7 Tips For Late Christmas Eve Shopping
On Monday, we mentioned 7 Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips to help shoppers find what they want with just days left to shop. Today, being that it is Christmas Eve, this means that your presents have been bought, wrapped, and sent off or awaiting your personal delivery on Christmas Day. Right?!
But what if you still have one more gift to go and you can’t get out to shop until after the sun goes down?
Well, you are in luck. A number of retailers will be burning the late night oil in a bid to serve last minute shoppers and anyone else who realizes that they forgot to get something for cranky Uncle Harry this Christmas.
Without endorsing particular retailers per se while still naming some or certain types of businesses, the following stores will remain open past the customary 6 p.m. Christmas Eve closing time tonight:
Drug Stores – Your favorite drug store chain is not only open late on Christmas Eve, but some are also open on Christmas Day! Visit your Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid retailer and you just may find that store packed with other late night, last minute shoppers. Expect shelves to be picked over and the choices slim.
Fast Food Restaurants – While most stores will call it quits by evening, a handful of proprietors will be open late, particularly those on well traveled interstates. You certainly won’t be buying someone a Happy Meal for a gift, but gift cards to McDonald’s can be a nice item. And now that Mickey D has some decent coffee options, Uncle Harry might appreciate that gesture too!
Movie Theaters – Some theaters are open late Christmas Eve and they’re also open on Christmas Day. For people who don’t mark Christmas, eating Chinese food and heading to the movies is an annual rite, so some will be open on the holiday too. Stop by a nearby movie complex and purchase passes to give as gifts.
Convenience Stores – Shopping at a 7/11, Circle K, or similar convenience store is often possible late Christmas Eve night. Just don’t expect to find any bargains and do expect to pay a premium for whatever you can get your hands on at that hour.
WalMart – Most WalMart stores are open until 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, with others closing at 6 p.m. A word of note: WalMart stores which are normally open around the clock will close down too, reopening the day after Christmas. Visit walmart.com to confirm store hours in your area.
Kmart – Visit Kmart.com to find out when this retailer closes their stores in your area. But, a quick look at Kmart locations near me has revealed that every store is open until 10 p.m. Amazing!
Online – Online retailers never close including those associated with brick and mortar businesses. This means that you can get a gift card at almost any hour although have a piece of plastic to present may not be possible. Instead, get ready to print out a receipt and included that within a Christmas card you can present on Christmas morning.
Lastly, if you’re skilled at building or baking something, your homemade gift can be a welcome item too. Besides, do you really want to hit the stores in full panic mode late this evening?
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