Last-minute Christmas shoppers hit stores in rush - KCTV5

Last-minute Christmas shoppers hit stores in rush

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SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

It sounds crazy to some and perfectly normal to others, last-minute shoppers scrambling to the stores to finish filling out their Christmas lists.

"Everywhere we have been today has been very quiet so I think most people are done," said Chari Pashman about 2 p.m. Tuesday. "It's been kind of nice actually not to have the crowds."

Pashman was visiting family from Evergreen, CO, and stopped into Walmart to pick up some DVDs. Her teenage daughter got dibs on one: a One Direction concert video.

"They are the hottest boy band in the world right now," explained 14-year-old Kelsey Pashman, "so I am obsessed."

Walmart closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Target stores closed at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. the same night, depending on the location. But those looking to shop later will not be out of luck.

Walgreen's stores nationwide closed at midnight Christmas Eve and reopened at 8 a.m. Christmas Day. The 24-hour locations will remain open throughout. Those looking for gifts will find plenty to pick from at the much-more-than-a-drugstore.

"Some kids are looking for the Furby Boom this year," said store manager Carolyn Bush. "It's hot and new and exciting."

And it's on the shelves at Walgreen's along with other trendy gifts and gimmicks. Chia gnomes give the old standby a hipster spin with the greenery as beard. A Hello Kitty Chia is a super kawaii version of the classic. The As Seen on TV wall has a host of interesting ideas.

"This is one of the hot items for the season," Bush said, pulling out The Potato Express. "Can't keep them on the shelf. My last one."

What looks like a giant baggie made from terry cloth purports to cook baked potatoes in the microwave to be far fluffier than the old way of baking them in the microwave alone.

The cooking contraptions were numerous and clever.

"We have a new item called Stuffs," said Bush, "which is where you can make stuffed hamburgers."

The Hello Kitty brand name was in abundance due to the upcoming 40th anniversary of its launch, which was lucky for Keith Campbell.

"My little girl is really excited about Hello Kitty," Campbell explained, "and today (Tuesday) she told me Santa Claus was going to bring her Hello Kitty lip gloss. So I am in the store picking up Hello Kitty lip gloss."

There's a sizable rack of gift cards, something you can find at most grocery and convenience stores as well.

To go with the gift card, you'll need a greeting card, and the ones at Walgreen's are from Hallmark, so a purchase will be supporting local jobs.

The drug store also offered Russell Stover chocolates, a hostess gift for that dinner invitation, from yet another locally-owned company with national recognition.

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