I only have $1.87! I can't buy James anything for Christmas!
Happy Husband > Handsome Hair
I'll buy your hair for twenty dollars. Give it to me quick!
The Perfect Gift
This chain is perfect for Jim! It's even worthy of my hair!
Della, the poor wife of an underpaid professor, is facing the problem of lacking extra pocket money with which to buy her husband, James, a wonderful Christmas gift.
Sweet, Terrible Irony
Merry Christmas, Jim!
The only way for Della to earn money is to sell her hair. Is it worth it? Della decides that she is willing to give up her luxurious, long hair to make $20, just enough to buy Jim a present.
After chopping off her beloved locks, Della scurries to a store and quickly purchases the perfect gift for her husband: a platinum fob chain for Jim's watch.
Della waits excitedly for Jim to return from work, but when he gets home, Jim sees that Della has cut her hair and is very upset. This is because his present to Della is a beautiful set of combs for her shiny, beautiful hair that is now cut and gone.
Oh no! She cut her hair?! But her present... and my watch! I sold it! Oh dear...
It turns out that Della's present is equally as useless given that James sold his watch to buy the combs. The couple is distraught, but after James assures Della that he still loves her despite the change in her looks, they decide to put their presents away until they can be properly used.
We sold our favorite things for new presents, but now neither of us can use them...
Della and Jim learn that trying to substitute the nice things you have in life, like Della's hair and Jim's watch, for things that seem greater, such as a new watch chain or beautiful combs, can sometimes leave you with nothing good at all.