SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - If you have a Christmas tree, chances are the floor around it is littered with decorated boxes with bows on top. If you didn't wrap those presents yourself, you probably had someone do it for you. That's what a lot of people are doing this year.
Some people spend hours on the days leading up to Christmas wrapping gift after gift. But, Eloise Collins has decided to take a different route.
"I'm a last minute shopper, so it wouldn't work for me. I've got a lot of gifts to wrap," said Collins.
That's why she likes seeing stations set up in the mall that make Christmas shopping for her husband a little easier.
"When I go home, I don't have to worry about him seeing what's in the box," said Collins.
It's the same way for Jason Sciple. For years in the past, he has found himself in a bind during the week before Christmas. Now, he can cast his worries aside.
"It means that I don't have to go somewhere and hide and try to wrap my present where my wife won't see what I got her last minute," said Sciple.
Just down the street at the Visitors Center, Tanner Cook expects to be busy all week.
"It's always nice to have places that go the extra mile and do stuff like that," said Cook.
If gift shop customers buy at least $50 worth of merchandise, they get a free gift wrapping. For the most part, Cook has been the one manning the wrapping paper, but he said he doesn't mind.
"It's part of the excitement of the Christmas season," said Cook.
Cook has managed to get a rhythm going, to make sure he can wrap the hundreds of gifts that he expects to come across his counter this season.
"My rhythm is just keep me supplied with tape, don't let me lose the scissors and plenty of wrapping paper," said Cook.