NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s down to the wire for Christmas shopping.

Many stores extended their hours Christmas Eve to accommodate the last minute shoppers.

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A small crowd gathered in front of Macy’s Herald Square waiting for it to open at 7 a.m., reported CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas.

“I still have lots to do. I started early. I want to be finished at 12 and relax for the day,” said Beatrice Augustyniak, a tourist from Ireland.

“I’m a procrastinator so I wait to the last minute, and it’s kind of exciting,” said Jamaica resident Tanisha Pengel.

For Michelle Reed, last minute shopping is stressful.

“It’s very frustrating trying to find the right items in very little time,” Reed said.

According to the National Retail Federation, seven percent of holiday shoppers wait until Christmas Eve to buy their gifts.

“Just little things. Nothing major. Stocking stuffers for our kids,” Andrea Kirkwood and Diedra Junker, both from North Carolina, told Cline-Thomas.

Pengel said it’s best to come up with a plan.

“I just got off the train. I hit two stores and I’m on my way to way to work. That’s it, I’m done. I wrapped everything last night. I have two more things to wrap and I’m set,” she said.

There’s still a few hours left to cross every name off your list.


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