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If you’re looking to return a gift or baby registry item to Target, I have done that myself. I have done it twice actually. The second time was easier as I did intense research and actually visited their customer support to fully understand Target’s baby registry return policy.

In this post, I share some helpful tips you can follow to successfully return your Target registry item.

How to return Target Baby Registry Items: Steps by Step Process

As of this publication in April 2022, Target accepts returns of unopened and unused baby registry goods for a full year after the baby’s birth date. You will be refunded with a merchandise return card for items you bought yourself and if they were gifts, you will be refunded with a Target gift card. If you are returning online as described in the steps below, you will get a barcode from the target.com registry page or the Target registry app.

Target’s return policy is similar to Amazon’s baby registry return policy as they both accept returns for up to 365 days after baby’s birth date.

Below is a snapshot from Target’s website announcing the 365-day return policy for baby registry items;

Snapshot from Target Help Page on a Year of Free Baby Registry Returns
Snapshot from Target Help Page on a Year of Free Baby Registry Returns

How about other baby items not on the baby registry?

You can return other non-registry items within 90 days of the original purchase date. If you have your receipt, you will be able to receive a full refund for the item. If you do not have your receipt, you may be able to return the item with a Target gift card or merchandise credit.

Below is a snapshot from Target’s website describing their return policy for baby items not on baby registry where 90-day policy applies – and not 365 days as applicable to items on baby registry.

A snapshot from Target website describing 90-day return policy on non-registry items
A snapshot from the Target website describing the 90-day return policy on non-registry items

To return a Target Baby Registry item, follow these simple steps:

1. Take the item(s) you would like to return to any Target store. You will need the original packaging and all of the included parts and pieces.

2. Go to Guest Services and tell them that you would like to return a Target Baby Registry item.

3. They will ask for your name, address, phone number and email address. Target uses this information to send you an email with a Target GiftCard or other Target merchandise if the Target Baby Registry item was purchased with a gift card. This is optional and does not affect your return in any way. The Target associate will also ask for the order number of the Target Baby Registry item(s) you are returning.

4. Target will have you fill out a Target Baby Registry completion form.

5. Target will provide you with a refund or Target merchandise credit to complete your return. They may require that the Target Baby Registry item be returned to Target later, but this is not always necessary.

6. If Target does not have your order number, simply enter the Target Baby Registry ID number on your Target return form. Target will be able to look up your order and provide a refund or Target merchandise credit.

*Their customer support team may need to request some documentation from you, so have a copy of your driver’s license or DMV identification available, if they ask for it.

To return a Target Baby Registry items online, follow these steps;

If you want to return your items online, follow the steps below described on Target’s help page.

  1. Access your Target account.
  2. Visit the Registry page and select your registry.
  3. In the Offers & benefits section on your registry’s Home page, select Start a return.
  4. Select a store.
  5. The barcode is only valid at the selected store for the date it is generated on.

What Target Target Registry Items can be Returned?

You can return Target Baby Registry items that came from Target, even if you didn’t purchase them at Target. That means you can complete a Target baby registry and receive Target gift cards to buy the stuff you need.

Note: If your item is not in their system anymore or was purchased online or by phone, Target may not be able to process your return.

You can also return Target registry items you received as gifts outside of Target even if the gift giver bought them at Target. For example, let’s say you are expecting a baby and someone gives you a Target baby registry gift card for Christmas or your baby shower. You can still return Target baby registry items purchased with this gift card to Target. Target will provide you with a Target merchandise credit or Target gift card for the return.

Returning Target Baby Registry Items without your Receipt: Guidelines by Target

Target has very strict guidelines when it comes to returning Target Baby Registry items without original packaging or receipts. They are allowed to do this within Target’s return guidelines but Target will need you to provide them with some identification. The Target associate will ask for your name, address, phone number and email. Target uses this information to send you an email with a Target GiftCard or other Target merchandise if the Target Baby Registry item was purchased with a gift card. This is only optional and does not affect your return in any way. Target will need you to fill out a Target Baby Registry completion form and then Target will give you a Target gift card or Target merchandise credit based on the price of the Target Baby Registry item(s).

Oftentimes people get caught up in their busy lives and don’t realize they purchased something from Target until they are at Target to return Target registry items. Target will ask for ID in these situations, so make sure you have your driver’s license or DMV identification card when returning Target baby registry items without receipts.

What if I don’t want the Target Register Rewards?

If you bought the Target Baby Registry item in-store and you don’t want Target Register Rewards, just tell the Target associate you have a Target Baby Registry return. Target will process your Target baby registry return and give you a Target merchandise credit or Target gift card instead of Target Register Rewards. If your purchase was made online or over the phone, Target will need to know the item number associated with your return. The Target associate will look up the Target baby registry item and Target will provide you with a Target merchandise credit for this return.

What is target’s return policy

Target’s return policy is very lenient and similar to Amazon’s, as long as you have your original receipt or Target Baby Registry ID number. You can return Target Baby Registry items that you didn’t purchase at Target as long as you have the original receipt. If you don’t have the original receipt, Target will need your name, address, phone number and email in order to send you a Target gift card or Target merchandise credit. Oftentimes people get caught up in their busy lives and don’t realize they purchased something from Target until they are at Target to return Target registry items. In these situations, Target will ask for ID and will process your return accordingly.

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