Best places for last-minute shopping (Dec. 22, 23, 24)

December 21, 2007

My husband’s bummed (or at least he SAYS he’s bummed) that he missed out entirely on Christmas shopping this year.  And it’s true — in years past I gave him a section of our list, only to learn on Dec. 24 that he’d not gotten around to it yet.  So, although I’m the type who shops early, I was also forced to be the type who shopped late.

There are a couple strategies for this.  One neighbor goes out during the last week before Christmas nightly after the kids are in bed — she sets out around 9 p.m. on power-shopping odysseys that last until 11:30 p.m. or later; she can tell rattle off the closing times of every big-box and department store around.  This year she took her teenage daughter along one night together as a bonding experience.

Another friend and her husband put on their holiday best at around noon on Christmas Eve and head out for the malls to see what the last-minute sales are — and then they go straight to their daughter’s house for the family celebration.   (If you’re this type of shopper, check out the article in from a couple of days ago in the Post-Dispatch about the most family-friendly malls in the metro area.)  Their favorite place for last-minute deals?  Plaza Frontenac.
My preferred method is to avoid the malls and go to a neighborhood where there are plenty of diverse shops within walking distance of each other and some nice Christmas decorations to boot: I usually choose The Loop, although downtown is starting to fit this description more and more.   You have to be flexible — you might not find the specific items on your list, but you’ll definitely find something for the people on your list. Examples from years past included an Axis of Evil fingerpuppet set for my brother (Phoenix Rising), a one-eyed stuffed alien toy for a sci-fi-loving girlfriend (Star Clipper) and a couple of subversive t-shirts (RinaWear).

This year I’ve let the hubby talk me into something new: end-of-year car shopping.  For the first time ever, I’m actually paying attention to those cheesy ads where the cars have big red bows on top.  So far the kids aren’t impressed; they’d rather be chilling in the family restroom out at West County Center.

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One Response to “Best places for last-minute shopping (Dec. 22, 23, 24)”

  1. Heather Says:

    Great blog Amy! We’re doing some last minute Christmas shopping too!! Have a Merry Christmas!!!

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