Return Amazon Gifts Guilt Free; The Gift Giver Will Never Know

An Amazon package in someone's trunk, on its way to be returned.

Stuck with a gift or two you don’t like? Well, if it’s from Amazon, you’re in luck! You can return most gifts by following these easy steps. And the best part? The gift-giver will never know!

Many people don’t realize that when you return an Amazon gift, the money goes directly to you. If you have an Amazon account, the funds will be loaded to your gift card balance once you send the item back. Then you can shop for something you want, without the gift giver being hurt that you didn’t like the original item (unless they come over and ask to see it—then you’re in trouble).

First, check to see if your gift came with a gift receipt or an order number. If you have either of those, you can start your return here.

If a friend or relative sent you something but didn’t select “gift” when ordering, or there is no order number or receipt included, don’t worry! Chances are you can still return the item, all without the gift giver knowing (and the money still going to you!). Start by contacting customer service, telling them you received a gift, but there was no order number included. They’ll ask for the gift giver’s email address (hopefully, you have access to this!). After that, it should be smooth sailing.

Unfortunately, items that were purchased from an Amazon third-party seller must be returned by the original purchaser—meaning you won’t be able to return those items by yourself (bummer). You can check to see if this is the case by looking up the item on Amazon or by contacting customer service.

You’ll then be given the option on how to return your unwanted gift. Most Amazon returns are now done through UPS, although you can return certain Amazon gifts to Kohl’s if you have an order number. Customer service will let you know your options. And you don’t even have to package up the item—they’ll do it for you!

All in all, dealing with unwanted gifts (well, those that have come from Amazon) has gotten a whole lot easier! Go forth and get the stuff you really want.

Jill A. Chafin Jill A. Chafin
Jill A. Chafin is a freelance writer, aerialist, dancer, food enthusiast, outdoor adventurer, and mama, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Read Full Bio »

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