How To Return An Amazon Gift Without The Giver Knowing

There is nothing at all impolite about returning a gift for something else. In fact, Amazon will return your gift and give you credit on an Amazon gift card to buy anything that you want.

It is surprisingly easy to return gifts to Amazon, and it does not cost a cent for you to ship the unwanted merchandise back to the company.

With Amazon lockers and online shipping labels, it is easier than ever before to return anything, including a gift from someone else. Here is everything you need to know about returning items to Amazon without the sender knowing!

How To Return An Amazon Gift?

To return an unwanted gift to Amazon without the giver knowing, you will need to find the 17-digit order ID number from the packing slip. Once found, you will need to submit an Amazon returns request, print a return label, and ship the item back to Amazon. Refunds can take 25 days to process, and the sender will not be notified.

Want to know exactly how to return your gift from Amazon and other options? Keep reading to find out! 

Find Order ID & File a Return Request

The first thing to do when returning a gift on Amazon (without the sender/giver knowing) is to find your gift on the website.

That is, track down the gift by entering the 17-digit order number for the gift item you want to return, which is located on the packing slip under ‘order ID.’ 

If you still cannot find your gift or this number, reach out to customer support at Amazon for more information on this.

Typically, they can track the order down for you using other information, such as the gift sender’s name. 

Once you have the order ID, Fill out the fields on the return request, including the reason why you want to return the item.

It should be mentioned that if you are returning a gift and you do not have an existing Amazon account, you will need to set one up. 

You need an account because refunds for returned items are given via Amazon gift card credit. You must have an account to be issued or use these gift cards. 

Select Your Return Shipping Options For Amazon

How Do You Print A Return Label?

When you submit your return request on the Amazon website, you will be emailed a printable return label and authorization to print at home and use for your package. 

If you are unable to print at home, you may send the email link to someone else who can print the label and authorization form for you.

You can also use the link to return the gift a bit later. Amazon offers a return window of 30 days to return merchandise, including gift items. 

Once you have your label or labels, it is advised that you package these items individually. This is done as packaging multiple returns in one box or package can slow down the process and delay your refund.

Before sealing the box up, put the return authorization label inside the package with the gift that you are returning. 

Again, make sure that you include all parts, papers, and accessories to make sure you get the most Amazon gift card credit for your gift return. 

How Do You Get Your Gift Refund?

As soon as Amazon receives the returned item, you will receive your refund via an Amazon gift card credit that you can use online (the sender/giver will not know that you have returned their gift). 

Please remember that returned items must be in the same condition as when they were purchased, with all parts, pieces, and accessories.

Additionally, if the gift is evaluated to be used or damaged, this can impact the amount of your gift return. 

Once the return has been processed by Amazon (which can take up to 25 days), you will receive an Amazon eGift card with the balance of the unwanted gift.

You Can Also Use Amazon Locker To Return Unwanted Gifts

You Can Also Use Amazon Locker To Return Unwanted Gifts

A great option, particularly around busy holiday times, is to deal with returns via the Amazon Hub Lockers.

These are not available in all locations but in many metropolitan areas for easy customer access.

When visiting the return center page on Amazon, choose to select an Amazon Hub locker location for your gift return. 

Know that some items and gifts are not eligible to be picked up or dropped off at an Amazon Hub Locker locale.

Generally, the lockers only accommodate packages that measure less than 18-by-14-by-12 inches in size. 

After you submit the request, you will receive an email from Amazon with a drop-off code.

Use this code when you arrive at the locker location to access, enter, and use the locker for your merchandise return.

The code is entered on a touch screen at the locker location, which will then prompt you with further instructions. 

To become a ninja shopper on Amazon, you can also see our related posts on if you can see who redeemed an Amazon gift card, what Amazon Frustration-Free packaging is, and if Amazon wraps gifts.


If you want to return a gift that you received and that came from Amazon, it is easy to do so and the gift giver will never know.

Follow the directions provided on Amazon’s website to mail returns or drop return off at an Amazon Hub Locker in your area.

Do not hang on to gifts that are not right for you or that you already have. If the gift came from Amazon, it is easy to return it for credit on an Amazon gift card which you can use to buy whatever you wish on the Amazon website.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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