"...It surely had been made for Jim and no one else."
Set in Newark, New Jersey in 1907. Della has encountered a problem. She only has $1.87 for a Christmas present for her husband Jim. She has been saving for months every last penny she could get but its still not enough.
"please God, make him think I am still pretty."
Della finds a place that buys hair. She has no hesitation to cut off her beautiful long hair for a nice Christmas present for Jim. She recieves $20.
Della is overjoyed that she now has enough money to buy Jim a extraordinary fob chain for Christmas.
Della is now very worried that Jim will not think she is pretty. Jim loved her long hair. It was one of his most favorite things about her.
Jim still loves Della's hair. They both receive special gifts. Della gets a beautiful comb and Jim receives the fob chain. In the end they both sacrifice something for the special presents making it even more special.