26 Awesome
Silent Auction Basket Ideas

Looking for a list of AWESOME silent auction basket ideas?!

Well here is a detailed list of 26 of the best fundraising gift baskets for your silent auctions. Plus... You'll also find a bulleted list of additional title ideas for brainstorming!

For Auction Basket Advice...

If you want some advice on putting your baskets together, and for general gift basket fundraising info, read here.

I'd also suggest using Sherry Truhlar's Auction Item ideas, books and resources for when organizing your silent auctions.

And if you want to run an AWESOME Silent Auction...

Then I'd suggest you read this Silent Auction Fundraiser article.

But More Importantly:

Make sure that you launch your Silent Auction online first. Either through your Fundraising Event Website or a dedicated Online Auction Event Website.

This will...

  • Broaden your Reach! More people can now take part in your auction as you're not geographically limited.
  • Raise bids before your event. Monkey see, Monkey do. When people at the event see that others have already bidded on items it increases their desire for that item.

    Essentially it starts the snow ball rolling!
  • Increase marketing and promoting opportunity. Having your auction online you can now market to the world.

    It also allows your supporters and bidders to easily promote your auction to their circle of friends online through Facebook and Pinterest etc.. Powerful stuff!

And if you want to cut out the work of setting up a live Silent Auction -

You could just hold an exclusively Online Silent Auction (Basket) Fundraiser.

Let's take a look at these AWESOME basket ideas now though...

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A detailed list of 26 super AWESOME Silent Auction Basket Ideas. (Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District / Flickr)

Silent Auction Basket Ideas:

1. It's a Date!
Let's start with a romantic basket! Gift cards for restaurants, movie tickets, popcorn, bowling, go-carting (or any activity that could be used for a date), and flowers.

2. Weekend Getaway:
Voucher to a hotel, or bed and breakfast. Include champagne, wine, cheese and other snacks. Plus vouchers for activities near the Hotel: Spa, tour guides, hiking/riding/cycling, etc. And a petrol Voucher for the trip.

3. Wine Lovers:
One of my favorite silent auction basket ideas that is very simple to put together! Have a selection of red and white wines, plus snacks to go with the wines, like cheese and crackers, etc.

And what about a bottle opener, a wine reference book, a 'wine with food' reference book, voucher to local winery or tasting event, and an ice bucket.

4. World of Wines:
Same as the above, but with a selection of different wines from around the world!

5. Pet Lovers:
Themed towards a specific type of pet - Cat, dog, bird, or horse, etc. Have a selection of pet toys, snacks, food, and a voucher for the local vet.

A Dog Lovers Silent Auction Basket. One of the 26 detailed Auction Gift Basket Ideas (Also find 52 idea titles for brainstorming!). (Photo by Logan Ingills / Flickr)

6. Camping Crazy!
If supporters of your cause like to camp, this is a popular item to have. Depending on your resources, you could have a simple basket with just the basics, or a high end one that includes a tent and accessories.

7. Movie Night:
Movie Theatre vouchers, dvds of popular movies, popcorn, and Chocolate, etc.

8. Baby Shower:
Everything a baby and new mother will need. Nappies, nappy cream, sleep monitor, wet wipes, bibs, baby books, toys, baby blankets, etc.

What do you think of these Silent Auction Basket Ideas so far? Leave your comments or your own ideas in comment box down below.

9. Spa at Home:
Bath gels, lotions, facial kit, bathrobe, fluffy slippers, massage products, and a pedicure kit, etc.

10. Hair Affair:
For hair lovers! Have a selection of hair care products - shampoos, conditioners, gels, hair spray, comb/brushes, and hair clips, etc.

11. Beach Bums:
Let's have some fun in the sun!!! This silent auction gift basket will need sunscreen, beach towels, umbrella or beach tent, bucket and beach shovels, frisbee, snorkel and flippers, boogie boards, disposable waterproof camera, and a cooler box.

12. Car Care:
Car wash vouchers, car wash products, inner air fresheners, and seat covers, etc.

13. Golfing Galore:
There will always be golf fanatics at any auction. So put together a basket with - balls, golf tees, an umbrella, sunglasses, golfing glove, cap, golfing magazines, vouchers to local courses, and a free session with a golfing instructor, etc.

14. Spectator at Sport:
You could have team caps, sunscreen, stadium seats, tickets to major sporting events, season tickets, box tickets, meet the team vouchers, binoculars, and supporter apparel.

15. Candle Aroma:
A basket full of a variety of candles and accessories - Like candle holders, matches or lighters, candle making kit, and candle making books, etc.

16. Death by Chocolate:
Yum! This one's a real treat. Have an assortment of Chocolates and gourmet chocolates. Be creative and have a few rare, weird and wonderful products!

17. Gourmet Coffee:
I'm a real coffee lover, so I always bid on coffee baskets at any silent auction I attend! You could include a coffee machine, a variety of filter coffee packs, espresso coffee packs, milk frother, coffee plunger, and gourmet or rare coffees!

18. Adrenaline Junkies:
You can be really creative with this. Think of anything that an Adrenaline Junky would do, or would use: Vouchers for sky diving, white water rafting, rollercoaster rides, horse polo lessons, etc.

19. Cultural Food Baskets:
Pick a culture like Italian, Thai, Indian, or Zulu (or a few cultures, for a few different baskets), and create a basket of food items, jewelry, cultural books, tourist books, curios, and artwork, etc.

Cultural Food Auction Baskets are one of the many brilliant silent auction basket ideas that you can use for your auctions and events! (Photo by Alan Kotok / Flickr)

20. Gym Junkies:
For this heavy lifting silent auction basket idea, you could use - Dumbells, resistance bands, exercise mat, sweat towels, sweat bands, gym subscription, voucher for personal trainer session, stability ball, bosu ball, and training DVDs.

21. Athlete in Training:
Similar to the above basket but with a specific sport in mind. For example, cycling - with gift cards to cycle shops, cycling helmet, spare tire tubes, pump, and bike repair kit, etc.

22. The Bakers Basket:
This one is for those who love to bake! You could include oven gloves, flour, baking powder, choc chips, nuts, icing sugar, cocoa powder, cookie/muffin pan, recipe for ingredients in basket, and recipe book for baking, etc.

23. Barbeque Blitz:
Another of my favorite silent auction basket ideas! Use a barbecue as the actual basket - with tools, sauces, spices, tongs, recipe books, and meat vouchers.

24. Global Beers / Drinks:
An assortment of beers and drinks from around the world!

25. Potting About in the Garden:
You'll definitely have gardeners at your auction! So include in your basket - seeds, pot plants, gardening magazine subscriptions, gardening books, tools, gloves, hanging baskets, and vouchers to garden shops.

26. Hot Air Balloon Ride:
This is a cool idea. Include tickets for a hot air balloon ride, with champagne and snacks, etc.

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Ready to Start Your Silent Auction?

Then start by getting your Online Silent Auction website setup.

Some More Theme Ideas
For Auction Baskets:

  1. Art Lovers
  2. Back to School
  3. Back to the Future / Back in the Day
  4. Bridal Magic
  5. Camping
  6. Cat Lovers
  7. Cocktails
  8. Cooking for Kids
  9. Cowboys!
  10. Cupcakes
  11. Dog Lovers
  12. Family Games
  13. Family Night
  14. Fun in the Snow
  15. Fun in the Sun
  16. Gift Cards / Discounts
  17. Harry Potter
  18. Health Foods
  19. Horsing Around
  20. Hunger Games
  21. International Gift Basket
  22. Jewelry
  23. Karaoke Night
  24. Knitting for Nutters!
  25. Lord of the Rings
  26. Memory Making
  27. Mothers and Baby Basket
  28. Movie Madness
  29. Mr Gadget
  30. National Culture Basket
  31. Off to College
  32. Patriotic Basket
  33. Picnic Basket
  34. Pirates of the Caribbean
  35. Pizza Making
  36. Regional
  37. Sci Fi Guy
  38. Scrap-booking Deluxe
  39. Spicy Hot Food Lovers Basket
  40. Sports Memorabilia
  41. Star Trek Geeks
  42. Star Wars Fans
  43. Survival Kit
  44. Tea Time
  45. The Guitarist
  46. The Musician
  47. The Pianist
  48. The Woodwork-shop
  49. To the Slopes / Skiing
  50. Weekend Getaway
  51. Wine & Cheese
  52. Wine, Dine & Romance

For some more great silent auction basket ideas check out this Pinterest Board.

And to get your Silent Auction started:

Setup your Online Auction Website.

I wish you all the best of luck with your fundraising.

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