Wal-Mart Offers Thousands Of Affordable Last-Minute Gift Solutions

Eleventh-hour shoppers can find ‘something for everyone’ on their Christmas shopping lists


BENTONVILLE, ARK.- (December 15, 2006) Time is ticking away for shoppers hoping to find the perfect Christmas gifts and, according to a recent Deloitte & Touche survey, nearly one-quarter (24%) of shoppers are waiting until the last minute to make their holiday purchases. Fortunately, Wal-Mart and Walmart.com (www.walmart.com) offer the best last-minute gifts at great values. And at Wal-Mart, shopping is easy—it is possible to select gifts for a family of four in less than an hour and stick to any budget.

From personalized gift cards and festive treats to home accessories and hot gadgets, Wal-Mart has it all in one destination, so shoppers can spend less time worrying about gifts and more time with their families this holiday season. Wal-Mart has an enormous selection of the greatest stocking stuffers, gifts for drop-in guests and party hosts, presents for the hard-to-buy-for teen, tokens of appreciation for teachers and coworkers and additional selections available only online at Walmart.com.

Stocking Stuffers
Stockings are hung by the chimney with care and shoppers will find cool gifts to fill every family member’s stocking. Wal-Mart gift cards ($10 to $2,500) are available in a variety of festive Christmas and holiday expressions and can be personalized for the recipient. Additionally, the retailer has expanded its selection to include gift cards for airlines, restaurants, movie theaters and more. For those on your list with a sweet tooth, try the Santa, snowman and penguin packaged brownie mix ($4.88). Surprise someone with the latest “tech” toys, such as the iGadget electronic sudoku game ($14.96), Samsung 5MP digimax D53 digital camera ($88.78) or the Microsoft Zune ($249.94).

Gifts for Drop-in Guests and Party Hosts    
Wal-Mart also has an assortment of stylish, last-minute gifts to keep on-hand for a gracious holiday party hostess or drop-in guests. For your hostess, try Csquared by Colin Cowie Holiday Home Collection bar in a box, complete with gift case ($25.00) or a Colin Cowie holiday CD ($9.50). Knott’s Berry Farm breakfast set with jams, jellies, preserves, pancake and biscuit mix ($14.96) or Nestle smores and cocoa set with snowman mugs ($9.94) are sweet treats for any guests that stop by to celebrate this season.

Gifts for the Hard-to-Buy-for Teen    
For the hard-to-buy-for teen on your list, give high-tech electronic gadgets and hip NBA Elevation apparel from the National Basketball Association. Teens will appreciate the Silver iPod Nano 2GB digital music player ($147.88) or NBA Live 2007 PSP video game ($19.82). Whether shooting hoops or hanging around town, kids can elevate their game and style with an NBA Elevation full zip hooded sweatshirt ($17.83) and short sleeved graphic tees complete with an authentic NBA logo ($8.83). Teen girls will stay warm and stylish in the No Boundaries crocheted newsboy hat ($5.88). Wal-Mart also has a wide selection of popular beauty essentials and cologne scents.

Gifts for Everyday Helping Hands    
Wal-Mart offers small tokens of appreciation that are sure to make a big impact without the big price tag. Surprise your favorite teacher with a Hickory Farms gift box with beef sticks, cheddar, cracked wheat wafers and hot mustard ($9.94). For co-workers that have everything, surprise them with a gift from the heart such as the Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade recipe card collection ($13.87) or a Starbucks mug and coffee gift set ($14.96)

Gifts Only Online at Walmart.com    
Walmart.com offers thousands of online-only last minute gift ideas, making it easy to wrap and ship gifts. To ensure gifts arrive in time for Christmas, customers are encouraged to order before 11:30pm PST on the dates listed below:

  • Monday, Dec 18: Standard shipping
  • Tuesday, Dec 19: Priority shipping (2-3 day)
  • Wednesday, Dec 20: Express shipping (1-day)

Walmart.com will also offer reduced shipping rates through tomorrow on all jewelry, digital cameras, GPS and laptop computers, as well as select toys and gift baskets. And while the last day for shipping is Dec. 20th, Walmart.com’s online gift cards can be purchased and emailed anytime, even on Christmas Day!  Online gift cards available at www.walmart.com/giftcards.  

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, more than 127 million customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America.  The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally.  Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $245 million to local United States communities.  To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmart.com, or www.walmartfoundation.org.