It's Christmas time in Oklahoma City. And no, I'm not finished shopping yet either... In fact, I think I utter the sentence "Wow, I can't believe there are only x more days left" every single Christmas. Eventually, panic will set in, and I'll finally get to it, usually the last weekend before the big day. Below is information for all the procrastinators out there.
Special 2017 Holiday Hours at Popular OKC Shopping Spots:
Every year, the metro area shopping malls extend hours just before Christmas. Here are those times, along with special hours for several big box retailers.
- Penn Square Mall is open until 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve
- Quail Springs Mall is open until 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve
- Sooner Mall in Norman is open until 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve
- OKC Outlets close at 10 p.m. the week before Christmas. On Christmas Eve, hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Toys R Us stores open at 6 a.m. on Friday and stay open until midnight Saturday, then from noon to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve
- Most Walmart locations close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve
- Target is open until midnight through Saturday and Christmas Eve until 9 or 10 p.m., depending on location
- Kohl's stores are open all day and all night Friday and Saturday and until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
- JC Penney stores are open until 10 p.m. through Saturday, and they close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve
Last Minute Shopping Tips:
Publications across the country put out lists of last minute shopping strategies. Some of them advising giving a magazine subscription. Seriously. As a procrastinator, the first thing you need to do is be flexible with your gift plans. If you think you can wait until the last minute and get the exact things you want for each person on your list, you're probably dreaming. Be flexible. Here are a few other tips:
- Some articles will tell you to call ahead and have a store hold an item for you. Good luck with that. It may work at some places, but most of the time you'll spend more time on hold. However, websites for some stores allow you to check area stock on certain items. And if you have the time, you may be able to get expedited shipping.
- Go local. The malls and the chain stores are frightening places during the holidays, and you'll get more personal attention and more unique items from the local stores. Keep It Local OK has an iPhone app to help you track down establishments near you.
- Consider thrift stores. Not only will they be less crowded; you'll save money.
- Instead of shopping at all, you could give the gift of charity. Make a donation in the recipient's name to a worthy cause.
- Homemade gifts are an option. Well, not for me because I have no discernible talent at crafts or cooking, but perhaps you're better than me.