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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 th ...more
Paperback, 26 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Aladdin (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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Lawyer
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
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Brian Yahn
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
PattyMacDotComma
5★
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
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Dem
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ahmed  Ejaz
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 2017
Hahaha....
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.

OVERVIEW
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
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Carol
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
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Rebbie
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Diane S ☔
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
A story that has made a lot of girls cry! :p
A very nice story with an emotional twist.
Pooja
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Duane
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.
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
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
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Candi
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!
Emma
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!
Shayantani Das
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The number of great stories you can “sneak read” between lectures is surprising :p

It’s equally surprising when short stories manage to melt your heart when sometimes 1000 pages fail to do so. Generally those stories are written my masters like O Henry, Leo Tolstoy, and Guy De Maupassant etc. The Gift of magi is one such story and it is also connected with some amazing memories. 5 stars all the way..
Magdalen
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am overwhelmed by a feeling I cannot define. Should I be laughing? Should I be having second thoughts about how I view gifts? Should I be sad?
This is a story of a couple whose unconditional love for each other made them sacrifice the most important things they owned to buy each other a Christmas gift. See the twist in the end was definitely smart and gave me a heart warming feeling with a sad sensation...
I should thank my uncle for suggesting O.Henry to me!
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
December read with my favorite Pantaloonless Group.



Read a book set at Christmas.

God I wish I liked this more. My two stars is a reflection of the quality of the story itself and not what it was trying to say. Though the whole thing was so sweet it was like I fell into a lake of chocolate or something.


This story primarily centers on Christmas and the act of giving, and how love is stronger than material possessions blabiltty blah. It was sweet, but that wasn't my main problem with it. The problem
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❀Julie
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for the holiday season and getting into the spirit of Christmas. Very sweet story.
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
I just read the Goodreads description for this story and laughed my ass off:
O. Henry's classic tale of Della and Jim, the struggling newlyweds so anxious to give each other a Christmas gift that each sells the one thing the other holds most dear, receives an oddly lifeless treatment here. Heyer's meticulously detailed illustrations are pretty but stilted; the characters look like mannequins. The rueful Jim fares better than the poor prematurely middle-aged Della, who at times looks more like his
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Paula
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.
Foad
ویلیام سیدنی پورتر، آغازگر داستان های مثلاً اخلاقی زردی که این روزها روی اینترنت می بینیم.
Emily
May 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always make references to this story. It's simple and heartbreaking and wonderful. The ending gives me chills:

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
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
When I was a young boy and I ran out of books to read I became addicted to comics. Two stories stayed with me all these years, one of them this one by O. Henry. The story was plagiarized. I didn't know it was originally by O. Henry until lately.

The other story went something like this: two guys attempted to commit suicide but failed. They landed in a hospital and their beds adjoined each other in a room. One guy was rich once, with millions and millions, but because of his vices he unwisely squa
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Deborah Markus
As part of our homeschooling, I used to have my son read a classic Christmas-related work every year. He was fine when we read A Christmas Carol together several years in a row, because I'm sorry but that never gets old. He liked the Sherlock Holmes story "The Blue Carbuncle." And he giggled at the various parodies I found of "The Night Before Christmas."

However, he started making mutinous noises after he read this story the year before last. And he almost literally threw the book at me after I
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Trish
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read thanks to the Literary Advent Calendar by BookRiot.
I had never heard of the story but am so glad I read it. This is a wonderful if short tale about true love and two people making the best of their circumstances. Of course it's also a little tragic but very heartwarming indeed (without being cheesy)!
Chris
Sometimes, the classics are simply the best. Now to read Jane Yolen's version.
Tomas Ramanauskas
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the most beautiful short love story ever commited to paper. Not probably - it definitely is.
Willowy Whisper
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute little story! But gracious, isn't that the saddest thing?
Rajtilak Bhattacharjee
This is one book which bring tears in my eyes everytime I read it. The story of a young couple, living their banalities with grace. Who tries to snatch away a happy moment from time, instead what they got was the happiest moment of their lives. Those who have alraedy read the book must be surprised by this comment. But ladies and gentlemen, don't you think that happiness is being in the arms of that someone special instead of a valuable gift. A must read for every love-sick puppy and for all tho ...more
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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.” 26 likes
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