It's me again posting on here!! I just seem to have so many etiquette-related holiday situations this year, sheesh.
So here's the situation (more hypothetical than truth at this point): there is a group of friends that have befriended each other through a social group at church. Christmas comes, and they exchange gifts with one another. Some give bigger gifts to certain members of the group and smaller gifts to other members of the group. Also, some of these friends have known certain members of the group longer than other members.
Is it okay to give different-sized gifts like this to the members of the group? And is it okay to have everyone see this, such as opening the gifts up in front of everyone, so it is clearly obvious that so-and-so has received bigger gift, and such-and-such has received smaller gift?
I don't know what to think. Personally for me, I simply can't afford to get everyone their own individual, costly gift. I am getting everyone the exact same gift, a small one. They're all getting the same thing, basically. I do have my favorites and some people I am closer to than others in the group, this is completely normal and natural in any social group. However, even if I did have more funds to embellish on people, I still would not give bigger gifts to my favorites in the group because I think this is not nice to the ones getting smaller gifts. Why make it obvious that you like or feel closer to some but not others?
Am I right, or am I being too sensitive and picky about this issue?