The holiday season is a time for many things – gratitude and graciousness, friends and family, cookies and eggnog, and – perhaps most notably – gifts. Despite the hours you’ve spent researching the best deals and compiling color-coded, meticulously organized wishlists for each of your relatives that still hasn’t quite figured out who you are, what you’re about or what you like, there will be duds… many, many horrendous duds.
We’ve all received a gift that’s left us less than thrilled or nauseatingly underwhelmed – a variety pack of musty perfume or cologne that smells like it came from your grandparent’s personal collection; thick socks incapable of fitting inside even the bulkiest shoes; or a repeat of last year’s atrocity you “just loved so much I thought you needed another”.
Enough with feigning excitement to please those we [sometimes begrudgingly] love the most. Returning gifts is, was and forever will be an inevitable part of the holidays for reasons ranging from incorrect size or color to sheer loathing. In an effort to avoid end-of-year expletives or fist fights, we compiled a few tips to return and retain (your sanity, that is).
You can always do what we do and throw in the closet, forget about it for several years and accidentally discover it down the road when you are cleaning out your closet. By then, it’s either something you want or you’re ready to take the write-off and donate it. Happy returning!