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5 Elementary School Fundraising Ideas for Christmas in July

By Clay Boggess on Jul 17, 2021
5 Elementary School Fundraising Ideas for Christmas in July

Inspiration so you can plan your school year’s biggest holiday fundraiser

Why Christmas in July?

The idea and origin of Christmas in July may have been borne out of a longing for cooler seasonal temperatures, a desire to start buying gifts early for the holiday, or simply a smart marketing opportunity that took off.

'Christmas in July' has truly gone mainstream with most Americans familiar with the unofficial holiday.

Just a quick peruse of community bulletins or Facebook events will show markets and craft fairs popping up in countless neighborhoods to celebrate and mark the occasion. And every summer, Hallmark fans everywhere rejoice as the channel treats viewers to a lengthy Christmas in July movie marathon packed with holiday classics.

More than markets and celebration, Christmas in July offers a chance to drum up donations in a typically slower season for charitable giving. Consider Wreaths Across America, arguably one of the best known fundraisers, has amplified the concept of Giving in July to allow donors to “do good twice.” An idea that resonates with many, it is no surprise that people don’t mind a little extra Christmas cheer mid-year.

Another well-known nationwide organization, the Ronald McDonald House, puts a fun spin on fundraising ideas for Christmas in July fundraising opportunity by rallying donations and raffles around 12 days of giving (check out the charity’s Albany, NY and Richmond, VA locations for examples).

Tip: Want to get a jumpstart on Christmas 2021? Check out Martha Stewart’s 12 days of to-do’s.

A recent article from Better Homes & Garden suggests Christmas in July celebrations may even be a bit more significant this year, indicating families who had to cancel their original Christmas holiday plans due to the pandemic are making up for the loss by spending time with their loved ones this July. Despite the reason for the season, Christmas in July offers a chance to do things a little differently.

5 School Fundraising Ideas for Christmas

Whether you plan to shake up your traditional giving calendar or load up on elementary school fundraising ideas for the official Christmas holiday in December, here are some perfect-present inspirations to help put the holly jolly in the much beloved Christmas holiday:

  1. Socks

    An infamous gift (‘just get me socks…’), Big Fundraising Ideas offers a sock fundraiser featuring $10 pairs of youth and adult Crazy Socks.

  2. Gourmet Chocolate

    You can’t go wrong with America’s favorite. Chocolate Indulgence has decadent options including Pecan Caramel Clusters, Mint Melties, Cherry Cordials, and Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels.

  3. Wrapping Paper

    With virtual ease, get ready to wrap those gifts and more with a Charleston Wrap online fundraiser featuring Christmas gift wrap, kitchen & home gadgets, customizable items, and more.

    Tip: Find other online school fundraisers here.

  4. Candles

    A go-to gift, Candle Cottage fundraiser enables your school’s supporters to purchase dual fragrance candles, wax melts, and Artisan Soy Candles. Our candle fundraiser also includes an online store!

  5. Smencils

    These fun-to-sell fragranced pencils are nostalgic and enjoyable. With Christmas themed bundles wafting aromas of peppermint and candy cane, Smencils are a holiday fundraising quick-hit!


We’ve been bringing holiday cheer to schools and teams since 1999! Big Fundraising Ideas offers a variety of high-quality holiday elementary school fundraisers that provide a reliable and enjoyable way to raise money for great causes, our children.

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