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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Patch wants to help you be prepared for these three last days leading up to Christmas! Check out some ideas on how or what to buy for that someone special and what to expect if you're out among other last-minute shoppers!

Have you procrastinated purchasing those Christmas gifts this year, or do you love the hustle and bustle of last-minute shopping? 

Whatever the case, Arlington Heights Patch has compiled a list of ideas and tips to help you brave the malls, retail stores, or even online to finish up your gift purchases.

First, don't feel alone! Roughly 77 percent of people still have Christmas shopping left to do as we enter the weekend before Christmas on Tuesday, according to Daily Finance. 

Prepare for "Super Saturday"

Behind Black Friday, the Saturday before Christmas, dubbed "Super Saturday," is the second busiest shopping day of the year, according to ShopperTrak. 

Prepare for empty shelves, increase shipping charges, and packed parking lots and malls. 

Quick Buys In-Store

Among the suggestions from Patch Local Voice Mary Deruz are . 

Shop Online

Or, if you want to avoid the crowds all together, shopping online at sites such as Amazon and Overstock.com can be quick and easy. 

There are 16 stores you can order online from that could still deliver gifts you purchase by Christmas, according to Yahoo Shopping. 

And if you're late on placing that order and can't get it delivered by Christmas, you can always print out a picture of the gift and wrap it up in a big box! 

If You Do Brave the Malls and Stores....

If you're ready to jump into the fold of crazed shoppers, according to ABC News, there are some fantastic deals out there from electronics and toys, to clothing and home decor items.

However you choose to tackle it, be sure to have a very Merry Christmas! 

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