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Conflict at the beggining
"One dollar and eighty seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies."
conflict when Jim comes home
"The door opened and Jim stepped in and closed it. He looked thin and very serious. Poor fellow, he was only 22 and had to be burdened with a family. He needed a new overcoat and he was without gloves. Jim stepped in as immovable as a setter at the scent of quail. His eyes were fixed upon Della, and there was an expression in them that terrified her."
conflict when Jim tells Della he sold his watch
"Dell," he said,"lets put our Christmas presents away for a while. They're too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs."
Della and her husband Jim are very poor, and struggle to make money. Della wants to get Jim a present, but she doesn't have the money.
Della had cut off her to get Jim his present, but she did not know what he had gotten her.
Ther had both sold the most important thing to them, but they had gotten each other useless gifts.
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