Della sadly counts the $1.87 that she has gradually saved for a present for Jim, realizing it will nit be enough.
Although Della had been very parsimony with her money lately she thinks of a way to get money for a present.
While walking down the street Della notices a store that claims to buy hair. Della walks in and asks "will you buy my hair?" The woman says "let me get a look without your hat on." She then offers her $20 and Della agrees.
Della then goes out and generously gets Jim the gift he deserves.
Dellla worries about what Jim will think if her new haircut, "my hair grows quick, Jim. Im not prosperous so I had to sell it to buy you present." Jim then says "I don't worry about how you look, theres nothing that would change the way I look at my girl. But now youll see why you had me going for a bit."
Della ecstatically gives Jim his gift. He opens it to discover that he got a watch band. This upsets him because his watch vanished when he sold it to get Della her present. Della then opens her present to discover that Jim got her a beautiful set of combs. She us is then upset about this because she cut off all of her to buy Jims present.
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