Tips for last-minute holiday shoppers

Posted at 3:45 PM, Dec 17, 2015

If you’re heading out to buy last-minute Christmas gifts this weekend, you’re not alone.

A recent study from RetailMeNot, a website that catalogs deals from around the Internet, released a study that found 91 percent of shoppers still have presents to purchase.

Rebekah George, an editor with RetailMeNot, said that’s because almost half of shoppers—44 percent-- said they just don’t know what to buy for people on their lists. Others cited time and budget constraints.

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George said Baltimore shoppers—58 percent, according to RetailMeNot’s survey—prefer going into the big box stores, likely because they feel that’s where they can get the best deals.

And at this point, shopping online could be a gamble because you may have missed free shipping deadlines, and there’s no guarantee your gift will arrive in time, George said.

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“If you are heading out the door, check with those stores, because a lot of stores are doing buy online, pick up in store. Even Target, for instance, offers buy online, pick up curbside,” George said.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with a gift card, she added.

“Sixty-seven percent of consumers actually prefer them,” George said.

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