10 Raffle Basket Ideas That Are Refreshingly Original

Published November 20, 2020
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Raffle basket ideas are great fundraisers that can range from a moderate price point to higher end raffles with higher price points. You can add as much as you like to any fundraiser basket ideas.

Raffle Basket Ideas

When putting together a raffle basket, you want to brainstorm to come up with some exciting ideas to capture participants' imaginations. If you know any local or national celebrities, try to get them involved to promote and participate.

1. Throw-a-Kid's-Birthday-Party

This basket will have everything you need for hosting a birthday party. You can choose various items to include based on a party theme or venue. You can include all the essential items for a child's birthday party, such as the tablecloth, napkins, plates, utensils, birthday cake gift certificate and candles, streamers, themed decorations, party hats, blowouts and noisemakers, stickers, and favor packs.

Other items you may want to include:

  • A specific number of all-day passes to a local amusement park.
  • Theater tickets for a specific number of kids.
  • Gift certificate for a birthday party hosted at an indoor miniature golf adventure center.
  • Gift certificate for a birthday party hosted at a local Chuck E. Cheese or similar game arcade that caters to parties.
Gift certificate basket

2. Tailgate Auction Basket Ideas

Tailgate auction basket ideas might include season passes for a favorite football team, beer vouchers, a gift certificate for local barbecue, and lots of tailgate snacks such as popcorn, peanuts, tortilla chips and salsa, potato chips, and pretzels.

High-End Fundraiser Version

You can include a tailgate barbecue grill and grill tool set, an RV rental, along with 2-4 tailgating chairs like Hondo Base Camp chairs and a canopy tent.

3. Taco Tuesday Fundraiser Baskets Ideas

This can be a fun food gift basket that contains all the necessary items for a great taco feast. If you worry about keeping food items fresh, you can include a grocery gift card. You can fill the basket with different salsas, tortilla chips, taco shells, various chipotle and tomatillo taco mixes, refried beans, green chiles, and chipotle sauces. You can include tequila, orange liqueur, agave syrup, kosher salt, margarita mix, fresh limes, and margarita glasses.

High-End Fundraiser Version

In addition to the basket, you may want to include an all-expense paid trip for two to Cancun or Playa Del Carmen. You may prefer to rent a lush and romantic venue and host a blowout Taco Tuesday party with live music and an attendance cap of 100.

4. Sailing Auction Basket Ideas

You can include several sailing item-oriented gift certificates, a pair of copper beer mugs, a bottle of rum, and a chest of goodies. You can go more of a yacht route and stuff the basket with Champagne and caviar and fluted glasses with Belgian chocolates.

High-End Fundraiser Version

With a high-end fundraiser, you can add a Sunfish Sailboat or the entry fee for a sailboat race. A luxury weekend on a yacht may be the best match for the champagne gift basket.

5. Angler Gift Raffle Basket Ideas

You can create a gift basket for an angler. This may include a gift certificate for a fishing rod and reel, tackle box with lures, hooks, bobbers, and more.

High-End Fundraiser Version

You can include a fish finder and/or a fishing boat with motor and trailer, including life jackets and a nice fishing rod and real. An alternative gift certificate might be for a charter fishing boat rental or a one-day deep sea fishing trip, an all-expense paid fly-fishing trip to Bristol Bay, Alaska or Bighorn River, Montana.

6. Beach Party Fundraiser Baskets Ideas

This party gift basket can be all about the beach. A bag of seashell, sea glass, beach towels, flip flops, sunscreen lotion, a beach hat, two beach lounge chairs, a beach tent, and a beach cooler.

High-End Fundraiser Version

You can include a weekend getaway trip to a local beach complete with exclusive dining reservations. If you prefer a more extravagant prize, you can add an exotic island weekend trip.

Beach Party Fundraiser Basket

7. Photographer Gift Basket

You can include a 35mm film camera along with film, camera tripod and a leather photo album. Other items you may prefer to add include, a gift certificate to a camera shop and a supply of 35mm film with a gift certificate for a film developing service.

High-End Fundraiser Version

You can include a darkroom package. This would include all equipment and supplies required to set up a darkroom.

8. NASCAR SpeedPark Gift Basket

This is a gift basket for the whole family with a weekend getaway at the Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, TN. You can include weekend passes at the NASCAR SpeedPark for the entire family. Some of the other items to include in your basket are various NASCAR memorabilia, such as a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Funko Pop, NASCAR hat or clothing.

High-End Fundraiser Version

You can include a pair of tickets to a select race or two season passes to all of the NASCAR races, along with a gift card to cover accommodations and travel expenses or prearranged accommodations and travel reservations.

9. Haunted America

This gift basket can include various books about haunted places in America, tickets to various movies about hauntings, and the winner's choice of one of three predesignated haunted places weekend trip for two. The trip includes travel, accommodations, pre-arranged tours of various haunted sites, and exclusive participation in a local ghost hunt at one of the haunted locations.

High-End Fundraiser Version

The winner get a one-on-one in-person session is a famous medium. The session is video recorded and presented as a keepsake. The winner is also treated to a real séance in a haunted location or accommodation for an overnight or weekend stay at a known haunted hotel.

Haunted hotel gift basket

10. Bucket List

This gift basket offers unique local experiences that may or may not be on the person's real bucket list. These can be some unique experiences. For example, if you live in the city, then you may find a rural area beyond the city limits offers you several life experiences you wouldn't otherwise get to participate in. These can be as simple as learning to ride a horse, plant a garden, milk a cow, drive a tractor, ride in a hot-air balloon, and so on.

High-End Bucket List

This additional part of the gift basket bucket list provides one buck list experience that the winner can select from five possible extreme adventures, such as hang-gliding to altitudes of 10,000 feet, extreme rock climbing, swimming with sharks, and other adventurous sports.

10 Creative and Original Raffle Basket Ideas

With 10 great raffle basket ideas, you're assured of finding one that you can use in your fundraising efforts. Consider the many choices you have with each raffle basket idea and how you can modify all of them to fit your fundraiser criteria.

10 Raffle Basket Ideas That Are Refreshingly Original