According to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation*, nearly 42 million people have yet to start their holiday shopping. With only four days left until Christmas, shoppers are quickly running out of time to find that "perfect gift" at the right price.
This year, Sears and Kmart have called on their friends to share last-minute gifts ideas - all under $25 - perfect for anyone's holiday shopping list. With suggestions ranging from gifts for guys and toys for kids, or something that just reminds people of home, shoppers can avoid the last-minute scramble this holiday season.
Kmart's 64-Hour Sales
To assist with last-minute shopping, Kmart is continuing to make Christmas count for families this season with a new offering - 64-hour sales. Across the country, 352 Kmart stores will be open for 64 consecutive hours beginning Dec. 22 at 6 a.m. until Dec. 24 at 10 p.m.(local time), to help fulfill customers' last-minute shopping needs. To view the list of participating stores, visit:
http://c.kmart.com/ue/home/Kmart2009_64HourStores.pdf. Ty Pennington
"A lot of people say that I'm a hard guy to shop for, so if you have a guy like me on your list think tools and gadgets," said television design star, Ty Pennington. "I always love getting a new Craftsman® tool to add to my collection, and you can't go wrong with digital picture frames. I love capturing photos around the holidays and the frames allow you to remember them all year long."
Ty's Last-Minute Gift Ideas -- Craftsman three-piece Adjustable Wrench set $24.99 Three-piece adjustable wrench set includes six, eight and 10-inch sizes. -- Element 2GB MP3 Player $24.99 This digital music player from Element allows you to store hours and hours of music for your on-the-go lifestyle. Also, includes earbud headphones and USB cord. -- Royal Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor and Clip $19.99 Great for a space on your refrigerator or filing cabinet, this digital photo frame features a 1.5-inch CSTN LCD screen to display your fondest memories. The motion sensor automatically turns on the display when you're around, and the auto-off function preserves battery life. Jaclyn Smith
"During the holidays, I love giving friends and family gifts that make them feel warm and loved," said actress and designer, Jaclyn Smith. "So whether that's an item for their home, a cozy sweater, or even a treasured toy for children, I try to select gifts that show I truly know the person I'm buying for at Christmas."
Jaclyn's Last-Minute Gift Ideas -- Jaclyn Smith Shrug Sweater $12.99 Carefree shrug sweater layers you with sumptuous softness. -- Disney Princess Cinderella Porcelain Doll $19.99 This collectible edition porcelain doll wears a gorgeous pale blue satin gown with white rosette accents. With sheer puffy sleeves, and white satin ribbon that flows from her bodice, Cinderella truly shines. -- Country Living Chenille Pearl Bedspread Collection $14.99 The Chenille Pearl Bedspread features an elegant floral medallion and provides lightweight warmth, perfect for any season. Nick Verreos
"During the holidays, I look for three key things when giving gifts - style, quality and value," said fashion designer and style expert, Nick Verreos. Each gift I give to my friends, colleagues and even my little niece and nephew should not only be fabulous, but meaningful. I want the gift to say 'Only Nick would have thought of this!'"
Nick's Last-Minute Gift Ideas -- Route 66 Women's Smocked Neck Belted T-Shirt Dress $10 Create a super-trendy look with this belted t-shirt dress. Wear it over your favorite leggings and paired with boots for a hip look that is sure to get you noticed. -- Basic Editions Girls' Velvet Bow Sequence Dress $10.19 For that special occasion your little lady will look glamorous in this stunning velvet dress with a sequin embellished bow. -- Eclipse Rialto 42-inch x 63-inch Panel $11.49 Let the natural charm of your decor come out for everyone to see and enjoy. This window treatment has an insulated blackout backing which saves energy by keeping the heat out of your room and providing an insulated layer to keep winter's cold out. Sears Gift Finder and Virtual Gifts Sweepstakes
If shoppers are still looking for additional gift ideas, they can also use the Sears Gift Finder to find out exactly what their loved ones really want this year. Users can send their friends and family a short quiz, available at www.sears.com or www.facebook.com/sears, and personalized gift ideas will be returned instantly. Shoppers can even buy their gift online and pick it up at their local Sears store with no more than a five-minute wait when they arrive.
Between now and Dec. 28, users can send friends Sears Virtual Gifts for the holidays through an application on Facebook®. When you send a Sears Virtual Gift, both you and your friend can enter to win the actual gift from Sears. Ten pairs of prizes valued at over $24,000 will be given away. Visit www.facebook.com/sears for official rules.
Both retailers will offer extended holiday store hours so customers can finish their last-minute shopping right up until the holiday. Now through Dec. 23, Sears stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will also be open on Dec. 24 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Now through Dec. 23 Kmart stores nationwide will be open from 6 a.m. until midnight and will be open on Dec. 24 from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Visit www.sears.com and www.kmart.com for the latest holiday gifts. About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer with approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has the Country Living collection, which is offered exclusively by Sears and Kmart. We are the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 12 million service calls made annually. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' Web site at www.searsholdings.com.
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*Source: BIGresearch Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, December 2009 (12/1-12/9), 9,929 respondents.
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