Secrets to Hassle-Free Post-Holiday Returns

Returning unwanted gifts after Christmas is as much a part of the holiday landscape as shopping for gifts to begin with.

In fact, nearly 20 percent of Americans plan to return at least one holiday gift, according to a Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll conducted last year.

The National Retail Federation estimates that the value of holiday returns will be up more than $1 billion this year, to $43.82 billion.

How can you make sure things go smoothly if you choose to return something?

AOL Consumer Adviser Regina Lewis offered pointers on the special Christmas edition of "The Early Show on Saturday Morning."

Click on the video below to take it all in:

Tips for Returning Holiday Gifts