Christmas is coming up and Della only has $1.87 to spend on a gift for her husband, Jim.
Even though they did not have a lot of money, both Della and Jim had a prized possession. Jim's prized possession was a pocket watch, but he did not have a fob. Della's was her long brown hair.
Let's just put our gifts away for now and enjoy our Christmas together.
Della decided to cut her hair and sell it that way she would have enough money to buy a gift for Jim.
Theme of the Story
Della was very worried about what Jim would think of her after she got her hair cut off. Della waited anxiously for her husband to come home.
Don't look at me that way! I sold my hair to buy you a gift!
It turns out that they both sold their prized possessions to buy a Christmas present for each other. They were both happy with their gifts but neither can use them. Jim bought Della hair combs and she bought him the watch fob.
The theme of the story is that a abundance of love makes up for material poverty. Both Jim and Della love each other so much they gave up their most prized possessions to get a gift for one another.