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Last-Minute Shoppers: Avoid Mall, Save Money

Here are some great local deals for last-minute shoppers who have no desire to fight the mall madness.

The countdown is on and the parking lots are packed with last-minute shoppers. Stores are eager to lure shoppers in with their great last-minute deals. So, if you are not quite done with your holiday shopping, like me, be sure to print up these great coupons before you head out. There are some excellent bargains out there and many of them are good all week long.

If you are dreading the mall, think outside of the box. There are many stores that are offering great deals and have gift ideas for you and they do not require you stepping foot inside the mall. 

 will give shoppers 40 percent off of one gift item through Dec. 24. They also have a $20 savings coupon for the Nook or Nook color that is valid through Dec. 24. This is a great gift idea for people of all ages since it will read children's stories to kids, can change the font size for grandparents and is portable and small with endless options for everyone else. If you use your Mastercard, be sure to print this coupon for $10 off of your toy or game purchase of at least $19.95. It also expires on Christmas Eve. 

 has a coupon that is valid through Dec. 24 that will allow you to choose almost any item item the store up to $15 for free when you spend $10. I was told that gift sets were the only exclusion. Buy a large jar candle and get a free metal candle candle holder. These would make great gifts. You can also get your hand soaps and buy extra for free. When you use coupons with the sales like this one, it can be cheaper to buy your hand soaps here over the grocery store. They have gift sets in a wide range of prices, hand sanitizers and several small items that are great for stocking stuffers. 

Family Christian has a coupon available for 30 percent off of your entire purchase at the store through Jan. 8. Christian items including bibles, home decor, jewelry, Veggie Tales and Christian music can be purchased here. 

Kirklands is full of home furnishing and gifts for women. They have candles, pictures, floral arrangements, picture frames, and knick-knacks. They also have a great selection of bright colored items for younger girls and teen bedrooms. Ladies looking for gifts for adult female friends will find hand painted wine glasses, ornaments, jewelry holders and other small items. Use this coupon before Jan. 14 and take $25 off of your purchase of $75 or more. 

 will give an extra 20 percent off on everything through Christmas Eve with this coupon. Since the store sells clothes, shoes and accessories for all ages, home decor, gift items, toys and home furnishings, this is a great place to check out if you have not started your shopping yet. Stocking stuffer items as well as gifts and clothes to wear to those holiday parties and church can be found here. 

 will give shoppers 40 percent off of one regular priced item with this coupon through Dec. 31. The store has plenty of frames, floral arrangements, holiday decorations, kids crafts, adult craft items and baking items. 

 is offering 30 percent off of all purchases through Dec. 21 with this coupon. The store has great prices on pajamas for the whole family including many festive ones. Clothes and accessories here are easy to find and they offer easy returns. Clothes for babies to adults are offered at low prices for the quality and the coupon makes the deal sweeter. 

is offering 20 percent off of your entire purchase with this coupon. Hair accessories, fragrances, make up in brands that range from department store to grocery store brands, nail polish and bath and beauty products are available. Stocking stuffers, gift basket items and gifts from low cost to high end beauty brands are available at the store. This coupon is valid through Saturday. 

The stocking stuffer section at  is getting pretty picked over and slim with some totally empty bins. Hopefully this gets restocked before the week is over.  has a large selection with many small toys and candies still available. As you see small items when you are out at other stores, pick them up. You do not want to count on a last minute  run for these items.

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