Last minute Christmas shoppers hit the stores

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The clock is ticking down to Christmas day, but if you are still looking for gifts you may be in luck.

A few stores are staying open extra hours to help out those last minute shoppers.

“I’m pretty much done. I’m kind of just getting the last minute things,” said shopper Catie Cardwell.

It’s the season of giving. Many shoppers, like Cardwell, are hoping to find the perfect gift. For many people, procrastinating in finding those gifts is becoming a Christmas tradition.

holiday shopper

“I’m really bad about being a last minute person, so yes this is always something that happens every year,” she said.

WATE 6 On Your Side also talked to shopper Kelly Headrick. She was hunting for the last few gifts on her list.

“Two left, that’s all! I always have good intentions every year, hope to do it early, but I’m usually always last minute picking up the last few things,” she said.

Many shoppers have hit the stores taking advantage of extended hours in some places.

Kohl’s opened Friday for a 100 hour spree. They are not closing their doors until 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

khols shopper

Toys R Us will be open for 39 hours straight, closing at 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve.

“It’s amazing. Seems like the stores are open longer and longer every year and even though that’s helpful I wish that people could be home with their families a little bit more,” said Headrick.

If you are expecting to fight the crowds to find what you want, some say those extra shopping hours could actually be helping out.

“Actually coming down here, I was really hesitant but it’s not that bad at all. It didn’t take me near as long as I thought it would,” said Cardwell.

“It’s been pretty busy but not as bad as I expected,” said Headrick.

Stores are expecting plenty of shoppers Wednesday too, but they say the crowds are usually smaller on Christmas Eve.

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