Tips: Make sure you have ID when returning holiday gifts, wait a week to avoid crowds

FILE -- In this Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, file photo, customers carry bags as they shop for the holidays at Concord Mills mall in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Christmas has come and gone, meaning holiday shopping is over ... but not so fast.

People are now heading to the stores to return or exchange unwanted gifts.

According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 40 percent of people returned at least one gift last year.

To avoid a hassle, experts suggest you save your gift receipts. Also, bring your ID, because some stores will want to verify you are who you say you are in order to prevent fraud.

Another tip: Wait a few days.

"Avoid the first week," said Brianna Bambrough, a shopper. "I always wait until at least after News Year's to return anything, cause it's just, the lines are too outrageous."

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