Last-Minute Shopping Crucial For Shoppers & Businesses

By Corinne Rose

December 24, 2012 Updated Dec 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - While Christmas Eve is traditionally a night where families gather together, there are thousands of people in Fort Wayne scrambling to buy last-minute gifts.

Store management at the Target on Coldwater Road says it's been a solid holiday shopping season; the most popular gifts sold have been electronics and toys.

Procrastinating customers were busy purchasing gifts for a variety of reason.

Amanda Pasche says she had to wait until the last minute to shop because she works in retail, and has not had time to do her own shopping.

"Whatever's left is what I had to choose from," Pasche said. "Basically pay the price for waiting."

Sometimes the last-minute shopping is to even out the number of gifts for your children.

Heather Martin has five children, and says she went against the clock to make sure everything was even.

"I was a little heavy on one (child) and not so much on the others." Martin laughed. "I had to come back in a do a little fixer-uppers."

Target at Coldwater is open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Even and opens at 7 a.m. on Dec. 26, when the influx of returns begins.

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