December 26, 2010 by staff
Logan Airport, Precipitation events and responsibilities of year-end holiday at work or school leaving too little time for shopping gifts, and they end up at the airport, hours of a family reunion, with gifts to buy yet.
Fortunately for them, these days Logan Airport is very similar to a center where the planes coming to land. There are high-end stores for dads who want fussy gadgets fancy frills stores full of scented soaps, soft sweaters and that the mother may well be – you hope.
And the greedy young brothers and sisters or nephews and nieces, there are always stuffed lobster gummies shaped lobster, T-shirts with lobsters on them.
Do workers in the shops at the airport said Thursday that some customers are frantically hunting for last minute gifts.
Walseman Kate, 25, works in L’Occitane, a store in Terminal A, which sells lotions and soaps upscale. She said they see many clients who want to buy something quick while they are racing to theft, and should be fit enough in their small suitcases.
Many customers’ instructions amounted to “I need something that looks good. Box and go there,” she said.
The store sees many men come to buy girlfriends, wives and mothers, often with no idea what products or perfumes for women in their lives, etc…
“I do not know her well,” is a common refrain, said Walseman, “even when they were married 30 years.”
A few yards from Brookstone, 25, resident of Cambridge Eric Lonstein knew what to get one of the women in his life. He had just bought her younger sister a pop-up mini speaker for a digital music player.
Lonstein is Jewish, but his family celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. He was headed to a family reunion and said he was almost done shopping for holiday gifts.
“I may be a bit more for my aunt and uncle, but I finished most of it,” he said.
A shop assistant said that the accessories are a big seller iPad this year, but even bigger is a small remote controlled helicopter that still attracts the curious when they demonstrated in the store. The store had sold about 30 between the opening 6:00 and 14 pm on Wednesday. The low gear and go 30 each, or two and 50.
Doug Boutchard, 56, is one of those who stopped to watch the helicopter take off, fly a couple of feet, and crashed in a display of other goods. Boutchard, who lives in Worcester, said he was just looking around the store Brookstone until his flight to Indianapolis, where his brother lives.
“Actually, I did all my Christmas shopping before Halloween,” Boutchard said, “but I take a perverse please look at everybody frothing over the next month and a half.”
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