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Shoppers in North Alabama scramble to find last-minute Christmas presents

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Last-minute holiday shopping

Last-minute holiday shopping

Christmas is less than a week away, and some people in North Alabama are scrambling to get those last-minute Christmas presents.

A few shoppers at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville told WAAY 31 they just started their shopping Sunday. However, the majority said they're in the same boat as Lisa Ballance: just getting some last-minute stocking stuffers.

“This is the last few things we needed," Ballance said. "We tried to come yesterday, but the line was a little long, so we thought we’d come back on Sunday right when they opened at noon."

There were lines of people waiting to get in some of the stores, but for the most part, shoppers didn't have to wait any time to get inside.

“We waited until now because earlier in the month, it’s like, super crowded," said Jaida Chaney, "and so it’s better to shop close to Christmas than it is like during the beginning of the month."

Shoppers like Kevin and Amanda Davis were pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too crowded and plenty of items were in stock. The Davises live in the Shoals, so they were hoping there would still be options to choose from in the stores.

“I think the selection in Madison is a lot larger than what we have in the Florence area," said Kevin Davis.

Lauren Morgan and her kids have just about wrapped up their Christmas shopping with a week to spare. Morgan said she prefers shopping in-person rather than online.

“I wasn’t able to get out as quickly as everybody else, and then some of it was I wasn’t sure what to get them," she said.

Some shoppers told WAAY 31 that they prefer last-minute shopping because sometimes there are more items on sale then.

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