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Lance and Amanda Bauscher return to Target a Christmas gift meant for their infant. (Dan Coyro/Sentinel)

CAPITOLA -- Amanda Bauscher and her husband arrived at Target's Capitola Mall store shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday to return a gift.

"Just not my style," she said, pushing her baby in a stroller while her husband walked in with their son in tow.

But there wasn't a line of shoppers returning unwanted presents.

Perhaps that's because people used to shopping online are eliminating the hassle of gift returns via online shipping.

At least that's what FedEx says.

The shipping company reports that its survey of 1,000 people from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9 found 36 percent expected to return gifts, and of those, 57 percent planned to do so by shipping them back to the retailer. The margin of error was 3 percent.

FedEx said the trend toward online convenience brought record-breaking volume in ground shipments between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Meanwhile, a leisurely ambiance replaced the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle at Capitola Mall.

There were no signs of an early morning rush despite retailers offering big discounts: The Limited, 50 percent off, Aeropostale, 70 percent off and $5 T-shirts, and The Children's Place, up to 75 percent off.

Myrt Brabant of Aptos and Jean Moorehead of Capitola headed first to Christopher and Banks, which had a 60 percent off sale.

After stashing their finds in the car, they returned to stroll as part of the mall walkers program, which meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"She has more than 13,000 miles," Brabant said of her friend.

"I've been walking since the mall opened," Moorehead said.

Mike McMurry, retired Scotts Valley fire chief, came with his daughter, who was looking for a pair of rain boots, which would come in handy given the forecast.

Kimberly Gomez, mother of three, and Amy Hogenhout, mother of two, brought their kids ages 1 to 7 to let loose with their post-Christmas energy due to the rain.

The girls brought their dolls and one was dressed in pink tulle and pink sandals.

"We decided to meet here because the kids can run around," Gomez said.

Any shopping plans?

"We plan to get coffee," Gomez said.

Stephanie Brighton Garcia, staffing the new Starz Cupcakes store, was ready to serve shoppers looking for a sweet treat.

"We did a lot of baking this morning," she said.

Starz moved from a kiosk into the place vacated by ICrave, which specialized in crepes, about three weeks ago.

Founded by Lisa and Connie Brighton, Stephanie's mother and sister in 2009, the business has grown to four stores with 17 to 18 employees.

"We're at 19 locations," Garcia added.

Wednesday was the last day for Styles for Less, a fashion retailer catering to trendy teens.

"They raised the lease," said Bianca Gonzalez, 21, of Watsonville, who had worked at the store since June.

Now she's out of a job.

One mom, shopping with her twins, was amazed at the sale prices.

"Ninety percent off, this is $7, that means 70 cents," she said.

Down 41st Avenue, Steve Bliss at O'Neill could immediately tell when a customer planned to make a return.

"Here's one," he said, as a man brought back two O'Neill T-shirts.

"I have so many O'Neill shirts," he said. "I don't need two more white ones."

He lives in Maui, so he had to take care of the gift return here.

If O'Neill decides to have a location in Maui, "I'd love to open it up," Bliss said.

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