Alaskan Gift Basket Ideas

A cooler full of subsistence foods was a hit at a fundraiser in Fairbanks. Photo by Robin Renfroe
A cooler full of subsistence foods was a hit at a fundraiser in Fairbanks. Photo by Robin Renfroe

Throughout the year, I see people doing fundraising to support families, organizations or just looking for gift ideas for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. When families, friends or organizations are holding fundraisers, they are always looking for ideas for gift baskets themes. I asked Peter Captain, Jr. for some ideas on gift baskets. He is an experienced fundraiser and caterer. Peter shared the following ideas and advice.

“Having done and coordinated many successful fundraisers over the years, mainly here in Fairbanks with the help of an awesome volunteer based group of people who help in their own unique way. Learning as we go along over the years what works and what doesn’t has been a big learning stone. But one thing for sure, having REALLY good raffle items makes a HUGE difference.” – Peter Captain, Jr.

Peter said, “Really GOOD raffle items are anything made with LOVE!” For example, homemade items are a hit, like beaded slippers, fur hats, beaded gloves, clothing, snow shoes, dog sleds or quilts/afghans.

According to Peter, the biggest hit sellers are Native food baskets. They are sometimes more challenging to acquire because of shipping costs, but they are very popular. He gives a list below, but says there are many more ideas for Native foods (whether frozen, fresh, jarred or smoked).

Native Food Baskets

  • Moose or caribou Dry meat (Biggest hit)
  • Jarred salmon or smoked salmon strips
  • Frozen fish of any kinds (especially white fish eggs)
  • Frozen moose or caribou meats
  • Fresh, pickled or jarred muktuk
  • Jarred seal oil
  • Jarred pickled fish
Robin Renfroe attended a fundraiser in Fairbanks, and took pictures of these Native food baskets.
Robin Renfroe attended a fundraiser in Fairbanks and took pictures of these Native food baskets. Yum!

 

Here is an example of a Thanksgiving themed holiday basket. Photo by Robin Renfroe
Here is an example of a Thanksgiving themed holiday basket. Photo by Robin Renfroe

Seasonal Gift Basket Theme Ideas

  • Emergency roadside kit tote
  • Emergency household kit
  • Holiday theme baskets (Thanksgiving, etc.)
  • Holiday dinner totes
  • Sledding packages (sleds, hats, mitts, hot coco, mugs, tea, marshmallows, etc.)
  • Bonfire kits (hot dogs, marshmallows, hot coco, fireworks, etc.)
  • Planters Basket (Spring)
  • Picnic Basket (Spring)
  • Graduation Party Kits (Spring)
  • Car Detailing Basket (Spring)
  • Jarring Kits (Summer)
  • Family Swimming Basket (Summer)
  • Fishing Tote (Summer)
  • Camping Tote (Summer/Fall)
  • Rafting Tote (Summer/Fall)
  • Hunting Totes (Summer/Fall)
Here is an example of a spa gift basket prepared by Janet Hall. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Here is an example of a spa gift basket prepared by Janet Hall. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

Everyday Fun Basket Theme Ideas

  • Family fun night basket (board Games, card games, soda, popcorn, chips, candy, etc.)
  • Movie night basket (movies, DVDs, chips, candy, popcorn, soda, juices, etc.)
  • Laundry Basket (laundry soap, dryer sheets)
  • Bathroom décor basket
  • Men’s personal hygiene basket
  • Men’s tool set toolbox
  • Women’s personal hygiene basket
  • Home décor basket
  • Kid’s family fun basket
  • Reading basket
  • Knitting basket
  • Sewing basket
  • Beading basket
  • Photography basket
  • Wine basket

Baking Basket Ideas

  • Cookie sheets, cookie mix, baking oil, cookie cutters, frosting
  • Cupcake pans, cake mixes, cupcake holders, frosting, decorations, oil
  • Cake pans, utensils, cake mixes, frosting, oil
  • Bread pans, flour, yeast, oil, milk, sugar
  • Pie pans, pie filling, Pie Crust box

Assorted Dinner Basket Ideas

  • Pasta dinner in colander
  • Lasagna dinner in baking dish
  • Spaghetti Dinner in Colander
  • Soup makings in soup pot
  • Taco makings in frying pan

Last year, I wrote about an Alaskan Road Trip Survival Kit on the Athabascan Woman Blog. Some items that could go into a road trip kit are below.

Alaska Road Trip Kit

  • Camera
  • Car charger for your device(s)
  • Thermos with coffee
  • Jack Link’s Beef Steak Tender Bites
  • Gardetto’s snack
  • Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks
  • Nuts – chocolate covered
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Dried moose meat and fish
  • Pilot Bread Crackers
  • Spam
  • Water and juice
  • Entertainment – books, games and movies

As you can see, there are no shortage of ideas for gift baskets. I can see how  these can be used for the holidays or sent as care packages to loved ones. Thank you Peter Captain, Jr. for sharing your great ideas and experience. I certainly appreciate the ideas as I prepare for the holiday season. There is a lot of work that goes into making specialized gift baskets, but it can make a big difference in fundraising or in making someone feel special.

2 thoughts on “Alaskan Gift Basket Ideas”

  1. Some excellent ideas here; thanks for sharing! I’m the VP of the board of directors for the Upper Susitna Food Pantry and we’re always looking for new ideas of this kind. Thanks for sharing!!

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