Using a Decorative Trash Can as a Gift Basket

Presentable Trash Can Gifts!

Decorative Trash Can Gift BasketsBecause I enjoy giving unique gifts, I started putting these unique gift basket sets together years ago.  They are always a big hit with the recipient.  Plus, they make a really pretty presentation.

These trash can gift baskets make great gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, house warming gifts or even a wedding gift.  They are an excellent alternative to the traditional Easter basket.

These gift baskets are very easy to put together.  Simply choose several related individual items and a corresponding trash can to make your own unique gift basket.


How to Begin

Stuff the bottom of the trash can with butcher paper, newspaper, or tissue paper


Children’s Gift

Decorative Trash Can Gift BasketsWhat better gift for a child than a collection of Dr. Seuss DVD’s and books.  They will love it and have hours of entertainment.

Included in this set are:

  • 2 videos,
  • 2 small books to read
  • 1 medium size interactive book

Other items that could be included:

  • Plush Toy
  • Christmas Tree Ornament
  • Dr. Seuss Hat
  • Dr. Seuss Socks
  • Boxer Shorts
  • T-shirt


Item Placement

Don’t Hesitate to Tape items together to make a Prettier Display


Peanuts or Snoopy Gift

Decorative Trash Can Gift BasketsWho doesn’t love Snoopy?!

This is an awesome gift for the Peanuts fan.  The many options for this collection made choosing a little more difficult.  I selected a Holiday video collection that includes “Charlie Brown Christmas”, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”  I added the “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” book which includes stickers and two additional pocket size books.

Other options include:

  • Christmas Tree Ornaments
  • Charlie Brown Figurines
  • Peanuts Coffee Mugs
  • Peanuts T-shirts


You Might Consider Adding:

Decor Personal Games
Mouse Pads Jewelry Card Games
Calendars Slippers Puzzles
Action Figures Key Chains Calendars
Collectibles or Figurines Cosmetic Bag Travel Size Games
Snowglobes Coin Purse or Wallet Video Games
Photo Frames Water Bottles Coloring Books & Crayons


A Gift for the Bird Watcher

 Decorative Trash Can Gift BasketsThis is a very simple, fun collection to put together.  I chose a book about attracting birds to your yard and bird identities.  I included bird food and small binoculars.  Once the bird watching gift recipient places the food in their yard, then they can sit back in the comfort of their home and watch the birds gather.  Using their binoculars, they can get a close up look at a bird and then identify and read about it in their new book.

Other items that could be included in a Bird Watcher Gift Basket:

  • Coffee Mug
  • Coffee or tea
  • Bird Christmas Ornament
  • Video about bird watching


Finishing Touch

Place the Gift Set in a large Cellophane Bag & Tie the top with a Pretty Ribbon or Bow

Decorative Trash Can Gift Baskets

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Originally posted 2016-10-13 09:58:34.

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  1. Susan says:

    This is such a great idea. Trying to come up with gift ideas for my teen granddaughter is crazy. I can see using a decorative trash can and stuffing it with fun things for her. She would love it.

  2. Olivia says:

    Miss Mouse, you have a wonderful way of putting together the nicest presents. I’m sure that anyone who would receive a gift like yours would be over the moon. They really are quite nice and much better than having a lot of garbage to get rid of. Great ideas and great collections, I think I will have to “steal” a few of these ideas. Thank you.

  3. I’ve never heard of ‘themed’ trash cans before. What a clever idea for a gift basket. My 7 year old grandson’s latest ‘favorite’ is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Ninja themed trash can will be easy to fill as I already have a few items selected. 🙂

  4. dawn rae says:

    What great ideas! I know people who would like each of those ideas. Who woulda thought a trash can would make a cute gift?!

  5. What a great idea! And after the gift is opened and the individual gifts removed, it’s great for collecting all the gift wraps for all the family gifts.

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