So your church is having a fundraiser and you’ve offered to donate one of the prizes. Now what?
You need a perfect church fundraiser gift basket that is kind to animals, won’t break the bank, and is sure to get everyone wanting to try to win it. Fear not, because we’re going to show you how to create an epic—and ethical—prize for your next church bingo night, auction, raffle, or craft sale.
If we had to name one thing that almost every person loves to receive, it would probably have to be sweets. There’s something sinfully satisfying about diving into a rich treat you might not buy for yourself. PETA offers free recipes on its website for nondairy candies and cookies that are easy and inexpensive to make (as well as information about how dairy harms animals, the environment, and human health here). You’ll also find loads of prepackaged vegan cookies and candies available at grocers and other retailers across the country. And Maya’s Cookies, Divine Treasures chocolates, and the PETA Treat Shop ship nationwide.
Fun snacks are another popular basket filler. For our gift basket, we chose Cavi-art’s yummy seaweed caviar and Lupii’s vegan protein bars, but the possibilities are endless. Fake Meats makes a huge selection of vegan jerky that’s indistinguishable from the real (and cruel) thing, and chips, pretzels, popcorn, and nuts always fit the bill.
Candles are a great go-to. Aveda, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, NEST New York, and the PETA Shop offer a variety of lovely fragrances that weren’t tested on animals and don’t contain wax stolen from hard-working bees or tallow taken from animals during slaughter.
Elevated personal-care products are also a big hit. We chose Beauty Without Cruelty facial cleanser and lotion, Number 4 body wash, Hanalei lip balms, Axiology color sticks, and a variety of nail polishes in fun colors. PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies database makes it easy to find great options at every price point.
You can include other neat things such as stickers and decals, books, cloth grocery bags, reusable utensils and straws, cookie cutters, coffee, tea, or a bottle of wine. And dollar stores always have a huge selection of gift basket fillers along with containers, cellophane wrap, and ribbons.
Looking for more inspiration? Peruse the PETA Shop for socks, buttons, dog and cat toys, drinkware, hats, and other gifts that do good for animals. You’ll even find our beautiful new PETA LAMBS bookmarks and T-shirts that encourage people to honor John 13:34 and show compassion for all. Bingo!