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Last minute shoppers take on the Quincy Mall

Last minute shoppers in Quincy were taking it down to the last minute.

At the Quincy Mall Wednesday, one type seemed to stick out more than others.

“I’m just doing some last minute shopping for my fiance,” Cody Stoneburner said.

Stoneburger isn’t the only guy out there utilizing the final hours to find her that perfect gift– as guys say, it’s not that easy.

“Uh, it’s been a little hectic, but luckily I’ve had help from some of her friends on what to get,” Reed Wolfmeyer said.

“Yeah, I have one gift for her, but I don’t know,” Lucas Booher said. “I don’t know what to do. So I thought the one gift was enough, but she’s like oh, I have five gifts for you, so I’m like okay, I should get at least one more.”

Seven percent of men didn’t even start shopping for Christmas until last week, according to fortune magazine–leaving some men with a lot to do in the last few hours of the mall being open.

“Think we should just go ask for help?” Booher said. “Is that her size? It’s a small. Alright, I’m gonna go with it. It’s that easy. Got the Christmas shopping done and hopefully the girlfriends are happy.”

It’s a trend on Christmas Eve that store owner Stacy Gibson noticed, right away, when she opened her sports shop at 8 a.m.

“I’ve seen more men doing the last-minute shopping than women,” Gibson said. “A lot of men coming in and buying for the kids, buying for the wives and even shopping for themselves!”

Stressful for some, but routine for others.

“It’s quick, it’s four guys, I mean we get in and out as quick as we can,” Stoneburger said.

The Quincy mall closed Wednesday evening for the holidays, but will re-open Wednesday at 8 a.m.
The store will go back to normal hours on Thursday.

According to the NRF, 44 percent of consumers last-minute shop because they can’t decide what to buy.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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