The clock is ticking for shoppers at the Hamilton Mall as some came in search of one last gift while others chose to wait to the last minute to start their holiday shopping.
Shoppers like Hank Rzasa, who says he starts and finishes his shopping on Christmas Eve every year.
"I started this morning at eight o’clock and I'll be done by one," said Rzasa. "I always come on Christmas Eve, it's a lot easier because there is less people, there’s not the big hustle and bustle. The girls are always here to wrap the gifts and you get good presents, nice buys, and good products."
And while Rzasa is a veteran last minute shopper, others experiencing the last minute rush for the first time have been pleasantly surprised.
"This is the first time I’ve waited to the last minute," said shopper Stacy Cooper. "I'm finding good deals, I’m still finding everything I want, I got my son his stuff, my grandkids stuff."
Not every shopper was facing a long Christmas list. Others came to the mall this Christmas Eve looking for one final gift to put the finishing touches on their month of shopping.
“Just last things I'm getting. I was shopping all through December, I thought I would just touch up on everything," said shopper Luke Witherspoon. "I found everything I needed."
And despite deadline shopping and stress going hand–in–hand, shoppers say their last day of gift hunting was enjoyable.
"There’s plenty of supplies, there’s lots of stores that are open, they have a lot of stuff in them," said Rzasa.
"I heard it was crazy on Christmas Eve but its been good down here, its not so bad," said Cooper.
And even during the hustle and bustle of Christmas Eve, all of the shoppers we spoke with say they were still able to find the perfect gift.
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