When you buy a new iPod, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle or iPod Touch, Apple offers free laser engraving so you can customize your purchase. With the holidays upon us, the iPod is a good last-minute gift, and an engraved iPod is an even better one, as you can write a personalized message. Apple recommends “No more silent nights” as an engraving, among other messages.

Engraving An iPod Forfeits The Ability To Return It
Engraving An iPod Forfeits The Ability To Return It

Though this may seem like a no-brainer for many, there is a catch: When you take advantage of the free engraving option on your new iPod, you forfeit your right to return it.

After you select which iPod you want to purchase on the website, you are taken to a page to select your free engraving. A message on the page states, “Please make sure that everything is spelled correctly as your engraved order can’t be returned.”

Keeping your Apple receipt won’t help you this time, so it is important to only use the engraving feature if you are 100% sure you want it engraved and won’t need to return it. If you are giving a gift, it is worth double checking whether your intended recipient doesn’t already own an iPod or other digital music player. It would also be a shame to give an iPod for Christmas or Hannukah only to realize that another person gave the same recipient another engraved iPod.

Not having the ability to return an engraved iPod surely reduces its appeal, and it is probably going to result in some irate customers after Christmas. If you are giving an iPod this year, a personalized card may be a better option than the fancy laser engraving, tempting as it may be.