Literacy Event Gift Baskets

Every November, Romance Writers of America's San Diego chapter hosts a big literacy event. We raffle off gift baskets, then donate a portion of the proceeds to a local literacy charity. 
This year's guest speak at the event is author Brenda Novak.
I'm donating two baskets this year.

The first basket is a beach reads basket. This is a basket for anyone who wants to sit by the pool and relax. I've included two steamy novels, sunglasses to shield the reader's eyes, sunscreen to keep the reader from getting burned, a bottle of wine, a large drinking cup and chocolate. All of it is arranged in a fun little tote which can be used anywhere, including poolside.

The second basket is for history lovers and historical romance writers. I've included research books covering different eras including the America Civil War and Shakespeare's London, and one of the best research books for writing or reading about Regency England. Non-book items include passes to the San Diego History Museum and the San Diego Art Museum, two period piece movies and some whimsical drinking glasses imprinted with vintage icons.
It's a lot of stuff to help keep a history buff busy on more than one Saturday afternoon.

Update: The silent auction went great! The orange tote was a popular one, and the history lovers were excited by the history basket. It think the orange tote really caught peoples' attention and I would consider doing an eye-catching one like this again.

If you like history and tea then check out my novels. They have both in them.


Christina Morley said...

Your baskets sound so well stocked. I'd be interested in the history one. Wishing you all the best at the event and thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

Karren Haller said...

Great basket creations for your raffle, I hope things will be great. Thanks for linking up Oh My Heartsie Girl!

Tina at said...

You do the best gift baskets!!! I love them! And I love the new look of you site. Well done! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week! Happy Thanksgiving!

CharlieBeth Walker said...

What a great idea! I wonder if you are going to start a whole new gift basket trend! Thanks for sharing to

Emily Reed said...

With the words of L.O. Baird I want to say,"May no gift be too small to give,nor too simple to receive,which is wrapped in thoughtfulness, and tied with love."