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Last Minute Shoppers Crowd Area Malls

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By:  Melina Matthes
MMatthes@kptm.com

OMAHA (kptm) - Only hours until Christmas day, the malls were all packed with last minute shoppers. 

So who is among those still searching for the perfect something?

If the parking lot at Westroads mall was any indication of how many last minute shoppers were inside, many would've gone the other way.  However, those who had to find something had no choice other than battling the crowds.

The tree is up, the garland is hung.
But for these people, shopping has just begun.

"Just doing some last minute shopping for mom," Brandon Dittiger said.

"Getting my wife a Christmas present," Shyne Harder said.

"Doing some last minute shopping for family.  I actually just wish I could say I'm just having fun, but nope just Christmas shopping," Stephen Smith admitted.

"Well it's obviously Christmas eve and we've got shoppers out in full force and of course I hate to say that, but most of them are actually men out there shopping for their ladies, putting it off until the very last minute," Senior General Manager of Westroads mall, Jim Sadler said.

Many were full of cheer.
And others had no fear.

"Does she know you're out shopping right now?"  She thinks I'm still at work," Harder said.

But it wasn't just about finding the right gift.
It had to be perfect.  Would she like it?  Does it fit?
And for the men who have nothing at all.
These ladies know just what to get at the mall.

"Nice, cute little package from the jewelry store," Sally Keller said.

"A big stuffed animal," Cora Boese said.

"You can just do a big chocolate chip cookie," Ellen Junge said.

"Diamonds, ya, diamonds are good," Lindsay Serghini said.

A girl's best friend.
If you want to put shopping to an end.

If you missed your chance of getting the perfect gift at the mall while it was still open, your pickings are going to be a little slim.  There are a few convenient stores open, otherwise you could always shop online. 

Westroads mall officials say the stores will all be closed Wednesday.  However they will be open again Thursday morning. 

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