Apple Kicks off the Holidays with Extended Returns, New Gift Guide

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The holiday season is upon us, which means many consumers and businesses are getting ready for the busy shopping season. Apple on Wednesday has also started prepping.

For one, Apple officially updated its website to introduce its annual holiday gift guide — a service designed to recommend Apple devices and other products for people to purchase for their friends and family.

This year’s holiday gift guide is awash in bright colors and snowflake-like designs, and recent Apple devices like the iPhone 11 Pro and AirPods Pro are among the company’s top gift recommendations for 2019 (along with various iPads and MacBooks).

Apple is also recommending accessories like the DJI Mavic Mini and Beats Solo Pro, as well as Apple gift cards that can be used toward services like Apple TV+, Apple Arcade or Apple Music.

Apple Extended Holiday Return Policy

In addition to the updated website, Apple has also officially kicked off its extended holiday return policy for the shopping season.

That means any items purchased from the Apple Online Store and received between Nov. 15 and Dec. 25, 2019 can be returned by Jan. 8, 2020. Depending on when you buy the item, that can be quite a bit longer than the standard 14-day return policy.

Note that this timeline applies to the U.S. and a handful of other countries, and even larger return extensions are available elsewhere.

Apple users in Spain, for example, will be able to return items until Jan. 20.

Users can return items even if they are opened and used, but they must be in their original packaging at the time of return. There are some exceptions to the extended return policy, however, such as iTunes and Apple gift cards.

Of course, purchases made before Nov. 15 or after Dec. 25 will be subject to Apple’s two-week Standard Return Policy.

Keep in mind that this specific Apple return policy doesn’t apply to purchases made at authorized resellers or brick-and-mortar Apple retail locations. It’s only for the Apple Online Store.

We recommend holding onto your receipts when you buy anything from Apple so that you have proof that you bought the items during the extended return period.

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