Twig tree sculpture alternative for xmas. Collect driftwood in summer or trimmings in fall, build a tree for Christmas, and use the bits as kindling to keep warm in January. I'd be tempted to leave this tree up all year round.
Framed Jewelry Christmas Tree This is the coolest idea I've seen. All those old earrings that are broken and you don't want anymore but don't want to throw away! Like Brian's mom's framed jewelry tree- just add lights.