Last Minute Local Christmas Shopping

The final countdown begins...just a few hours of shopping left before Christmas.

Some are still scrambling to find that perfect gift.

There are those that are thinking buy unique and buy the Big O.

Cathy and Elizabeth Squires are looking for unique last minute gifts.
So they came to Mangelsen's near 84th & Hascall.

The store has been a favorite shopping stop over the last fifty years.

“We have many people that share stories about their time here as a little girl or a little boy, they come back as adults and bring their own kids,” Kelly Lee of Mangelsen's said.

So why not shop the malls?

“Because its too much,” Cathy Squires said. “Its stressful. This is relaxing to visit and come walk through here.”

“I think it's the personal touch that we offer,” Lee said. “We do know many of our customers by name because many of us have been here for years so we recognize faces from year to year.”

Anne Brewer is looking for one of a kind items at the Imaginarium in Benson.

She already did her Christmas shopping...on line.

“Just the hassle at malls and when places on line are offering free shipping, there's no reason to go stand in line I think I'd just do it from my pajamas at home,” Brewer said.

At these thrift stores and specialty shops you can find things you can't find anywhere else.

“We just had a young boy come in and bought a Wizard of Oz doll for his grandpa because his grandpa loves the movie,” Sarah Luchsinger of the Imaginarium said. “He said he wanted to give his grandfather some thing special.”

Finding that one gift you know won't be returned..

“There's a thrift store right down the street that I found an ET lamp at,” Anne Brewer said. “Our house is definitely very eclectic.”

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