How (and Where) to Return That Ugly Christmas Sweater From Aunt Grace

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The season of giving is upon us. And not far behind is the season of returning. To properly navigate the battlefield of retail returns, this guide breaks down the return policies of major retailers.So when your brother-in-law gives you The Hunger Games because he heard you like cooking, be sly about finding the gift receipt and make your way to a mall ASAP.

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1. Sephora

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Return unopened beauty products to Sephora when you bring in your receipt. For online orders, you've only got 60 days to return for full price, not that you would want to return the glitter eyeshadow Great-Grandma Ann thought would look nice for the office.

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2. REI

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For the outdoorsy loved ones in your life, the REI return policy is a dream come true. With a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee policy, REI will accept returns on open and used items. While returns must have proof of purchase such as a receipt or shipping invoice, this information is usually kept on an REI membership file. So if your resolution of spending more time in nature fails miserably, you have one year to return your purchase.

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3. J.Crew

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You've only got 30 days to return something to J.Crew so get off your computer and go return that preppy sweater your wife wishes you'd wear. You'll need a gift receipt and original form of payment, so snag her credit card while you're at it to spare some hurt feelings.

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4. Nordstrom

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With no actual return policy, Nordstrom is notorious for once accepting a returned tire with no questions asked. Seriously.

There is no time limit, no rules and no receipts. Welcome to the wild, wild west of retail, ya'll. 

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5. Anthropologie

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The company that prides itself on epic customer service also utilizes its Anthropologie member service to track purchases and find old receipts. You can even look up the Anthropologie card of your sister Margaret who accidentally bought you and your new boyfriend matching monogram mugs with the initials of you and your ex-boyfriend. Thanks, Margaret.

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6. Target

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Within 90 days, any unopened item can be returned to Target, excluding electronics which can only be returned within 30 days. For returns without a receipt, show your driver's license to get a gift card which you can then blow on any combination of snacks, warm slippers or random Star Wars toys. Go nuts.

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7. Bed Bath & Beyond

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Be sure to keep your receipts or ask for a gift receipt for Bed Bath & Beyond as they will accept returns at any store. If you don't have a receipt, you can still exchange that strange FitBit your manic aunt bought you at a 20 percent off rate, better than the alternative of feeling obligated to workout.

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8. Macy's

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If you have a gift receipt at Macy's, they will issue a gift card for the full amount. Without a receipt, you can still get a gift card but only for an item's lowest selling price. Maybe you can exchange the ugly sweater for some ugly socks?

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9. Kohl's

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With "Hassle-Free Returns," there are no questions asked on returns at Kohl's. No receipt? Four years later? Paid on a credit card? No problem! Hopefully your Nana didn't use cash, though, as you'll only get store credit in that case.

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10. Urban Outfitters

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Urban Outfitters has a special return policy for the holidays, extending its 30-day policy until the end of February for any purchases made between October 1 and Christmas. If you have your receipt, payment will be refunded in full or you can get store credit. So, if Hipster Sara got you the new Chvrches album on vinyl even though you totally already bought it before the album was even popular, no worries.

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11. L.L. Bean

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L.L. Bean has no time limit on returns. None. And they'll refund you using the original method of payment. Cash returns do require a receipt, so go ahead and return that parka from cousin Hamilton who still doesn't know you live in Los Angeles and have for five years.

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12. Nike

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So you've only got 30 days to remind yourself that your New Year's resolution always fails and you should just return those ridiculous hot pink Nike running shoes you bought for Christmas. After 30 days, any product must be unused for a full refund.

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13. J.C. Penney

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J.C. Penney is another retailer where it behooves you to hold on to receipts. Without a receipt, you can get store credit for the current lowest selling price of the item within 45 days of purchase. However, with a receipt you have no time limit for returns and will be refunded fully to your original form of payment. 

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14. Staples

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With a receipt, you can return anything from Staples as long as it's in good condition and has the original packaging. No more crappy dvds from your second cousin Dave who only watches Judd Apatow movies.

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15. Zappos

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As long as the shoes purchased haven't been worn or opened, you have one year to return them for full price to Zappos. The online shoe retailer is known for their free and insanely fast shipping. So if your mom tried to order you sensible shoes and they look like a Puritan had a sin baby with an Air Jordan, all hope is not lost.

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