Know Target’s Holiday Return Policy Before You Shop

Find out when you can return your gift at Target this holiday.

Although the holidays mean a lot of gift-giving and gift-receiving, there’s also a lot of gift-returning. In 2017, shoppers returned 28 percent of the gifts they purchased, according to a survey reported by Small Business Trends. So, even when you are scouring the internet for the best Target deals in preparation for Black Friday, it might also be wise to take a look at the retailer’s return and item warranty policies.

Here’s a breakdown of Target’s return and warranty guidelines for the holidays and any time of year.

Target’s Holiday Return Policy

To accommodate the busy holiday season, Target has a special return policy for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25.

  • For electronics and entertainment items purchased during this time, you have 30 days to make an exchange or a return. However, the return period for these items will begin on Dec. 26.
  • Normally, all Apple products — except for iPhones — must be returned within 15 days, but the return period for Apple products purchased during the holiday period will actually begin on Dec. 26.

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Target In-Store Return Policy

For items purchased outside of the holiday season, the standard return policy is as follows:

  • You have up to 90 days to make a return or an exchange.
  • Most unopened items with a receipt will receive a full refund.
  • Items that have been opened, damaged or are without a receipt might not be eligible for a return or an exchange.

Also, please note that some Target items have limited return dates indicated on the receipt, packing slip, Target board policy, or in the item department, so be sure to check before attempting to return an item.

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Target Online Return Policy

The same standard return policy also applies to items purchased at a Target Storefront Partner or any third-party company that sells and ships Target items to you via and the Target apps.

Target Return Exceptions

During times outside of the holiday, even if you have your receipt and are within the 90-day return period, you still might not qualify for a return. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Target REDcard debit and credit card holders have 120 days to return items purchased with their Target REDcard. Some limitations do apply.
  • All electronics and entertainment items must be returned or exchanged within 30 days.
  • All mobile phones must be returned or exchanged within 14 days.
  • All Apple products, except for iPhones, must be returned or exchanged within 15 days.
  • Personalized items cannot be returned.
  • Target stores will not return internationally purchased items.
  • Gift cards or any other specialty prepaid card cannot be returned.  
  • Most beauty products, even if opened, can be returned within 90 days, or 120 days if you’re a Target REDcard holder.

To get the full list of Target return exceptions, visit Target’s website.

Target’s Warranty Policy

Because warranties vary by manufacturer, Target recommends that you call Target Guest Services at 800-591-3869 to receive a full copy of your item’s warranty.

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Taylor Bell is an Los Angeles-based journalist and staff writer for GOBankingRates covering personal finance. She is a former staff writer for ATTN: and has covered topics ranging from trending pop culture news to women’s social issues.