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Time is ticking! What last minute shoppers need to know

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Attention last minute shoppers! It's Christmas Eve which means you're running out of time to get those gifts under the tree, but some stores will remain open for you today.

This holiday season, many big box stores have tried to get you in their doors. Kohls has been open round-the clock, and plans to stay open until 6 p.m., Christmas Eve.

Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us and The Tanger Outlets, will also be open, so you can grab those last minute gifts.

The National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales will be up 4.1% over last years sales to $617 billion. Clothing, electronics, music, sporting goods and online sales are some, on the upswing from last year.

All in all, local retailers say, you should see the success of the holiday season, underneath your tree.

“Parking lots have been full, shoppers have had lots of bags and we're looking forward to ending on a great note,” said Assistant General Manager of Tanger Outlets Cristin Bentz.

If you're still stumped for a gift idea for someone on your list, grab a gift card. Tanger has a generic gift card for all their stores and restaurants. If you don't have time to head out, places like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts even have the option to send people e-gift cards, through the phone.

Gobankingrates.com put together a list of stores and restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

While the holidays are a time to give, its also a time when people take. Police ask you keep these tips on mind: Be aware of your surroundings, secure your car and be discreet. It's recommended you do not carry large amounts of cash. Remember someone may be watching you.

Shoppers say they've learned from experience and share more tips to tuck away, for next year.

“I know we ran into the problem of sometimes not getting what we want by sometimes kinda waiting close to the last minute but, get it finished early,” said last minute shopper Kirby King.

Chances are you or someone in your family will get a gift they want to return.

Don't let gifts you may not want, collect dust on your shelf in just because you couldn't return it.

A Tanger Outlets spokesperson said your best bet is to come immediately when they open at 10 a.m. They also recommend you know the stores return policy ahead of time.

Don't forget to read the fine print on receipts. Some stores only give a few days to bring back an item and in some instances, you may only get a store credit.

Website, ShopperTrak says to get prepared. It predicts the day after Christmas will be one of the heaviest traffic days of the holiday season, especially being it falls on a Friday.

It expects it to be the sixth largest shopping day of the year with many post-Christmas sales.

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