Money can buy many things in life, but the one thing it can't buy is happiness. In the short story The Gift of the Magi, the theme money cannot but happiness is very apparent. The author is trying to teach the reader about the fact that money does not buy happiness. The author backs this theory up by show how Della and Jim live a happy life despite their lack of money. The Gift of the Magi is a short story where the two main characters Della and Jim make sacrifices for each other's benefits. Della makes sacrifices to buy Jim a present for Christmas, but all Jim really wants is a gift from the heart. Both characters learn that money does not buy happiness and that a present from the heart can often times be better than goods for a present. After reading this short story there are many things I have taken away from it. At first the story didn't appeal to me all that much, but after thinking about it I realize how this story translates to our lives in many ways. This story changed the way I thought about the value of money. I was taught how money doesn't buy happiness, and that a family that is living in poverty can be as happy or happier than a family living in wealth. The Gift of the Magi is a short story that talks about a small family that finds happiness living a life of poverty.