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.


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  • I already do this with certain types of gifts…..otherwise just toooo many tea towels.


  • Good idea but expensive and there are only so many tea towels that will fit in a cupboard..


  • That’s a lot of tea towels.


  • Clever for your adult gifts.


  • What a great idea for adults but not for kids presents


  • Did this once for a Kitchen Tea and others thought it interesting. I usually use a sack I have made for each child, this gets used for a number of years. Also have re usable sacks for larger presents too for adults.


  • I reuse the gift wrap time and again. I get a few years out of it, cutting it smaller if necessary. Tea towels get icky, unless u keep them specifically for this purpose, I’m guessing it’s ok for ppl to keep their tea towels? What does she do for bigger gifts, towels? If it works for her then that’s great but I’ll just stick to my paper


  • Good idea as a one off but probably isn’t too practical long term. Like how many tea towels does a person need?


  • I tend to use paintings that my 2 year old has done. Or a box so the person can then use it when they give a present to someone else.


  • Great idea, I’m always needing new ones and this is the perfect way to get some! Don’t know how you’d go about wrapping something larger, maybe a sheet? Hahaha


  • Great ideas here. I sometimes manage to salvage some strips of wrapping paper for craft work. The kids can make decoration chains out of the strips to put either on the tree next year or drape across windows, walls, door frames etc. My niece made one that went across and window, through a double doorway, then across the wall a single window, then stretched across to a triple louvre window.


  • T Towels are great ideas for mums and Nana’s ! You could even use the large cloth coloured nappies from k mart for baby presents they are so handy for shoulder dribble bibs and change table mats! Thank you!


  • When my boys are both at kinder we will use their art work for wrapping, especially for the grand parents!


  • Personally I think a large gift box would probably be better. Put all the presents inside and reuse the box to store toys etc in the future.


  • Yep, this is what we do. I only don’t buy all kind of new tea towels for gifts at home, just ones I already used. Don’t know what I would do would such a pile of new tea towels evry time again and again.


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