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Lalo Lopez, of Oxnard, shops at Zumiez in the Camarillo Premium Outlets on Christmas Eve. He was getting his sister a couple of shirts and some shoes. He was also trying on a jacket as a gift to himself.(Photo: JUAN CARLO/THE STAR)Buy PhotoThe sun was brightSaturday morning as cars trickled into the Camarillo Premium Outlets for some last minuteshopping on Christmas Eve.”I go shopping on Christmas Eve every year,” saidVictor Chavez, of San Fernando. “You wait for that last paycheck or extra bonus and use it to make the most of the sales.”Chavez said he wason his way to the Uggs outlet to shop for his wife.Shopping on Christmas Eve has been a growing trend in recent years. A survey in 2015by America’s Research Group found more peoplewaited to do their holiday shopping on Christmas Eve than they hadin the past 12 years.The Camarillo Premium Outlets mall wasn’t swarming with crowds Saturday morning, although business had picked up by the afternoon.Among the morning shoppers wasManny Ortiz, a resident of Los Angeles County.”We drove an hour to get here,” Ortizsaid. “We tried to get here early to avoid the crowds. I like shopping here morebecause it’s very spread out. There aren’t any huge lines or anything.””I’m a big procrastinator, so I always end up getting last minute gifts,” Romero said. “In laws are hard to shop for, so I get their gifts last. I go shopping for the kids first because they’re easier.”A shopper named Lesliefrom the San Fernando Valleysaid the way people shop on Christmas Eve was different than the rest of the year.”You know where you wanna go at this point. People aren’t browsing as much,” she said. “Last minute shopping is almost a Southern California tradition, since we have such nice weather,” she added.