Why is the story called "The Gift of the Magi"?

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The Magi were the three wise men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus. They had travelled many miles and gave unselfishly to a child. This act of love is mirrored in the story "The Gift of the Magi". Both Delia and Jim sell their most precious possession in order to give the other person a gift. The irony is that by selling their most prized possession, both Delia and Jim make each other's gift worthless. However, as the narrator reveals, this young couple's love and sacrifice is the greatest gift anyone could possess. The narrator even compares their gifts to those of the magi by saying,"''let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest ... They are the magi."