People have had months to take advantage of holiday deals this year, but that doesn’t mean they got you something you actually wanted. Whether it’s a hideous shirt, shoes that are three sizes too small or something you already owned, you’re hoping to return it. And who can blame you?
Whatever the issue, if you’re looking to take it back to the store, the clock is ticking. How long is the return window open—and will it matter if they bought this gift back in early October?
The answer depends greatly on where it was bought, but by and large, there’s a good chance you can still take it back. Return policies vary by store, of course, and some gifts can’t be returned at all. That said, here are the deadlines for returning your unwanted 2022 presents.
Retail return policies for holiday 2022
Return deadline of Jan. 31 for purchases made between Oct. 11 and Dec. 25, 2022.
Return deadline of Jan. 8 for purchases made between Nov. 4 and Dec. 25, 2022.
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Return deadline of Jan. 14 for most purchases made between Oct. 24 and Dec. 31
Most items can be returned within 90 days of purchase
Return items within 45 days of their ship date.
Return new items within 15 days of purchase (7 days for used items), meaning returns could be tight at the struggling retailer.
Return deadline of Jan. 9 for purchases made between Oct. 12 and Dec. 9.
Return items within 180 days for the most part. Premium electronics and watches must be returned within 30 days of purchase and beauty purchases have a 60-day window.
Items may be returned within 365 days of purchase.
Return deadline of Jan. 31 for any purchases made starting Oct. 3
Return deadline of Jan. 25 for purchases made between Oct. 9 and Dec. 24, 2022.
Return deadline of 30 days from purchase receipt.
Returns accepted within 30 days of purchase.
Return deadlines vary by product:
Smartphones: Jan. 8
Apple products: Jan. 9
Other electronics: Jan. 24
Most other items can be returned within 90 days of their purchase date
Return window for products purchased between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 is open through Jan. 31
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