For those who've already made their lists, checked them twice, and ticked off the names of all the people they've bought presents for, there are plenty of places around East Hampton where they can proceed to buy wrapping paper. Even if you're not in the enviable position of being ahead of the holiday game, most if not all of these places will be open on Christmas Eve. Just don't run out of tape if you wait that late.
1. Alice B King Fine Stationery and Gifts in Bridgehampton doesn't have holiday-themed wrapping paper per se, but it does have solid colors, including red and sage, from the Waste Not company, in recycled paper. Other colors, all sold by the roll, are fuchsia, chartreuse, pool (light blue), moss, khaki, papaya, light pink, and a vellum with a vine leaf pattern. Holiday greeting cards, gift tags, and place cards are also available.
2. Kmart in Bridgehampton has affordable paper that can be purchased in bulk -- most often combination packs of rolls in a variety of seasonal patterns as well as packages of flat sheets, again with lots of variety. Tags, tape, cards, and ribbon are also sold here.
3. The Ideal in Sag Harbor is another stationery store with plenty of choices. It's also a convenient place to stop when you're shopping by foot in the village. They've got a large selection of tissue paper with holiday patterns, stickers, ribbons, rolls of wrap, a whole holiday section, and will be open till, probably, about 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
4. Also in Sag Harbor is the Wharf Shop, which specializes in children's toys but has wrapping paper that would suit both children and adults. Bows and tissue paper can also be found here, not to mention gifts and stocking stuffers. And yes, the store will be open on Christmas Eve.
5. The Sag Harbor Variety Store traditionally has wrapping paper, bows, Christmas decor, lights and replacement bulbs, and much more over the holiday season. Just don't get lost in the craft-supply aisles -- all that pretty red felt, spun white cotton, and styrofoam balls might get you off on another tangent.
6. In East Hampton, the has double-sided, reversible paper, mostly single sheets, that are "festive, bright, and unique," a representative said. Ribbons and lots of really pretty items can be found here; this store will be open Christmas Eve as well.
7. in East Hampton has rolls of "all different papers," whether for children or adults, said the owner, Stephanie Tekulsky. This is also a good place to buy non-mainstream toys and unusual gifts like retro lunchboxes or clocks.
8. in East Hampton is another chain store selling large quantities of inexpensive paper. CVS will be open until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve for those really-last-minute Nellies.
9. in Amagansett has holiday wrapping paper, some of it hand-painted and some of it ink-stamped. The store also has Christmas bows made out of recycled catalogs that "sell like crazy," according to Sue Seitz-Kulick, the owner, who makes them herself. Gone Local will be open "till whenever" on Christmas Eve, depending on how brisk the business is.
10. in Montauk sells wrapping paper, too. Christmas Eve hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For those who live in the easternmost hamlet, this may well be the last place to pick up that extra roll of Scotch tape, too, without having to drive across the Napeague stretch to CVS.