What is the irony of the gifts that Jim and Della exchanged?

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Irony is when events turn out the opposite of what is planned. In this story, newlyweds Della and Jim plan an amazing Christmas gift for each other. Both also make a big sacrifice to get the gift they think will bring joy to the other person.

Della sells her beautiful, beloved hair, that falls past her knees, to get money for Jim's gift. She uses the money to buy Jim an expensive watch chain for his beloved watch.

Jim sells his cherished watch to buy an expensive comb and brush set for Della's beautiful hair.

The irony is that both gifts are useless to the recipient. Both Jim and Della sold what made the gift precious:...

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