(Closed) Gift Receipts

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
9869 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Just out of curiosity, why can’t you return it for the value it’s currently selling at?  I’ve always been able to return things for whatever it’s currently priced at, regardless of what it may have cost originally.

As for politely telling people to attach gift receipts…I’m not sure there really is a way to do that, although it’s an interesting idea!

Post # 4
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wish there WAS a polite way to do this, because that would have been AWESOME at my baby shower last month!  (got SO many duplicates and clothing that was season inappropriate!)

Post # 5
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Most guests attached receipts to the gifts we received. Even the ones from our registry.

Post # 6
712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yesh, I really don’t think you can do this because you’re basically saying that you expect to return their gift.

Post # 7
4145 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow that store policy would make me yell at someone I’m sure! 5 bucks when it’s on the shelf for 40 bucks!? I’d probably get a little sneaky with my returning over that.

I’m pretty sure there is absolutely no nice way to ask for gift receipts, considering you aren’t supposed to expect to get a gift in the first place, getting one at all is supposed to be a treat and there’s no nice way to say please give me a receipt in case I want to return it 🙂

Although that would be nice! Target’s return policy totally sucks and I had someone give me one placemat… one.. really? When I returned it I was happy to found out they changed their return policy and that 4 dollar placemat wouldn’t be my one return per year. I never would have dreamed of asking her for a GR though. I would only ever ask my parents or best friend, and with good explanation.

Post # 8
70 posts
Worker bee

I wish it was this easy! I registered at Kohls and Macy’s and I did find that Macy’s would put the gift receipt in the bottom of the bag and then put tissue paper and the gift on top. Kohl’s I have found they need to scan the registry info in order for it to pick up that a gift receipt is required or unless the person asks for one. Unfortunately, your post is true for me, I registered for a crock pot and received it and then someone else bought us a crockk pot (wish they had looed at my registry) and with no receipt they will only give me $3.25 when they are currently selling it for $40!

Post # 9
7439 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Etiquette wise that is a toughy… no real way to do this.

But I agree, Gift Receipts are fantastic.  Canada’s largest department store, The Bay does them and I LOVE them, and always ask for them when I am giving a gift that I purchased there.

I think a lot of folks don’t get Gift Receipts for a variety of reasons…

1- They don’t know how they work

In that they are a BLIND copy of the regular receipt… so they don’t show prices.  But they can be scanned for that info by the Store. 

That they are as good if not better than a standard receipt, so you can usually do an Exchange, Refund or Credit… and sometimes the time for doing so is also longer… “as long as the item is unused / or in original box etc”

2- A lot of people don’t like putting in receipts period… because they think it is a tacky practice to do so.  OR they don’t want to even think about the couple wanting to… what is perceived as “get rid” of their present

3- Some people buy gifts on sale, and they don’t want their friends & family members to know that.  Somehow thinking that the fact that they bought you a $ 500 Kitchenaid Mixer looks better than if you knew they picked it up on Sale for $ 350


Post # 10
7382 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think the stores should be doing more to help.  They should ask if you want a gift receipt.  Some stores will automatically put it into a little envelope and tape it to the box, I think they should all do so!

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