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The Most Returned Christmas Gifts: $46 Billion in Clothes, Electronics, and Jewelry Head Back to the Store

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How much time did you spend picking out that perfect sweater for your sibling? Well, there is a good chance that it’s heading back to the store right now. An estimated $46 billion in merchandise will be returned the day after Christmas.

KRem.com reports that nearly 10% of all Christmas presents will be returned. This year, that means that nearly $46 billion is heading back to stores.

So what are the most returned Christmas gifts? According to a poll conducted by Kohls in 2008, clothes were returned most often. A poll conducted this year by MarketTools confirmed Kohls findings. Clothes and shoes will make up an expected 62% of all returns today.

Here is a breakdown of the most returned Christmas gifts.

  • Clothing and shoes, 62%.
  • Toys, games and hobbies, 16%.
  • Consumer electronics, 14%.
  • Kitchen and bath, 13%.
  • Beauty and cosmetics, 10%.
  • Jewelry and watches, 10%.

But not everyone tries to return their bad gift. According to Consumer Reports, about 18% will try to donate their gift to charity, 15% will try to re-gift the item, 11% will just throw the gift out and 6% will try to resell the item.

Consumer Reports also says that some people choose a different way to deal with a bad gift. Two percent confront the present giver and tell them to return it. While another two percent post pictures of their detested gift on the internet.

Did you get a bad gift this year? What did you do with it?

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10 Responses to “The Most Returned Christmas Gifts: $46 Billion in Clothes, Electronics, and Jewelry Head Back to the Store”

  1. Lisa Marie Folsom

    My, people are ridiculously shallow. My family was able to exchange gifts for the first time in several years, and I wouldn't take a damn thing back to the store…EVERYTHING is worthwhile!