Holiday Return Deadlines Loom for Most Major Retailers

They say it’s the thought that counts, but sometimes that’s just not true.

We all get some holiday gifts that just don’t hit the target. It could be clothes that are the wrong size. It could be something that’s simply nowhere close to your style. Or it could be something you already have. Whatever the reason, you want to take it back. The question is: How long do you have?

The answer? Not much longer, in a lot of cases.

Return policies vary by retailer—and they can be especially complicated during the holiday period. If your gift was a clearance item or used, you likely won’t have the opportunity to take it back. And some stores insist upon a receipt or identification.

If you’re fairly certain you won’t have problems returning whatever the gift you’d rather forget might be, however, here’s how long you have to do so.

Retail return policies for holiday 2019


Return deadline of Jan. 31 for purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019.


Return deadline of Jan 8 for purchases made between Nov. 15 and Dec. 25, 2019.

Bath & Body Works

Return anything, anytime for any reason. 100% Guaranteed”

Best Buy

“Almost every purchase made throughout November and December can be returned through January 14, 2020.”


Most items can be returned within 365 days


Return deadline of January 14 for purchases made between Nov. 29 and Dec. 24, 2019.


Return deadline of Jan 15 for purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, 2019.


Returns accepted within 45 days of purchase for items bought between Nov. 28 and Dec. 15, 2019.

L.L. Bean

Items may be returned within 365 days of purchase.


Tech accessories and Apple products purchased between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019 can be returned until Jan. 8, 2020. Jewelry, watches, small electrics, social dresses, and Backstage merchandise purchased between Nov. 1and Dec. 31, 2019 can be returned until January 31, 2020.


Return deadline of Jan 23 for purchases made between Oct. 14 and Dec. 25, 2019.

Neiman Marcus

Return deadline of Jan 31 for purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, 2019.


Returns accepted within 60 days of purchase.

T.J. Maxx

Return deadline of Jan 25 for purchases made between Oct. 13 and Dec. 24, 2019.


Most unopened items sold by Target in new condition and returned within 90 days of purchase will receive a refund or exchange. (Apple products and smart phones must be returned within 14 days starting Dec. 26.)


Return window for products with 14- or 30- day return policies will begin on Dec. 26, if item was purchased between Oct. 24 and Dec. 25. No change to items with 90-day return windows. (Marketplace items excluded.)

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