What is the true "gift" in "The Gift of the Magi"?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Have you ever heard the expression "It's the thought that counts"? That's the gist of this story. Jim and Della loved each other so much that each was willing to give up the material thing that was most precious to them in order to buy a gift for the other. In the end, neither of them could use the gift they received, but it didn't matter. The love that inspired them to do something special for each other was the true gift.

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the-edge | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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In The Gift of the Magi each of the main characters sells their most valued possession in order to buy something for the other.

This story has nothing to do with possessions it is about love.  The characters each loved the other and they were each willing to give something up in order to make the other happy.

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jazz89c | Student | eNotes Newbie

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the true gift in this story is there love torwards each other