Last minute shoppers out in full force

Dave Mathieson
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Kids always love to go on rides at the mall and three-year-old Ryha Wilkins is no exception. She rode the space shuttle while her mom Carrie Wilkins, (left) her grandmother, Joanne Booth, and her cousin, Katie Golderich-McFaul, took a break from shopping on Monday at the Amherst Centre Mall.

AMHERST – It happens every year. Shoppers leave their Christmas gift shopping to the last minute.

Joanne Booth was at the Amherst Centre Mall on Monday with her daughter, her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s cousin.

“We have three generations out shopping today,” Booth said with a laugh.

Booth will be buying gifts for about 30 people and said it’s hardest to buy for men.

“They’re hard to buy for,” she said. “I can always buy something for a girl.”

Booth enjoys Christmas shopping.

“I actually don’t like shopping but I like it at Christmas,” she said. “I like the atmosphere of everyone out shopping.”

Booth has cut her budget 50 per cent from last year.

“We want to make the holiday more about Christmas and kids than about gifts. It makes it more affordable and it gets back to what the roots Christmas is all about.”






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  • kman
    December 19, 2011 - 21:27

    how is 6 days away last minute? shopping at the box store at 11pm on the 24th is last at the 365 day a year pharmacy at 9am on the 25th...that's last minute! 6 days...nah...that aint nothin