Getting stuck with a gift you don’t want is one of the most frustrating results of the holiday season.
It may sound ungrateful, but we’ve all been there! Some gifts just won’t fit right, aren’t the model we needed or simply weren’t a good choice for us.
Unfortunately, you could ultimately be penalized if the giver of your ill-fitting gift planned too far ahead. Typical store return policies often require an item to be returned within about two weeks of purchase. That’s pretty tough to do when your aunt starts shopping in July!
Thankfully, many retailers understand this dilemma and have extended return policies to accommodate unwanted holiday gifts.
Here are the special holiday return policies for some of the most popular retailers this season:
You can return items Amazon shipped between Nov. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015 for a full refund until Jan. 31, 2016.
Items shipped from other sellers should fall under this policy, unless otherwise noted in the seller’s Return Policy.
Items at Walmart have varying return policies: 15 days, 30 days or 90 days.
For items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, here’s the deadline breakdown:
- Jan. 10 for items with a 15-day return policy
- Jan. 25 for items with a 30-day return policy
- No change for items with a 90-day return policy
With an extension to the typical 30-day return policy, you can return purchases made between Oct. 18 and Dec. 24 until Jan. 23.
The store’s extended its return period through Jan. 15 for purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31.
This excludes cell phones and devices with a carrier contract, and AppleCare and Geek Squad Protection plans returned without the product.
Items purchased between Nov. 8 and Dec. 24 would normally have a 30-day return period. But that’s been extended through Jan. 24 — including sales with or without gift receipts.
The yoga-wear retailer makes an exception to its famously strict return policy for the holidays.
For purchases between Nov. 6 ad Dec. 25, you’ve got until Jan. 10 to make a return. Canadian readers, beware — you can’t make a return or exchange on Boxing Day (December 26) in Canada.
More Return Options
A few more things to note about holiday returns:
First, if you pay for an online purchase through PayPal and realize your folly before handing over the gift, you can make the return yourself and PayPal will cover any return shipping fee.
Most retailers accept returns by mail with free shipping, but this is a nice perk for those that don’t.
If you just want to play it safe, do your shopping at one of these stores, which have the best year-round return policies, according to The Simple Dollar:
- JC Penney
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- LL Bean
Your Turn: Have you heard of any exceptionally convenient return policies for the holiday season? Share them in the comments!
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more.