"It's been busy", Johnson said, as the store mascot, Tilly the cat, walked toward the front entrance to welcome a customer.
"Gift cards can be creatively wrapped to make the gift a more personal one", she said.
"Most of my shopping is done at the last minute", Booker said. "I'll never do that again".
Some parents were out checking off the last items on their children's lists ahead of Christmas on Monday. This weekend, the National Retail Federation said Saturday will be the single busiest shopping day of the year. Five percent of those surveyed said they will still be shopping for gifts after December 25.
- With the Christmas weekend here, holiday shoppers are out in full force.
"Even though many consumers got a head start with holiday shopping early in the season, millions more are leaving their gift buying to the last minute and beyond", Matthew Shaw, CEO of the retail group, said in a statement.
Responding to online shopping's growth, Walmart is touting online same-day pickup until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve to help procrastinators.
A number of reasons have contributed to the last-minute frantic rush, according to the NRF. "I'm buying my last minute gifts for them right now".
Ashley Knox, senior marketing manager at South Plains Mall, said she has been a last-minute shopper herself this year, but that the mall has made what could be stressful a bit easier.
Walgreens: Except 24-hour locations, open 8 a.m. -6 p.m.
Finding a parking spot was the real Christmas miracle Friday night at places like the Greenville Mall, as thousands of shoppers took to stores to wrap-up their holiday shopping. Some of the mall's anchor stores hours will vary.
Get The Point of Sale News once a month, once a week or once a day. Columbus shoppers say they're going to try their best to no wait until the last minute next year, but they say old habits do die hard. "No doubt", said Malatesta, 29, a veteran procrastinator who plans to hit the ground running early Saturday at Willow Grove Park and Montgomery Malls, in that order, to finish shopping so he can devote all Sunday to the NFL.