Bozeman News

Dec 22, 2010 7:52 PM by Dan Boyce

Last minute Christmas shoppers searching Gallatin Valley Mall

A poll released Wednesday by the nonprofit website Consumer Reports indicates 20 percent of Americans have not even started their Christmas shopping yet. We went to the Gallatin Valley Mall in Bozeman to see if that trend skews toward one gender over another.

The stereotype says it's the guys.

"Oh yeah, definitely...I just started today," said Whitehall resident, Matt Wideman

"I have a lot more men coming in," said Riddles Jewelry Salesman, Peter Johnston. "We try to put on a good sale right at the last minute, to try to get the guys to come in."

Belgrade resident Ken Simmons is shelling out at a few stores to fill his wife's wish list.

"Hopefully that'll be enough to keep her satisfied," he said, laughing.

"Well it seems to me people just don't have time these days and they have to rush and rush," said Mr. Kringle himself, Santa Claus, before the start of his shift at the mall hearing wishes from good little boys and girls.

"If I buy it earlier, I give it to her earlier and I don't have anything for Christmas," Simmons said.

The stereotype holds true, at least until you ask a girl.

"Um...no (it's not just guys,)" said Three Forks resident, Lori Van Vleet, who was shopping last second for her husband.

"We weren't supposed to get each other a gift and then he gave me that casual little smile that he got me something so now I'm trying to find him something special...I think everybody panics at the last minute just to make sure they have all their bases covered," she said.

Santa Claus agrees with that statement, he's actually guilty himself."

"Oh Santa's always waiting until the last minute," he said, "Up until the deadline of Christmas eve."

Just like the rest of us. Although his list is usually a bit longer.

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