Christmas is a time when many of us look forward to expressing our love for one another through gifts. Some of us may enjoy creating handmade foods, crafts and art for our loved ones, and some of us may shop for the gifts we give, or a mixture of the two!
At Total Prepare, we have hundreds of items that work perfectly as gifts! But even if you end up getting some of your gifts elsewhere, you’re sure to find this guide to gift safety helpful.
Below, we’ve outlined a few risks that come with certain categories of gifts, and provided a few tips for avoiding a disastrous Christmas so instead, you can enjoy one that is filled with peace.
- Gifts that are delicate or broken easily (perhaps a gift that you made yourself!) may need to come with a cute little note or a verbal warning to unwrap with care. Then, once the initial oohing and aahing is over, it’s best to put it up on a safe shelf somewhere, away from rambunctious kids or accidental elbow smashes that may come with a home crowded with family or friends.
- Edible gifts are another delightful token of love to receive. If you have pets or small children who like to eat themselves sick over the holidays, you’ll want to store these away somewhere safe as soon as possible as well.
- Some of the best gifts come in the shape of tools, whether they’re for your kitchen, your workshop, your garden or other! But sharp or otherwise dangerous objects like these are obviously not meant to be left lying around. Have fun finding a home for them, right away, in your kitchen, your garage, your shed, or elsewhere.
- Expensive gifts – when you’ve received an expensive gift, be careful what you do with the box, keeping in mind that theft often happens as the result of someone seeing the box in your recycling. To reduce the risk of theft, it’s a good idea to cut up (or keep and reuse) boxes that contained expensive gifts. The same goes for receipts. If you have a wood burning fireplace or stove, you have the perfect opportunity to play it safe and build yourself a cozy, crackling fire at the same time!
Navigating the world of gift-giving can be tricky, but with these reminders, you’re one step closer to being prepared for the giving season. And don’t forget, if you know someone who loves practical gifts—perhaps an adventurer—we have all sorts of gear that you can buy directly online (24/7!) or at our store in Victoria, BC.
It’s time to get prepared!
Article contributed by Sophie Wooding – Avid gardener and cyclist in Victoria, BC and Content Writer for Frontier.io