No matter how carefully you shop for the perfect gift, occasionally it simply doesn't meet the recipient's desires or needs.
Before you leave the safety of your apartment in Glen Allen, VA and head back to the stores, here are some ways to minimize the hassle of post-holiday returns.
If you plan to return items, you'll want to have a receipt to avoid a long wait at register lines.
Keep stickers, labels and tags intact.
Some stores will take open items.
Bring the complete packaging it can be open make sure you have all the contents in the box.
Most retailers list the terms of their return policy on your receipt.
And if that still doesn't make it clear, ask someone in the store when you checkout.
Maybe you don't have any returns or exchanges to make but you have a gift card or cash to burn.
Lots of "after Christmas" sales start the day after Christmas so you'll get a lot of bang for your gift card buck along with crowded stores.
And, unless you like long lines don't make the return on the day after Christmas.
When returning a gift, keep in mind that some stores will charge a restocking fee and in the case of some electronics a repackaging fee.
Also some retailers will allow merchandise purchased online to be returned or exchanged in their stores.