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Holiday shoppers hit local stores for last-minute purchases

Posted at 10:44 PM, Dec 24, 2018

The countdown to Christmas is almost over, but some shoppers still waited until the last minute to stock up on presents and food.

Some people said they waited until the day before Christmas to do their shopping because they were too busy before or because they didn’t know what to buy.

Lucky for them a few name brand stores were open for most of Christmas Eve.

With a flight from Oregon to San Luis Obispo to make this morning, Scott Bishop decided to pack light and save Christmas shopping for the Central Coast.

He instead picked up toys for his kids at the Target in SLO.

“We got a puzzle for our daughter and a train for our son,” said Scott Bishop, a holiday shopper from Portland, Oregon.

Pismo Beach resident Nicole Rafelson bought last-minute presents like pajamas and toy trucks for her Secret Santa gift exchange.

She said she wasn’t able to find the right gift until Christmas Eve.

“I couldn’t really find anything, to be honest,” said Nicole Rafelson, a Pismo Beach. “San Luis Obispo was our last stop, so I found everything here that I needed.”

While some load carts with presents, others filled bags with food for a Christmas feast.

“We’re just opening stockings and having bagels and scrambled eggs,” said Ashley Bennett, a holiday shopper.

“I just got all my last-minute things and I just bought dinner since it is the last night and I’m ready to go home,” said Cyndi Malmen, a resident of Cayucos.

Whether you finished your shopping hours before the big day or a month earlier, most people were ready to have a merry and bright holiday.

If you still haven’t checked everything off your list, it might be difficult to do so.

Most stores will be closed Christmas Day.

However, stories like Rite Aid, Ralphs and Albertsons will be open for select hours. Make sure you call ahead if you still plan to shop.