Shoppers scout Southpointe Pavilions for the perfect gift

  • Sowmya Pulumati tries out different scarves at Charming Charlie.

SouthPointe Pavilions shopping center was bustling with Valentine’s Day shoppers on Saturday.

“All men buy their gifts the day before,” said Sydney Halonen, a sales associate at Francesca’s. “And everyone has outfits they need to get.”

Steve and Jane Heine were among the last-minute shoppers on Feb. 13.

“I get whatever I want, because he hasn’t done his shopping,” Jane Heine said.

But Steve Heine interjected, saying it wasn’t that they were procrastinating; they did this for every major holiday. For them, shopping on Mother’s Day, birthdays and Valentine’s Day has become a tradition. Regardless of how early they started their shopping, the results were a success. They both found the perfect gift in the Hallmark store.

Another Southpointe shopper was in pursuit of the perfect gift for herself. Valentine’s Day was far from her mind, said Sowmya Pulumati, a senior agricultural leadership major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“I didn’t even think about it being February 13,” she said. “I’m not even a big shopper, but sometimes it’s nice to get something you really want.”

Pulumati left the mall without any items, but she ended her trip feeling relaxed and ready to start the weekend.

“I know it’s almost Valentine’s Day,” she said.” But I’m just looking forward to spending time with close friends.”

Angie Schlender, the Hallmark store manager, has many encounters with last-minute shoppers.

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