Some stores and shops have very different return policies during the holidays than they do at other times of year. This can be good or bad. Christmas shopping too early might leave you (or the recipient of your gift) unable to make a proper return if necessary. Have you come across any really weird policies? One small store years ago, would only allow the original purchaser to make the return for full credit in cash. Otherwise, the person just got a gift certificate to the store for a lesser amount. That would be a huge pain to have to collect and return gifts for the people you bought them for if necessary. I don't like stuff like that. If you take the money, give the money back if the product isn't as it is supposed to be.