LAYTON -- With the clock winding down, many Top of Utah procrastinators spent Christmas Eve morning at the Layton Hills Mall, rushing to find that perfect last-minute gift.
Although traffic around the mall was flowing smoothly and parking spaces were relatively easy to come by, plenty of shoppers scoured the stores with their shopping bags and wallets in hand.
Clearfield resident Butch Anderson made a quick stop at Foot Locker to pick up some basketball shoes for his son.
"I had done all of my shopping, and then he tells me he needs these special shoes," he said. "But I figure it's Christmas and I should be nice, so I'm getting them for him."
While Anderson's Christmas Eve journey to the mall probably wasn't a matter of procrastination, it was a different story for many.
"I've just been lazy and kept putting it off until the last possible minute," said Alan Daymond, of North Salt Lake,who was looking for some gifts to give to his girlfriend. "The sad thing is, I have no idea how to shop for women, so I think I might be in trouble."
Daymond said he'd been to multiple stores in the mall and still hadn't managed to find anything suitable for his significant other.
"I'll keep looking until I do," he said.
For Layton resident Kristen Gutierrez, Christmas Eve shopping has become a yearly tradition.
"I do some shopping pretty much every year on Christmas Eve," she said. "It's fun to get out and see everyone scrambling for gifts. I've still got a few things I need to pick up, but I'm mostly finished, so I'm not panicking."
The Layton Hills Mall had extended hours for the entire week and was open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. But if any of you waited beyond the last minute, the mall can't help you today. It's closed.