No minute like the last, shoppers flood Central Ohio malls

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Last minute shoppers may have the last laugh.

The National Retail Federation reports as much as 40% of holiday sales happen 10 days before Christmas.

The organization found as of December 15th, the average shopper had completed about 50% of their shopping.

The report also said people are giving more experience-type gifts, like sporting events or outdoor activities.

Many people are also turning to their smartphones to shop or save.

Shopping Smartphone Apps Suggestions:

ShopSavvy: The app has access to 500,000 retailers. Users can compare prices and scan barcodes.

Santa’s Bag – Christmas Gift List: The app manages your gift recipients, shopping, and budget lists.

RetailMeNot: The app lets you set alerts for local and online deals. You can search by category and save your favorite offers. The app also lets you show a coupon on your phone to get the savings instantly. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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