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Last-minute holiday shoppers pack the Empire Mall

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For millions of Americans, this weekend was all about travel but, here in Sioux Falls, there's still a lot more shopping left to do.

And where's one of the busiest places to go? The Empire Mall, of course...

It's Christmastime at the Empire Mall but finding time to shop has not been easy for some. We met a few last minute shoppers who are still looking for that perfect gift.

Life got in the way of shopping for Jessica Fjerstad.

"I recently started a new job and Christmas kind of caught up with me this year. I basically realized last weekend that I was going home this weekend and didn't have any of my shopping done," Fjerstad said.

Samantha Kastengren works at the Empire Mall. It would seem finding time to shop would come easy for her, but not really.

"Just with holiday stuff going on it gets really busy here. kind of more focused on work than getting gifts for my family," Kastengren said.

And if Kastengren doesn't finish her shopping today, she has a backup plan.

"I'll have the boyfriend do it tomorrow," Kastengren joked.

Some retailers at the mall are prepared for the last minute rush. Heather Timperio, a manager at Old Navy, has one word to describe this holiday season, "busy!"

"It's been very busy, but we've had the opportunity to see a lot of different people come through. A lot of people from out of town, a lot of from in town.  It's fun to hear their story and help them shop," Timperio said.

And Josh Crofutt has a strategy to the Christmas rush.

"You've got to sneak the last minute Christmas shopping in. That's the dad's way of doing it," Crofutt said.

There's one more day for all of us to make our lists, check them twice and make sure we didn't forget anyone.

Stop by the Children's Inn gift wrapping booth and have your gifts wrapped...

They're open through Monday night... It's only a few bucks for each gift and all proceeds go right back to the children's inn.

You can find the booth right in front of the Macy's wing.

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