Two things Emma Tapping undeniably loves are Christmas and her family (although you might be able to throw holiday shopping into the mix). The 36-year-old British mother of three recently appeared on Inside Edition to defend her decision to spend about $2,000 on more than 300 gifts for her three children. Her husband will get a few surprises under the tree as well.
Tapping appeared confident and bubbly during her interview, explaining that she had bought about 85 gifts for each of her two girls and about 30 for her son, and apparently she kept shopping after that, because recent media reports say she has now bought about 96 gifts for each of her kids.
Last year, Tapping was accused of going too far after purchasing 86 gifts each for her children — Mia, 14; Ella, 10; and Tatum, who is still a toddler — and sharing pictures of the lavish display on Facebook. The post went viral, with Facebook friends advising Tapping to ignore the “jealous” people.
Tapping has apparently taken their advice — this year, the presents are even more bountiful. She shared a photo of her extravagance on Facebook. Yes, there’s a tree under there.
Tapping’s Christmas shopping has become so legendary that it’s being recorded as part of a documentary, Xmas Excess: Parents Splash the Cash. Most of the gifts are supplies her children need for school, Tapping said. She doesn’t use credit cards, and she starts purchasing the gifts, at discount prices, at the beginning of the year.
In the documentary, it was revealed that her kids didn’t use all of the presents from last year.
“There was a popcorn maker and a notepad that Ella hasn’t used,” Tapping says. “For them not to use two things out of all the things I bought them, that’s not so bad.”
Her spending has triggered a debate on social media, with some saying the mom has gone too far.