What To Do With Those Unwanted Holiday Gifts? Return or Not Return?

According to Consumer Reports, at least 20% of American consumers returned an unwanted holiday gift. Unwanted clothing being the most returned item of them all. Gift givers like to make sure that people are happy with their gifts and people that receive gifts don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling just in case they are unhappy with a gift. So what are some things you can do as a gift giver and a receiver to make this a smooth process?

As a gift giver, you can get a gift receipt when you make a purchase. This allows the person you gave the give too, to exchange it for something else, in the event they would like something else instead.

Many stores are lenient with their exchange policies after the holiday season. Some stores extend a 90 day return policy as long as you have a receipt. If you do not have a receipt, many retailers will offer you a store credit. Either way, you will be able to get the gift of your choice.

Of course certain items have specific policies that need to be followed in order to exchange or return them. One example is electronic items. Things like video games, phones, etc should be kept in their original packaging. Most stores will not accept them otherwise.

Some things you should consider when deciding whether to return a gift or not.

Instead of just returning a gift, consider donating it to charity or re-gift it to someone you think may like it instead.

If you think returning a gift may hurt someone’s feelings, decide if it’s worth it to return it or not. If you do return it, do so discreetly, so no one finds out about it.

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