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If you're one of the folks who will be returning a gift you got for Christmas, you're not alone.

RETAIL EXPERTS: 13% OF ALL GIFTS WILL BE RETURNED

That may not seem like a lot, but for the year 2020, is was about $101 billion dollars. So what are the five most returned items people receive?

#5 CANDLES   These may be a nice idea, and something might smell great to you, but it's a crap shoot. Just because you thought that pine-scented woody outdoors three-wick candle was wonderful, it probably didn't work for who got it.

Candles on the list (amazon)
Candles on the list (amazon)
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#4 SWEETS-CANDY  Sometimes you hit it right, especially if you KNOW a person's favorite. My family knows any kind of peanut M&M will be gobbled. But dropping money on an unfamiliar candy or sweet might not hit the tooth of the person you gave it to.

Exotic Japanese Kit Kats (Amazon)
Exotic Japanese Kit Kats (Amazon)
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#3 VIDEO GAMES  Our family has seen this. A time or two we got a game for a grandchild, only to find out they already had it. Gamers are particular, and unless you specifically know there's a certain game they really want and can get it, don't try. It will usually be returned. Especially if a non-gamer is buying for a gamer.

Gamers are picky (Amazon)
Gamers are picky (Amazon)
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#2 COMMON KITCHEN APPLIANCES  Unless the person you're buying for specifically dropped hints on a certain appliance, just getting someone a new toaster or blender will not always work. Many times, you will find they already had one, or like what they have already. This may work for newlyweds, but not for Christmas.

Common appliances often returned (Amazon)
Common appliances often returned (Amazon)
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And the #1 returned item?  SHOES.  Again, we understand some people make a specific request and give enough hints you can get them what they want. But in general, getting someone unsolicited shoes almost always result in a return. Sometimes due to size issues, but mostly due to them just not liking that kind...or maybe they don't go with any of their wardrobes.

The #1 returned item are shoes (Amazon)
The #1 returned item are shoes (Amazon)
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