Amazon is working on a solution that could revolutionize digital gift buying. 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 has received a patent for a process that would allow people to return gifts more easily — essentially, before they're even received. The patent would allow users to indicate that they wanted to convert all gifts from a certain friend or relative — the Washington Post dubs her "poor Aunt Mildred" in its description of the patent — before they are sent.

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