This could possibly be the most genius Christmas hack ever.

One clever mum has eliminated the need to stealthily wrap Christmas gifts hidden in the bedroom late at night, by booking herself a hotel room so she can leisurely wrap to her heart’s content.

Kids have an uncanny knack for barging in while you’re wrapping their gifts, so instead of being a joyful experience, it’s more nerve-wracking. But this mum’s annual wrapping weekend solves that problem – and means she gets a peaceful couple of days to kinda chill before the Christmas madness really kicks in.

Mum spends weekend in hotel room wrapping gifts

The mum shared a video of her annual wrapping weekend, which went viral, with almost three million views.

She explained in the caption, “Booked a hotel for two nights, wrapped all gifts, order takeout, watch tons of tv, and no one asked me for anything.”

@mckelligan Second annual wrapping weekend! Booked a hotel for two nights, wrapped all gifts????, order takeout, watch tons of tv, and no one asked me for anything ????????. #momwin #wrappinghacks #selfcare #christmas #wrappinggifts #wrappingweekend #mrsclaus ♬ Candy Cane Lane – Sia

The video attracted thousands of comments, with a mixed reaction. Some mums loved the idea, while others thought it was a frivolous waste of money.

“This is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen!! You’re a genius,” one person commented.

“My mum and her friends used to do this when we were kids. They’d go to a big city, shop all weekend, hubby &kid free. Takeout and hotels, ladies weekend,” said another.

“And here I am, I can’t even go to dinner without feeling mum guilt. I’ll wrap while they sleep,” said one mum.

“Oh… we’re in a different tax bracket,” replied another.

The mum says she’s currently planning her third annual wrapping weekend, and says she thinks the first weekend of December should become the official gift-wrapping weekend.

What do you think of this idea? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • This sounds epic, I love this idea. Bit expensive, but i totally love it


  • Now that is certainly something different. Each to their own.


  • That would have been a stress free way of getting everything wrapped and have a couple of days to yourself. Hey, if you can afford to do this then why not. Will give you the chance to relax before Xmas gets here and you have to start preparing all the food.


  • There are probably better ways to do this.


  • Unless the mum shopped on the day of booking the hotel, then how did she get all the presents into her car or whatever unseen?
    Prefer to do my shopping through the year, wrap them and put them into a storage bin in my sewing den. No one goes in these in case they get caught up in the work that is in there and have to sew on a few buttons, ha ha.


  • Wow, I am constantly amazed at how many people still have spare cash to waste on unnecessary things


  • Buy my presents throughout the year, wrap them immediately when home after buying and put in a storage container in the spare room. Safe and waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas Day.


  • Hahaha, I love this. Why did I never think of it? And now it’s too late as my son has moved out of home and I have hardly anyone to buy for.


  • I just started “wrapping” presents in fabric gift bags, much easier for family as for the kids they never get that many presents.


  • Gosh if i could afford this, what a genius idea!


  • Oh wow any excuse to let herself have some fun


  • My kids never get that many presents to wrap! I usually just do it when they are asleep.
    Even better to save on wrapping I usually just put most of them unwrapped in a sack!


  • I’m sure it’s great me time for her, but it does seem a bit of a waste. I’ve never had any issues with wrapping as I wait until my kids go to bed (8.30pm) and then I do it watching a Christmas movie. If you have a routine there’s no issue. My kids go to sleep when they’re asked and we usually don’t hear from them until morning.


  • That’s awesome.


  • Lovely idea, even better to do it with a group of friends.
    Personally I just wrap the gifts when the kids are at school or when I’m early awake and everyone is on one ear


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