Retailers traditionally expect long lines and customers looking for something else. Yet, in recent years, return policies have shifted to tighten deadlines and put more stringent demands on consumers.

Experts say it pays to read the fine print on gift receipts and retailers websites before making your way to the store.

9NEWS' Gannett partner station, WXIA, in Atlanta, Ga., put together some tips on holiday return deadlines you might find helpful.Click here for the tips.