Amazon Patents Way To Stop Bad Gifts Before They Arrive

For those of you who are stuck facing bad weather to return unwanted Christmas gifts, Amazon has a new patent in the works that could make your life easier. The patent would allow Amazon customers to stop gifts they don’t want before they are sent.

The Washington Post reports: “The online retailer has quietly patented a way for people to return gifts before they receive them, and the patent documents even mention poor Aunt Mildred. Amazon’s innovation, not ready for this Christmas season, includes an option to ‘Convert all gifts from Aunt Mildred,’ the patent says. ‘For example, the user may specify such a rule because the user believes that this potential sender has different tastes than the user.’ In other words, the consumer could keep an online list of lousy gift-givers whose choices would be vetted before anything ships.”

An interesting option for anyone who doesn’t feel like trudging out to the post office in the snow.