What to know when Christmas shopping as Martin Lewis warns you have no refund rights

MARTIN Lewis has warned Brits to be careful when Christmas shopping as getting a refund isn't always simple.

The MoneySavingExpert founder revealed his top consumer tips for the festive season – including a little known fact about store returns.

Many shoppers think they'll easily be able to return something they bought in store if they decide they don't like it when they get home.

But if you want to take back an item that's not faulty, you have no legal right to a refund or store credit.

Some shops will accept it if you've just changed your mind, but don't be surprised if you're told you can't return something.

Martin Lewis said: "Some stores will allow it but you don't have a legal right unless it's faulty. If it is faulty and you want a full refund it's worth noting you need to return the item within 30 days of buying it.

"If you've bought a Christmas present, check now that the gift isn't faulty so you keep your full refund rights."

He shared some other top Christmas shopping tips on ITV's The Martin Lewis Money Show Live – we explain.

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Get a gift receipt

We all buy presents hoping the recipient will be pleased with our choice.

But sometimes that doesn't work out, due to sizing or different tastes.

In that case, it will be easier for them to return it if you've got a gift receipt – which you can ask for when you buy the item.

Ittransfers the legal right to the gift recipient otherwise they don't have a legal right to return it even if it's faulty

Most shops will alow it, but they don't have to, Martin said.

Return items bought online even if not faulty

Shoppers have longer to return items bought online, and you also won't need to prove that they were faulty.

You can return items up to 28 days after the purchase date unless its personalised or perishable.

You'll have 14 days to tell them you're sending it back and a further 14 days to take action after that.

Check last free or cheapest Christmas online order dates

Christmas is just two weeks away, and deadline dates for online shopping are approaching fast.

Unless you want to be frantically searching for gifts on the high street on December 24, you should think about buying online presents soon.

Martin shared the cut off dates to bag free or cheap delivery from some of the UK's most popular retailers.

Currys – December 15

M&S – December 18

Selfridges- December 19

Asos – December 20

Amazon Prime and Argos -December 23

In the same show, Martin also reminded drivers they should check their driving insurance ahead of a huge change in three weeks.

He previously told Brits that bills could soar by 40% and reminded drivers to check their licences to avoid a £1,000 fine.

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