You don’t need to go to the store to buy gift wrap . Go outside and find beautiful decorating ideas in nature. This link gives many great sustainable ideas for a festive holiday season
I love fresh herbs all year around. When gifting herbs make sure the recipients has a sunny spot to grow the herbs indoors. (Herbs need 6-8 hrs of light to thrive) Mint, thyme, and oregano are examples of hardy and attractive pot herbs which can serve a dual purpose; they can either be maintained for years in their pots or transferred to the garden. Some of the most robust herbs in my gardens are those I received in the wintertime as potted herbs.
This year, I am trying to buy or make more gifts from nature. I love this idea… give a mushroom garden from BACK TO THE ROOTS. This grow-your-own kit comes with “soil” made of recycled coffee ground (The company is on track to save 1 million pounds of caffeinated refuse from the landfills in 2011), and the packaging box doubles as the vase. Within 10 days of opening it, you can harvest up to 1.5 pounds of recipe-ready pearl oyster mushrooms. ($20. Backtotheroots.com)