Shoppers hit the stores for last minute gifts

By KBJR News 1

December 21, 2013 Updated Dec 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- With only four shopping days left until Christmas, people were hitting the mall and downtown Duluth to find those last minute gifts.

Finding the perfect gift just a few days before the holiday can be stressful.

"The holidays are very stressful of course, you want to make sure you get just that right gift for your aunts and your uncles, the neighbors and the bus drivers. You don't want to forget somebody," said Daniel Palmer a shopper from Hayward.

One business in downtown Duluth is prepared to help you find the right item for that special someone in a pinch.

"The last minute shoppers have started, we had one gal, the first gal needed 15 gifts, we helped her out, we gift wrapped them and she in on her way," said Tami LaPole Edmunds, owner of Art in the Ally.

"I have a lot of girls that I shop for, for work, and its buy one get one free so here I am," said Chana Stocke.

From hand warmers to scarves, Art in the Ally had some deals for shoppers to take advantage of.

"We do have specials for last minute shoppers, we are doing a buy one get one free, not something we typically do at Art in the Ally, but its Christmas we want to pass on some good shopping values for our customers and make it an easy place to buy gifts," said Edmunds.

Others headed to the mall to finish up their holiday shopping.

"I came today to do some last minute shopping for my wife and my three daughters so try to find something for them. Right now it's so crowded so I'm just trying to get in and get out," said John Burch.

Some people say it's rare for them to do their holiday shopping so late.

"I'm usually not a last minute shopper, but this year I am for some reason, I think maybe because of the snow storm or the extreme cold," said Stocke.

Others say it's part of their holiday routine.

"This early, I like Christmas Eve shopping," said Palmer.

The Miller Hill Mall in Duluth will be open from 8am to 6pm Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.

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