Della Young wanted to buy her husband, Jim Young, a Christmas present to show her love for him. However, she had nothing more that $1.87 to buy him a gift. Overwhelmed with sorrow, Della cries on her bed, not knowing of any other options.
Frantically trying to get easy money, Della sells her hair for twenty dollars. Della takes pride in her hair, as Jim takes pride in his watch. So, she buys him a new gold watch chain for his pasted-down watch.
Make it quick...
Concerned whether or not Jim will still love her with shorter tom-boyish hair, she prepares dinner. Della waits on the couch for her husband to return from work.