You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Consumer Alert

Timing, and a receipt, are important for gift returns

Your mother-in-law bought you one wicked ugly sweater and the toaster you got is the same one that’s sitting on your countertop. If you’re like an awful lot of folks post-holiday, you’ll be heading to exchange or return gifts that just didn’t make the cut.

Wise consumers will wait a few days to avoid the initial rush — but won’t drag it out too long. Some holiday gift return periods end in the next two weeks or so.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week