7-Eleven

It's not just for your chain-smoking, lottery-addicted uncle anymore.

7-Eleven has been the last refuge of holiday scoundrels for years, but the chain has gotten wise to its place on the Christmas food chain. Yes, there's still a Slurpee machine and rotating stock of Big Bite hot dogs and taquitos, but the stores have also started stocking gift cards, headphones, DVDs and, most importantly, batteries. It's great to have a stocking-candy nirvana open Christmas Day just in case, but knowing they have a full supply of batteries on the one day parents invariably forget that their child's favorite Christmas toy needs them usually gets this seemingly lowly convenience store chain high praise from families around this time of year.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.

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