Food & Drink, Cooking and Entertaining
Gift certificates from local restaurants (both fine and casual)
Gift certificate from a make‐and‐take business
Gift certificate for a cooking class
Set of “good” kitchen knives
Small (but somewhat fancy) kitchen appliances: a Kitchen Aid mixer, espresso machine
Gift certificate for a cookie‐a‐month, dessert‐a‐month, etc. (could be donated by a professional or by someone within your organization who bakes just like a professional)
Chocolate basket , coffee basket, bread basket, wild rice basket: any type of theme can work! Include actual product, gift certificates for product, ingredients and tools to make product, cookbooks – be creative!
Gift certificate/basket from a local food co‐op or food artisan (such as a chocolate, honey, cheese or wine maker)
Dinner prepared by a local chef or someone within your organization
Set of BBQ tools
25 lb. Salted Nut Roll
Year supply of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies
Family Fun Box: a plastic tub filled with various board and card games, snacks (such as microwave popcorn, licorice, Goldfish, Skittles), and/or a Blockbuster gift certificate
Baby basket filled with lotion, powder, bibs, blanket, toys, etc.
Set of children’s books
Set of children’s toys
Set of children’s DVDs
Gift certificate for admission to the Children’s Museums, Museums, Zoos, etc.
Toy store gift certifcates
Baseball card collecting kit
Gift certificate for a clown at a birthday party
Gift certificate for a pony at a birthday party
Admission to a water park or other theme park
If you have lots of children attending your event, you might also consider a table for “young bidders.” Bidding can be limited to children under a certain age, with each item valued at less than $10. You can include items such as a single puzzle, t‐shirts, a disposable camera.
Jewelry, stuffed animals, etc.
Gift certificate from a local nursery
Gift certificate from a local florist (could be a single certificate or for a flower/plant a month)
Tote of garden tools
Garden boot cleaner
Copper fire pit
Bird feeder and bird feed
Gift certificate from a local landscaper
Gift certificate for dirt, rock, mulch
Gift certificate from a lawn service
Use of a piece of heavy landscape equipment for a weekend
Yard clean‐up/ gutter cleaning/ window washing gift certificate
Classic jewelry (for example, a pair of gold hoop earrings or a single strand of pearls).
Jewelry can be difficult because it depends on individual taste. If you can stick with something classic, you have a better chance at selling it.
Even better...a gift certificate from a local jeweler
Gift certificate for manicure, pedicure, massage, haircut, spa -day
Basket of spa/bath products
Basket of fine soaps, lotion, etc.
Handmade/hand knit scarves (again, subject to taste, but these have been very popular lately)
Relaxation basket: bubble bath, aroma therapy candle, CD of quiet music, etc.
Hand bag from Coach, Brighton, etc.
Tickets for a professional or college game: hockey, basketball, baseball, football
Memorabilia signed by professional players (baseball, bobble head, photo, jersey)
Sports equipment: golf clubs, tennis racket, fishing rod, tackle box filled with lures
Gift certificate for golf, diving, tennis, etc. lessons
Gift certificate for round of golf at local club
Half day of guided fishing
Tent, sleeping bag, cookstove, etc.
Ski lift ticket certificates
House and Home
Gift certificate for maid service
Tool box filled with new tools
Electronics: stereo system, iPod, television, etc.
Set of CDs around a certain theme
Digital camera or video camera
Art work (again, some what subjective but don’t eliminate it completely. Just remember generally art work does not go for the full value. )
Gift certificate for a painting of your house
Gift certificate for a room makeover
Gift certificate for a session with a professional organizer
Handyman gift certificate
Box/bucket of “green” cleaning products
Gift certificate from a local photographer
Handmade cards, photo album, etc.
Gift basket related to a specific craft (for example, stamping or knitting)
Gift certificate for a craft class
Handmade quilt or certificate for handmade quilt
Baskets themed around a holiday (for example, a Christmas basket could include ornaments, holiday candles, a tree skirt, stockings, etc.)
Silk or dried floral arrangement
Household items such as vases, bowls, platters, candlesticks, pillows
Complete “table‐top”: includes set of dishes for eight, table cloth, napkins, candle
holders, silverware, crystal, etc.
Gift certificates from local gift shops
Department 56 collectibles
Artificial/decorated Christmas tree
Dyson vacuum cleaner
Use of a dumpster for a week
Just for Fun
Tickets to local arts and culture events (music, theater, dance, opera, museums etc)
Gift certificate for dance lessons
Downtown hotel stay (in any of the major metropolitan areas )
Horse‐drawn carriage ride
Hot air balloon ride
Tour of a local winery with a private wine tasting
Gift certificate for bowling
Gift certificate for a bed and breakfast
Small getaway packages
Weekend in a cabin or condo (donated by someone associated with the organization)
Favorite XXXXX: have board or committee members each contribute a favorite item around a certain theme: bottle of wine, book, game, pet product and then create a basket from the items
Weekend hot tub rental
A musical performance in your home
Gift certificate for tax preparation
Personal coaching sessions
Teeth whitening gift certificate
Basket of pet‐related items
Gift certificate for veterinary services
Items signed by celebrities
Gift certificates for car washes or detailing