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The Gift of the Magi – Free PDF Download

December 9, 2010

The Gift of the Magi is a short story that was written by O. Henry (pen name of William Sydney Porter) in 1906.

It takes place on Christmas Eve, and follows a young woman as she tries her best to buy her husband a worthwhile Christmas present, in spite of the fact that she has very little money.

The story is heart-wrenching in its honest portrayal of love and hardship. It also has a well-known twist ending that has the reader truly feeling for the young couple. It’s a great story to read to kids around Christmastime. It has also been adapted many times throughout the years.

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Della and James Young are a married couple in their early twenties who are very poor. They can barely afford the $8 rent on their flat and they have no extra money for frivolities.

Despite their lack of money, they both love each other enough that they want to give each other wonderful Christmas presents. Della only has $1.87, but wants to buy Jim a grand chain for his most beloved pocket watch, previously owned by his grandfather.

Della’s long, beautiful hair is the only item she owns that is valuable enough to sell, so she decides to sell it in order to make enough money to buy Jim a present. She doesn’t know how he’ll react to her new appearance, and worries until he gets home that night.

When Jim arrives, he has brought with him the gift that Della has long wanted but never expected to own, but he’s gotten it at a high price.

Free PDF Download of The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

I have gotten an exclusive license from to give a way a free pdf download of The Gift of the Magi.

Free PDF Download <- click that link to view in your browser. Or, right-click it, select Save Target As / Save Link As, and save to your computer.

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