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Raffle Ideas: Fundraising Raffle Prize Ideas Under $50
Need Help With Raffle Ideas for Prizes Under $50?
It's not surprising that a majority of visitors (almost half) selected "Electronics" as their prize of choice. I've also added a new poll asking visitors which type of electronics prize they prefer.
Feel free to suggest new ideas! I'm always looking for feedback, so leave a comment if you have something to add.
Prize Idea #5 Raffling Jewelry - A Luxurious and Tempting Raffle Fundraising Prize Idea
Jewelry is a good raffle prize when the fundraiser attracts a lot of women, or if there are several different prizes to choose from. But hey - what guy wouldn't want to come home with a beautiful necklace or earrings for his main squeeze?
Jewelry is a great prize because it's something people don't always buy for themselves. Try to avoid rings and bracelets, as size can be an issue. Also, stick to non-allergenic materials. Classics such as pearls are a good choice.
True, different people have different tastes in jewelry, but a raffle prize that's sparkly and expensive-looking will always be a hit! Having a jewelry item as your prize instantly increases the desirability of winning. Just make sure that you find a secure way to display your prize to its best advantage.
Which Would You Choose?
Prize Idea #4: 50-50 Raffle
Some people just want to get cash! 50-50 raffles are simple and effective because you don't have to worry about matching a prize to the interests of your audience. Just about anyone would be happy to walk away with a fist full of dollars.
Keep your raffle money safe! Have a cash box on hand to guarantee your winner - and your organization - gets paid.
Prize Idea #3: Raffling Gift Cards - Easy, Portable, Fun
Although some might consider gift cards boring, you can't argue with the fact that they are the #3 most desired gift in our poll!
Gift cards are a good choice for several reasons. You don't have to spend a lot of time deciding on the best prize. You can choose exactly the amount you want to spend. You can pick up several cards in multiple denominations for a multi-leveled prizing system. And you don't have to worry that people will "already have one!"
Prize Idea #2: Gift Baskets
Turns out, according to our voters, that a gift basket makes an even better prize than cash or gift cards! There's just something intriguing about winning a basket full of of food, bath products, or toys.
What Is Your Favorite Gift Basket? - Vote Here!
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And the #1 Most Popular Raffle Prize Is...
Prize Idea #1: Raffling Electronics
A Sleek and Sophisticated Raffle Fundraising Prize Idea
Here's a category for the technophiles! Electronics always generate interest, and people always like to get the newest toy. The trick is to pick something that doesn't require a lot of know-how to set up. And the flashier, the better. A wireless hub might be appreciated by some people, but others will have no idea what to do with one.
If you are going to raffle a toy that need batteries, it would be extra nice to include the right size batteries in the prize!
Apple(TM) brand prizes are always popular. Offer a music player as-is, or preloaded with specially themed music for a great raffle prize.
"I used to be an Activities Director and would approach local restaurants and ask them to donate gift certificates in exchange for mentioning their business during the drawing. The places were very eager to give a gift certificate. I encourage you to give it a try."
Looking For Something Fancier? - Consider These Options
If you're looking to spice up your raffle, consider getting one of the following electronics prizes.
Netbooks are an inexpensive option for mobile computing.
Which Type of Electronics Prize Do You Prefer? - Vote Here!
Anyone can vote, you don't have to be logged in.
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"I want to raffle electronics, but they're all so expensive! What do I do?"
If you only have $50 to spend, consider asking local businesses to donate either funds towards a prize, or the prize itself. Many businesses will love the exposure they get when you put up a sign that says "Donated by (Company Name Here)"
Raffle Tickets - Don't Forget Them!
If you're going to hold a raffle, you'll need some raffle tickets. Make sure to get the ones where you give the ticket-holder one ticket, and keep the other ticket, so you can later hold a drawing for the winner!
How to Choose a Good Raffle Prize
Make It Desirable, Focused, Portable, and Simple
Here are some ideas about good raffle prizes, 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.
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"I'm a high-schooler holding a raffle with a budget of $25-$50. What do you suggest?"
If you can go up to the $50 point, I'd suggest getting an iPod Shuffle. 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. When you do come up with some ideas, I would suggest polling your friends to find out what they'd like.
More Information about Fundraising - Check Out These Sites!
In my research, I've come across some websites that provide great information about raffles and other ways of raising funds for nonprofit organizations. Click on the links to learn more.
- How to Organize a Raffle Fundraiser
Why not stop by Sandra Sims' excellent website, which describes in detail all of the important things to remember when organizing a raffle fundraiser?
I hope you found some great ideas for a prize for your next raffle. Choosing prizes or gifts is rarely an easy task. If you have any ideas of your own, please feel free to share them in the space below. Thanks for stopping by!