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Raffle Fundraising: Good Raffle Prize Ideas Under $25
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
"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!"
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.