A couple of years ago, I was in a packaging shop in Stafford and saw these rolls of brown paper for sale.
I bought one and it's been very, very useful ever since.
I've wrapped most of my presents over the last couple of years with it. They get decorated with raffia or ribbon and I love the look of them:
Sometimes I use an ink pad and stamp to decorate them, or draw a little design - a Christmas tree or Holly, for example.
This year at Christmas, I'm guessing Lucinda's footprint might put in an appearance.
I also don't really use cards or gift tags any more, but write messages on the wrapping paper. I always hated paying $5 for a Hallmark card which would get read once and then thrown out. It seems such a waste of money and resources.
To top it off, the roll is also perfect for pattern making too.
Who knew a roll of brown paper could be so useful?