Holiday Returns: Guidelines and Return Dates for Major Retailers

This year you can expect unusual holiday returns dates and policies, some of them quite generous. But know what you’re getting into.

Disappointed woman receiving a gift from a frustrated friend in christmas at home
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Here's hoping that you gave and received all kinds of wonderful gifts this holiday season. But if a few of them missed the mark, you'll probably want to return them to their point of purchase. Here's a guide to all the major retailers and their return policies.

There are so many questions related to gift and holiday returns: How long do you have before returning items for a full refund? Do you need a receipt? Is there a fee for returning items? What can’t you return to the store or to an online retailer? 

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Bob Niedt

Bob was Senior Editor at for seven years and is now a contributor to the website. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.


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