Raffle basket theme ideas

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Raffle basket theme ideas
A deluxe picnic basket would make a desirable and inspiring raffle basket. (hamper. picnic hamper. gift. present. surprise image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

Gift baskets are often a coveted raffle prize because they combine a selection of items grouped around a compelling theme. A stimulating, widely appealing theme is essential to assembling a raffle basket people will want to get their hands on, and just as important, makes them more likely to enter the raffle. Think outside the usual range of gift basket themes, and tailor the theme to your audience.

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Fun in the Sun

Assemble a basket that reminds people of a day at the beach basking in the summer sun and playing in the surf. Include a beach towel, sunscreen, a straw beach tote, several "summer reads" (mass-market novels identified as plot-driven and easy to read), a hair detangling treatment, aloe vera in case of a sunburn and a gift token for an introductory surfing, sailing, or SCUBA diving lesson.

Raffle basket theme ideas
Straw bags are the quintessential tote for summer fun essentials. (Tasche am Strand von Hawai'i image by mdanielj from Fotolia.com)

Thai Cooking

Even people who love to cook and experiment with new dishes can be intimidated by Thai cooking. The ingredient lists in Thai recipes are usually long and filled with unfamiliar ingredients. Load up an Asian-style basket with a Thai cookbook or two, plus a spice kit, cans of organic coconut milk (light and full fat), jars of chutneys and bottles and boxes of speciality ingredients, like fish sauce, tamarind juice, lemon grass, Kaffir lime leaves, chilli pastes and palm sugar.

Raffle basket theme ideas
People are often intimidated by Thai cooking. (thai food image by Bionic Media from Fotolia.com)

Home Spa Basket

Spa baskets are a perennial raffle favourite for good reason: people love them. Stuff an attractive basket full of handmade soaps, lotions, body scrubs and butters, a loofah, a white Egyptian cotton robe, a handheld massager, a book on home pampering, relaxing music CDs, a selection of healthy juices, essential oils, hair treatments and, of course, a pair of slippers.

Raffle basket theme ideas
Fill a spa-themed raffle basket with pampering essentials any recipient will love. (Spa image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from Fotolia.com)

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