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The Ultimate List of 100+ Silent Auction Item Ideas

Posted by Ian Lauth




Are you planning a silent auction to raise money at your next special event? Most Nonprofit fundraising events aren't complete without at least a few tables filled with donated items for your supporters to consider.

Offering silent auction items not only raises more money for your cause, it gives guests something to do when they first arrive at your event. Your donors can mingle, socialize and sip cocktails while perusing the auction tables.

This can develop into a fun and competitive environment as the time to close the silent auction draws near. 

For a silent auction to be effective, it needs unique, interesting items. Every package should encourage guests to think about how much money they want to spend in support of your cause. 

Let's face it: Sometimes it's tough to come up with good ideas for silent auction items. You need items that are both easy to procure and valuable enough to bring in some cash; otherwise, it's not worth the immense amount of time and effort it takes to procure, set-up, manage and then fulfill these items.

The best ideas for silent auction items will suit your audience, work with your event theme, and have a high potential for income generation. 

Bundle Smaller Donations to Create Extraordinary Auction Items

It's also a good idea to obtain and bundle together items that will generate a good rate of returnFor example, two movie passes won't bring in more than $20, but a package that includes movie tickets, a babysitter (include pizza for the kids!) and a restaurant gift card that is branded as "Ultimate Date Night!" can easily bring in over $100. 

To get the ball rolling, here is a list of 100+ silent auction item ideas to help your procurement team. If you like what you see, click here to download over 400 ideas for amazing auction items!

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Travel and Experiences


  • Parking spot for student or parent close to the main entrance for a year
  • Ride to or from school in a fire truck or police squad car
  • Visit from fire truck or police squad car at child's birthday party
  • One month of tutoring from the local teacher of the year
  • Reserved seats for graduation ceremony
  • Buy a teacher a day off; bidder's choice who gets time off
  • Class party including pizza, games and prizes
  • Honorary police academy training for adult or child

Community Spotlight

  • Dinner cooked and served by the mayor
  • Dinner and historic city tour with the mayor
  • Trip with the Boy/Girl Scouts (local troop guides a hike, sets up lunch, provides campfire, transportation, cleanup)
  • Theater tickets including one-time non-speaking role in a play
  • 20 hours of manual labor (landscaping, demolition, etc.) from local company or community service group
  • Sponsorship of park bench with name on it
  • Private, insider tours of local businesses or factories
  • Year of oil changes at local shop
  • 10 hours of certified mechanic work
  • Year of car washes by local Boy/Girl Scout troop (once a month for a year)
  • 6 months of dry cleaning (work with business to determine number of garments)
  • Local florist delivers flowers monthly for 1 year

Luxury Properties for Silent Auction Tables

Wine & Dine

  • Vintage or rare bottles of wine
  • Collections of wines curated by region
  • Subs or burgers for 25 people delivered to work or home
  • Private wine or beer tasting with 10 friends
  • Ultimate micro-brew sampler of 100 bottles
  • Afternoon tea for six at a local botanical garden
  • Five-course meal at top restaurant
  • Cooking lesson from award-winning local chef
  • Limo ride to and from local winery
  • Pig roast brought to your home
  • A PedalPub bar crawl (See available locations)


  • Signed memorabilia (helmet, jersey, balls, gloves, practice gear, bats, hats, towels)
  • Perform the ceremonial coin toss to start an iconic game (and keep the coin!)
  • Tickets to a big game, including transportation
  • Signed, framed photos of famous sports personalities
  • Valuable baseball cards
  • Opportunity to sit in on a local sports radio show
  • Catered tailgate party including set up and tear down
  • Golf clubs
  • Passes to golf tournaments
  • Pro lessons for any sport
  • Tee times at luxury golf course
  • Personal yoga sessions done at your home
  • Boxed seats to big games
  • Personal trainer at a local gym

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Music & Entertainment

  • Guitar or other musical instruments signed by famous musicians
  • Complete makeover with a local stylist (makeup, hair, shopping guidance)
  • Concert tickets
  • Music lessons
  • Singing lessons
  • Red carpet award show passes
  • Tickets to a comedy show
  • Ballroom dancing lessons


  • Breakfast at the firehouse
  • Birthday visit from a princess or superhero
  • Month of child care from a local center
  • Tickets to theme parks
  • After-hours passes to community center or swimming pool
  • Photo shoot with professional photographer
  • Painting commissioned by local artist
  • Children's room mural painted by local artist
  • A magician comes to your home to teach card tricks
  • Private lunch and book reading with favorite children's book author
  • Group paintball outing
  • One week of chauffeur services for your child
  • Inflatable rental for child's birthday or family party
  • VHS to DVD conversion

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  • Computer or coding classes from an expert
  • Amazon Prime subscription for a year
  • Netflix subscription for a year
  • New iPhone, iPad
  • Kindle, Nook
  • TVs
  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • High-quality digital camera
  • High-quality camcorder (like GoPro)

Gift basket ideas

  • French cheese
  • Gourmet cupcakes
  • "Wine-not?": Assortment of wines
  • Spa: Bath salts, slippers and gift card to local spa
  • Rainy Day: Games and goodies for a day indoors
  • Campfire: S'mores and unique gear
  • Beer sampler
  • Movies: Popcorn, boxed candy and certificate to local theater
  • Car emergency kit
  • Beach party: Beach towels, sand toys, sunscreen and tropical beverages
  • Mixology: Variety of liquor, mixes, mixing tools and cocktail recipes
  • Strike it Rich: Different types of lottery tickets
  • Grill accessories and spices

For even more basket ideas, see...

Get 26 Ideas for Creative Attractive Silent Auction Baskets


High-end Goods

  • Designer handbags
  • Jewelry
  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Tiffany-style lamps
  • Crystal dishes, vases or stemware
  • High-end kitchen appliances (cappuccino maker, KitchenAid mixer, Vitamix)
  • Snowblower, lawn mower

Seasonal / Holiday Experiences

  • Santa Claus or Easter Bunny visit to your home or work
  • Traditional St. Patrick's Day's dinner for six
  • Prime viewing spot reserved for July 4th fireworks
  • "Pew with a View" front-row seating at Christmas mass
  • Limo ride to view holiday light displays
  • See the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and/or Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Be the Grand Marshall in a parade (think St. Patrick's, Polish Constitution Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and more)
  • Mountain passes with ski/snowboarding lessons

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Ian Lauth
Ian Lauth
With an extensive background in marketing development and content design, Ian’s role at Winspire is to develop external communications, brand expansion and product delivery processes to help Nonprofits maximize their fundraising revenue. Ian serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Winspire News, creating and managing blog content, newsletters, eBooks and other resources for Nonprofit fundraising professionals.

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