Last minute shoppers out and about this week

POSTED: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 3:51pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Some procrastinate.

"I wish I was done," said a Waco shopper.

Some just don't have a choice.

"This is just the first opportunity that wasn't a weekend," said another shopper.

But no matter what your excuse, states 41 percent of Americans will hold out until right before the holidays to do their Christmas shopping.

"It's been really very, very busy. You can tell in the store the guests are in that last minute swing that we just have a week to go," said Sharon Nelson, an executive at Target Greatland in Waco.

And the reasons vary.

43 percent believe last minute shopping holds the best deals, which is why Waco resident Mary Routly took her last minute checklist to Target Greatland.

"In fact I bought something here, that's another reason I'm here, and I saw in the Sunday's paper that it was like $25 cheaper. So I came back and bought it again and then I took the other one that I bought last week back," said Routly.

While 22 percent say they enjoy the rush of last minute buys.

According to the National Retail Federation, gift cards are among the most popular gifts this season.

"Gift cards. You know like for special people like hairdresser, paperboy," said Routly.

Other popular gifts include apparel, electronics, toys, jewelry and personal care items.

But when it comes to last chance shopping sometimes you take what you can get.

"I think that you get in that point where people will just finally realize, 'Hey we've got a week to go' and now they're just buying anything," said Nelson. 


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