A woman from the Isle of Man defended herself from criticism after a photo of her Christmas gifts to her children went viral. Emma Tapping posted a photo to Facebook, showing over 300 Christmas gifts stacked to almost the entire height of her Christmas tree. After the post went viral, Tapping received backlash from commenters who questioned her parenting claiming she spoiled her children too much.
“The way I see it is you can buy your kids two presents or 200 presents – it’s the way you bring them up,” she told British television program This Morning . “My kids know the difference between right and wrong, they appreciate everything they get, and they don’t get spoiled throughout the year.” Tapping also said that she spent around $2,276 on the gifts and does not even own a credit card.
She stated that she refused to pay full price for any of the gifts she purchased, opting for bargain hunting by following the advice of British financial advisor Martin Lewis. “I’m not rich. I literally start from January, use every bargain that I can and I shop all year round to make the pile as big as it is and I start wrapping presents in August,” she said. “And I do it all year round to give my kids the best Christmas I can.”