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Last-Minute Gift-Giving Hacks

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    Randy Mac has tips for last-minute Christmas gift shoppers on NBC4 News on Dec. 23, 2017. (Published Friday, Dec. 23, 2016)

    The holidays are almost upon us and there’s a lot of us still panicking about the perfect gift for someone on our list.

    With one day left until Christmas, Randy Mac has your back -- he’s got a cheat sheet for last-minute shopping.

    You’re going down our list, checking it twice. You say “Oh my God, I forgot something for Aunt Edna.”

    What do you do?

    Here’s our cheat sheet:

    • No clothes -- they take too long to shop for.
    • No online orders because they’ll never get here in time.
    • Go online and reserve at a local store. That way you know it’ll be in stock when you get there, all you have to do is pick it up from the customer service counter.
    • Go really late. Crowds thin out on Christmas Eve and it’s much easier to get in and out of stores in those final hours. Think between 7 and 9 p.m. It’s cutting it close but you’ll make up the time in the store.

    Forget about last-minute, let’s talk last-second. If you really procrastinate and you’re in a panic, here’s what you do:

    • Re-gift something. You have to be a little sneaky with this one. Make sure it doesn’t get back to the person who gave it to you.
    • Option two is the better one: get them a gift card to a store they’ll actually like. Gift cards are a little impersonal so here’s the trick -- pair it with something else. Go to their favorite coffee shop and buy them a mug. Put it together and bam! Merry Christmas!

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