Angela & I have received a few gifts of late; coffee, wine, books, cookies, selections from a garden, and a cigar. The cigar I did not share.
Presents always make me feel a little awkward—especially the ones mentioned above for they are Life, they are what the givers enjoy. So when the exchange is made, the gift and then the Thank you…my cup runs over.
Perhaps the reason that it is better to give than to receive is that the level of emotion that accompanies the reception is not near as weighty to the giver. The giver walks away (certainly happier) but the ones gifted have to stand there and deal with all of that love. And that is not easy.