Describe the gift Della bought for Jim in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry.

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In "The Gift of the Magi," Della is distraught because she does not have enough money to buy her husband Jim a proper Christmas present. She counts out one dollar and eighty seven cents that she has been able to save and begins to cry because she wants something special for Jim. Della decides to cut off her hair and that same day, she sells it for twenty dollars in order to purchase Jim's special gift. After much looking, she finally finds it-a beautiful chain for his prized watch. The chain is made of platinum and is simple in design, not gaudy or overdone. "It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation-as all good things should do."  Della feels that the chain is perfect for Jim: "Quietness and value--the description applied to both." She buys it for twenty one dollars and happily returns home with eighty seven cents left over.

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