By Meredith McMahon, Outreach Manager

It’s the holidaze! Somehow this season of joy and goodwill has morphed into a blur of consumerism and toxic toys. Whatever holiday your family celebrates this time of year, there is something universal and iconic about the childhood holiday gift. The wishlist. The desire. The anticipation. Whether you believe in Santa or not, the frenzied annual unwrapping of presents should not result in a dangerous item.

What’s a parent interested in tradition and seasonal spirit to do? We asked some of our kindred bloggers what they’re watching out for this year. Hannah of Wild Mint reports that children’s toxic toys can contain hazards like cobalt and ethylene glycol. Hilary at Accidentally Green warns of cheap imitations of popular items that don’t face tough safety checks. Over at Laura’s Rules, mom Laura reminds everyone that decorations can be as unsafe as toxic toys, saying to watch out for artificial trees and holiday light strands, which typically contain both phthalates and lead.

While there are certainly safer toys on the market and many ways to find them, we really like Robbie’s idea at Going Green Momma. She suggests forgetting toys altogether and giving the gift of an experience.

Experiential gifts create memories that last forever. And they can take virtually any form and fit any budget. If you’re worried about disappointed kids on Christmas morning, don’t be. There are ways to package an experiential gift, too.

Experiential gifts don’t only make this time of year safe; they make it special. And don’t forget to let your kids know you’re more than happy for an experiential gift, too. What parent doesn’t wish for a kid-crafted IOU coupon for a Saturday sleep in? Bliss!


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