a professional organizer.

·         Extreme Room Makeover!  Gift Certificate from interior designer for a room make-over.  (Just ideas/concept – not furniture or actual decor).

·         It’s In the Bag!  Trendy women’s purse filled with a scarf, accessories, wallet, fun cosmetics, etc. Purse can act as the basket.

·         The Ultimate Purse Collection: Do you know a designer that you can get 1 purse in every color they make it in? This would be a great gift for that fasionista!

Cheap baskets can be found at Target, Walmart, The Dollar Store, Kohls, Home Depot, Menards

Other ideas that always do well (no baskets required for the following items):

·         Signed memorabilia
·         Gift Cards from restaurants
·         Gift cards to any major department store
·         Chef Dinners
·         Food and wine pairing classes
·         Culinary cooking classes
·         Boat or train dinner adventures
·         Cruises
·         Lodging (Resorts, Private Cabins, Condos, etc.)
·         Golf tournament passes
·         Golf equipment gift cards
·         Race car tickets
·         Horse racing tickets with dinner
·         Airline tickets or airline miles
·         Jewelry
·         Spa packages
·         Flower of the Month Club (FTD or 800 Flowers)

·         Car detailing
·         Theatre Tickets
·         Sporting Event Tickets
·         Box sets for any game
·         Zoo passes/museum passes
·         Gift cards to restaurants
·         iPod
·         iPad
·         Complete computer set
·         Flat screen monitor
·         Laptops
·         Digital cameras
·         Flat screen TV
·         Ski equipment
·         Skateboards
·         Children’s gifts
·         Bottle of wine ($25 in value or up)

Laura Rogers, OR
Kym Stelmachers, Director of Special Events
952-926-2600 x-28


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