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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  75,270 ratings  ·  1,567 reviews
One dollar and eight-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure -- her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and the sacrifices each must make to buy ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published December 10th 1905)
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CINE-BOOKS What is a good recipe for a love-story? Take a couple madly in love, add some money problems and spice it up with an upcoming Christmas.

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What is a good recipe for a love-story? Take a couple madly in love, add some money problems and spice it up with an upcoming Christmas.

The Gift of the Magi is a timeless story about sacrifice and love that will never lose its charm and its universal appeal. A beautiful romantic tale that will make you rethink your relationships and force you to go hug the person you love.

Beautiful photorealistic illustrations and music add even more emotion to this insightful story about the rewards of unselfish love. So, sit back, relax and read how Della and Jim, in spite of the lack of money, try to make each other a bit happier and a bit richer in their own way. (less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2018 update: I read it again. And got misty-eyed again.
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In this classic 1905 Christmas story, one of O. Henry's best and most famous (free online at Amazon and many other websites), we meet Della and Jim, a young married couple who are as poor as church mice.

All Della wants is to buy her beloved Jim a wonderful Christmas present ... but even after saving every penny for months, all she has is $1.87. A way to get enough mone
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lawyer by: Miss Robins, English Teacher, Seventh Grade
O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi," illustrated by Lizabeth Zwerger was among my gifts to my wife our first Christmas together. It is one of our annual traditions that I read it to her each Christmas. Yes, I'm hopelessly romantic. I imagine we'll finally hit a year when I hear a gentle snore when she nods off as I'm reading.

"ONE dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and
Angela M
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful reminder of loving and giving. Merry Christmas!
I recently read this for the first time as a short story in a collection of O. Henry’s works. This is done up as a children’s picture book. I don’t think it works all that well as a children’s book. It is too wordy and there are a lot of words needing to be explained to them (not that that’s bad and I rather like introducing new words, but there are a lot at once).

The artwork was lovely, very sparse with a feeling of poverty, desperation, and some warmth. You can see that Jim and Della love eac
Brian Yahn
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Gift of the Magi gives you an interesting question to think about: is it worth it to sacrifice one thing you love for another? Sort of like a bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush. While the twist ending cleverly ties the story into a nice Christmas bow, and the prose is enjoyable the whole way through, the the moral doesn't really resonate for me. It's like an analogy that doesn't work.

Regardless, it's probably one of the best things to read on Christmas.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is a timeless classic, and should be read by everyone at least once. In just a few short pages, O. Henry manages to convey one of life's heaviest lessons: love is the greatest gift of all; it is truly invaluable, unlike any material item one can buy.
I love this old O Henry story, first published in 1905, and I like to re-read it every now and then. Seemed like a good finish for 2016.

“One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the ne
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming Christmas story 😍
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry
"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story, written by O. Henry (a pen name for William Sydney Porter), about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been a popular one for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmas time. The plot and its twist ending are well-known, and the ending is generally consid
Ahmed  Ejaz
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, short-stories
Sorry! I shouldn't have laughed but I couldn't control. Well ending was kind of funny but also kind of emotional for me.

This story is a part of my English Textbook in College. So definitely had to read it. My English Professor gave the intro. of this story today and I read it while coming to home from college.

This story is about love. Della and Jim (husband and wife) have great love for each other. Both want to give each other a gift on Christmas. But they can't afford. So
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful little book for the Christmas season. I really enjoyed this little story set on Christmas Eve which tells the story of the true meaning of gift giving.

I listened to this version and what a treat it was and I loved the little twist.

Thank you to my Good Read Friends Diane and Carol for bringing this little book to my attention as I had never heard of it before.

I hope to source a couple of copies of this for Christmas gifts as I think this little book would make a perfect present f
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
First published in 1905, this delightful little story (with a twist) depicts the true meaning of love and giving during the Christmas season.

A first time read for me.

Known as a Christmas story but it plays well at any time. O'Henry uses irony to tell a classic story of selfless love, sacrifice, and the power of giving. I can't imagine anyone not liking this story.
Diane S ☔
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: let-it-snow
What a wonderful little heartwarming story. One that represents what I think is the true spirit of Christmas. Sacrifice, giving and love.
Sanjay Gautam
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A story that has made a lot of girls cry! :p
A very nice story with an emotional twist.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owns, short-novels

I read The Gift of the Magi in my high school. Many short stories will come but this story won't leave my mind.

This couple's gift receiving and giving ideas are so different and fantastic, it can't be put into words.
Anish Kohli
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I remember this story being part of my college curriculum. An engineering college, no less. So they did teach us literature, I guess. This was also the story that sparked a difference of opinion with my English teacher, the details of which I will skip, and as a result, I wasn’t allowed to sit in my English classes for the entire semester! Cool, eh? Yep, I was that kinda kid! Still am! Kraken doesn’t lash out at books alone! ;)

Anyway, I picked it up as a Christmassy sort of a read, having compl
4 stars

"Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. They are the magi."

A lovely short story about the true meaning of Christmas. While caught up in the rush and chaos of the holiday season, I am thankful to be reminded of what is truly important - love, sacrifice and the giving of one's own self to another. Do yourself a favor and take a moment to read this timeless classic!
”Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. They are the magi."

A short story by O. Henry about sacrifice, the true meaning of Christmas not being found in a toy store, or a department store, or a jewelry store, but in the love we share by giving of ourselves.
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داستانی بسیار زیبا و تأثیر گذار از عشق دختری به نامِ «دلا» و شوهرش «جیم».... هر دو عاشقانه یکدیگر را میپرستند، با آنکه توانایی مالی ندارند و در یک اتاقِ کوچک که تنها یک تخت و یک آیینۀ دیواری شکسته دارد و یک قالیچه قرمز رنگ که در کف اتاق پهن شده، زندگی میکنند
شب کریسمس است... «دلا» تنها یک دلار و هشتاد و هفت سنت دارد، و با این پول نمیتواند برای «جیم» هدیۀ مناسب تهیه کند... ارزشمند ترین دارایی «دلا» موهای بلند و زیبایِ اوست ... لذا موهای خود میفروشد و با پول آن برای «جیم» زنجیر طلایی میخرد تا به سا
From a collection of stories “Stories by O. Henry
This short story is short. It’s 7 pages. We meet Della, a wife longing to buy her beloved husband a lovely gift but she only has $1.87. What is she going to do? The couple has 2 treasures: the husbands gold watch and her beautiful long hair.

I now know that this is what Emmett Otter is based off of, but that had a better ending on it than this little story. Needles to say, both of the couple sell their treasure to buy a gift for the other person.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, stars-4-0
“Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling—something.”

I hadn’t heard of this classic tale, but this Christmas, a friend of mine read it, plus it was mentioned in a Christmas film. That piqued my curiosity! Imagine my surprise when said friend send it to me!!! :O) Thanks Trish!

Well, this was such a lovely story, very simple and yet so charged with meaning and feeling. The artwork in this illustrated edition works beautifully, showin
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gift of the Magi is written by O. Henry (a pseudonym for William Sydney Porter). This Kindle version I have (with a cover different from the one posted) comprises two short but delightful stories: the titular title and ‘The Ransom of the Red Chief.’

The Gift of the Magi

‘What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.’ - Christine Rossetti

The Magi from days of yore came bearing gifts
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read this story first when I was in 6th or 7th Standard. I was too young to comprehend the meaning of this story back then. But since then I have read it few times and somehow I made this perception that Della and Jim weren’t perfect for each other. I know it’s a very unpopular opinion but I had my logic. I think almost everybody know their story so you see, they loved and cared for each other so much that they ended up hurting each other. Extreme of anything is harmful, even if it’s love ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I find that I love this story just as much now as I ever did. It is about unconditional love that puts the beloved first. The world could use a little more of that...a willingness to part with what we most value in order to please another.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute. I remember watching a film of this as a child.I only read this as it was free and to fulfill a bingo challenge. Little did I know it would come with a free gift: nostalgia!
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far my favourite Christmas story. It's also my favourite romantic story.

It's the story of Della and Jim, a young couple living in New York City. It's about living with what you have, about true gift-giving, and about sacrifices made in the name of love.

A short story, nothing fancy - but as is said within the story, true treasure doesn't need to sparkle. Nevertheless, I'm glad someone realized how special this story is and properly adorned it with gorgeous illustrations of which I'd li
Ammara Abid
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One dollar and eighty-seven cents 💓
Shirley Revill
I read this book some time ago and I must admit it's one of my favourite stories.
Paula Kalin
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wonderful holiday short-story classic. Makes you think about the insignificance of materials things and the happiness sacrificing for your loved ones brings.

4 out of 5 stars.
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William Sydney Porter lends the pen name "O. Henry" to surprise endings signed officially as Sydney Porter. His biography shows where he found inspiration for his characters. Their voices and his language were products of his era.

He was born 1862 Greensboro, North Carolina. When he was three years old, his mother died from tuberculosis. He left school at fifteen, worked five years in his uncle's d
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“The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.” 31 likes
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