Everyone has a strategy to conquer the search for that perfect gift.
“I start shopping a little before Thanksgiving and do it clear through Christmas. We have six kids and four grandkids,” said shopper Alicia Tasker.
Every year she’s at the stores in the final days before Christmas.
“This was just the last things, trying to get a last-minute sales. Sometimes the clothes were a lot cheaper and closer to Christmas,” she said.
Meijer says gift cards and anything Star Wars are among the big sellers this year.
The retailer expects Sunday to be one of its busiest days, but there’s also a new trend.
“It used to be after Christmas returns, and now it's before Christmas returns. People are shopping smarter and know exactly what they want, so if it's not the right item, they aren't waiting until after Christmas, they are returning them now,” said Meijer Southport Manager Dave Poletti.
Online shopping is expected to also do well, but with fewer days for shipping, physical stores could be busier.
For the Bobinmyer family, shopping is a unique challenge this year.
Aisle after aisle, they search for something – anything – that would make a good gift.
“I just have no clue what to get these little boys,” Barbara Bobinmyer said.
She and her husband Harry are hoping to find the right gift for the family they haven't even met.
“His son, my stepson, is going to foster a couple of boys and we don't know them, so we don't know what they like or what they don't like,” she said.
On Friday, he became a foster father to two brothers, ages 2 and 4.
“They could do it anytime, but right at Christmas to step in and take over and get them and provide for them, it's pretty touching,” Harry Bobinmyer said.
As they prepare to spend their first holiday together, grandma and grandpa say they welcome the growing pains as they prepare for their new grandchildren.
“It’s definitely the meaning of Christmas to have a home for the boys, for all of us to be together as a family,” Barbara Bobinmyer said.
And that's something money can't buy.