Let's just be honest here, you aren't keeping every gift you got. You might not like all your gifts, or they might not fit. So it's time to make the dreaded trip to return everything you don't want. USA Today details just how severe returning is after the holidays -

This year, 77% of consumers plan to return some of their gifts, and nearly 20% expect to return more than half, according to a survey of 15,800 consumers by Oracle, an online retail platform.

And it all happens at the same time apparently according to USA Today -

Returns have become so common during the holiday season that UPS named a National Returns Day – a date in January after the December gift-giving glut when shoppers return their unwanted presents. This holiday season, returns are expected to peak Jan. 2 at 1.9 million – a 26% increase from last year.

So either go now or wait until after January 2. Retailers will usually give you at least 30 days to make a return. Some give you 60 or even 90 days, but there's usually a cutoff for getting cashback – and you may have to settle for a gift card.

The three biggest tips are -

  1. KEEP AND BRING THE RECEIPT
  2. KEEP ORIGINAL PACKAGING
  3. BRING AN ID

It doesn't help to check out the return policy online first as well. Here's a list of return policies for some of the most popular retailers during this time of year.

H/T USA TODAY 

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