Final Sprint for Holiday Shopping

Procrastination for finding holiday gifts has its benefits as one in seven Americans wait for sales.
1:46 | 12/23/12

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A more pressing concern for many of us tonight, last-minute shopping. Look at this. Days ago, one in seven americans hadn't even started shopping. A staggering 17 million people will still be scrambling for gifts tomorrow. Many of them will go for lottery tickets and convenience store candy, but procrastination does have an up side. Here's abc's nick watt. Reporter: We've entered the final, hectic 30 hours of gift buying. You look quite stressed? I have anxiety right now. I'm not going to lie. I'm tripping out. I just want to make sure everyone's taken care of. Reporter: There are crumbs of comfort. Signs say the late gift just might be the best gift. Number one -- frugality evaporates, you throw money at the pressing problem and spend more. Number two -- under pressure, you make gut instinct decisions. Let's say you want to buy a sweater for your wife, if you think about it too much, you might outthink yourself and may not make a good choice. Reporter: Do you feel you perform best under pressure? Absolutely. Reporter: Do you always do it last minute? Absolutely, yes. That's the only way to do it. You have no more time, you have to make a good decision. Reporter: Ron claiborne started his shopping this morning. I could never get focused to -- UNTIL THE 23rd, THE 24th, SOMETIMES NOT UNTIL THE 25th. Reporter: See, he's making great choices. I want this one. Reporter: Stores stay open for the last-minute larries. Target is open until 10:00 p.M. Christmas eve. Walgreen's is open christmas day. Reporter: Are you a procrastinator by nature? Kind of. Reporter: Good luck. It will be okay. Thank you. Another advantage of last minute, the sales have already begun. The late bird can catch the best worm. Nick watt, abc news, los angeles. Thank you, nick.

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