Most great stories have a list of ingredients that hook a reader and keep them wanting more. Some of those ingredients are conflict, climax, suspense , and strong characters. All of these things can be found in “The Gift of the Magi” along with a theme that will warm the heart of the most ornery person on earth. O. Henry paints a vibrant picture of love and sacrificing for another being stronger than your own selfish needs and wants, which is a theme that resonates with a lot of people. This story draws you in from the very start. “The Gift of the Magi” has everything that a great story is comprised of, a heartwarming theme with a plot that pulls you in and characters that you feel connected to and root for.