6 Last-Second Holiday Deals

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The clock is counting down the minutes to Christmas, and fortunate for those shoppers who love suspense, retailers are doing whatever they can today to push inventory out the door.

Retail expert Jennifer Black said stores are doing all they can to lure shoppers to buy more after a strong Black Friday.

"The typical female shopper may have bought for herself Black Friday but is not interested in apparel unless it's fantastic," Black said.

Some retailers are leaving their doors open until midnight. While JC Penney wanted their associates to spend Thanksgiving with their families, the retailer is closing at midnight on Christmas Eve.

The refrain of the season is to check deals online and social media tools for the best deals.

You can sign up to receive an emailed daily alert from Dealnews or download an app for your local mall to check store hours and deals. If you live one of 200 participating Westfield shopping centers, you can download an app that helps you locate over 100,000 products. The app also gives you deals on specific stores. One example allows those who purchase $125 of merchandise at Solstice sunglass boutique to receive a $25 promo card.

With the help of Dealnews, here are six last minute in-store deals.

Groupon is offering a $10 for $20 deal at U.S. Old Navy stores. The deal expires on Saturday at noon EST but can be used by Jan. 28. Shoppers can snag the deal as a holiday present by emailing or printing it for a gift recipient, if you can withstand the stigma of giving a coupon.

Otherwise, shoppers can use the deal to purchase a gift in Old Navy stores, most of which close at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

You can't use the Groupon deal to purchase a gift card however.

If you don't have time to go to a store before it closes, you can still buy an electronic gift card. Gap Inc. sells an "Options Giftcard" to use at any of its brands: Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, piperlime.com, and athleta.gap.com.

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Sweaters

Black said "there's a glut of sweaters in the marketplace," so expect deep discounts on traditional designs from retailers like Gap, Ann Taylor, and Ann Taylor Loft.

Unless you're a specialty retailer, like women's sportswear store Lululemon and lingerie seller Victoria's Secret, Black said shoppers should expect deep discounts on apparel.

"If it's not 40 percent off at least, shoppers may not pay attention," she said.

Whenever you buy something, ask a retailer if they will give you an adjustment. If you save a receipt, retailers may give you the price difference if the store makes additional markdowns after Christmas. Black said retailers like Nordstrom allow adjustments.

Dealnews said this 30 percent off coupon is "the largest general coupon" it has seen from bookseller Barnes & Noble this year. The coupon expires at the close of business on Saturday and excludes NOOK purchases and digital materials.

This Nikon Coolpix camera is $199.99 with free in-store pickup but Dealnews points out you must place your order by 3 p.m. local time no later on Saturady for pickup before Christmas.

Also for $199.99, this flat-screen has similar time constraints if you want to pick it up before Christmas. Dealnews said the price has even dropped $50 from three weeks ago and is one of the least expensive LED-backlit 32" LCD TVs it has ever seen.

This bundle costs $169.99 with free in-store pickup and comes in black, red or blue. The 3DS features two screens - one 320x240 touchscreen and one normal 800x240 - that display 3D visuals without the need for 3D glasses. It also features a 3D camera and 2GB SD memory card.

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