Yenra : Shopping : Convenience Stores : Holiday shopping at participating 7-Elevens includes gift cards, camera phones, DVDs, and packs of jerky


Early retail surveys indicated that holiday shoppers would start earlier than usual this year, but more recent studies estimate that at least one-third of consumers wait till the last minute to purchase the last gift on their shopping lists. At participating 7-Eleven stores, the country's largest convenience retailer is ready.

"At 7-Eleven, shoppers don't have to fight crowds, they can park close and, since we're open 24 hours a day, shop around the clock. We invite customers to shop while coming in for a morning cup of coffee or making a late-night run for milk," non-foods category manager Tom Gerrity said.

Here are some of the gifts available at 7-Eleven:

Gift Cards - 7- Eleven has set up a virtual mini-mall in its stores with a new gift-card center for national retailers, restaurants, and entertainment providers.

Speak Out Camera Phone - A new item for 7-Eleven, the Nokia 3200 camera phone features FM stereo radio, Java games, and text messaging.

AT&T OGO Mobile Messenger - Instant messenger, email and text messaging have become the communications tools of choice for millions of Americans, particularly those under 30. Ogo offers I-M, Email and text messaging all in one.

DVDs - New movie releases are available every week.

Jerky Gift Pack - 7- Eleven has the Taste of America Beef Jerky Holiday Gift Pack.

"Christmas is our busiest day of the year," Gerrity said, "and because we're open 24 hours a day, every day, customers can shop up until literally the very last minute. We've worked to make holiday shopping easy for consumers, assembling a wide variety of gift items."

7-Eleven operates or franchises approximately 5,800 7-Eleven stores in the United States and Canada and licenses more than 21,300 7-Eleven stores in seventeen other countries and U.S. territories around the world.