5 Holiday Gifts to Avoid
Presents are great, and can really make a young child’s holiday season all the more special. Of course, family, friends, and good health are great ways to commemorate the holidays, too. Health, in particular, is important because there are some gifts that are not safe for kids, and those gifts can put your child’s health in jeopardy, and who wants to spend Christmas in the emergency room? To be the best gift-giver you can be, take a look at the following 5 lists of Christmas gifts to avoid this year.
Here’s a list of dangerous toys from years past, just in case you come across one of them.
While it might sound like a good idea at the time, an animal will not make a great gift for a child, or anyone who can’t afford the time and expense to feed and care for another living thing. A young child might enjoy the fun times at the beginning, but there are many opportunities for things to go wrong, and the ending is not always happy. Check out the article for some good reasons why animals don’t make good gifts.
Here’s the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s list of toys recalled so far in 2013. Toys are recalled for a variety of reasons, but all recalls are because the toy creates an unsafe condition for a child.
4. Toys with lead (and other toxins)
Lead is a poison and can cause a number of different health problems over time. There are legal limits to the amount of lead allowed in toys, but every so often, a product is found to have unsafe levels of lead. You could also look for toys with no lead, for an even safer gift.
Here’s a comprehensive report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund which explains a whole bunch of very real hazards found in children’s toys today. It discusses a lot of dangers address above, like lead, but also goes into other toxins, choking hazards, and the ingestion of small objects like magnets.
Have a great, safe holiday season!