Sometimes a gift doesn’t fit in more ways than one. However, instead of settling for a duplicate gift or the ugly sweater you’ll never wear, you can return, exchange or sell your unwanted holiday gifts. 

The annual return-a-thon kicks off early Wednesday as retailers start after-Christmas sales aiming to unload more merchandise.

According to the National Retail Federation’s annual December survey, 50 percent of consumers plan to take advantage of after-Christmas sales in stores and 45 percent plan to do the same online.

The survey showed 17 percent plan to hit stores to return or exchange unwanted gifts and 27 percent will go to use gift cards they received.

To avoid the after-Christmas sales crowds, Sara Skirboll, the shopping and trends expert for RetailMeNot, advises waiting to Jan. 1 to start returns.

For the full story, visit USAToday.com/Money.

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