I've always wrapped gifts in brown paper, ever since I found a commercial roll of brown paper and metal dispenser in my apartment when we first moved in after college. I finally ran out a couple years ago and have been using Scotch brand rolls, but forgot to restock before preparing to wrap this year. In a pinch, I went with grocery bags and festive stamping and ribbons.
All the presents are wrapped (except for a few that I've ordered that haven't arrived yet), and I have four more days of work. Then I'll load all of the presents into a rental car and head out for home Friday morning!
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based in Mansfield, MA.