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Last-minute shoppers desperately seeking anything

It’s the eve of the holiday and come 6 p.m. the malls will be shut, their piped-in seasonal music mercifully muted until at least next October.

For those who ignored Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Super Saturday, and all the other retail hoopla, it will likely come down to this - scouring the aisles of a CVS, Walgreens, or gas station mini-mart in hopes of finding a gift. Shoppers low on options can convince themselves that a box of professional strength teeth-whitening strips makes a perfect present. By 8:15 tonight, even a windshield scraper - dressed with a festive ornament, perhaps - will suddenly pass muster as a thoughtful offering for that special someone with an icy vehicle. And imagine the look on their faces when they unwrap those lottery scratch tickets. You shouldn’t have!

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