Last minute holiday shoppers crowd local stores

With just six days left until Christmas, procrastinators everywhere are working to cross off the last items on their Christmas lists.

"There's a list in my head and I'm ready to go," said Christi Holms who was shopping at Kohl's Saturday afternoon.

Holmes may be ready to go, but the crowds at Kohl's are slowing some shoppers down.

"It's pretty crazy. I came in here and I wasn't expecting it to be this busy, but then I got in line over there and then I moved over here cause it was so long," Kendall Grier who was also at the department store said.

Even though most Americans do about half of their holiday shopping online these days, the National Retail Federation said about 90 percent of holiday shoppers still have items to check off their holiday list.

"The plan is I've got a one year old and a three year old, so one-stop shop is ideal, especially last minute shopping," said Nadia Ramirez who was picking up some last minute items with her family in tow. 

On average holiday shoppers will spend $460 on gifts for family members. So what advice do shoppers have for those yet to hit the stores?

"Stay hydrated and comfy shoes," Ramirez said.

"Take a deep breath, walk into the store and just be ready to wait," said Holmes.

"Bring comfortable shoes because you're going to be waiting in line," Grier said. 

Some stores, like Kohl's, will be open 24 hours until Christmas Eve to help shoppers who want to get their gifts during off hours, but even if you hit the shops at night be prepared for a crowd.

"It's just kind of high stress coming in because you have to wait in lots of long lines," said Holmes.

Why do so many people wait until the last minute to get their holiday shopping done?

"I do this every year, so hopefully I can get it done," said Grier.

"Little bit less feeling like it's a holiday. It's just coming faster than normal," Holmes said.

"Last minute shopping is never intentional or planned. It just so happens to be that way and we did get a lot of stuff early, but it's just you run out of time and for whatever reason this season creeped up quickly," said Ramirez.

Only about 10 percent of shoppers say they have finished buying holiday gifts. The biggest reason people say they haven't finished, they are still trying to decide what to buy.

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