Not liking that sweater? Here’s what to know about store return policies

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Once the gift-giving season is largely out the way, it will be time to decide what you want to do with those items you’d rather not keep going into the new year.

Some items may not fit and others may simply not be your style. In any case, there are many options for returning gift items — whether its an electronic or a piece of apparel. Typically, you’ll get some money or some store credit.

“You have more time than you think,” Wired notes. “While ’30 days after the time of purchase’ is the normal year-round policy, most retailers adjust their return-by date this time of year to accommodate post-holiday returns.”

Here are some of the return policies for some major retailers, according to DealNews. Be sure to visit each website for details:


For most purchases shipped from Nov. 11 to Dec. 31, the return deadline is Jan. 31, 2024.


Purchases received from Nov. 3 to Dec. 25 must be returned by Jan. 8, 2024.

Bath & Body Works

The store has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can always “return anything, anytime for any reason,” according to the website.

Best Buy

Excluding third-party items, purchases made from Oct. 27, 2023 through Dec. 30, 2023 have an extended return period through January 13, 2024.


You can return most items within 90 days from purchase.

Finish Line

You can return most items within 45 days from purchase.

Foot Locker

Must return within 45 days of the shipment date.


The deadline for returns is Jan. 13, 2023, for purchases made after Nov. 19, 2023, or 30 days from purchase date, whichever is longer


Premium electronics bought after Nov. 11 should be returned by Jan. 31, 2024.


Select purchases made after Oct. 2 must be returned by Jan. 1, 2024.


Purchases made from Oct. 8 to Dec. 24 must be returned by Jan. 25, 2024.

Microsoft Store

Most purchases can be returned within 60 days.

Neiman Marcus

Purchases made from Nov. 11 to Dec. 16 must be returned by Jan. 15, 2024.


Return in-store or ship your purchases within 60 days of being bought or initially shipped.


Most items can be returned within 90 days.


Items purchased between Nov. 11 and Dec. 31, can be returned within 90 days.


Select purchases made from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 can be returned until Jan. 1, 2024.


Items purchased between Oct. 19 and Dec. 24, can be returned through Jan. 24, 2024.