Metro Detroit residents squeeze in last-minute holiday shopping before Christmas

Pandemic makes a different holiday shopping rush

With Santa’s big arrival approaching, shoppers were still hoping to find the right present to place under the tree.

“I needed the funds available to even do shopping this year. So that became available and now I’m trying to do it,” said Damien Lindsey.

“Everything is gone. We should have done this two or three weeks ago,” said Tracey Snead

For some, the task is turning into a massive headache.

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“It’s hectic because I just got off of work and I did no shopping at all. I have my daughter so I’m trying to find something like right now,” Lindsey said

“It’s kind of hard because everything is closed now and it’s early. It’s Christmas Eve,” said Terrion Snead.

With the stores likely to be closed for Christmas, a few people might be disappointed when looking into their stocking. Those who have seen this trend year after year said the last-minute shopping wave is lacking compared to year’s past.

“I noticed COVID has really downsized the customers. (Holiday shopping) is not as fluent as it was in the past,” said K&G salesman Sydney Spight.

But the hunt still continues.

“It’s so hectic with the quarantine and everything and everybody is trying to get their last-minute stuff in,” Lindsey said.

“Next year, we can all get together, look behind and say ‘It’s over.’ Hopefully it’s over with,” Spight said.