"With time closing in, the unpleasant possibility of waking up tomorrow morning empty-handed would probably weigh heavier on your mind than any grandiose notion of thrilling your sweetheart with the perfect present. With only one day to make the purchase, simply getting a gift that 'isn't bad' is suddenly of paramount concern."
Even if it costs more.
Lee Dye is a former science writer for the Los Angeles Times. He now lives in Juneau, Alaska.