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Last-minute shoppers don’t despair

If you’re like 34-year-old Kendra Burrows, every Christmas you have the same routine: you wait until the last minute to purchase Christmas gifts.

For Kendra, it’s the norm and frankly “no big deal”.  But for “normal” shoppers, picking up last-minute gifts can easily become frustrating and overwhelming. But Burrows, a self-proclaimed experienced last-minute shopper, assures that it doesn’t have to be a nightmarish experience.

So, if you find yourself on Christmas Eve with a list of people to shop for, don’t panic. Burrows says she puts on her comfortable shoes and sets out.

“Last minute shop- ping does not have to be as hard as you think. Take it from me, I do this all the time,” Burrows says.

So what constitutes a last-minute shopper: anyone who, up to a week before Christmas, has yet to buy a single gift. To be a last-minute shopper, one of the most important things a person needs to have is time, according to Burrows.

“You never know how long it will take for you to find everything you are looking for. My last minute shopping experiences can take all day sometimes. One year I shopped from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. That was 2009 Christmas. The mall didn’t close until 12 a.m. I got done just in time to get home and countdown with my family,” Burrows brags.

On the other hand, Burrows said sometimes she gets lucky and finds everything she needs in less than three hours. “I just get a rush when I’m shopping at the last minute. I like the hustle of it,” says Burrows.

However, she warns that there are some drawbacks to last-minute shopping. For instance, traffic is always a nightmare and it’s harder to get individualized help in some of the stores.

For those who may be new to last minute shopping or others who haven’t quite gotten the hang of it, Burrows offers her top five tips.

1. You have to be decisive. If you take too much time to mull over a gift someone else may snatch it from you.

2. You have to have a plan. You can’t go in a store without a clue of what you are going to purchase.

3. Avoid the busiest stores if you can. Big shopping centers like the mall can easily overwhelm someone who is starting from scratch.

4. Wear comfortable shoes. You may find yourself doing a lot of walking.

5. Do not allow yourself to get distracted by shopping for yourself. At the end of the day you may find yourself with bags full of goodies for yourself and nothing for others.

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