"One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all and sixty cents of it was pennies. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas."
Della didn't know what to do because she didn't have the funds to buy Jim's Christmas present.
Della and Jim are poor and cant get each other a gift for Christmas.
Della cut her hair and sold it for some money so she can get Jim's present.
Jim is acting weird but Della doesn't know if it's because of her hair or not.
Della wanted Jim to put on his watch, so she could see how it looked on him. But what Della didn't know is that he sold it to get her combs. Della and Jim go back to making dinner and forget about it. In the end their love for each other is more than just a Christmas present.