this story takes place in nineteenth century New York on Christmas eve. our main characters are Della and James.
Della counts the money she saved for Christmas but they were very poor so there was not enough to get anything special for James.
James treasured two things his pocket watch, and Della's hair. Della moved quickly out the door into the street, were she saw a sign that said “Mrs. Sofronie. Hair Articles of all Kinds.” she went in and soled her hair for twenty dollars. Della looked at stores and found a gold watch chain.
Della bought the chain and returned home nervously waiting for James.
James seemed shocked that Bella soled her hair to buy him a gift. but he did not love Della any less. James gave Della her gift and it was beautiful combs james sold his watch for.