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The theme of "The Gift of the Magi" is sacrificial love. Jim and Della both sacrificed things because they loved each other.
Della's most prized possession was her hair. She wanted to give a gift to Jim for Christmas, but she did not have enough money, so she knew she would have to sacrifice something.
Della sold her hair to buy Jim a chain for his most prized possession, his watch.
Jim sold his watch to buy Della a set of combs for her hair.
Watches and Combs
Both Jim and Della sacrificed their most prized possessions to give a gift to the other.
The irony of this story shows the theme of sacrificial love.
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