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Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? With the almost ubiquitous gifting of gift cards, this is a less common occurrence nowadays, but it still happens. In fact, several years ago, I received a few DVDs that I did not really want. They just sat on my shelf for several years collecting dust on their still unopened packaging. That is, until last Sunday when I returned them for $31 of Walmart store credit.

Return Your Gift for Store Credit or Cash

I didn’t have receipts for any of the DVDs, but since it was the week after Christmas, stores are willing to accept returned gifts, no questions asked. Depending on the store, you may receive store credit or cash. Sometimes it helps to have a gift receipt, but often stores will accept the returned items around the holidays without one.

Sell the Unwanted Gifts

If you opened the gift or are unable to return it to the store, you can always sell it. Whether you want to sell online (via Amazon, Craigslist, or eBay) or at a consignment shop, you can make some fast cash. If you received an unwanted gift card, you can even sell it online through one of many gift card exchanges.

Regift It

If you can’t return it or sell it, you can always regift it unless it is one of these gifts. Save the gift (as long as it’s not outdated) for another year or another birthday. Just make sure you don’t give the same gift back to the person who gave it to you originally.