The Rules of Regifting

I bet Stitch is an excellent regifter.

'Tis the season of spending money. Fa la la la know the rest. With only one (count it–ONE!) shopping day left until Christmas, you may be racking your brain trying to think of the Perfect Gift. Fear not, my friends. You can turn your home and closet into your personal shopping boutique.

While gift cards are always a nice last-minute choice (especially if it's the receiver's favorite store), regifting is also a viable solution. Now I know what you're probably thinking: "Regifting? Oh my gosh, that's sooo tacky!"But think again. If you follow these simple rules, you can make regifting just as thoughtful as buying a brand new gift.

And, if you do it right, the receiver will never ever know. It will be our little secret. You can thank my later.

1. Do give an unused gift. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's worth mentioning anyway. The point is to recycle a gift, not give someone else your leftovers.

2. Do give a gift that has some significance to the receiver. Regifting requires the same amount of thought as regular gifts. You don't want to give your 10-year-old cousin the socks Grandma gave you for your birthday. Your cousin will hate you forever.

3. Do switch it up. Sure, going green is the latest trend, but you shouldn't reuse the original wrapping paper in this case, especially if it was a birthday/baby shower/bridal gift. Different wrapping paper will make your gift feel like new.

4. Don't give within the same circle. Or else, you risk your receiver finding out the truth abut her gift. For the best regifting strategy, give withing different groups. For example, the Victoria's Secret gift set your high school BFF gave you is perfectly fine to give to your college roommate–as long as they're not friends either.

5. Don't tell a soul. Again, this may seem obvious, but it's worth repeating. No one has to know you're regifting. It's better that way, trust me.

There's nothing wrong with spreading a little Christmas cheer and saving some cash in the process. Your wallet will appreciate it. Merry Christmas, everyone!