O. Henry is known for his "twist endings," and the ending of "The Gift of the Magi" is probably the most famous of them all. At the end of the story Della cuts and sells her hair to buy Jim a chain for his watch, and Jim sells his watch to buy Della combs for her hair. Here we have a classic case of irony.
Moreover, what is the gift of Della to Jim?
Della sells her beautiful hair. Della's gift to Jim is a chain for his watch (which he just sold). Jim's gift to Della is a set of combs that she wants for her hair (which she just sold). Yes, his gift was suitable.
How did Jim get the money to buy Della's gift?
Jim gave up his prized possession, his gold watch, to buy combs for Della's hair. NEITHER ONE OF THEM CAN USE THEIR CHRISTMAS GIFTS. Jim sells the thing that is most important to him to buy a gift for Della, but Della's gift requires the watch he sold.
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