Dads are hard, no double entendre intended. But while it is easy to come up with a wealth of flowery, love-heart splattered, sparkly gift ideas for Mother’s Day, it can sometimes be more difficult to come up with good products to sell for a Father’s Day Stall.
In a Nutshell
Fundraising ideas: a range of fun and curious gifts for Dads
Suitable for: school Father’s Day stall, any fete or fundraiser, Christmas
Profit: approx. 15%-100%
Father’s Day Stall is an online company dedicated to Dad’s, run by Aussie Mums and Dads. It has a range of fun gifts that range from 50c to $4.95 that can be re-sold at a Father’s Day Stall at your school, childcare, kindy or club at a profit of your choosing.
By selling items at $4-$6 each, the gifts are within reach of most school children (or at least their parents who will be sending cash along to school), and kids can have the excitement of choosing their own gift for Dad or Grandad.
The gifts are predominantly gag or curio gifts, but most either have a real practical use or are just plain fun. Dads (and kids) will get plenty of joy out of items such as mobile phone cover in the shape of a giant ear ($2.95), novelty pens in the shape of a dart, golf club and screwdriver ($3.50) and an iPhone case in the shape of a retro cassette ($3.70). You can also find cool Dad socks ($3.50), pens in the shape of a trout ($3.50), BBQ sets ($3.95) or a money-box in the shape of a football boot ($3.95).
The ordering process
You can order online, and there is no minimum order. Freight is capped at $20 no matter where you are in Australia and no matter how much you order.
Father’s Day 2015 is September 6th and orders must be received by Friday 28th August to ensure that gifts are received in time (ie to run a stall on the Friday before Father’s Day).
Schools do not need to pre-pay – an invoice will be sent at the time of the goods being dispatched and you have seven days to pay. You can hold your stall, raise funds and pay the invoice without ever needing to be out of pocket.
The fundraising process
Promoting your stall in advance is key. List some of the items you have chosen (and clearly identify the price points) in newsletters, signage and other marketing.
The company recommends ordering one to one and a half items per student. Choosing products with a variety of price points is essential – the cheapest products are a recycled pen and pencil set (50 cents) and tray that makes ice cubes in the shape of vampire fangs ($1.00) up to $4.95 for products like multi-tools, multi-screwdrivers and sports water bottles.
Organise a roster system so classes can visit the stall at specified times – this helps to keep things orderly. Older kids can act as ‘sellers’ for the younger classes. Another idea would be to have a separate gift wrapping stall set up alongside to raise extra funds.
Profits are entirely up to you – you can add a set margin to every item (ie $1 or $2) or sell everything at the same set price.