Last-minute shoppers scramble for gifts on Christmas Eve
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Last-minute shoppers at Best Buy bought up Xbox 1 and Playstation 4 consoles for Christmas this year.
"A lot of parents couldn't find them. Now, we have them in stock ready to go," said Mikala Fromont at Best Buy. "They're making their kid's dreams come true."
Even toddlers are ditching the toys for gadgets. Tablets are expected to be one of the top holiday gifts for kids this year.
But some experts are concerned.
Dr. Rahil Briggs, a psychologist at New York's Montefiore Medical Center, said too much screen time can actually slow language development for young children.
For older kids, it can slow social development.
Not to mention the price tags on many in-demand items.
Teenagers are asking for wireless headphones that can cost anywhere from $200 to $400.
"She said they have good sound," said Nita Calkum, who checked out headphones for her granddaughter. "They're expensive. Let her parents do it."
While there certainly has been a shift to go tech this Christmas, some people are sticking to what they know.
Robert Wilson got three sets of earrings for his wife.
"I picked them out," he said. "I'm kind of an earring guy."
He's not alone, said Celeste McKittrick at Kohl's.
"A lot of men shopping, getting their wife last minute gifts," she said.
For the last four days, Kohl's has been open 24 hours per day to accomodate shoppers. The store will be closing at 6 on Christmas Eve, along with many others.