Ready, set, shop: Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Posted on December 9, 2016 by kerri
If you’ve ever seen our products in person, you’ll know that safety is our first priority: to ensure readability, Jon and his team use a black fill on all of their engraving work. We don’t have beaded bracelets that can break, instead, bead-like tough stainless steel and glass creates that beaded look many love, without the hassle (and hazard!) of a snagged wire breaking your beautiful bracelet. The holidays are quickly upon us, and while fun and appropriate gifts may be at the front of your mind, safety also should be.
December is appropriately Safe Toys and Gifts month. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure the gifts you pick for everyone on your list are safe:
  • Choking hazards: Keep in mind not only children under 3-5 years who may put things in their mouths, but also children with certain disabilities who may tend to do this for a longer period of time, as well as parents or caregivers of children. Remember that broken or unbroken balloons can also pose a choking hazard for children under 9 years. [1]
    Remember as well that older children may have siblings that are still young enough to be impacted by choking hazards. If you know the family well, and that a younger child will be well supervised around small parts, like Lego, these may be okay—for other families, it may be easier to simply choose another gift.
  • Durability: To be safe, items must be durable. Remember that while an item may not be a choking hazard when it is in tact, if it is not durable, small broken pieces may cause problems. While it is true people are more likely to write a review for a bad experience, checking out online reviews can help you determine the durability of a toy or gift.
  • Pet safety: Whether you’re getting gifts for humans or furry friends, for houses with pets, keep in mind that durable toys are important. Cats are often calmer than dogs, but know the temperament of the cat you are buying a gift for—some can be just as tough on toys as dogs!
    You’ve likely seen photos of your friends puppies who have destroyed toys meant for much bigger dogs. When looking at toys for pets, consider their toughness to be chewed on, and what will happen if they break—stuffed toys are cute, but often end up as a pile of fluff within a matter of minutes depending on how aggressive a chewer your dog is! Rope and ring tug toys are a good choice if they are made of a strong material (and your dog will also enjoy the quality time with you!). A good idea is to check which toys are deemed safe by service dog training programs, such as the approved toy list for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and which are off-limits
    If you let your pet open gifts (tear off paper), ensure that you supervise them to prevent them from ingesting paper (or at least too much paper!) and pick up the pieces afterwards.
There are a lot of great gifts out there—if you keep these few tips in mind, you’ll easily find a gift that is safe for humans and pets present, and is durable. Your thoughtfulness will be appreciated, and, the recipient will be able to appreciate the gift for a long time to come if the product—whether a toy, a piece of cookware, piece of technology, or even furniture—is able to put up with normal use, everyday wear and tear, and then some!
A My Identity Doctor medical ID bracelet of course fits these criteria—and necklaces may be a good choice for adults and children over 12 as long as they are not too long. For younger children, or anyone who is very active or uses their hands for work, a sports bracelet may be the best choice as it stays snug to your skin and is hard to catch on anything. For necklaces—for people of all ages—they should be long enough that they are comfortable, or on a breakaway chain or one that is short enough to make it difficult to catch on anything if you are being active, using machinery, or—let’s be honest!—have children in your life who frequently or infrequently use you as a jungle gym!

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