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Posted at 7:35 PM ET, 12/26/2010

The most difficult gift returns you've ever made

By Marc Fisher

Michael Rosenwald's Page One story today about's plan to let consumers block delivery of gifts from family and friends who routinely give you lousy presents raises all kinds of questions about possible hurt feelings and possible damage to the often-socially dicey relationships between gift-giver and gift-receiver.
We'd like to hear your stories about gifts that just had to be returned--and the steps you've taken to try to assure that the original gift-giver either doesn't find out about the exchange or isn't hurt by your decision to reject their present.
Come ahead with your tales--no need to name the potentially offended gift-giver--but do let us know how you handled the situation, on the comment boards below. And happy returns....

You can also tweet your present with #badgift or share a photo of it here.

By Marc Fisher  | December 26, 2010; 7:35 PM ET
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I like the idea, but I think that my wife's family would never consider it. I'd probably divert the value to a cause, but I think they would be offended if the scarf they thought was perfect for me ended up providing safe drinking water in Africa.

My wife splurged and got a GPS on Thanksgiving. When I plugged it in to the computer to get the updates, she accidently shredded the memory when she didn't abort the update and just exited. I'm not sure if the device can be recovered.

If I had the choice, I'd return it to the retailer and have the checking account credited for the purchase so I can get gas later in the week.

Posted by: dprogers64 | December 26, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Charitable people consider me a charming Luddite. Meaner people think I'm cranky and out of touch because I write thank-you notes with a fountain pen, send actual letters, and buy and read actual books. The old ones with inscriptions to owners long dead are my favorites. My SIL sent me an e-reader this year. It went back immediately, and I celebrated by rereading a musty old and much beloved copy of Little Women.

Posted by: padre1957 | December 27, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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