I hope you had an opportunity to read my first two articles about fundraising over the holidays. In case you missed them, check out these links for information about singing Christmas cards and a Christmas cookie sale.
My third and final suggestion involves wrapping holiday gifts for a fee. Many people are so busy at this time of year that they’ll gladly pay someone to take this task off their hands.
Here’s how to raise money by wrapping gifts:
- Advertise specific days/times when volunteers are available to wrap gifts. Include the purpose of your fundraiser.
- These are the supplies you need: wrapping paper, ribbon, gift boxes, gift bags, tissue paper, scissors, tape, gift tags, pens.
- Be sure you stock up on plenty of supplies. Make arrangements with a retailer to allow you to return unused products after your event.
- Always use good quality wrapping paper. This encourages people to come back to your event every year.
- It works best to offer a few box & gift bag options, then charge a different price for each one depending on the size. This prevents someone from coming in with a humongous gift for you to wrap.
- You may wish to have a couple of rolls of birthday paper available, too, in case someone has a birthday close to Christmas.
- Put up a sign letting people know about the special project you’re working to fund. Also, place a tip jar on the cashier’s table in case people wish to donate extra money to your fundraiser.
- If lots of people show up to have gifts wrapped, you may wish to use a numbered ticket system to keep track of who belongs to each gift.
- Provide chairs so people can sit down while they wait for their gifts to be wrapped. You may also wish to provide free coffee and offer cookies or other goodies for sale. Local stores and bakeries are often willing to donate samples of their Christmas treats in exchange for advertising.
- Play cheerful Christmas music in the background to promote the holiday mood.
- Remember that this is a great time to get your residents involved if they wish to help with the project.
I would love to hear your ideas for holiday fundraisers. Please add your suggestions in the comment section!