‘Tis the season to go shopping and not lose your receipt. Whether you are shopping for family, friends or even yourself, plan for the possibility that something will need to be returned this holiday season. Each store has a slightly different return policy and while it may sound frustrating, knowing the policies in advance can help you prepare for a hassle-free return after the big gift exchange.



Target’s return policy states: “Most unopened items in new condition returned within 90 days will receive a refund or exchange. Some items have a modified return policy noted on the receipt, next to the item or below if purchased in Stores, and in the "Item details, shipping" tab for your item if purchased on Target.com. Items that are opened or damaged or do not have a receipt may be denied a refund or exchange.”


Examples of items with a modified return policy may include computer hardware, camera and camcorders, all of which have a 45-day return limit.


Best Buy

The 2011 Best Buy holiday return policy sets a return deadline of January 24, 2012 for gifts purchased between November 13, 2011 and December 24, 2011. If you are a Reward Zone Premier Silver member, the deadline is extended until February 7, 2012. Don’t forget to bring the receipt and photo identification or Best Buy may refuse the return.



If you’re shopping for a gadget geek then definitely check out Walmart’s holiday return policy. Electronics typically have to be returned within 15 days but Walmart isn’t starting this 15-day clock until December 26 . In order to qualify for this extension, the item needs to have been purchased between November 1 and December 24. Another bonus for Walmart shoppers is that the store doesn’t require a receipt for a return. However, my advice to you is to save the receipt and avoid any hassles.


Toys R Us

For the most part, Toys R Us will accept a return within 90 days from the date of purchase with a receipt. The company does exclude certain items from the 90-day policy including video games, computer software and radio-controlled items. Items that fall under the exclusion policy have a 45-day return deadline.

Big box store holiday return policies
Holiday return policies at Target, Best Buy, Walmart and Toys R Us.