It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unfortunately, it’s also a time when you might need to be extra careful because of snow, heating units, holiday lights and more. This season, when shopping for your loved ones, consider gifts and stocking stuffers that put safety first. The following ideas can help you get started on gifts for the home, the open road and even outdoor hobbies.
When it comes to the safety of your home, a gift that keeps on giving is an alarm system, which, according to the prices listed on various websites, can range from $100 – $1,000 depending on your needs and budget. The difference in price may be determined by a number of factors including whether the system is wireless, if you select upgrades such as surveillance cameras or motion sensors and, of course, monthly monitoring fees.
If an alarm system is not within your gift-giving means, you can still offer the gift of security with a few creative stocking stuffers:
Fire safety and air quality are vital, but if your gift recipient is a first-time home buyer or renter, purchasing safety products might get missed among the excitement of a new address. Smoke alarms are standard, but a carbon monoxide detector and a fire extinguisher might be items they haven’t thought about. Detectors range from $20-$40, while extinguishers run between $30-$60.
Additional fire safety gifts include:
According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 210 million Americans have a driver’s license. That’s a lot of people on the road on their way from point A to point B! Whether your gift recipient is a regular commuter, a weekend cruiser or a cross-country road tripper, there are a few items you should consider placing under the tree.
Whether your gift recipient is a frequent camper, loves to go for a run or just likes to take the dog for a walk, there are some safety gifts that make the outdoors (at any hour) enjoyable!
Start making your list! I’m sure someone who’s been more nice than naughty could use these creative gift items to ensure their safety at home, on the road and outside during dark winter nights. Happy gift giving, and enjoy stuffing those stockings!
Victoria Araj is the managing editor of the Quicken Loans Zing Blog, and focuses on homeowner tips, home décor and lifestyle stories.