When you give someone a gift they typically smile, say thank you, and appear to like it; however the day after Christmas they are trekking to the store to exchange that gift for just about anything else. Without a gift receipt, they may only get pennies on the dollar instead of what you spent; hence the importance of not only getting a gift recipe, but also including it in the gift package.
Let’s look at some details on the importance of giving gift receipts and understanding the proper way to obtain and distribute them.
- Ask for a gift receipt when you are buying presents, every time. Even if it’s just a pack of socks, always ask for a gift receipt.
- Put the gift receipts in the bag with the gifts. Keep them together with the presents. Don’t collect and put all gift receipts in one big envelope. It will be very difficult to match up receipt to present when you are wrapping gift in a few weeks.
- Place the gift receipt in the box or bag when you are wrapping the gift. Double check the numbers on the tag and gift receipt to make sure they match. This ensures a great gift giving experience for both you and the gift recipient.
- If you get all the presents wrapped and then realize that you forgot to include the gift receipt, at that point it is completely acceptable to put the gift receipts in an envelope and give them to the gift recipient (don’t make them ask for it).
- If you forgot to ask for a gift receipt, take your receipt back up to the store. Most retailers (but not all) can pull the information from the receipt numbers and print out the gift receipts for you.
- The most popular detail about gift receipts: Do not hoard all the receipts and inadvertently make the gift receiver have to come to you and ask for the gift receipt. In today’s day and age, this is actually considered rude. It conveys the unspoken message that if they want to return something, they have to come to you and explain their reasoning (or just make you aware) in order to get the gift receipt. Feelings get hurt (why don’t you like what i got you?), the gift giving experience goes sour (I just want to exchange it for something I like better) and nobody wins. Just wrap the gift receipt up with the gift; and remember that what the gift recipient does with the gift is their choice, not yours.
Getting a gift receipt is a simple step in the shopping process that is designed to keep everyone happy. No matter the occasion: birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other occasion, make sure that the gift recipient has the gift receipt for a happily ever after gift experience.