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The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi


by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi Resources

Movie or TV Productions

Gift of the Magi, 1917

The first movie version of the story, and a silent film.

O. Henry's Full House

A film featuring five different O. Henry short stories, the last of which is "Gift of the Magi."

Gift of the Magi, 1958 Musical

A 1958 TV production of the story as a musical, starring Gordon MacRae and Sally Ann Howes,

Gift of the Magi, 1978 Musical

Another made-for-TV musical production.

The Gift of Love

A non-musical 1978 Christmas TV special that adapted the story, starring Marie Osmond.

"Gift of the Magi," Sesame Street-style

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, the 1978 holiday special, which features a segment with Bert and Ernie based on "Gift of the Magi."

Gift of the Magi, 1980

A brief, sixteen minute Canadian version of the story.

"Grift of the Magi"

"Gift of the Magi" receives a Simpsons treatment.


A 2004 Indian adaptation of the story, starring Aishwarya Rai.


"The Gift of the Magi"

A free, online version of the text from Project Gutenberg.

O. Henry Books and Biography

Another collection of online works and a short biography, from Read Print.

O. Henry Portal

Greensboro Public Library's O. Henry website (O. Henry was born in Greensboro, NC), featuring links to articles, various resources, and a short biography.

O. Henry in Austin

The city of Austin's O. Henry website, with a biography, timeline, collection of stories, and resources.


"Gift of the Magi" by Squirrel Nut Zippers

A musical take on the short story.

"Gift of the Magi" free audio book

Hear the story read aloud for free.


O. Henry

One of the most famous pictures of O. Henry

O. Henry

Another famous O. Henry photo, this one without mustache.

Historical Documents

O. Henry's Only Interview

A 1909 interview from the New York Times.

Letter from O. Henry to Frank Maddox

A scanned letter from the Austin Library's O. Henry archive; check out O. Henry's handwriting.

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