Minecraft and LEGO Auction Gift Baskets!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned my kids’ school was doing a fundraiser dinner auction and I shared some awesome basket ideas. I volunteered to be the “basket lady” for two of my kids’ classrooms – a task which sounded daunting at first, but turned out to be pretty painless, overall! I finished up both classroom baskets over the weekend and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.

The hardest part about this project, for me, was keeping track of the monetary donations from parents! I’m not a naturally organized person, so it’s sometimes a challenge for me to keep things straight. For this project, it helped tremendously to write up a detailed letter explaining exactly what was the auction was and what parents would be donating to, and I sent a copy home with every child. I stapled an envelope to each letter with my kid’s name on it, so parents could easily slip five or ten bucks (or even a check) and send the envelope back to school. I also sent an email out to the entire classroom, because I know I don’t always see stuff that comes home in backpacks! 

Once I figured out how much money I had to work with, I hit the stores, shopped the sales, and tried to get as much bang for my buck as possible. The themes I picked ended up being on the pricey side (but they’re so cool!) so I had to be creative in spending the amount of cash I had. I wanted these baskets to really catch people’s eye so that they’ll bring in as much money as possible for our school! I saved a little by using plastic tubs I found at Big Lots, and I used ribbon and tissue paper I already had on hand. The shrink wrap added such a great touch, but I did find it to be a little tricky to work with. It took me a few tries to get all the bubbles out! Now that I’ve played around with it a little, I want to shrink wrap everything! 

ANYWAY…onto the baskets!

This is the basket for the 3rd grade classroom:

LEGO Auction Gift Basket

It was reeeeeally hard to keep my kids from snagging the cool LEGO sets I bought for this basket! Whoever takes it home is going to really enjoy it! 

And here is the basket for the 5th grade classroom:


I think the 5th graders are going to flip when they see this. Every kid I know seems to be so Minecraft-obsessed! This basket presented a bit of a challenge because, sorry to say, Minecraft stuff is EXPENSIVE! I shopped around and got some really cool stuff, though. And both teachers ended up using some of their Scholastic points from book orders to buy books to add to the baskets – the Minecraft user’s guide and the LEGO Official Movie Handbook. That was an awesome addition!

If you’re thinking about being a basket coordinator for a fundraiser, go for it! It turned out to be really fun and not nearly as scary as I thought it would be!


  1. Katherine says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! The boys will go insane if they see the lego basket. When is auction night again? Might have to go just for legos.

    1. Laura says:

      It’s March 22nd – my kids brought home an invitation yesterday.

  2. Daria says:

    Those look great!

    1. Laura says:

      Thanks, man!

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  4. Lynda Collicott says:

    I’m trying to come up with ideas for gift baskets for an adoption fundraiser in November. Can you tell me what were the most popular items and how did you account for the cost of the items in the basket to make a profit? Thanks!!

    1. Laura says:

      Hi Lynda! Unfortunately, I didn’t have much to do with the money tallying portion of the auction. I’m really not even sure what these two baskets ended up selling for, as I was just a classroom mom volunteer and not on the auction committee. Generally, I believe they try to get donated items from businesses and brands for the auction, to make it a true fundraiser. Good luck!

  5. Jennifer English says:

    I am also doing a Lego basket for our school auction. I have no idea what items we need to add. What age group I’m I targeting for? Hopefully I will get enough donations to cover cost. Where was the cheapest place you found lego sets?

    1. Laura says:

      LEGO is great for all ages! This class was a group of 3rd graders, but I think you could tailor it for any grade. I found the LEGO sets at Walmart.

  6. wendeeh says:

    Hello, I am coordinating a few “young builders” baskets for my kid’s school. I really like the baskets you used. Can you please tell me where you purchased them and what is the size? Thank you!

    1. Laura says:

      The baskets I used came from Big Lots. They were probably 12 to 18 inches across? This was a couple of years ago, so I’m not exactly sure. I’m sure you could find similar baskets just about anywhere. I do remember that I found these with the seasonal stuff, right when they were transitioning from wintertime to spring, and these were supposed to be tubs that you put drinks in for barbecues and that sort of thing.

  7. Roberta says:

    Great gift basket ideas for silent auctions. I am sharing this on pinterest.

  8. Misty says:

    Hey there. Do you still have a copy of the email you sent to the parents, as well as the letter sent home? If so, will you email it to me?

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