Brown paper packages tied up with strings.
Good old Julie Andrews crisply and melodically declared this as a favorite thing. Turns out, Maria knows what she sings of.
Last year, we used paper bags (goodness knows we had enough Trader Joe's and Whole Foods bags hanging around the apartment), a red stamp set, kitchen string, and some trimmings graciously given from the Christmas Tree to wrap our goodies.
This trend continues in 2012, and how darling are some of these versions spotted around the web:
Whether you are frantically packaging up Santa's wares tonight or opening a present from under the tree tomorrow, I hope you unwrap some of your favorite things surrounded by your favorite people.