FUNDRAISING – Christmas gift room


Christmas gift shop is always popular with pupils and parents, giving children a taste of independence, and

gift recipients a genuine surprise on Christmas day. Here’s everything you need to know…

Where to buy PTAs with storage facilities can shop year-round for bulk bargains to maximise profits. Hitting the January sales is a great way to find good-quality items at discount prices. Stores such as Home Bargains, B&M and pound shops are also a fantastic option year-round. For a quick and easy alternative, Your Fundraising Gift Shop ( offers packs of presents that can be bought wrapped or unwrapped.

Prices The simplest option is to charge the same for everything but if you think some items are worth more than

Set up a Christmas ‘secret

room’ and help pupils pick a present for a loved one while boosting PTA funds

that keep on giving

others, pick a small range of prices. Keep items at pocket money rates – around £1-£3. Make sure you’re in profit and price things according to how much they cost – for example, if you paid £1 for something, you might sell it for £2.

Quantities Collating quantities through a pre-order form means you know how much to buy (and of what, if you include a male/female recipient question). If you ask for payment in advance, you won’t need to worry about children forgetting to bring money on the day. Limiting the number of gifts per child will ensure you don’t run out of presents.

Wrapping If you want to keep outgoings down, ask for donations of wrapping paper and hold a gift-wrapping party with your committee and volunteers. Put on some Christmas music and ask helpers to bring refreshments, and

you’ll have everything wrapped in no time. Don’t forget to leave one of each gift unwrapped so that children can see what’s on offer.

Choosing a date Holding a gift room at your Christmas fair means everyone is already gathered together. But people may be less inclined to spend as they’re already spending money on other attractions. Running your secret room as its own event may be more profitable, as you can have it open for as long as necessary, giving everyone the chance to buy.

Running your room If your secret room is going to be held during a school day then invite each class to choose their gifts one at a time. If children are paying on the day, it’s a good idea to ask teachers of younger pupils to collect money and make a list of who has paid and how many gifts they’ve paid for before visiting the room. Older pupils can be responsible for their own money.

What to buy

It’s fine to have some themed gifts for your shop, such as Christmas decorations, but keeping a lot of the stock generic makes it easier to reuse leftovers. If you’re unsure about what to buy for men and women, sway more towards items that appeal to everyone, such as chocolates, socks, shower gel, scarves, gloves, coasters, stationery, plants, keyrings, photo frames, mugs, calendars and fridge magnets. Combine cheaper items to make something more spectacular to buy and give. Think mugs filled with chocolates, hot chocolate kits or jars stuffed with sweets. AUTUMN 2019 31


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