The following are the most returned Christmas presents every year.
Purchasing clothing for other people is tricky. According to a poll conducted by MarketTools, a market research company, clothing and shoes make up 62 percent of holiday gift returns. There are so many places to go wrong: Color, size, and style preferences are different for everyone.
Men’s Dress Shirts
According to figures from GiftNow, the e-commerce platform, the single most exchanged gift for men in 2016 was dress shirts. This most likely boils down to people buying the wrong sizes.
Yes, everyone loves shoes, but it’s not exactly the perfect gift idea. Because every brand and style fits slightly differently (and that doesn’t factor regional differences, like UK sizing options), shoes generally need to be tried on. So even if you know their size, the pair of shoes might not fit comfortably, which means they’ll probably end up returning them.
If you’re going to venture into the beauty department for your makeup loving friends’ gifts, make sure you stick to eyeshadows, blushes, and brushes. It’s always risky buying foundations, primers, concealers, and powders for others because you can’t exactly pinpoint their shades unless they’re in the store with you.
Just because someone likes working out doesn’t mean they’ll enjoy unwrapping athletic clothes on Christmas morning. Vice president of global direct-to-consumer retail concepts for Nike, Cathy Sparks, told Newsweek, “People exchange unwanted clothing items for ones that better suit their routine or style. The same can be true for footwear.” According to Sparks, athletic hats, socks, and other accessories are far less likely to get returned than athletic clothing.
Kitchen appliance are gifted all too often, leading them to be one of the most returned holiday gifts, according to the MarketTools poll. Chances are, your friends already have a microwave and a toaster and a coffee maker, and certainly only need one of each. Also, they’re probably quite familiar with the one they have.
As Newsweek reported, when shopping for all of those cocktail-loving people in your life, your best bet is to go with alcohol, not glasses. Your friends will appreciate a bottle of straight-from-the-Highlands 12-year more than they would yet another set of martini glasses.
Buying video games for fans of video games seems like a no-brainer. But the fact of the matter is, if a gamer wants something, they probably already own it; new video games sell like hotcakes, then quickly taper off.
Would you want someone else decorating your home? Probably not—so it’s best to leave that bedding and those shelves at the store.
According to the MarketTools report, 22 percent of men’s gifts are exchanged, while only 19 percent of women’s gifts are exchanged. A chief men’s gift: tools. When it comes to a new drill set or multi-purpose screwdriver, this is another case where, unless explicitly requested, it’s best to steer clear.
If you’re still purchasing DVDs and giving them out as holiday gifts, your presents are outdated and will probably be returned. Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and all of the other streaming services out there, face it: people don’t watch DVDs anymore.
You might be under the impression that sweets are a fool-proof gift, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the MarketTools report, candy, chocolate, and gum—and pretty much any other edible gift—have ranked among the most returned presents in previous years.
According to MarketTools’ research, consumer electronics—cell phones, video game consoles, computers—are among the most returned holiday gifts. It just comes down to people being picky with such big-ticket purchases.
Scents are hyper-personal, and there are countless to choose from. When it comes to fragrances, people generally have a tried-and-true go-to, so don’t be surprised if your friend decides to return the bottle of perfume you picked out for them.
People don’t usually want someone else deciding what their home is going to smell like. Not to mention, gifting candles is by no means unique. A better option is a scent diffuser, so your recipient can pick out which scents they want to buy for it.
Per MarketTools, toddler clothing is among the most returned gift every year. This is probably due to sizing issues.
Jewelry in general is probably a safe bet, but be sure to take note of your loved one’s style before you shell out a bunch of money on something they’re never going to wear. Ask yourself if the item is too flashy for your partner’s taste before you buy.
Everyone has different opinions on art, meaning it’s probably best to steer clear of buying big art pieces for your friends’ homes.
Graphic t-shirts, especially the ones decked out with tacky sayings, are definitely a bad idea. According to DealNews, “After the holiday season ended in 2016, shirts with corny little quips like, ‘Blink if You Think I’m Awesome,’ were returned more often than not.”
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