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 creative push present ideas 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.
I loved her to pieces. She reminds me of the pictures of your mom, always smiling. What a great tribute you have here to your mom. I can tell she was something very special.