Forget wasting money on 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.

A Gift Giving Development

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 hack? Tell us in the comments.


  • I’ve used this idea for kitchen teas or when giving a kitchen ware gift. To help the environment, my son and his friends use brown paper or newspaper tied up with twine. There are lots of cheap useful items in Kmart and such stores (cheaper than wrapping paper) that can be used to ‘wrap’ gifts in and at the same time the item can be re-purposed.


  • Yep not good for big gift and I wouldn’t wrap a gift for my son in a tea towel ;) News paper with a red cord/ribbon works well too !


  • very nice for small gifts but if the gifts are bigger – then maybe something else.


  • Cool idea for just a few prezzies.
    If i did it fir the whole family, I would be drowning in them lol


  • That’s not a bad idea, thanks.


  • I’d give this a try. I do hate the amount of wrapping paper which gets scrunched up and thrown out. Depending on how many presents you have to wrap, you would have to buy quite a few tea towels though


  • I do like this idea if you’re only wrapping a few presents but I manage to always buy my Christmas paper cheap at the sales post-Xmas.


  • This would end up costing a lot in Tea towels especially at Christmas time. All though it’s a good idea, it’s not a money saving idea.

    • Yes, it’s cheaper to wrap your gifts in news paper with a nice red ribbon around it; it has a great look too !


  • You can recycle soft plastics and bubble wrap etc at Coles ????


  • VERy idea but the cost would add up quickly


  • What an fantastic idea. This is perfect as I detest having to always throw out the wrapping paper. I used to try and save as much of it as I could and reuse it but this little idea is genius.


  • This is a very practical hack. Love it.


  • I use this method for kitchen teas,hose warming and sometimes gifts. Have also used pillow cases too for bulky presents. Some children love the pillow case as it means it is their special one.


  • I love this idea. We do a secret santa in the family where we all bring 2-3 small gifts and you pick a number out of a hat…..I am definitely doing this.


  • We bought some Christmas fabric from spotlight in the Boxing Day sales last year so we could do this exact thing! The tea towel idea is great for when we are giving gifts outside the family though. Thanks for the tip!


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