It creates less waste. The reason that I started exploring alternative gift wrapping myself was because I didn't like all of the waste that regular wrapping paper creates. Why buy something that will be used for such a short amount of time and then thrown away.
Most eco friendly choices can be recycled or re-used. I loved all your ideas, and when I am not shopping for a gift for my dad, I plan on reading more of your articles. My Grandma died when she was 98. I loved her to pieces.