Upcycling Gift Basket Ideas

Friday, January 17th, 2020

The holidays are over you probably have some containers left over from gift baskets that you received. They are too nice to throw out, but you may not be sure what to do with them. Consider upcycling.


Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, it is the process of transforming by-products, left over parts or waste materials into new materials or products. It’s the creative repurposing/reusing of items in another way than they were originally intended, to keep them out of landfills.

Below, we will share some fun ways to upcycle baskets and containers for use in your home.

Fruit and Vegetable Baskets

Clear off your counter a bit and keep those fruits and veggies in one of the baskets. They are a great place for apples, bananas, pears, oranges, avocados, onions, potatoes, any of those fruits and veggies that don’t need to be kept in the refrigerator. It will keep everything together and dress things up a bit.

Towel Displays

Towels rolled and displayed in baskets are a nice touch. Depending on the size of the basket, it could go on the back of your commode, on your countertop with wash cloths or pool/beach towels could even go on the floor.

Bathroom Essentials

Tidy up your bathroom and keep your lotions and hair care products or even your favorite scents in a basket or tray that you received.

Breakfast Trays

Take the tray that your nice spread of snacks came on and start using it for breakfast-in-bed. Your recipient will be impressed, because who doesn’t love being treated to breakfast in bed?!

Picnic Baskets

If you received a basket with a lid, it can easily become a picnic basket. Pack it up with treats and head to the local park, beach or lake. It’ll be a fun day for everyone involved.

Upcycle into a New Gift

There are so many ways crates, baskets and tins can be reused. When in doubt, the most obvious reuse is to upcycle as a new gift giving container. The ideas are endless! We would love to see what creative ways you come up with to repurpose Heart of the Desert gift baskets. Share with us on social media, Facebook – Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wine, Instagram – hodpistachioswine.

Heart of the Desert is a working pistachio ranch and vineyard with four retail establishments in New Mexico. They are best known for their farm fresh pistachios and Award-Winning New Mexico wines. Each store offers wine and pistachio tastings. They offer worldwide shipping and produce attractive gourmet baskets that make great corporate and family gifts. The main store, on the ranch in Alamogordo, offers farm tours that showcases how pistachios are grown and processed as well as a stunning Tuscany themed patio that overlooks the groves and is available for weddings, private parties or enjoying a relaxing glass of wine.