Tampa, Florida -- Last minute shoppers scrambled to find a couple gifts before heading to family dinners.

"We are always running late everywhere, and rushing to get things done," said last minute shopper Andrea Collins.

Collins is a mother of two young children and did not have time to shop any other day.

"I work full time, I have a newborn and a two year old, and so today is my day to shop, unfortunately."

"I worked late last night," said another last minute shopper, Angel San Inocenio. "I was supposed to be off by 6:00, but didn't leave until midnight, so I didn't have time last night. "

The problem is most stores are closed. Malls and big box stores shut their doors on New Year's Eve.

But CVS, Walgreens, and Family Dollars stores were open either for 24 hours or limited hours.

"Thank goodness CVS was open and we live across the street from here, so it is so easy, and now my shopping is done. I just needed wine for the two family dinners and baby formula," laughed Collins.

With six days less in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this shopping season shoppers said they were always behind buying their gifts, which left some of them moving through the line at CVS all day on Christmas.

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