Silent Auction Basket Ideas
Bubble bath, bath salts, towels, candles, a CD of meditative music, gift card to a local salon and/or for a massage. Consider a foot bath or pretty basket as container.
For the Golfers
Tees, golf balls, visor, gloves, book about golf, a gift card to a golf store or to a local course. Can be presented in a sports bag.
Utensils, marinades, mitts, charcoal, cookbooks about grilling.
Diapers, diaper bag, onesies, burp cloths, infant toys, board books, teething rings, baby socks, bibs. Consider using a baby bathtub as container.
For a Book Club
A few bestselling books, wine glasses, wine, gourmet snacks, gift card to local bookstore or Amazon.com. Items can be presented in a pretty book bag.
Get Ready for Kindergarten
Educational games and toys, school spiritwear, school water bottle. Pack in a backpack.
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. Items can be packed into a cooler.
Movie Night at Home
Boxes of candy and microwave popcorn, DVDs, movie passes, blankets, store gift cards (for DVDs and snacks). Restaurant gift cards can be included.
Gift cards for conveniences or attractions in your community like dry cleaning, grocery store, coffee shop, movie theater, restaurants, hair salon, etc.
Products from local vendors like baked goods, soap, jewelry, candles, and scarves (or other knitted creations). Consider asking a local vendor to give a private tour to the winner. Winners would probably like going behind the scenes at the bakery or candle factory and seeing how they work.
Baking With Kids
Baking mixes (muffins, cakes, cookies), frosting, baking with kids cookbook, aprons, kids’ mixing utensils, measuring cups, cookie cutters, decorating supplies. Items can be displayed in a large mixing bowl.
Balls (baseball, basketball, football, soccer), tickets to local sporting events, gift card to a sporting goods store, Frisbee, sports-team-theme apparel (shirts, hats, etc.) and blanket, water bottle, sports-theme books and board games Items can be arranged in a large duffel bag.
Italian Dinner Night
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. Can be presented in a large pasta bowl.
Garden store gift card, planters, watering cans, gloves, seeds, sunscreen, hand lotion, bags of soil, garden rack.
Fish-theme games and books, gift card to pet store, instructional books on fish care. Items can be presented in an aquarium.
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).
For the Dogs (or Cats)
Gift card to a pet store, dog (or cat) toys, dog (or cat) food bowls, pet jersey or sweater, shampoo and other grooming supplies, a leash. Items can be presented in a dog/cat bed.
Arts and Crafts
Markers, pens, colored pencils, crayons, craft paint, construction paper, paint brushes, stamping kit, jewelry kits, small wooden model kits, loom bracelet kit, poster board, gift card to craft store.
Beach towels, beach toys, balls, sunblock, sunglasses, gift cards to mini golf or other summer activities, yard toys (Frisbee, plastic bowling pins), bubbles, sidewalk chalk.
Fun With Science
Tickets to science museum (if you have one nearby), science games, experiment kits, science puzzles, glow-in-the-dark ceiling stickers, goggles, a child-sized lab coat.
Team spirit: a few theme items for a popular baseball or football team, if you have one in your area, and tickets to a game
Coffee: different varieties of coffee, and gift cards to local coffee shops
Chocolate: boxes of chocolate and samplings of loose chocolates, gift cards to a candy/chocolate shop
Favorite kids’ books: ask your school’s teachers to contribute to this one by choosing their favorite classic
Cookies: different varieties of cookies, a cookbook of cookie recipes
Ice cream social: ice cream dishes, sauces, sprinkles and other assorted toppings, gift card to local grocery store, gift card to ice cream shop
Knitting fun: yarn, needles, mini tape measure, stitch markers, gift card to yarn shop