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Kids shop for Christmas

Early birds or last-minute shoppers, kids get out to buy presents

December 23, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Ishpeming Bureau ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - As Christmas approaches, mothers, fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers are out shopping for presents for their children and grandchildren.

The shoppers seen less frequently around this time are the children, who are out shopping for parents or siblings. There are some out there.

Hailey Hill, 13, of Gwinn is one of the kids who went Christmas shopping for her family. This year she went shopping for her 10-year-old brother. Hill said when she shopped for her brother's Christmas gift she did it online.

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Hailey Hill, 13, of Gwinn wraps presents at home near the family Christmas tree Wednesday. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

"I online shopped because it's easier for me to do," Hill said.

Hill did her shopping early this year, she said.

"It's easier to get things and I can make sure that the gift I want to get isn't sold out," Hill said.

Hill gets an allowance for babysitting and helping out around the house, and she said that's how she paid for her brother's gift.

"It was something we both like to do so because of that I thought it was a good gift," Hill said.

According to Hill she got him a video game that they could play together.

When asked why she went Christmas shopping for her brother, Hill simply said because he's her family.

"Christmas is about giving and I would rather spend money on my family than myself," she said.

Northern Michigan University student Kasey Hall, 19, went Christmas shopping for her family this year. She brought gifts for her mother, two sisters and two nephews. Hall said if she was going to do anything for anyone this Christmas, these would be the first people to deserve it.

"They are my family, so ultimately they deserve it," Hall said. "And since I know they are getting me stuff it's nice to try and return the favor."

Hall completed her shopping on Dec. 19, just six days before Christmas. Pushing her shopping so close to Christmas presented Hall with some difficulties.

"Trying to get online deals wasn't possible since shipping wouldn't get here in time," Hall said. "I also felt crunched on time. It took me a while to decide what to get them and once I decided, it was stressful trying to find it in stock at a good price."

Even with last minute shopping, Hall said she did manage to get everything she was looking for.

"Now that I'm away for college I don't really care about the big gifts. Ultimately just going home and seeing family is good enough for me," Hall said. "With work schedules and school schedules this is one of the only times the entire family can get together, and that doesn't have a price on it."

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is



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