Friday morning families gathered around their Christmas trees and opened their coveted gifts from Santa and one another. Once all the wrapping was removed, gifts were sorted into piles - some for keeping and others for exchanging.

Department stores around the nation reopened their doors Saturday morning in anticipation of the post-Christmas shopping. Several local store managers provided tips for local shoppers looking to return or exchange gifts.

“The best rule of thumb is to have a gift receipt,” Bealls Store Manager Mark Smith said. “The original receipt will work, too.”

Bealls credit card customers will have it a little easier during their return process thanks to a nifty computerized program.

“For Bealls charge customers, we have the ability to look (a purchase) up on their account,” Smith said.

Bealls opens its doors at 11 a.m. today and will stay open until 7 p.m. Any cash register in the store is equipped to handle a refund or exchange. Smith also offered one additional piece of shopping advice.

“Bring your gift cards, this is a great tie to redeem (them),” Smith said.

Just down the way from Bealls, in the same shopping center, is JC Penney, which will also be hosting dozens of shoppers after Christmas.

Penney’s store manager Doug Long said it is a perfect time to do post-present shopping.

“We have a lot of really hot after-Christmas sales,” Long said. “We encourage exchanging but we can give gift cards or refunds.”

Long said the store often completes more exchanges than returns and any cash register in the store can handle the process.

“It helps to have either a receipt or gift receipt,” Long said. “For a refund it has to have a receipt but for an exchange they don’t have to.”

The Penney’s location in Stephenville opens its doors at 9 a.m. today and will remain open until 7 p.m.