This offering is a pair of puzzles centered about O. Henry's (William Sydney Porter) The Gift of the Magi. Both are intended to be "foot off the accelerator but still learn something" puzzles. The Vocabulary Matching (with 16 words to match with their meanings) is a nice puzzle to be given BEFORE starting to read/discuss the book. I've tried to use words that are both in the short story . . . yet are still used today. It can be done individually by both middle school and high school students and could easily be given as an assignment after a test or before a break. Another good puzzle to give before reading the story is my Verb Search wherein the student is asked to find 18 of the verbs that O. Henry used throughout the story. I DO give very brief definitions of all of the verbs I'm asking the puzzle-doer to find. The crossword is a little more challenging (can be done by individuals in upper grades, as teams in the lower high school levels and, perhaps, older middle school levels) and might be implemented as a form of review. About seven, or so, clues deal with The Gift of the Magi . . . they're all in bold face type. Remember! The point of a crossword is to have a little fun/challenge while you are learning something. You are not supposed to know each answer right away upon glancing at the clue. It would be no fun if you did. You’d have LEARNED nothing. (This is a message that might be imparted to your students.) I try to phrase enough of the clues so that a student/person will know many of the answers immediately . . . the rest of the clues I want to challenge the doer a little bit. When they’ve learned something through being challenged they’ll appreciate their accomplishment, and the experience, a lot more.