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Raffle Fundraising: Good Raffle Prize Ideas Under $25

Updated on September 8, 2015

Find a Raffle Prize That Will Suit Your Budget!

In today's economy, people are still looking for good raffle prize ideas to raise money for noble causes, but they don't always have a lot of money to spend on the raffle prize. But don't fret! You can still have a great raffle without spending a lot of money!

This site will show you tons of great prize ideas for under $25, and get you started on your way to raffle fundraising success.

Have a different budget in mind? Check out Raffle Prizes for $50 or Raffle Prizes for $100.

Prize Idea #5 - Old Movies

You just can't beat nostalgia when it comes to inspiring people to help a good cause. This list of movies hearkens back to earlier days, and good memories shared by many.

Yearning for the 80's? These movies ought to cure your urge.

More Old Movie Raffle Prize Ideas - For a Successful Fundraiser

Grease (Rockin' Rydell Edition)
Grease (Rockin' Rydell Edition)

Few people can resist the allure of the catchy tunes and opposites-attract love story.

 

Prize Idea #4 - Toys and Games

Toys make great raffle prizes, especially if the raffle is being held for a school or church, or if children are running the raffle. Around Christmas, the raffling of toys will be even more welcome!

And don't think it's just for kids. With the boom in popularity of board games, toy and game prizes are something the whole family can enjoy.

Bananagrams
Bananagrams

If you like Scrabble or any of the new digital word game incarnations, you'll love Bananagrams! Get your friends and family members off their phones and back to good, old-fashioned, in-person gaming.

 
Image by JamieMarie C on Flickr.
Image by JamieMarie C on Flickr. | Source

Prize Idea #3 - Jewelry

Did you know that you can buy great jewelry for under $25? You might think that this gift limits the potential for ticket purchases, but what guy wouldn't want to come home with a special surprise for his significant other?

PammyJ Pink Crystal Silvertone Double Heart Charm Pendant Necklace, 17"
PammyJ Pink Crystal Silvertone Double Heart Charm Pendant Necklace, 17"

Jewelry items often go on sale, meaning that you can find great stuff that still fits your budget if you search for it. Click the item to visit Amazon.com and learn more!

 

Handy Raffle Ticket Price Calculator

How Much To Charge Per Ticket?

I just came across this handy raffle ticket price calculator in my quest to find ways to simplify raffles. The calculator takes into account the total funds to be raised, cost of the prize and the tickets, and then tells you how many tickets you have to sell at a given price.

For example, if you want to raise $400 on a $25 prize, and you spent $5 on tickets, you'd have to sell 430 tickets at $1.00, or 215 tickets at $2.00. It's up to you to find out if you think you can sell that many tickets at your raffle!

Prize Idea #2 - New Movies

Who wouldn't love to get a DVD for the price of a raffle ticket? A movie makes a quick and easy raffle prize. Pick up one of the newest releases, and you're sure to have people lining up. If they've seen the movie and loved it, they'll want to have it. If they haven't seen it yet, what better way to have some entertainment and contribute to a good cause?

Bonus Tip: Buy a basket at Michael's, Target, Walmart, of JoAnn's Fabric, throw in some microwave popcorn, some sodas, and an inexpensive fleece blanket, and voila! You've got a movie gift basket!

Frozen [Blu-ray]
Frozen [Blu-ray]

The smash hit with a soundtrack that's impossible to "let go..."

 

Prize Idea #1 - Gift Baskets

$25 isn't a lot to fill a gift basket with, but that's where you can get creative! Use your budget to buy a great basket, then fill it with homemade goods and items donated by local businesses or members of your organization.

  • Create a theme for your gift basket! Bath and body, kitchen, garage/hardware, food, night on the town - brainstorm!
  • Ask everyone to contribute - you never know who has hidden skills as a cook, weaver, blacksmith, or woodworker.
  • Ask local businesses for products (dog toys from a pet shop), gift certificates ($50 at a hair salon), or items outside of your budget that they can purchase (electronics, appliances).
  • Don't forget to heap praise and credit on your contributors!

Wald Imports Gold Star Wicker Basket
Wald Imports Gold Star Wicker Basket

Amazon is a great place to pick up interesting baskets. Also check out your local craft store, big box store, or thrift store for some great options.

 

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Bonus Prize Idea: 50/50 Raffle

If you don't have a big budget (or a lot of time), a 50/50 raffle can be the way to go. Just about anyone would be happy to walk away with a pocket full of cash, and the organization gets to keep half of the proceeds.

Ohthethinksyouwillthink Says...

"Planning ahead can save you big bucks too! I knew I would be doing a fundraiser in the spring,so I shopped the steep clearance after the back-to-school rush. I got a Disney themed back-pack and crammed it full of crayola arts and crafts goodies for under $10!"

~ohthethinksyouwillthink

Don't Forget To Get Raffle Tickets! - And Make Sure You Get the Right Ones!

When purchasing raffle tickets, make sure to get the double rolls. You need to have one part that you give to the person purchasing the ticket, and one part with the same number that you keep to enter into the drawing.

Tickets can be purchased online, or at many local stores.

Alternately, you can print out tickets and tear off one end for people to keep. Just make sure you have plenty of time to cut them out!

How to Choose a Good Raffle Prize

Make It Desirable, Focused, Portable, and Simple

Here are the properties of a good raffle prize, and some things to keep in mind:

1.) The most important aspect of a prize is that it must be desirable. Anything that's new, in style, or rare fits this category.

2.) A raffle prize must also be focused on your audience or the specific cause. Will parents be the main group attending the raffle? A toy could be a good idea. Are you fundraising to fight diabetes? Perhaps chocolate isn't the best choice. Choose a prize geared towards the people who will be there to buy the tickets, and keep your purpose in mind.

3.) An often overlooked characteristic of a good prize is that it's portable. Who knows who will be at the raffle? Maybe the middle school principal's cousins from Alaska decide to swing by. They need something they can take with them on their long trek home. In addition, they might not have a Best Buy in their town, so a gift certificate would go to waste.

4.) The more simple a raffle prize, the better. Gift cards can be a great prize, but how often have you lost one, or tried to use it after it expired? Choose a prize that doesn't require a lot of effort to set up or use.

Hopefully, the categories below will help you to find a prize that's desirable, focused, portable, and simple.

Do You Have Any Raffle Prize Suggestions? - Feel Free to Leave a Comment!

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      With all the new gadgets coming out, electronic cases would make a good raffle prize

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      emmaklarkins 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Great suggestion! I've posted it above for all to see :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Planning ahead can save you big bucks too! I knew I would be doing a fundraiser in the spring,so I shopped the steep clearance after the back-to-school rush. I got a Disney themed back-pack and crammed it full of crayola arts and crafts goodies for under $10!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @emmaklarkins: Thank you so much that sounds like a great idea and the girls love it! again thanks :)

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Sounds like a great cause! If you can go up to the $50 point, I'd suggest getting an iPod Shuffle; electronics are often popular. However, this will only work if everyone doesn't already have an iPod or iPhone. Towards the lower end of the price range, you can get really creative, get a basket from a thrift store, and fill it with candy and inexpensive toys. Gift baskets are also super popular. When you do come up with some ideas, I would suggest polling your friends to find out what they'd like the most. I've added a raffle ticket price calculator above, but in general if your prize is in this range, $1 or $2 is a good price. And discounts are always good (if you're charging $1 per ticket, sell 6 tickets for $5 or 20 tickets for $15). Just make sure you have plenty of tickets on hand!

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow, that's such a creative idea! I love it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I made a low cost candy raffle prize ideas for a school fundraiser just before summer vacation. Turned out to be a great little money maker for the school. http://craftyandsassy1.posterous.com/

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      im trying to find a good item to raffle off in the 25-50 range we are a high school colorguard trying to raise money for warm ups. we need something appropriate for our age group and what would be a good price to ask for the raffle tickets?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      emmalarkins, I am trying to think of a unique raffle prize in the $25.00 range to sell one evening at a VFW post. More men than women. Any suggestions?

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The trick for a good, cheap prize is to make it unexpected. Survivor usually has a tropical theme, so something that goes along with that is always a good bet. For example, there's a game called Tiki Topple for $11.55 on Amazon. If you want to stick with the tropical theme, your local party/craft store will likely have tons of inexpensive items to choose from, such as tiki candles, tiki glasses, or imitation skulls. You can also often find goofy stuffed animals or figurines, such as pirates or tropical fish, at toy stores or collectible stores. If your friends enjoy spending time in the water, an inflatable toy or raft can be a great prize, especially with summer on its way. Finally, food-based prizes such as chocolates or cupcakes are always popular, and they'd fit with the types of prizes you'd see on Survivor. Hope this helps!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      emmalarkins, I am trying to find a good prize for a survivor themed competition that a group of friends and I (around 12-13) want to organize. As we do not want a prize that is too expensive, do you have anything to recommend?

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad you liked it! I've linked the sites together, so I hope people can find prizes for the right price!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      sorry that your lower denomination ones haven't gotten as many likes. the whole series is great and a perfect lens series

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: Thanks for stopping by!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      This is a great idea! well done