Could you summarize the story "The Gift of the Magi"?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"The Gift of the Magi" is the story of Jim and Della, a couple who is getting ready for Christmas at a time when they don't really have very much.

Both of them are willing to sacrifice their most prized possessions to purchase their spouse something great for Christmas. The story ends up having a great irony to it because they each purchase an item intended to magnify their greatest possessions.

Della has beautiful locks of hair. They are so georgeous and long that she can easily have it cut and sold. She made a great profit for it and purchased her Jim a chain for his watch.

Jim sold his watch to purchase Della beautful combs to hold her locks of hair.

Christmas rolls around and they exchange gifts. The gifts become useless. This is a great tale to analyze the value of material items.