Unique Gift Basket Containers

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The classic container for a gift basket is… a basket of course. But it doesn’t have to be! You can use other, more unique gift basket containers to place your gift items in.

Basket containerCheck out this list full of ideas for alternative containers. Not only do they serve as the container for your gift basket, but they are also practical by themselves!

This means that by using one of these containers, you’ll be adding another gift item to your basket! And when it comes to a gift basket, the more gift items the merrier!

The best way I could think of to provide you with visual examples of the gift basket containers in the list below is to simply show you some examples of each item from Amazon.

Gift Basket Container Ideas

At Home - General

  • Wastebasket
  • Bucket
  • Laundry basket
  • Newspaper basket
  • Mailbox

In The Kitchen

  • Cooking pot
  • Serving dish
  • Mug
  • Tray
  • Baking pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cookie jar
  • Food storage container

Study / Office

  • Magazine file
  • Letter sorter
  • Stationary organizer
  • Paper Tray
  • Pencil holder
  • Wastebasket

In the Garden

  • Flower pot
  • Leaf bag
  • Watering can
  • Rain Barrel
  • Garden tool tote
  • Seedling tray


  • Hat
  • Purse
  • Tote bag
  • Cap
  • Backpack
  • Wardrobe drawer organizer


  • Sports bag
  • Mesh bag
  • Bicycle basket
  • Laundry bag
  • Shoe bag

Other Containers

  • Tool box
  • Storage box
  • Cosmetics bag/ pouch
  • Sewing box
  • Lunch box
  • Picnic basket
  • Car organizer

Eco friendly / Recycled Containers:

  • Shoe box – cover it with gift wrapping paper inside and out for an aesthetic look.
  • Inner boxes of electrical appliances – electrical appliances usually come in a big box full of smaller inner boxes for each component. These inner boxes are great gift basket containers because they are usually made of plain white carton paper so there is no need to cover up any logos or brand patterns.
  • Pretty shopping bag – some shops provide shopping bags with gorgeous patterns and no logos or other shop related info. These bags can be recycled as excellent gift basket containers.
  • Origami box– for last minute solution when there is no gift container in sight, follow these easy instructions to create your own hand made origami gift box.
  • Recyclable bamboo bowl – a disposable yet durable,eco-friendly, perishable, dish which is fridge and microwave safe and can be re-used several times. It comes in different sizes and is always good to keep around the house for picnics, parties and….as an eco friendly container for gift baskets.
  • Reusable/ folding Shopper bag – this shopper bags fold into a fist size pouch or even smaller. Great to carry in your bag for spontaneous shopping and can also be a great container for almost any type of gift basket theme.