Not Finished Christmas Shopping?

If you are heading out to get that final gift be prepared for long lines and in some places long waits for parking. Bill Stamps reports.
(Sound of traffic guy blowing whistle).

For the past two days, finding a parking spot at the Houston Galleria has taken a lot of patience. With so many people still Christmas shopping, you can drive around-and-around and still not find a spot. One trick is finding someone who’s leaving and do your best to follow them before someone else does. That’s what Kusum Patel did.

Stamps: "How long did it take you to find a parking spot?

"Ten minutes."

Some shoppers have stories of following a person to their car only to have another car cut in. Not the best example of Christmas spirit.

Inside the Galleria is even more crowded than outside. Ray Davis came out with several bags, but says he still has people to shop for:

"Kids, grandkids, wife. I always wait till the last minute."

Stamps: "Why is that?" 

"I’m just a procrastinator man that's all."
 
Matt Brown drove from Katy to the Galleria, but says he finally got it all done.

"Done shopping this is the last day. Glad to be over with."

Exactly how the U.S. economy is doing depends on who you ask and what poll you’re reading, but it's generally agreed that most Americans are in better spending mood this year. So far Kusum Patel has spent money on everyone except her husband.

"I’m pretty much done. I got my last give and I have to get my husband a gift then I’m done I’m finished. He wants a DVD player for his p90x, so he can view it on a minidvd player. That’s pretty easy. I’m thinking about heading over to Best Buy, but I’m dreading all the traffic."

Forbes magazine recently put out its first ever top ten list for best cities for shopping. Guess who’s number one. Yes, Houston. So it should be no surprise you can’t find any parking. By the way, Dallas was ranked number two.