Stores With the Best and Worst Return Policies

zeljkosantrac / Getty Images When you’re making your holiday gift list this year, keep in mind that where you buy presents is just as important as what you buy. The chances are pretty high that some of the gifts you buy will be returned. In fact, the 2020 Deloitte Holiday […]

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When you’re making your holiday gift list this year, keep in mind that where you buy presents is just as important as what you buy. The chances are pretty high that some of the gifts you buy will be returned. In fact, the 2020 Deloitte Holiday Retail Servey found that 33% of shoppers made returns last holiday season.

Yes, the thought behind a gift does count. But you should also think about buying gifts at stores with generous return policies to make it easier for your friends and family to take back the items they don’t want. Who has time to research store return policies, though?

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Don’t worry: GOBankingRates has done the research for you. We looked at 69 of the top U.S. retailers to find out which ones have the best and worst return policies, evaluating them on the time allotted to return items for a full refund, whether a refund is given in the form of original payment, whether an item can be returned without a receipt, and whether free shipping is available for online returns. The stores on GOBankingRates’ list are organized by retail category.

So, if you’re trying to figure out where to do some end of year shopping (or returning) find out which retailers are the worst and best for return policies.

Last updated: Dec. 29, 2020

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Big-Box Retailers

A majority of shoppers plan to do holiday shopping online, and half plan to shop with mass merchants, according to Deloitte. That’s probably no surprise, considering that these retailers offer such a wide range of products. If you’re planning to do your shopping at a big-box retailer, the good news is that the two biggest players in this retail sector — Walmart and Target — have generous return policies. In fact, Walmart’s return policy is better than many on this list.

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1. Walmart

  • Days to return for a full refund: 90

  • Extension for holiday returns: Extensions on return windows for products purchased between Oct. 16 and Dec. 25 are as follows:

    • 14 days: Return by Jan. 8, 2021

    • 30 days: Return by Jan. 24, 2021

    • 60 days: Return by Feb. 23, 2021

    • 90 days: No extension

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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2. Target

  • Days to return for a full refund: 90

  • Extension for holiday returns: The extended holiday return policy is as follows:

    • Electronics and entertainment items purchased Oct. 1 through Dec. 25: Refund period begins Dec. 26

    • Apple products (except mobile phones) purchased between Oct. 1 and Dec. 25: 15-day refund period begins Dec. 26

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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3. K-Mart

  • Days to return for a full refund: 45 for Shop Your Way members; 30 for non-members

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Barry Blackburn / Shutterstock.com

4. Big Lots

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Helen89 / Shutterstock.com

5. Sears

  • Days to return for a full refund: 45 for Shop Your Way members; 30 non-members

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

Clothing and Department Stores

Clothing and accessories are expected to be at the top of Americans’ shopping lists this year, according to the Deloitte holiday survey. Be careful where you do your holiday shopping for clothes — return policies can vary greatly among retailers in this category.

Department stores tend to have better return policies than clothing-only stores. The return policy at Macy’s is one of the better ones. However, the most generous policy is at Nordstrom, which doesn’t place a time limit on returns and doesn’t require a receipt for returns.

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1. Nordstrom

  • Days to return for a full refund: No time limit

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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2. Bloomingdale’s

  • Days to return for a full refund: 365

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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3. L.L. Bean

  • Days to return for a full refund: 365, except for defective items, which will be considered for returns beyond a year

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, if other evidence of purchase can be found

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Bipin Goyal / Shutterstock.com

4. Macy’s

  • Days to return for a full refund: 90

  • Extension for holiday returns: Purchases made by Dec. 31 may be returned by Jan. 31, 2021 or the last date allowed under the standard return policy; exceptions exist for some products.

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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5. Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic/Athleta

  • Days to return for a full refund: 45

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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BCFC / Shutterstock.com

6. Neiman Marcus

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 31, 2021, for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes, within 15 days

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7. J.C. Penney

  • Days to return for a full refund: No time limit

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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David Tonelson / Shutterstock.com

8. Kohl’s

  • Days to return for a full refund: 180, except for premium electronics

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 31, 2021 for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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9. Zara

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No — Even exchanges only

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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10. Victoria’s Secret

  • Days to return for a full refund: 90

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

11. Abercrombie & Fitch

  • Days to return for a full refund: 60

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 31, 2021 for purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, or within 60 days, whichever is longer.

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Victoria Lipov / Shutterstock.com

12. Anthropologie

  • Days to return for a full refund: 60

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 31, 2021 for purchases made between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only as an exchange

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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rblfmr / Shutterstock.com

13. Express

  • Days to return for a full refund: 60

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Even exchange only

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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14. Lane Bryant

  • Days to return for a full refund: 45

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Brett Hondow / Shutterstock.com

15. Burlington

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 5, 2021 (Jan. 20, 2021 for loyalty members) for items purchased between Oct. 14 and Dec. 6.

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: N/A

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16. Marshalls

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30 for store purchases, 40 for online purchases

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 24, 2021 for purchases made between Oct. 11 and Dec. 24

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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17. TJ Maxx

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30 for store purchases, 40 for online purchases

  • Extension for holiday returns:Jan. 24, 2021 for purchases made between Oct. 11 and Dec. 24

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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18. H&M

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: In-store exchange only

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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19. Dillard’s

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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George Sheldon / Shutterstock.com

20. Dollar General

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock.com

21. Forever 21

  • Days to return for a full refund: 60

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Felix Mizioznikov / Shutterstock.com

22. Ross Stores

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit and you must show ID

  • Free shipping for online returns: N/A

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MontenegroStock / Shutterstock.com

23. Saks Fifth Avenue

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 23, 2021 for purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com

24. Dollar Tree

  • Days to return for a full refund: Does not offer refunds

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: N/A

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Fabio Balbi / Shutterstock.com

Electronics and Game Stores

Video games and electronics are among the most popular items on holiday wish lists this year, according to Deloitte. Unfortunately, electronics and game stores have some of the worst return policies. In fact, Apple has the shortest return policy of any retailer on this list — only 14 days.

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1. Newegg

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 31, 2021

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Only on items eligible for replacement. Otherwise, a restocking fee of 15%-30% applies.

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Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

2. Apple

  • Days to return for a full refund: 14

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 8, 2021 for purchases made between Nov. 10 and Dec. 25

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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rblfmr / Shutterstock.com

3. GameStop

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30, except for pre-owned items, which get seven days

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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Juan Llauro / Shutterstock.com

4. Best Buy

  • Days to return for a full refund: 15

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 16, 2021 for purchases made between Oct. 13 and Jan. 2, 2021, except cellular products, major appliances and holiday products

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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Health and Beauty Stores

Buying beauty products as holiday gifts can be tricky, unless you know exactly what the recipient wants. If you don’t, consider buying from retailers with policies that will make returns easy. Among health and beauty stores, MAC Cosmetics and Bath & Body Works have the best return policies.

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1. MAC Cosmetics

  • Days to return for a full refund: No time limit

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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Sharkshock / Shutterstock.com

2. Bath & Body Works

  • Days to return for a full refund: No time limit

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Eric Glenn / Shutterstock.com

3. Ulta

  • Days to return for a full refund: 60

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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DSO Media / Shutterstock.com

4. Morphe

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30 days after stores reopen from COVID-19 closures for store purchases; 60 days from shipping date for online orders

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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hydra viridis / Shutterstock.com

5. Sephora

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 15, 2021 for purchases made between Oct. 30 and Nov. 16

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: Only if return is due to Sephora’s error

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MeinaLiao / Shutterstock.com

Home Goods and Furniture Stores

Nearly half of this year’s holiday shoppers are expected to make home and kitchen purchases, reported Deloitte. If you’re among them, you’ll have to consider return options from home goods and furniture stores.

Some offer only 30 days to return items, and several don’t allow returns without a receipt. Only one retailer offers free shipping on returns.

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1. Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Days to return for a full refund: 90

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit; some form of proof of purchase is required

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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Dmitry Sedakov / Shutterstock.com

2. Ikea

  • Days to return for a full refund: 365

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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3. Wayfair

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Alex Millauer / Shutterstock.com

4. The Container Store

  • Days to return for a full refund: 120

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: N/A

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Michael Gordon / Shutterstock.com

5. Pier 1 Imports

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Helen89 / Shutterstock.com

6. HomeGoods

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 24, 2021 for purchases made between Oct. 11 and Dec. 24

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Roman Tiraspolsky / Shutterstock.com

7. Crate & Barrel

  • Days to return for a full refund: 90

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

8. Pottery Barn

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 31, 2021 for purchases made between Oct. 15 and Dec. 26

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: Depends on reason for return

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Jer123 / Shutterstock.com

9. Williams-Sonoma

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 31, 2021 for purchases made between Oct. 15 and Dec. 26

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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ezphoto / Shutterstock.com

Home Improvement Stores

Fortunately for DIYers, the two biggest home improvement stores — Home Depot and Lowe’s — offer relatively generous return policies. But be careful: One only offers store credit for returns without a receipt.

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Helen89 / Shutterstock.com

1. Lowe’s

  • Days to return for a full refund: 90, except for major appliances, outdoor power equipment, liquid paint, highway trailers and TVs and electronics

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit if purchase can’t be verified

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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KenWiedemann / Getty Images

2. The Home Depot

  • Days to return for a full refund: 180

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, within 30 days if purchase can be located in system

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com

3. Sherwin-Williams

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Proof of purchase required

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com

4. Menards

  • Days to return for a full refund: 90

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but you must print a receipt for check or credit card purchases using the return receipt kiosk in stores or show ID

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

5. Ace Hardware

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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luanateutzi / Shutterstock.com

Office, School and Art Supply Stores

“I want a stapler for Christmas,” said no one ever. But if you have a friend or family member who needs office supplies or kids who love arts and crafts, the stores that sell these items have consumer-friendly return policies. The best, by far, is at Staples — which allows returns at any time for a full refund or store credit if you don’t have a receipt.

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1. Staples

  • Days to return for a full refund: No time limit, except for electronics and furniture, which get 14 days, and unopened software, which gets 30 days

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 25, 2021, for any electronic or furniture products purchased between Nov. 15 and Dec. 24

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

2. Joann Fabric and Craft Stores

  • Days to return for a full refund: No time limit

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com

3. Michaels

  • Days to return for a full refund: 180

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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stock_photo_world / Shutterstock.com

4. Hobby Lobby

  • Days to return for a full refund: 90

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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TriggerPhoto / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Online Retailers

Holiday shopping can be a breeze if you do it all online from the comfort of your home. And fortunately, the two online retailers included here have extended holiday return policies this year. Amazon also has one of the best store credit cards, which you might want to consider if you frequently shop on the site.

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1. Amazon

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 31, 2021, for items purchased between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: No, but Amazon will automatically return up to $20 for return postage if return postage exceeds $20

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Il.studio / Shutterstock.com

2. Overstock

  • Days to return for a full refund: 30

  • Extension for holiday returns: Jan. 31, 2021 for purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Only for defective item or Overstock error

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WebSubstance / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Pet Stores

Don’t forget Fido or Fluffy during your holiday shopping. You’ll likely find what you need for your animal friends at Petco and PetSmart. But do these two popular pet stores have the return policies you need, too? Turns out, their return policies are essentially identical.

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JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com

1. PetSmart

  • Days to return for a full refund: 60

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Roman Tiraspolsky / Shutterstock.com

2. Petco

  • Days to return for a full refund: 60

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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SrdjanPav / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Shoe Stores

Shoes can be a tricky holiday gift to buy. Even if you know the recipient’s shoe size, there’s no guarantee that the fit will be right. Fortunately, online shoe retailer Zappos provides free shipping and ample time to make returns for a refund — 365 days. However, other retailers aren’t quite so generous.

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LPETTET / Getty Images

1. Zappos

  • Days to return for a full refund: 365

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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Susan Montgomery / Shutterstock.com

2. DSW

  • Days to return for a full refund: 60, or for store credit thereafter

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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DisobeyArt / Shutterstock.com

3. Foot Locker

  • Days to return for a full refund: 45, or 30 days after stores reopen following COVID-19 closings, whichever is later

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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tjhunt / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sporting Goods and Recreational Stores

If you’re shopping for sports fans or outdoor enthusiasts, one retailer stands out for its return policy: Big 5 Sporting Goods. You can return store purchases for a full refund at any time if you have a receipt and for store credit without a receipt. The one drawback is that it doesn’t offer free shipping for returns.

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tishomir / Shutterstock.com

1. Big 5 Sporting Goods

  • Days to return for a full refund: No time limit for store purchases; 90 days for online purchases

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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joshuaraineyphotography / iStock.com

2. Recreational Equipment Inc.

  • Days to return for a full refund: 365; 90 days for outdoor electronics

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: No, unless you’re a REI member

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com

4. Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops

  • Days to return for a full refund: 60; fee charged on refunded returns

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes, but only for store credit

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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Pictures_n_Photos / Shutterstock.com

Wholesale and Warehouse Stores

You might not only be stocking up on gifts at a warehouse store but also on food and other things for your holiday gatherings. In addition to low prices, these stores make it easy to return items if you’re not satisfied with them. Of these retailers, Costco offers the most generous return policy.

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Sue Hwang / GOBankingRates

1. Costco

  • Days to return for a full refund: No time limit, except for electronics, which get 90 days

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: Yes

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Richard Bradford / Shutterstock.com

2. Sam’s Club

  • Days to return for a full refund: No time limit, except for contact lenses, which get 30 days

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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George Sheldon / Shutterstock.com

3. BJs Wholesale Club

  • Days to return for a full refund: 365, except for major appliances (30 days after delivery); TVs, home theater displays, laptops, tablets (14 days after receipt); and computers and electronics (90 days)

  • Extension for holiday returns: N/A

  • Returns accepted without a receipt: Yes

  • Free shipping for online returns: No

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PayPal (PYPL) is the largest digital platform that provides money transfer services. The fast-growing company remains one of the top stocks in today’s stock market. But is PayPal stock a buy in the current stock market rally? X PayPal Stock Fundamental Analysis: A Strong Track Record PayPal boasts a consistent track […]