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Last-minute holiday shopping rush

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TYLER (KYTX) - Today is the last day before Christmas to cross everyone off your shopping list. If you've been procrastinating, you're not alone.

Places like Toys 'r' Us and Kohl's are staying open around the clock before Christmas to accommodate shoppers. Lots of other places around town have extended hours Christmas Eve, including Broadway Square Mall.

"Last-minute shopping... I was shopping for my aunt, my dad, mom, my brother- everybody." says Benjamin Smith.

He drove in from Palestine to finish Christmas shopping.

"I got Si from Duck Dynasty. Yeah, that was for my brother."

He says he had to wait until the money came in to cross everyone off his list.

"Well, I had to get paid first. I had to get paid to come shop."
With a little extra cash, he says he's slowly making progress.

"And, I got some cups and a cross- a cross for my mother. Hang some Jesus."

Daily Finance reports sticking to a list and keeping on budget is crucial when shopping time starts running low. Another piece of advice- shop early in the morning or late at night to avoid peak crowds.

"I just bought some sweaters for my brothers. But, this is for Christmas, for them to wear on Christmas."
Diana Valle says hitting the mall during opening hours with her sister has helped her fight the competition and find the deals.

"It's been good, yeah. It's kind of better because there's not that many people right now. That's why I wanted to come early."
Early in the day, but late in the holiday shopping season.

"Because there's always one person left to buy for." says Valle.

But she says by Christmas, she'll have all her gifts under the tree.

"I'm buying for my mom and dad because I've been with them all weekend, so I haven't really had time to buy for them."

Next year, she says she'll try to give herself a head start.

It's probably too late to shop online, but if you don't prefer in-store shopping, Daily Finance suggests you try do-it-yourself gifts. Everyone loves baked goods. Or, you can try making something like a picture frame that has some sentimental value in it.

For the person with everything, consider donating to a local charity in their name. There are plenty of non-profits needing help this time of year.


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