He was among many shoppers caught up in the last-minute frenzy Saturday at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh.
Even those who came equipped with a prepared gift list found the first task was to find a parking spot. Charmayne Heyward parked about two or three blocks away before venturing inside to brave the crowds to shop for her teenage son.
"He's always on the naughty list, but I had to get him something," she said. "It's a good little haul.
Those who still have shopping to do will need patience. Many stores will have extended hours through Christmas Eve, but as the clock ticks, more and more procrastinators will head to the stores.
"Plan ahead, and be ready to wait. Eat a good lunch. Have a glass of water and your walking shoes ready," one shopper recommended.
Copyright 2023 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.