Last minute shoppers could still be in luck

By Morgan Thomas - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – With only a short time left before Christmas, shoppers who still have gifts to buy may be getting nervous about the selection left at East Texas stores.

Will that iPod my kid wants still be there?

What about those jeans for my husband?

For the most part, you're in luck.  "We have lots of sweaters and jeans.  Jewelry, we've got a great selection of jewelry still left," according to Clara Ainsworth, Lufkin JC Penney store manager.

Ainsworth said customers can relax because there's still a good selection of gifts.  She recommends clothing for men looking for gift ideas for that special lady.  "If they know the size, also, we have a lot of fragrance gift sets we can offer as well," Ainsworth said.

For the ladies who waited until the last minute to shop for their guy Ainsworth says the most popular item this year is 'jeans'. "'Jeans', and we still have a full selection, lots of styles."

Boots, robes and fluffy socks have been popular sellers this year, but if any of those items are on your list, the selection is dwindling.  And, you're pretty much out of luck when it comes to special seasonal items.

"The hot items are always the remote control cars and the remote control helicopters that we sale which is not something we sell day in and day out."  Best Buy's Jeremy Gilliam said certain products were gone the minute they hit store shelves. "X-Box Connect, we couldn't keep that in stock.  The Amazon Kindle, the Sony E-Reader, The Nook.  Those things were flying off the shelves," according to Gilliam.  However, there's still a chance to get the coveted iPods and iPads.  "We are going to be getting some shipments in tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday). We're going to be getting shipments in until Christmas Eve."

The best news for shoppers who procrastinate could be extended hours.  "Call us and see if we have it in so you don't have to waste your time coming up here," Gilliam said.

JC Penney will be open until 11 Wednesday and Thursday nights and will open early Christmas Eve.

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