Turn gourds into "stone" using this quick trick: Mix sand or dirt into off-white paint, coat each gourd from base to stem, then dry overnight. Use any mix of pumpkins, acorn squash and gourds and place on the table as a centerpiece, or outside near your front door.
Buy herb plants and repot them in small glass jars as a table decoration and parting gift.
Roll pliable leaves (like banana leaves) around rolled napkins and thread chopsticks through each leaf to secure. Use a hole punch for clean holes.
Take a walk in the woods and look for interesting branches -- then just plant in a terra-cotta pot.