Tis' the season for last minute shoppers

Tis' the season for last minute shoppers

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With just days left to Christmas, many are still working to check off their gift lists. The Mall of Louisiana was packed all weekend long, with BRPD officers working traffic to keep it from backing up.

Monday, the mall had several people inside with majority walking around on a mission --- check off those lists.

"We're shopping for Christmas gifts, last-minute," said Clifford Melius, who was out shopping with his daughter.

"I'm shopping for my mom and showing him where to go," said Melius' daughter Anna Grace.

The National Retail Federation predicts up to 90 percent of people are waiting till the last minute to finish shopping this year. They predict sales this year will increase compared to last year, with up to $630 billion in total spendings. It adds online shopping will increase between six and eight percent compared to last year.

"It's easier because you can get online and get the same sales you get in the store, and it'll come right to your front door so you don't have to fight the traffic or crowds," said Shundra Hatch.

Hatch said she was trying to finish shopping before Christmas even though she did some shopping online.

Meanwhile, retailers have signs up for sales with up to 75 percent off.

Hoda Essa with Lush said they did very well over the past weekend and expect a busy week ahead.

"This week I'm expecting the same energy we had this weekend like the customers running into the mall, some of our last-minute shoppers," said Essa. "Sales were really really good. We did phenomenally well and we did a lot better than I expected for us to do."

Lush sells bath accessories such as soaps, bubbles and even bath bombs, something that's not your typical gift. It's why Essa says their store has been so busy with a line of customers waiting to check-out.

"I think this year has been one of our most booming Christmases to say the least," said Essa.

Many people said Christmas feels like it came too quickly, which is another reason they're behind on their shopping, adding it's simply too warm to feel like it's December.

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