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Gift ideas for last-minute shoppers

Still on the hunt for gifts? We gathered tips from several shopping experts

Danielle Merollo, Americana Manhasset director of personal shopping services:

HAVE A CLEAR LIST of who you still need to buy for and a loose idea of gifts to buy for each person.

Kathleen Herrmann, area director of marketing at Roosevelt Field and the Mall at The Source in

Westbury:

THE BEST TIME TO SHOP IS . . .before 11 a.m., because the peak shopping hours will be after work.

Marshal Cohen, chief

industry analyst for The NPD Group, a market

research firm in Port

Washington:

RESEARCH PRICES AND DEALS BEFORE you hit the stores. There will be special deals at special times this week.

WEAR comfortable shoes.

Greg Daugherty, executive editor of Consumer

Reports:

BE FLEXIBLE ON GIFT IDEAS. Try to go in with a few gifts in mind, rather than just one, because a lot of things will be sold out.

KEEP YOUR SENSE

OF HUMOR AND YOUR

HOLIDAY CHEER, because shopping at the last minute could be wild and chaotic.

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, GIVE CASH INSTEAD OF GIFT CARDS. A gift card may be useless if a retailer goes out of business.

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