The Gift of the Magi Questions and Answers
by O. Henry

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Why were the gifts given by Jim and Delia considered to be wise gifts? Explain the irony of fate in the exchange of their gifts. refer to 'the gift of magi' by  o.henry

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The irony of their exchange is that they each sell their most dear possession in order to purchase something for the other.  Of course Delia sells her hair in order to purchase a watch chain for Jim.  Jim has sold his watch in order to buy combs for Delia.  So their gifts are useless in the material sense.

The gifts can be considered wise, however, because each of them has sacrificed what makes them most proud in the world to buy a gift for the other, demonstrating a level of love and commitment that will likely be worth more than any earthly possession.

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The story "The Gift of the Magi" has a relationship with the Christian birth of Christ and the Magi's gift that the Magi (Wise men) had brought to Christ.  In the story Jim and Delia abandon their own needs and wants to ensure that they each are able to purchase the other a gift that the other would want.

The love that they each exhibit for one another is unconditional love with self-sacrifice.  In relation to the Christian bible this is the greatest love that man can present from one to another.  There are other themes through-out the book that tie the book to the story of the Holy Trinity and sacrifice as well.  The story also takes place at Christmas, a Christian Day when one honors Chris's birth.  Christ is the greatest sacrifice.