Last minute holiday shopping

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Do you still have Christmas shopping to do? If so, don’t worry too much you are not alone.

The week before Christmas is known as ‘Panic Week’ for retailers where last minute shoppers are rushing to get their holiday gifts.

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According to data from Womply, a data science firm, the Friday and Saturday before Christmas are bigger sales days for local retailers than Black Friday or Small Business Saturday.

Brandin Brosh, owner of Charisma Boutique in Ocean Springs, says she’s seen an influx of last minute shoppers and they have even extended their store hours to help accommodate people looking for gifts. “Especially because Thanksgiving was so late this year, people didn’t realize how close it was to Christmas. So now we have definitely seen an uptick from the people coming and shopping even in the cold and the rain, they have been out and they have been trying to get their last minute gifts in.”

The good news is that many stores are having holiday sales, including Charisma in Ocean Springs.

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