Shoppers discuss their Christmas lists and what they look forward to the most at the Micronesia Mall, Dec. 24, 2018. Frank San Nicolas/PDN
A shopper stared at the aisles of KD Toys in Micronesia Mall, on the hunt for a Magic 8 Ball.
This was the last gift on Kristian Berg’s list: his 9-year-old niece specifically requested a Magic 8 ball for Christmas.
“I’ve been to Kmart. I’ve been to GPO,” Berg laughed. “I don’t think she’s getting a Magic 8 ball.”
Stores and parking lots were packed with shoppers like Berg on Monday, those who were looking to check off the last few items on their holiday shopping lists.
Berg hoped to find something else suitable for his niece, and is looking forward to the holiday with his family.
“I have a 5-year-old son,” he said. “Every year is a little more exciting, his little baby mind explodes.”
Changing the request of a 5-year-old
Dana Aguon was all finished with her Christmas shopping – with one exception. She brought her 5-year-old son to the toy store, hoping to change his Christmas request.
“My son said he wants a drone,” Aguon said. “We’re trying to convince him out of it.”
She watched her son eye an Aquaman trident with mild curiosity.
“We’re really trying to convince him out of a drone,” she laughed.
Students gear up to wrap gifts
As shoppers sought out their last items, seniors from John F. Kennedy High School were armed with wrapping paper, scissors and tape for the newly purchased gifts.
The high school seniors set up shop at Guam Premier Outlets and Micronesia Mall to wrap presents for customers in exchange for a donation. The donation will go toward their graduation ceremony.
Today, they were busier than usual, thanks to the last-minute shoppers.
“We’ve seen a lot of purses, clothing and mugs,” said Jeannie Lin, 17.
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Across the mall, Tina Manibusan and her son, Vince Toves, were also wrapping gifts in exchange for donations. Toves and his classmates are raising money for their middle school trip to Washington, D.C.
“I’ve gone through at least 12 rolls of wrapping paper just today,” Manibusan said, as she added the finishing touches to a customer’s gift.
Others were focused on ensuring a happy Christmas for all.
Shopping for neighbor’s kids
Shoppers Chantal Wadao and Dana Tomayo had their arms full with boxes of toy guns and army play sets.
“Our neighbors have to work,” Wadao said. “We’re shopping for our neighbor’s kids, to brighten up their Christmas.”
On Christmas, they plan to invite their neighbor’s kids over to celebrate the holiday with their family.
“I’m looking forward to the faces of the kids when they open their gifts,” Wadao said.
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