Would you sell your most prized possession for your lover? In the short story, “The gift of the Magi”, by O. Henry, the two young main characters Della and Jim, did this in a heartbeat for each other out of love. It was Christmas time, the couple lived in an 8$ flat, and made enough to live, with very little left over for gifts and other things. This Christmas, Della and Jim seem to not have the money to buy each other gifts. But what they do have, is their prized possessions, for Della, this is her hair, which in the way the author O. Henry describes it, “Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty’s jewels and gifts.” For Jim, it is his prized watch that had been passed down from his grandfather to his father, then on to him. Both of them are profusely searching for a way to get money to buy each other a gift for Christmas. In a way, it is like how I can sometimes scramble to get my homework done and in, except that is for my own benefit, Jim and Della are searching for each other. Humans can sometimes act selfishly, but, in this unexpected twist, out of love, Della chops off her hair only to get a chain for Jim’s watch. The problem was, that she was to focused on if Jim would accept her new hair. But she came home only to find that Jim had sold his watch, (the one that she had bought a chain for) to buy these combs for her hair. I would not call this short story a tragedy because, where one thing was lost, another was gained, and in the end, everything evened out in a way. But what is so amazing about this story is how Jim and Della are more focused on making the other partner happier with a nice present than keeping something very close to them, especially when money is short between the two. They are acting for the each other, and not themselves. In the end, the money might not always be there to help you along the way, but what is always there in your head is knowing you have somebody who cares for you more than they care for a part of themselves, and to know that they are there with you, no matter how hard the times.