Shoppers hit the malls for last minute Christmas shopping

Posted at 8:12 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 21:12:13-05

WAUWATOSA, WI - With Christmas just over a week away shoppers are piling into stores, hunting for deals, and anxiously trying to scratch off any names they have left on their Christmas shopping lists. 

“I just kept putting it off and putting it off and I thought I could get some last minute deals on Amazon," said Laura Lamers. 

"But I don’t think that’s the case this year," she also said.

With just ten days until Christmas, the foot traffic at Mayfair Mall Friday was steadily flowing, but most shoppers said it isn’t crunch time just yet. 

“This is not last minute Christmas shopping," Dan Pilon said. 

"We got a whole week to go," he also said.  

Some people argue they still have one or two names on their list and the race to beat the clock is on. 

“I haven’t shopped for my husband, he hasn’t given me any clues," Pamela Bronk said. 

But whether you’re shopping for one or a couple of little ones, a survey by Prosper Insights & Analytics predicts the average consumer plans to spend about $1,000 on gifts this holiday shopping season, and a shopper dressed as Santa suggests its always best to shop a smile. 

“That’s my favorite part," Dan Pilon said.  "Everybody smiles."

According to Mayfair Mall officials, on an average Friday, about 40,000 shoppers walk through the mall doors, but on the second to last Friday before Christmas, December 15, they expect the numbers will be a lot higher.