They wanted to spend Christmas together with a Christmas tree and candles, but customs took them away. Living in abject poverty, Jim and Della sell their most prized possessions in order to afford Christmas gifts for one another. Fishing Theme: fishing creel, snacks, visor Sports Theme: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey Items with team logo such as hats, mugs, trading cards, coasters, beer or sports drink, snacks such as nuts, chips, microwave popcorn Golf Theme: golf balls, tees, sunglasses, visor, insulated drink holder, beer or sports drink, golf towel. In this case, Jim and Della sacrifice their most treasured possessions so that the other can fully enjoy his or her gift. If ever there were a story with the message that all you need to be happy is love, this is it. Following the table we provide further information that may assist you. You can choose to pick names before you buy the gifts or get more general gifts and pick names at the exchange.
In addition to this table, if you are looking further for a list of romantic and unique things to do on your anniversary, irrespective of the year, we have compiled a list of our top 35 suggestions which you can. If someone happens to pick their own gift you can have them trade with a willing person. Henry, written and published in 1905. While both sacrifices render the gifts they buy pointless, the narrative shows how it is the sentiment, rather than the gift itself, that truly matters. Or why Jim loves Della? The ornament can a reflection about the year or if you are doing a blind exchange choose something that is special or in your type of style to give to someone. The story's likening of the couple to the magi, claiming they are the wisest gift givers of all, emphasizes the value of a gift lies not in its monetary price but in the intent, sacrifice and generosity behind the giving.
Ray Bradbury wrote many short stories, poems, and novels. I find the above view to be inadequate. Jim and Della are thinking about the present moment and the material possessions that give us pleasure. 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. Tips for Planning Your Christmas Gift Exchange No matter what Christmas gift exchange theme you decide to go with this holiday you should definitely make sure that some sort of price limit is set that is acceptable to people participating in the gift exchange. The second way that you could do this type of exchange would be to simply let the individual person choose what country they want to represent or get a gift from and then do a blind gift exchange and just the name of the country is written on the outside of the wrapping.
Here are some ideas that could work for a White Elephant, Secret Santa, or just about any other type of gift exchange. What are several ideas suggested by their actions and the gifts they buy for each other? All gifts must come from the dollar store. The gifts that Jim and Della give to one another end up having no useful function, but they are the most valuable gifts for either of them to have given because the gifts symbolize the sacrifices they are willing to make for their love for one another. Gifts could be treats, toys, bowls — any type of dog product. This might seem limiting until you take a look at the number of funny coffee mugs available online. A Night At the Movies Theme — This is sort of like the book exchange but you can include more than the actual movies for gifts. They … got into the rocket and the Mars Rocket took off into dark space.
He is still alive today and can be seen in many interviews talking about his wr … iting and his strong opinions. Most people enjoy board games, and there are plenty of them to choose from. This is played out until the last person has unwrapped their gift. You could also swap snow globes, or any other type of Christmas decoration. The porthole showed the vast and great space. Their actions demonstrate their willingness to sacrifice material goods for their love. You can draw names beforehand to get more personalized gifts or make it a blind draw to see who gets to choose the gift first.
What do Jim and Della buy after selling their possessions? They are not developed with the vision of using every idea. Please leave any extra ideas for this theme in the comments. When Della gives her present to Jim, she finds out that he has secretly sold his watch to buy her the expensive combs she has often admired. You give everyone a letter of the alphabet starting with the letter A and then they must buy a gift that starts with that letter. Theme and Moral The Gift of the Magi is a classic example of irony in literature.
You could also expand this to a candy exchange if you want as well. There are plenty of gift options here, including scented candles, lotions, and food. The other was Della's hair. Jim and Della, on the other hand, despite their apparent foolishness, are wise in another sense; that is, in their ability to appreciate the sentimental meaning behind gift-giving that goes deeper than a gift's material worth. Please pass on the page url if you want to share this information with others. In that manual, the gemstones or precious metals that are associated with each wedding anniversary are listed for every anniversary year from the first to the 25th, and every five years thereafter up until the 60th wedding anniversary. This works particularly well for office holiday parties.
The irony here works both on a practical and on a deeper, more sentimental level. I trust you will sit back and enjoy your visit with me. It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation--as all good things should do. Creative blessings, Julia Related: Julia Bettencourt Hello! This lead to buying gifts that contradicted each other. If you plan on having a white elephant gift exchange make sure you choose if you want the gifts to be gag or silly gifts or only have a few chosen silly gifts mixed in with nice ones.
Both lack ornamentation, but are remarkable and beautiful for their inner substance. Christmas Gift Exchange Theme Ideas The following Christmas gift themes would work great for most exchanges from family parties and friends to even a work Christmas exchange. The narrator concludes that Jim and Della are far wiser than the Magi because their gifts are gifts of love, and those who give out of love and self-sacrifice are truly wise because they know the value of self-giving love. Plot Summary The Gift of the Magi is a well-known short story by American short story writer O. Henry, the pen name of William Sydney Porter. People can get creative with the mugs and really find some cool mugs to pass around. Both Jim and Della behave impulsively, sacrificing their greatest treasures without thinking about the consequences and focusing instead on making one another happy.
There's a few stories from the 'Illustrated Man' that I recall. Desperate to find him the perfect gift, out she goes into the cold December day, looking in shop windows for something she can afford. The theme is that technology is harmful to man as evidenced by the bomb but nature will always beat technology as evidenced by the tree falling and knocking over the chemicals, creating the fire that burns down the house. Its major theme is the difference between wisdom and foolishness, or having or not having, a sense of judgment and understanding. Della doubled the fob chain in her hand and sat on the corner of the table near the door that he always entered. Can you point to specific passages? Instead, remember to have fun and get creative while really remembering that Christmas is about spending time with your family friends and not necessarily all about the gifts. Before it was edited, the answer had the following description: They are both free, but present is more special than gift and suggests a nontrivial relationship between the giver and the receiver.