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Written by Hazeltine National on Feb 13, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Here are proven silent auction winners that generate great financial results. If you can’t get enough silent auction ideas, check out 23 Awesome Silent Auction Baskets. If you're wondering how many items to include in your auction, read The Right Number of Silent Auction Items for a Fundraising Gala

The Right Mix of Silent Auction Items is key to a Successful Fundraising GalaGift Cards

  1. Casual Dining
  2. Fine Dining
  3. Online Shopping
  4. Brick & Mortar Stores
  5. Movie Theater
  6. Gas Card
  7. Grocery Card
  8. Oil Changes
  9. Car Washes

Subscription “Box” Services

  1. Snacks & Meals (NatureBox, Blue Apron)
  2. Health & Beauty (Birch Box, Dollar Shave Club)
  3. Hobby kits (Darby Smart, Grow and Make)
  4. Games (Finders Keepers)
  5. Sock of the Month Club
  6. Wine Club
  7. For kids (Kiwi Crate, STEM Club)
  8. Pet Gear (KitNipBox, Bark Box)


  1. Activity tracker
  2. Bluetooth Speaker
  3. Bluetooth Earbud
  4. Smart speaker with built-in assistant
  5. USB Charger
  6. Tablet
  7. Laptop
  8. Smart watch
  9. Universal remote
  10. Drone
  11. RC Vehicle
  12. Action Camera
  13. Phone-TV caster

Craft Beer is a popular silent auction item for a Successful Fundraising GalaAdult Beverages

  1. Wine or Beer Tree: Auction off 1 tier at a time, or the entire tree
  2. Custom Labeled Wine
  3. Custom Labeled Craft Beer
  4. Liquor


  1. Cooking classes
  2. Hot air balloon ride
  3. Skeet shooting
  4. Wine tasting/touring
  5. Craft brewery touring
  6. “Celebrity” chef dinner
  7. Corporate Suite with food & beverage for a game or concert

Once in a lifetime experiences

  1. Safari
  2. Cooking Class in Florence, Italy
  3. New York Fashion Week: runway tickets, stylist consultation
  4. Trip to a major sporting event: Super Bowl, Olympics, Kentucky Derby, Ryder Cup


  1. College sporting events
  2. Professional sporting events
  3. Concerts
  4. Theater
  5. Opera
  6. Ballet
  7. Comedy
  8. Expo/Shows: Boat Show, Auto Show
  9. Amusement Parks
  10. Zoo
  11. Museum

 Travel is a popular silent auction item for a Successful Fundraising GalaTravel

  1. Vacation packages (travel, lodging, activities)
  2. Airline tickets
  3. Vacation home usage

Sporting Goods

  1. golf clubs
  2. yoga mats and accessories
  3. fishing gear
  4. hunting gear
  5. bicycles & accessories
  6. lift tickets to local ski facility

Fund a Need

For those who simply don’t want more stuff! Make it easy for people to donate, with a variety of price points to fund a specific initiative or need.


  1. Artwork
  2. Photography
  3. Home Décor & Accessories
  4. Garden Items
  5. Clothing
  6. Vintage Items
  7. Professional services:
tax preparation
hair cuts/styles
manicures and pedicures
training and workout sessions

More Ideas

Need more ideas? Check out 23 Awesome Silent Auction Baskets. And to help figure out how much to include in your auction, read The Right Number of Silent Auction Items for a Fundraising Gala.

Learn about Weddings at Hazeltine

Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.

Topics: Galas