So, out of love, they each sold their valuables to get a gift for the other. This is a sign of love, not just any love, but of true love. Setting "flop[s] down on the shabbylittle couch"The setting of the story is on Christmas Eve and in thehousehold of the two couples. The significance ofthis setting is to point out the main plot within the story, which happens to fall on the two couple. The couple’s house is worn down because of this quote.
Tone or Mood “While the mistress of the home is gradually subsidingfrom the first stage to the second, take a look at the home. A furnished flat at $8per week.”This kind of tone to start of the story, makes the author seem very intelligent and the tone as descriptive and informational. Being able toset the tone at the beginningof the story makes a huge impression on the rest of thestory and know what the story is about. Plot “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. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere theyare wisest. They are the magi.”The plot of the story is the two couples sacrificing what is valuable to them in order to buy a special gift for Christmas to the significant other. This plot shows the real love that each of the couple has for one another, rather than just focusing on gift giving the whole story long. They had to sacrifice what they valued most to make sure the significant will be able to feel special on Christmas.