Published On: Dec 23 2012 06:49:35 PM HST

The malls in Honolulu were packed Sunday with last-minute shoppers.

Everyone's scrambling to snatch the right gift before those holiday get togethers.  

Time is running out. The Pearlridge shopping center is welcoming procrastinators.

"It's actually been quite crazy consistent throughout the whole day," said  Michele Deguzman, manager at Blue Hawaii Surf.

It is the weekend before Christmas rush. Shoppers are trying to wrap up loose ends of their gift list.  

"I thought I had it all done, but as the time went on you keep thinking of more people you have to add to your list," said shopper Allicia Thompson.

"Last minute shopping, actually first day of shopping," said shopper Jason Loughlin.

And there are many reasons for the procrastination.

"Work, working, yeah work," said Loughlin.

"Just didn't expect christmas to come around this fast," said Ginger Ke with Price Busters.

Whatever the reason why, navigating through the crowd for some first time last minute shoppers, is an uphill climb.

"This was the first time it happened to us it's stressful," said shopper Rusty Sylva.

Stores are doing their part. They want to make up sales during this holiday shopping spree. Some stores at the mall have doubled their numbers since last year.

"Just escort them to wherever they need to get, get them out of here quickly because time is of essence to them," said Ke.

"We've just been having overnight stock sessions, staying here until 2 o'clock in the morning," said Deguzman.

But shelves are emptying fast, so it's still a push to find the right stocking stuffer.  

"You don't want to show up empty handed so definitely worth coming," said Thompson.

Retailers expect Christmas Eve to be even more crowded. Stores have expanded hours and have created new promotions to get shoppers to buy.


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