There are so many silent auctions and giveaways at various functions anymore, that donating an item to have raffled off or auctioned off is a great way to get exposure in the local bulletin or local paper.
Many cities have dinners that are fund raisers and usually they have a drawing or giveaways at these elaborate events. This is a great opportunity to get ones name in the paper, or in some cases it’s a great way to advertise. On many occasions these gatherings also have silent auctions.
In donating for such an occasion, one could choose a large gourmet gift basket. These baskets are big, and filled with items like: toffee, caramels, cookies, cherry Sours, pound cake, different flavored candies, pretzels, caramel corn, fudge popcorn, sour balls, brownies, and cider. A basket that is filled with all these items is sure to have the bidders for a silent auction bid real high, as this item is chock full of goodies.
In some cases the planners of said events have limits as to how much of a gift to donate. Then one would choose a smaller gift. The smaller gourmet baskets have a vast array of food items and would not disappoint the recipients.
Some events are not centered on food. Some events are more for the health orientated. In a case such as this you could choose a spa basket that is filled with: Bath loofah ball, floating candles, bath salts sachet, potpourri, soap, body lotion, and body gel.
Either of these items, donated as a giveaway at an event is sure to surprise the recipient and score you points as an active participant.
Author is Michele Rogers, owner of http://www.lilyputts.com Lilyputts Gift Baskets, an online gift basket retailer. Also hosted is a http://www.lilyputts.blogspot.com BLOG that reviews gifts and welcomes other comments as well. Please visit Lilyputts Gift Baskets for descriptions and product presentations. Please, if you use any portion herein be sure to email author first.