All the best festive fundraising ideas for Christmas!
Many organisations including church, school and charity groups will include a Christmas Fair or Christmas Bazaar as part of their annual fundraising programmes.
Christmas fundraising events are always great fun and, for many people, part of the build up to the festive season.
Many of the usual fete and fair ideas can be adapted to give them a Christmas theme:
Find the lucky stocking - This is a simple variation on the Treasure Map theme.
Mark a grid of squares on a sheet of paper and have pictures of Christmas stockings in each one.
People pick a stocking and mark it with their name. At the end of the event the person who picked the lucky stocking (work out which square will be the lucky one in advance) wins a prize.
There are lots of variations you can do on this basic theme. ie have people looking for lucky Santas, Rudolphs, presents etc.
Find Santa - Prepare some round tins or tubes to look like Chimney pots.
They should be about 15cms high. Paint them up to look authentic, The top of the pots need to be closed off. You need about 10 pots.
Place them in a tray of fake snow (crumple up some white packaging material or use cotton wool etc).Slip a toy Santa under one of the pots.
People pay to guess which pot Santa is hiding in to win a prize.
Another variation on this is to use Santa Hats.
Place 12 Santa hats on a desk. Under 11 place a wrapped Christmas sweet under one place a bigger prize. People pay to lift a hat to find the lucky prize.
Six Sox - This sounds simple but is a real winner with children.
Peg six coloured socks on a line and pop a cheap toy or a few sweets in each.
Kids can feel but not look inside the sock. They can keep whatever is in the sock they choose. Simply refill the socks after each go.
Another variation on this is to have a coin or good prize in one of the socks and just a sweet in the others. No touching this time - contestants simply point to the sock they think holds the treasure.
You can of course use more than six socks
Ring Rudolph's Nose - On a sheet of hardboard (1m x 1m approx) paint a picture of Rudolph's head. Include a big red nose and screw in a large hook.
Make some hoopla hoops by cutting rounds out of hardboard or make some from twisted wire decorated with tinsel. Charge for 3 hoops and award a prize for anyone who can hook one on Rudolph's nose.
Golden Cracker - This is one of those fantastic fundraising ideas for Christmas Fairs that are really simple but lots of fun.
Buy some cheap crackers. Carefully open the ends of a few and insert a small winners ticket in each. In the picture you can see that with some crackers you can slip it in via the side also.
People pay to buy a cracker and pull it. They keep whatever is inside.
Every so often someone picks a cracker with a winning ticket inside. We have found a ratio of about 1 in 20 is about right.
The winner's tickets could be for prizes or vouchers for a go on other stalls.
Download a free sheet of winners tickets to print and use-
Golden Crackers Winner's Tickets
This works a treat at School Christmas fairs - kids love it. The crackers can be sold from a table but also from baskets being carried around the hall.
Magic Reindeer Food
Sprinkle this mix on the lawn tonight.
The moon will make it sparkle bright
And Santa's reindeer flying high.
Will see the food and drop on by.
Fundraising ideas for Christmas don't need to be complicated.
This is simply a small envelope or jam jar containing some oatmeal or bird seed and glitter.
Add an attractive sticker of a reindeer and instructions to leave scattered on the ground on Christmas Eve.
In the morning the seed will be gone with just the glitter to mark where the reindeer were!
Here is another variation of this idea sent in by Sharon from Belfast:The children really love making these and they normally sell really well at Christmas fairs - Get an A4 size piece of felt - red or green and cut as large a circle as possible out of it, then around the edges cut small holes and thread some nice ribbon or string through it to make a pouch. Pop some nice snowflake shaped glitter in as your Magic Reindeer Food. You can decorate it by putting little bells or some small tree decorations onto the string.
Peanut Christmas Wreathes
Simply thread monkey nuts still in their shells onto a loop of wire. Add a few decorative touches such as raffia bows or fir cones. The wreathes are hung outside as a Christmas treat for the birds.
If you are "crafty" you can come up with all sorts of variations of shapes and versions of this basic idea such as hearts and spirals.
Christmas Clothes Peg Angels
These neat little angels make great Christmas Tree decorations. They sell really well but are dead easy to make if you get a little production line going.
The bodies are old fashioned clothes pegs. Source from hardware stores or craft shops. The wings and arms are cut from transparent plastic sheets the sort used in overhead projectors. You could however laminate and cut paper designs. The arms and wings are simply stapled at the back.
The angel in this picture is playing the guitar but adapt the design in any way you wish. Add threads and hang some above your stall.
Wooden Christmas Tree Decorations
These are so easy to make and there are all sorts of variations you can do on the basic theme. Event better if you can use scrap bits and pieces. You can also use ribbon rather than string but its down to personal preference.
Don't Forget The Pets!
Making up Christmas Pet Gifts to sell at your Christmas events is a great idea. Simply buy bits and pieces from a regular pet store or wholesaler and then put them together to make nice Christmas combinations. Put them in jars, boxes or Christmas stockings. Then add a nice label and a bit of ribbon for a fantastic festive look. Who'd have thought you could make some dog biscuits look so attractive?!!
Don't stop at cats and dogs. lots of kids would love to buy neat little gifts for their rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, budgerigars etc. You just need to put a few things together and make it look cute
Feeling crafty? Check out our Christmas Pinterest page for more ideas of things to make and sell
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