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Looking to return that not-so-perfect gift?

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Everyone loves a good gift, but the truth is not every present purchased is a slam dunk for the person that receives the gift.

Luckily, there are several options for those gifts gone wrong.

When it comes to holiday gifting, it’s the thought that counts. However, your chance to return said gift is on a countdown. 

According to the Better Business Bureau, most merchants will give persons wanting to exchange or return an item 30 to 60 days from the time of purchase. 

“So, you need to return it as soon as possible. Don't wait and think you have that 60 days, because it's from the purchase date, not the date that you received the gift,” said Kelly Trevino from the BBB. 

Assuming your gift giver likes to do their shopping months in advance, you may have better luck turning your trash into another person’s treasure.

“You may not even be able to return the item, but don't forget that re-gifting is actually an option in this case and it's OK to re-gift,” Trevino said.

The classic re-gift may actually be a better choice than dealing with holiday crowds.

"Get some pretty packaging and a pretty bow, give it to someone else and they will enjoy it more than you could,” Trevino suggests.

If you do head out to exchange your current present with something better suited for your tastes, keep a realistic timetable for getting it done.

“There's going to be long waits. Just be patient. Remember, they are trying to keep up with all the returns.  This is going to be a pretty busy time,” said Trevino.

Because it is such a busy time for sellers and consumers it’s always good to remember the basics. The high volume of purchases, exchanges and returns may lead us to do something more drastic than normal. 

“This is why you want to buy from reputable sellers. Most of the stores know this item was purchased and even if they can't give you the full price on it, they are going to try to give you something back,” Trevino said.

Remember, if you didn’t receive the item you were really hoping for, it might be best to wait it out because scammers often use pictures of hot items to entice people on social media or artificial websites.

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