Santa isn't the only one busy right now. Shoppers are looking for last minute gifts and retailers are working to accommodate them. For the first time, Toys R Us stores in Hawaii and across the country are staying open 24 hours from today until 10 p.m. Christmas Eve to make sure shoppers have all the time they need to get the right gifts. Customers say they're pleased with the extended hours. The extension is also good news to 20 employees who'll be staying on a little longer with the company thru the Christmas holidays.
Pearlridge Shopping Center's Marketing Director, Kelly Kauinana, says so far retail sales are up over last year. She adds that shoppers are using more gift cards and spending more money on apparel items for themselves, a good indication of positive sales in during the Christmas season.
If you're headed out for last minute shopping here are the holiday hours for some of Hawaii's major retailers.
Pearlridge Shopping Center Holiday Hours
• Now through Thursday, Dec. 23: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day): closed
• Sunday, Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Monday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 30: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 31 through Jan. 2: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ala Moana Shopping Center
• Now thru Dec. 23: 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
• Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
• Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) Closed. Select stores & restaurants remain open.
• Dec. 26 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
• Dec. 27-30 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve) 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Jan. 1, 2011 (New Year's Day) 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Closing Hours on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Hours
Toys R Us 10 p.m. / Closed
Target 8 p.m. / Closed
Walgreens Midnight / 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Longs 7 p.m. / 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kmart 10 p.m. / 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Walmart 8 p.m. / Closed
Sears 6 p.m. / Closed
Costco 5 p.m. / Closed
Safeway 7 p.m. / 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Foodland 8 p.m. / Closed
Times Supermarkets 10 p.m. / Closed
If you're shopping with toy safety in mind and need some pointers, Pearlridge Center's Marketing Director, Kelly Kauinana, has this advice...
TOY SAFETY KEYS 2010: WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A TOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The biggest piece of advice that I give families as they decide on toy purchases is to choose with love and care. There are hot toys for all ages and interests, but the best toy for your son or daughter on December 25 depends on his or her own individual likes and dislikes.
The most important piece of information that I think you need to consider when making a toy purchase is the child's age. Be a label reader as this information is prominently displayed on packages. The manufacturers put age recommendations on their packaging so that you are better able to match a toy to that child's age, interests and skill level.
And look for quality design and construction. A quality toy will last many years and can be passed along between siblings with the same interests.
But there are also just common-sense tips that I like to share. A hot toy for some years now has been the Nerf gun. Notice how these Nerf bullets have soft rubber suction cups and other protective tips; any kind of propelled object that a child may play with should have this kind of safety feature.
Does the toy make noise? Is it too scary? Then consider the child you are buying for and his or her family. Is there a crawling infant? Perhaps this is the year to buy the Pillow Pet instead of the game with the small pieces. Is Mom extremely concerned by dirt? Then that Pillow Pet looks even better this year because it is machine-washable.