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Keeping track of different stores’ return policies can feel a bit like playing whac-a-mole — especially when it comes to holiday shopping returns. But with Black Friday sales rolling in and Christmas shopping in full swing, many retailers are sharing their return policies for 2022.

This year, many companies are keeping their expanded return policies that we saw beginning in 2020 and into 2021, just as we expected. Store return windows will likely be extended during the holidays every year and stores will come up with creative options for how returns can be done — but strict exceptions, like to electronics and Apple products, will hold.

Here’s what you need to know about 2022 holiday shopping returns.

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1. Tons of stores have a special extended holiday shopping return policy.

The holiday return policy sign at the front entrance.

As Black Friday dales are dropping — earlier and earlier every year, it seems — you may be curious about whether or not you or your gift recipients can return your purchases even after Christmas. Below you’ll find a list of stores that have extended return windows throughout the holiday season. This means you can shop now without having to worry about making a return within a 30-day — or even 60-day — window.

Here’s a list of stores that extend their return windows around the holiday season:

  • Amazon holiday return policy 2022: Amazon will allow for returns until Jan. 31 on purchases made between Oct. 11 and Dec. 25.
  • Apple holiday return policy 2022: Apple will allow for returns until Jan. 8 on online purchases made between Nov. 4 and Dec. 25 in 2022.
  • Best Buy holiday return policy 2022: Best Buy will allow for returns until Jan. 14 for purchases made between Oct. 34 and Dec. 31, exclusions apply.
  • Nordstrom return policy has no return limit: You can return something anytime, though whether or not it’s accepted is up to associate discretion. If you don’t have a receipt, they’ll ask for ID and you’ll get store credit.
  • Target holiday return policy 2022: Target maintains its regular 90-day return window throughout the holidays (Target RedCard holders get an extra 30 days on top of that), but loosens its electronics policy — normally 30 days and just 15 days for Apple products — so that the countdown doesn’t start until December 26. This applies to items purchased between Oct. 6 and Dec. 25.
  • Walmart holiday return policy 2022: Walmart has extended its return window for this holiday shopping season; anything you buy in store (even electronics) or online (as long as it’s not a third-party seller) from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 can be returned until Jan. 31, 2023. Marketplace seller return policies vary.
  • Wayfair holiday return policy 2022: Purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022, have until Jan. 31, 2023, to be returned for a full refund.


Related: Find out which Retailers That Let You Return Used Items for a Full Refund.


2. Some retailers charge for returns as of 2022.

A person's hand taking a JCPenney package out of a mailbox.

While it’s common for stores to charge for return shipping and we’ve seen that for several years now, some stores are charging fees for returns — deducted from your refund — when online orders are shipped back. Stores like J. Crew, Zara, H&M, JCPenney, T.J. Maxx, and others charge anywhere from $4 to $11 in return or restocking fees. Retailers claim they lose out on 66% of the items cost due to return processing, shipping, and restocking so many of them are looking to customers to help recoup those costs.


3. Don’t be surprised if there’s a delay in getting your refund.

2021 calendar circled on 14 with check mail for return refund check

If you’re returning something by mail at a retailer that does offer full or partial refunds, be prepared for both delayed return shipping and refund. This might just be the new normal 🤷🏼‍♀️. It’s a good idea to always get a tracking number and keep an eye on the progress of your return. More on that below.


4. But do download a delivery monitoring app like Paribus to protect yourself from delayed online orders.

A person holding an iphone with the Paribus app next to an Amazon box.

Paribus can help get you compensated if your shipment arrives late!

Here’s how it works: Paribus tracks your shipments (via guaranteed delivery dates in your inbox) from stores like Amazon and will send you a message that says “Action Required: Paribus detected a Late Delivery!” if something appears to be askew. They will even send a pre-filled form to Amazon’s customer service.

The best part? They offer this service and charge you nothing!

Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.


5. Which companies do free return shipping by mail? These ones.

An Amazon and Walmart delivery box sitting on a front doorstep.

Here’s a list of retailers who do prepaid shipping labels for holiday shopping returns by mail:



6. Dick’s Sporting Goods, DSW, and Nordstrom do curbside returns and hopefully other stores will, too.

Dicks sporting goods store front with curbside pickup sign

Dick’s Sporting Goods — I love them for this — does curbside returns. Simply park in one of their designated curbside parking spots, call the store, and a manager will come out and help you.

To make a curbside return at Nordstrom, start your return online and follow the prompts for returning curbside at any Nordstrom location.

Best Buy did curbside returns in most states during the COVID-19 lockdown, so while no one at my local store seemed certain whether or not this would continue during and after the holidays, I have high hopes.


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