These days I buy myself the gifts I really want. Sometimes I am able to specify an extra treat for Christmas or my birthday. What really gets me excited, though, is finding a special gift for someone that I think they will really like. I get impatient waiting for them to open it.
We are designed to want to give. Giving is almost always better than getting. The older I become, the more I enjoy it. One of the joys of participating in Oasis is the thrill of giving. And it does not have to be Christmas or a birthday either. It happens every week.
It is also satisfying to provide opportunities for our community members to have the same joy. It is wonderful to see community members give 'gifts' to other community members including us. Whether it is bringing something from their shelves or garden, sharing a lead on a job or room for rent, or bringing in a box of Timbits, it brings happiness to the giver.