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Would you return a beauty product gift?

It's the holiday season and the age old dilemma: Do you return gifts? What about beauty product gifts? If you do return, how to decide where to return to?

With the rise of wish-lists, it seems easier than ever to get something someone will use, if you're going to buy practical gifts. 

A friend recently gave me a BareMinerals loose eye color in a purple color that would normally be all me - it's sealed, it's new but I've had allergic reactions to BareMinerals products in the past and will never use this, partially out of fear of my face blowing up into hives.

When is it okay to return a beauty gift? Do you return gifts? Re-gifting? (I'm going to assume we all say thank you and are grateful to have been given anything at all. I just hate to waste a gift by not using it!)

Re: Would you return a beauty product gift?

I think it's fine to return things, why keep it if you won't use it? Same with regifting, I will give it to someone else if I know that they will like it more than I did.

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Last year my mother-in-law gave me a really big set of Philosophy Unconditional Love.  I'm really weird about scents.  It had a full size scent, a smaller bottle, a big tub of cream, a smaller tube of cream, and a big bottle of the wash.  I tried it once, and knew it wasn't really my thing.  I thanked her (of course!).  I have a good friend who LOVES trying all sorts of scents, so I gave her the bigger bottle and the tub of cream (both never opened).   She knew where I got it, and didn't mind at all.  She was excited to have them!  I should have given her the wash, too, because I've never opened it.


So, if you know someone who will enjoy it, why not re-gift?  I'd rather a friend enjoy it, than it go to waste.  I have no idea where I would have returned/exchanged it, because she lives in a different part of the state, with different stores (she probably ordered online).  But if you know where it came from (like it has one of those stickers from the department stores), I think exchanging would be fine, too

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I'm super-weird about scents, have migraines that are scent-triggered, _and_ have allergies to common cosmetic ingredients (along with a kid with a very severe soy allergy) - buying stuff for us can be very difficult! 

I wish I knew someone to re-gift beauty products to. I always feel weird about re-gifting in general because I don't want people to think I'm not giving them something I'd think they'd like. 

Maybe I'm just weird about gifts. Smiley Very Happy 

Re: Would you return a beauty product gift?

Yes, I return -- to the place that is the least crabby about it if you don't have a receipt - i.e. Sephora (or maybe Nordstrom?)!  I have also returned gifts to Ulta but by me they are SOOO obnoxious about it.


I actually LOVE regifting -- I am happy to get a regift if it's something I can use or like, bothers me not at all even if I know.  


I also just love to give gifts and find things a home where they are useful, to me having things go to a place to be used and not a landfill is awesome.  Regifting included.

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I'm a huge fan of practical gifts and giving things that you know someone wants and will use - that's why I love wishlists so much, I think. 

It's good to know that others don't mind re-gifts, as well, because I keep seeing stuff about re-gifting being tacky. I don't mind it a bit!

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I don't return ever. I might pass it on to someone else. (Not a regift in a sense bc I wouldn't do it for a birthday or a holiday--no rewrapping, just a pass along).

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Any particular reason on no returns? Just don't feel right? 

I feel weird giving re-gifts, I don't mind getting them at all. I have been known to say, "Hey, I know you use X and I've got a spare one, want it?" 

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If I don't like it/it's not me, doesn't fit... I return. Most of my family members always include a gift receipt for clothes.

As far as beauty products go; if it's sold at Sephora, they'll take it, so just return it without a receipt. 

I'll regift items like wine, bath products, soaps... 

Re: Would you return a beauty product gift?

Lucky you getting gift receipts! I've only ever seen them for kid's toys when they're too small to open them on their own. Nice family members! Smiley Happy 

Re-gifted wine sounds like a missed opportunity to have a bottle of wine. Smiley Wink (I have allergies, so I know why this happens - I re-gift wines containing sulfites and other things I can't have.) 

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