Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Tradition Continues

New Yorkers headed out in droves in the final days of the holiday shopping season, undeterred by fears of the fast-spreading Omicron variant.,

Despite consumer worries over supply chain problems, carrier delivery delays (of which there turned out to be very few), soaring inflation and a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus dampening holiday festivities, one tradition still endures: last-minute Christmas shopping.

Retail sales rose in November, the Commerce Department reported this month, as many consumers got a jump on their holiday shopping. But some waited until the final days to make their purchases.

We sent the photographer Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet around Queens and Herald Square in Manhattan this week to capture the retail holiday spirit and mad-dash hunts for this year’s must-have items. Here’s what she saw.

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