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Last-minute Christmas shoppers rush to stores

HOUSTON – It's officially too late to order those last-minute gifts online without paying some pretty hefty shipping charges, so many people are resorting to buying those gifts in person.

The lines are long, and the parking lots are packed. The mad dash is on, and the countdown to Christmas has begun.

"It took me 35 minutes to find a parking spot," shopper Tex Christopher said.

"Hectic, parking has been crazy. You can't get in anywhere. I had to get back on the feeder just to get into Macy's," shopper Charlie Muray said.

Procrastinators alike, hitting Memorial City Mall for those last-minute gifts.

"A Texans shirt and some house slippers for my grandmother and grandfather," one shopper said.

Some shoppers are saying never again.

"Don't procrastinate again," Muray said.

But for some, the late shopping may pay off. Many stores are offering huge sales hoping to lure in the undecided shoppers.

But decided or undecided, with the heavy traffic both inside and out, decide to bring some patience if you're heading out. That's something you'll want to unwrap sooner rather than later.

Memorial City Mall will be open until 10 p.m. Friday. Some stores like Kohl's and Toys 'R Us are staying open all night.

She's made her list, and she's checked it twice. Sajay Dalton is ticking off the final items on here Christmas list at Kohl's.

"I'm shopping for my mom, some shoes for Christmas, my brother, some pants and for my sister, a jacket," Dalton said.

Dalton's been working a lot, which is why she's shopping so late, but she's almost done.

"Go home an relax finally, well wrap finally, and then relax," Dalton said.

And this shopper also excited, but she says it's for the savings.

"I was like everyone has to have at least two gifts, but it was an amazing deal. I got some great deals tonight," Heather Ortega said.

Heather Ortega says a last minute decision is why she waited until Friday.

"We're not big on gifts, and so I was like I'm not going to get anyone, we're just going to be together, and that's enough for me. But I was like you know what, I'm going to just treat everyone and get something really nice," Ortega said.

But over at Memorial City Mall it was quite a different scene and atmosphere. Shoppers were frustrated over the frenzy saying they'll never wait this late again.

"Don't wait til the last minute and be prepared to wait around," Charlie Muray said.

Others saying it's adds to the spirit of the season.

"It's a mad house, but it's a lot of fun to see everybody out here, everybody is excited and shopping," Tex Christopher said.