Forget wasting money on Christmas wrapping paper that ends up in the bin – this mum’s hack saves $$$ and the planet at the same time!

If you find yourself cringing at the waste of paper that has become synonymous with Christmas, one clever mum has shared a hack that means you will never have to worry about binning expensive wrapping paper ever again! Best of all you can purchase everything you need for this incredible hack from the ever popular Kmart for just $1.60 per parcel.

Already In Your Kitchen

You might be thinking that this hack involves an innovative new product but you’d be wrong. Kmart sells a pack of three tea towels for just $5. That means each one is less than $2. What does this have to do with Christmas wrapping you might ask? Well this clever mum’s hack involves folding the tea towel around the gift like a normal piece of gift paper before securing it with twine.

No sticky tape, no scissors, no mess. Best of all when you’re finished unwrapping your presents, you have a supply of new tea towels that will no doubt get a workout after Christmas lunch.

So Practical

One clever mum posted on the Kmart Mums Australia group saying:

“Love kmart for gifts, wrapping gifts in the beautiful Australiana Christmas tea towels. Kmart for the win!”

Kmart shoppers were impressed with the idea.

“Love this idea environmentally friendly, practical and looks great!”

“What a great idea! They look awesome and something different from the standard Chrissie Wrap.”

“I love wrapping gifts in tea towels, manchester, or fabrics (depending on who I’m giving it to). I hate wrapping paper because a present often gets wrapped the night before and then 12hrs later the paper is in the recycle bin.”

Wrapped Up In A Gift

This genius hack isn’t just suitable for Christmas and you don’t just have to use tea towels. You can wrap birthday presents or housewarming gifts in a similar way – you save on paper and your friend/child/partner gets a new beach towel or scarf in the process. Why didn’t we think of this before?

This mum definitely thought outside the box and we think it’s a great idea. Who wants to spend money on something that is just going to end up crumpled in the bin anyway?

What do you think of this clever cost-cutting Christmas wrapping hack? Tell us in the comments.

  • What an awesome idea and it includes an extra gift in the wrapping. I am so going to use this tip.


  • Great for adult gifts, not children’s ones. Thanks for sharing again.


  • Different but also a new tea towel is always a bonus!


  • I’d love to receive a parcel wrapped in a teatowel.


  • After reading this article it reminded me of a present I got many years ago from a Japanese penfriend and I would receive gifts wrapped in beautiful fabrics. I have a friend who recycles old books by using their pages for wrapping paper. The old Atlas pages look amazing. Great idea


  • love sustainable and cost cutting ideas.


  • Great idea.


  • I reuse wrapping paper, my longest I’ve had some is 10 years. I have also wrapped a gift in a scarf. The problem with using tea towels is the gifts have to be of a certain size for it to work properly.


  • Very handy i think but not so cheap


  • Not practical for kids and I’m not willing to drive 3 hours to get some teatowels. I do like the concept even though I’ve read it before


  • Done this, especially appreciated if wrapping something for the kitchen eg spices and a small bowl


  • I’ve been doing this for years. Re-usable cloth bags are also good for family presents (ie you get the bag back and use it the next year… and the next…)


  • Cute idea but really on suitable for square and small gifts. I make home made gift labels by cutting up my Christmas cards.


  • Great idea in theory but wouldn’t work for those larger presents haha maybe a bath towel?


  • I’ve wrapped most of my gifts, but a great idea for that certain person.


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