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InStyle poll results: 51% feel guilty returning holiday gifts

Will you be returning gifts this year?

By InStyle Magazine Jan 4, 2013 6:34PM

Photo: Courtesy Photo (3)By Jennifer Davis, InStyle magazine

Did you get everything you wanted for the holidays, and then some? Well, it’s that some that sometimes you just don’t know what to do with, which is why we polled readers in a recent issue to find out if they felt guilty returning gifts.

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And it was a close call for the results! 51% of you said that you felt guilty when you returned gifts, while 49% said that you were guilt-free. Now that you’ve received your presents this season, are you planning on to return or exchange your goods? Tell us in the comments below!

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Jan 7, 2013 4:40PM
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I only return clothes that don't fit, and I try to exchange for the same thing, but many times they are out of stock after Christmas. I have regifted a couple of times if the gift was appropriate for the new person.


Jan 7, 2013 3:20PM
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I don't return gifts.  I just put them with the other stuff.  Shopping is bad enough without having to stand in a line to exchange something you have no investment in. I hoard gift cards like money.  My thought is well I MIGHT go there sometime and see something I would normally buy for myself. Generally when I'm in there I don't have the card so I pay for it myself.  It took me three years to get enough stuff at Walmart to use up a $25 card. I've got two $10 gas cards I got as a "refund" that are 8 months old. I don't know how many cards got nibbled to death with the monthly fees if you don't use them.
Jan 7, 2013 2:37PM
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I learned long ago to not give stupid gifts.   Gift cards, wine, steaks, etc. for friends,  something specifically requested (I mean hinted at) for the wife, cash for the kids.   These are never returned.  I just hope the gift cards get used (try to give them their likes, movie passes, their favorite resturant, or even paint ball works).   Never give a "clam lamp" because you think it's cool.
Jan 7, 2013 10:21AM
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When I was married to my ex-husband, we received a really strange Christmas gift the first year we were married.  It was a baby blue plastic clam shell lamp with lights that changed color.  While I've always been taught that it's the thought that counts, I desperately wanted to return this gift but my former spouse wouldn't let me stating that it would really hurt his sister-in-law's feelings if she found out.  He told me to just store it somewhere in the apartment in case they ever came to visit; we could haul it out and tell her how much we appreciated the gift.  I "accidently" stored it under some very heavy workout weights and ooops, it was crushed into a million blue plastic pieces.  While it plagued my conscience to pull something deceptive like that, I wasn't at all bothered by the fact that the item needn't be displayed in our apartment.  I would have returned or exchanged the item, but there was no gift receipt in the box and my ex was too chicken to ask where she got it. 
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