KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The excitement of Christmas Eve is finally here, but for some, it's also bringing plenty of anxiety.
While some people are home cooking tomorrow's dinner and wrapping each present, others are out shopping, grabbing just a few more things to put under the tree.
"The crazy thing is I started shopping on Black Friday thinking I was ahead of the game, and I so wasn't. I've been shopping every weekend since then. Today, I'm picking up last minute items, gift bags, exchanging some things that I thought, ooh, maybe they would like something else better," said shopper Maryann Azambuja.
It's not just an item or two that had shoppers scrambling.
"We have been busy from 8 am until we close every night, people just buying their last minute things, filling up their buggies and all that," said Target Manager Jane Wells.
Wrapping presents also has shoppers out late, buying paper, ribbon, tape, and gift bags.
"We are seeing a mad rush at the end of the season, everyone just getting the last minute things that they need way later than last year. I think the warm weather had a lot to do with that this year, so once the cold weather came in," added Wells.
Some are glad the rush is over.
"I think I'm good. This is my last stop. I might need a little bit more gift wrap, and bows and stuff like that. Present-wise I think I'm done," Azambuja concluded.
But last minute shoppers aren't just hitting the big chains to finish out their shopping lists.
People are buying local, and avoiding some of the lines.
"We live around a whole bunch of local stores, so it's just the most convenient thing for us, especially definitely trying to avoid the mall at this time, because it's just a madhouse I'm sure," said Sarah Fecco.
Bliss on Market Square says the entire holiday shopping season has been busy, and these past few days have been no exception.
"It's been really busy the whole season. There has been lots of traffic, lots of people shopping, you know the ice skating rink down here brings lots of people down, and the nice weather for part of the month has definitely brought a lot of people, but even with the colder weather this weekend, and the rain, we've still be very busy," said Bliss manager Heather Castellaw.
When it comes to a hot item, Bliss say they don't have one in particular.
"Lots of people last minute shopping, getting the jewelry and last minute gift items. It's really exciting seeing lots of people down here," Castellaw added.
Variety is good, especially id you started shopping the day before Christmas.
"I just started, started today, so I have a pretty good ways to go," said Drew Cox.
A few stores will be open on Christmas Day, just in case you get a surprise visit from a relative.