Did you return/exchange your Christmas gifts?

United States
December 30, 2006 8:33pm CST
I was in a huge line for customer service at a store today. All the folks in line were returning gifts. I myself have about a dozen gifts that I'm returning or exchanging. That's about 50%. Some of the stuff I got just look like it was purchase at the last minute without much thought. I think if someone really can't think of anything to give to someone, a giftcard will always be nice. Of course, opening a giftcard is not as fun as unwrapping a gift. Would you rather receive a giftcard, or an actual present?
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@KrauseHome (30815)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I have been using Gift Cards as an idea for Gifts lately for just about everyone. It is a lot easier that way to make sure you are getting something they will enjoy. What I do, is find a store everyone likes, or a Restaurant the person likes to eat at, and then make my decision and purchase from there. And when I receive a Gift card then how can you be unhappy with what you bought, unless it ends up being the wrong size, or type once you get it home.
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I agree with you as gift cards is the best way to go now unless someone specifically asks for something they like or want. My mom wanted a digital keychain so I got her the same one that I have. With giftcards, you do not have to worry about returning something since they can pick out whatever they want at that store.
• United States
31 Dec 06
I had to exchange some clothes i got for christmas that were the wrong size.its not about what you get for christmas its the thought that counts.i would rather get a gift it means more to me than a giftcard would.
• United States
31 Dec 06
Yes, it is the thought that counts. But sometimes I can kind of tell that not much thought went into it! Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for gifts, and I would never want to sound like I don't appreciate it. But I know some of my friends and how they think. And I have to admit, I know a few who would just buy whatever without thinking. Again, I'm not complaining, and I've thanked them for the gifts. But this is just something that I've observed with a couple of my friends.
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• Canada
31 Dec 06
I tried to think of a time that I returned a gift...and I honestly can't remember ever doing it. Sure, I've received some stuff I wasn't crazy about but I generally find a use for most things. I think my attitude stems from the fact that (a) I hate shopping and (b) I hate the line ups at customer service even more LOL To answer your question, I like unwrapping a gift but I'm not offended by a giftcard. I've gotten nice restaurant gift certificates before and also one to have a manicure and pedicure. I appreciated those every bit as much :)
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@cutepenguin (6459)
• Canada
31 Dec 06
I don't, because I don't usually get the receipts. It's not that I get presents that are last minute or anything like that, I just get a lot of presents and don't have a lot of space. And sometimes I feel like I am being sent messages with the presents. But it's still more fun to open a present than a giftcard. Although a giftcard is definitely fun to use!
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• United States
31 Dec 06
I'll return them if there's something wrong with them, but there was nothing wrong with my gifts this year.
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@Eborsisk (195)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I feel bad for it but, yes I did return gifts. Alot of people got me weird stuff. So, instead of just letting it sit in my house and let their money go to waste, I'd rather go find something that I will actually use or wear. This was the first year I ever returned gifts just because they didn't suit my tastes and I feel guilty for it. I knew everyone meant well and it really is the thought that counts.
• United States
31 Dec 06
I had to, my mother in law gave me clothes and they were four sizes too big. I tried to exchange them at wal mart today, but they only gave me a gift card, and there was nothing to buy for me there so I bought some other stuff. Hubby is buying me new clothes to make up for it next week.
@manleymom (105)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I would rather open a present but a gift card is always nice because you can always use it for something more useable!! We had to return our xbox 360 today I was mad. The hooked it up after opening and it kept giving us an error message. I contacted customer support of course it worked after they told me what to do, but the next time they went to play it did it again. I said screw it and we took it back and got another. So far this one is working well
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@lissaj (532)
• United States
31 Dec 06
The only thing I will return is clothes if they don't fit. Yes, giftcards are nice if someone doesn't know what to get, but it's the thought remember, not the gift that counts. It will never fail, if you return something, the person who gave it to you will want to see their gift at some point and then you are caught.
• United States
31 Dec 06
You brought up a good point. There's always that risk of my friend wanting to see me wear that scarf or show that dvd. When I return gifts, I better think about who among my friends are most likely to ask that.
@beverly1 (1131)
• United States
31 Dec 06
no i did not return my gifts not this year
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• United States
31 Dec 06
Wow, you friends and family must know your taste really well! Good for you, waiting in line is no fun.
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@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Amazingly, there was nothing I had to return this year! How cool is that? I'd much rather have a present than a giftcard. I've had one gift card I got before for a store that I would have loved to go to... but it was like 45 minutes away by car and I had no car at the time. By the time I could have possibly gone, it was out of business! And another time, someone gave me a gift card to a spa. I had to sell that for only half of what it was worth. It was only $20, so I sold it for $10. But I would have not only hated the spa, but the cheapest thing to do there was $60.
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• United States
31 Dec 06
id rahter get a present but i love giftcards so either one is fine for me
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Actually this year I didn't have to exchange any of mine. I got lucky. I have had to in the past but I only do so if I absolutly have to. I hate dealing with customer service. Well opening a gift is more fun but there are times I'd rather have the gift card. That way I know I can get what I want and I don't have to worry about what someone else might think I want.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I have never returned a present in my life. I always feel guilty about it. even shirts my grandparents gave me that were the wrong size and 15 years out of style. I just always feel that if someone takes the time to give me a present, I'm betraying them by taking it back. I know that's silly, but that's how I feel.
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@OhPenYin (289)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I would rather open a present and then go and exchange it for a gift card if I don't like it.
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• United States
31 Dec 06
Im glad to say that no I didnt have to return any gifts....thats because I told everyone to give me money this year...you can never go wrong with money.
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@cNotable (894)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Yes, of course I returned some of my christmas gifts. I think most people do return some things that are given to them by relatives or friends.
• United States
31 Dec 06
I enjoy gift cards if someone does not know me much. Gift cards are smaller but worth more and you can get what you want.
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• India
10 Jan 07
feast - happy christmas
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@jfeets726 (775)
• United States
31 Dec 06
We haven't returned anything yet, but we will have to soon lol if we ever get around to doing it. It is just a DVD that my daughter already has; we will just get her another one. To answer your question, I am not really sure what I like getting more, a gift card or a present. Honestly, I kind of like them both. As you said, presents are more exciting to open. But, on the other hand, gift cards are one of the few ways to make sure you get exactly what you wanted.