It creates less waste. The reason that I started exploring alternative gift wrapping myself was because I didn't like all of creative gift for hunter 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.
My Grandma died when she was 98. 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.