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After Christmas deals and gift returns at Four State stores

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What do you do if the sweater someone bought you for Christmas is a little too flashy for your taste?  Does kindness play a part in proper etiquette of returning gifts.

We caught up with some shoppers out and about today who were both returning gifts, and getting in on some of those post-Christmas markdowns.

Deborah Howell promises she's happy with all of what she received for Christmas.

Howell says with a big smile, "Really!"

When it comes to after Christmas shopping, a lot of it has to do with what Santa brought you for Christmas.  An organization called the National Retail Federation keeps tabs on this sort of thing.

Almost half of shoppers surveyed said they bought apparel as gifts.

"My son thought he would surprise me with a wind breaker for Christmas," says Marilyn Brown.  "But it didn't fit.  So I took it back, and he understood."  

Perhaps more importantly, Brown says she understood, too.

"We try to avoid clothes, unless it's specific to what they want," says Howell.

Nearly four in ten shoppers surveyed by the N-R-F bought toys for Christmas, and about 27 percent of holiday shoppers bought electronics.

Barbara Smith is exchanging one electronic game console for a newer type of PlayStation.

"I usually don't take anything back if it's clothes or a personal item," says Smith.  "But I do with the electronics and the games, because they're so expensive."

The most requested specific gift item, gift cards, are sure coming in handy now for after Christmas sales.

"Christmas tree.  I got a really good buy.  It was 66 percent off.  Some of the ornaments, clothing, and things like that were 75 percent off," says Brown.

"I like to get labels for next year, or wrapping paper, and stocking stuffers that won't go bad.  If it's 50 percent off, or more, that's what I'm looking for," says Jennifer Moore.

That's where things seem to stand with shoppers right now.  After giving specifics of what they wanted for Christmas, it's time to let loose.

Howell says, "Extra sales.  Anything I can find!"

Chances are, the real Saint Nicholas was a savvy shopper, too.

Data for this story showing what shoppers bought came from the National Retail Federation's most recent survey from December 16, 2013.  For more information, click here.

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