Holiday Gift Return Rules At VA Retailers: Amazon, Kohl's, Target

Deb Belt

VIRGINIA — The trend of consumers switching to online shopping because of the coronavirus pandemic escalated in 2020, which might mean even more Christmas gifts need returned than in past years. Size and colors shown on websites don't always match our expectations.

Many northern Virginia and DC retailers have extended the time you have to return holiday gifts, even if you don't have a receipt and will exchange merchandise, although a receipt simplifies the return process.

Return policies vary widely among national retailers, from practically no limits at American Eagle Outfitters, Lands' End, Nordstrom and Kohl's, to stringent rules that allow only unopened DVDs, movies, video games and computer software to be returned at Best Buy and other retailers.

Many businesses extend the normal deadline for returns for the holiday season, including Amazon's holiday policy, which gives you until Jan. 31 to return gifts purchased between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.

Patch has links to the return policies of some of the country's biggest retailers, with help from Here are nearly 100 major companies, with their holiday return deadlines, which in some cases vary depending on whether your item was purchased in a store or online:

This article originally appeared on the Ashburn Patch