It's the day after Christmas, also known as the day everyone rushes to the store to return unwanted gifts. But like anything else, there is a science to it, and done right, you can save yourself a ton of headache and time waiting in line.
USA Today has come up with some tips on how to return gifts like a champ...
Know the policies, deadlines: Read policies at store websites, on store signs or on the back of receipts.
Avoid the crowds: Early mornings and late evenings can be less chaotic times to make a return, but immediately after Christmas, you should expect long lines. It might be best to wait a few days.
Receipts: Having an original receipt or gift receipt usually makes the return process go more smoothly and improves your chances of getting a full refund. At Target, a gift receipt will get you a merchandise return card, which unlike a regular gift card only can be used in-store.
No receipt: Returns without a receipt usually result in a merchandise credit for the lowest recent sale price or possibly no refund or exchange at all, depending on the store's policy.
Exchange it: Like the gift but want it in another color or size? This is a possibility. Look for the item or ask for assistance and if it’s not in stock, ask a store associate if it’s available online or at another store location.
Mystery gift: Not sure where a gift came from? If it has a barcode, try scanning it with a smartphone app such as ShopSavvy, which is available for Apple and Android.
Bring your ID: Even if you have a receipt, some stores require a government-issued ID.
Extra fees: If you are returning any electronics or an item that has been opened, be prepared to pay a restocking fee of up to 15 percent.
Talk to a manager: If you have a problem returning a gift, contact the store manager or the retailer's customer service department.
Be nice: Some returns are granted on a case-by-case basis, so patience and kindness may go a long way.