HOW TO: Have Happy Returns

The tree is shedding needles and the cheap champagne hangover has faded along with your memory, which means it’s time to think about returning all those crappy gifts you got. Consumer Reports Shopping blog has some tips on making your returns happy:

• Most places extend their return deadline to Jan 31
• Don’t forget the receipt
• Brace yourself for a 15% restocking fee.
• Find out if you can return it offline, and save the shipping cost

Oh boy, a sweater! — BEN POPKEN

Gearing up for gift returns [Consumer Reports Shopping Blog]