Last-minute shopping deals

More than half of you (56 percent) completed your Christmas shopping prior to this week, but almost 20 percent of you haven’t even started yet, according to a Consumer Reports holiday shopping poll. That means many of you will be out this week, with 1 in 10 people hitting the stores Christmas Eve.

For those waiting until the last minute to complete your holiday shopping list, here’s some info on what’s open when.

ToysRUs (open until 9 or 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, depending on location): Some of the current sale prices may not be valid through Friday, but you can sign up for their mobile alerts to get Deals of the Day sent to your phone through Christmas.

Walmart (many will stay open until 8 p.m., but call your local store): Sales include a $225 8GB iPod touch with a bonus $50 iTunes gift card and a Toshiba Satellite 15.6″ Dual Core Laptop for $398.

Target (most open until 7 p.m., depending on location): Sales include a free $40 Target gift card with purchase of an 8GB iPod touch and a free $20 Target gift card with purchase of a $299.99 Xbox 360 Kinect bundle.

Best Buy (open until 5 p.m.): Order online by 3 p.m. Friday to pick up purchases in store later that day. Get a free smartphone, with options including the Droid Incredible, with purchase of a two-year plan. You can also buy an HP Laptop with AMD Athlon II Processor and 14″ Display for $349.99.

Alternative shopping

If you’re a pro at shopping on Christmas Eve, you already know this, but for the rest of you: Convenience stores sometimes house great gifts, or at least stocking stuffers when you’re in a crunch. One-stop shopping for gift cards, cosmetics, candy and small electronics can save you hours of shopping time. Consider your local Walgreens, CVS, grocery store or even gas station depending on how tight you are on time.

Check out this video of Feast Shop New York Editor TIffany Davis, who shops for her entire extended family at CVS — in one hour. The batteries are a bit of a stretch for me. But it’ll give you a better idea of the goodies you can find if you’re on the lookout.

Where are you searching for gifts on Friday? Are there non-traditional places you like to find presents?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

See a great deal I should know about? Email me at ldavidson@ajc.com. You can also follow me on Facebook or on Twitter @atlbargains.

9 comments Add your comment

smh728

December 23rd, 2010
8:17 am

Old Navy is staying open, round the clock starting today until 7p Christmas Eve.

Ted Striker

December 23rd, 2010
9:31 am

I completed shopping early this year and here’s how. The only “big” gift this year is a large screen HDTV for my parents.

This leaves only my nieces/nephews and sisters’ and their husbands. Last year I spent around $800 and countless hours shopping for them. This year each sister’s family is receiving one gift and a card indicating that a contribution was made to the NE Ga Food bank in their honor.

joe

December 23rd, 2010
10:22 am

Can’t you just picture the look on Ted’s brothers-in-law faces upon receiving their donation cards…priceless. Ba Humbug.

Lauren Davidson

December 23rd, 2010
10:31 am

@smh728: Old Navy is a good store to mention. It’s easy to run in there with little time and grab some scarves or gloves for people.

toasty toes

December 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

Re: Old Navy. I went the other day to return something…the gal at the checkout asked if I wanted her to scan my bill from the other day and see what was on sale. She handed me $13 dollars. It was nice shopping karma!

atlmom

December 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

@Toasty: WOW, that’s awesome. I mean, the place is great to begin with for the kid’s stuff…no joke, but really…that’s some great customer service. The only thing I’m not so fond of is that sometimes they have music on that’s REALLY loud. And I’m old. So who wants that?
@Ted: isn’t that the christmas spirit? Hmmm….(being Jewish, well, I’m all done with my holiday stuff…;) Not that I did much of anything).

Amanda O

December 23rd, 2010
6:54 pm

I’d rather have a card for a charity donation than a bunch of overpriced useless junk from CVS.

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