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Shoppers still looking for Christmas gifts as holiday approaches


Eau Claire (WQOW) - For some people, the weekend before Christmas is all about travel. But for some area residents, there are still a few more gifts to buy, wrap, and tuck under the tree. We talked to some of those last minute shoppers about what they still have left on their list.

Christmas shopping isn't quite done for everyone in the Chippewa Valley.

"Lots of people looking around for little gifts, to give to coworkers, to give to teachers...something special, something a little out of the ordinary," said Jake Lindgren, Sales Associate at Avalon Floral.

And stores are expecting to stay busy as the shopping continues.

"A lot of sense of urgency, we're expecting that today, and definitely on Monday. We are open on Monday. We're open until one, so I'm sure we'll see those customers coming in in a rush," Lindgren said.

Shoppers we spoke to had different explanations for the last minute spending.

"School went until the 17th, that was just a lot of big projects and tests, you know, busy things. And then I was visiting family right after that got done, so now all of a sudden I'm going "Oh!! It's almost Christmas, shoot! I've got to get my shopping done! It just totally snuck up on me this year," said Megan Reynolds of Eau Claire.

"There's no reason other than procrastination," said Joe Larson, also of Eau Claire.

Then there's anxiety of shopping the weekend before Christmas.

"I'm afraid that I won't find that perfect thing that I'm looking for. You know, things are going to be sold out, or not going to get the best deals because I already missed the big shopping sales. I'm just hoping I find what I need," Reynolds said.

And finding that last perfect item means some shoppers will be back again shopping on Sunday.

"I'm hoping today and tomorrow. Tomorrow is kind of my cut-off date. You need at least one day to wrap the presents, relax a little bit. So tomorrow is definitely going to be the last day for me," said Reynolds.

So what's the most popular item for people running out of time? Over 60 percent of people say they'll grab a gift card as a last second present according to Consumer Reports.

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