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Safe gift ideas: For everyone on your list!

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Seriously stumped for gift ideas? Delight your family and friends with gifts that say you get them — and you want them to be safe and sound.

Thoughtful and useful …

Here are some smart, personalized picks for the people on your list.

Home cooks. Every kitchen enthusiast needs the right tools to safely prep to perfection. For a cut-above gift, consider a cutting board. Worn, cracked boards can trap bacteria — so you’ll be giving them a clean slate. Some boards come in sets that help cooks keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods.

Another great option: Food thermometers. They are a must-have for ensuring that foods are cooked to the right temperature. You can find options from basic to high-tech.

Fitness buffs. Outdoor workouts — especially during the darker days of winter — require reflective clothing. Help your favorite athletes shine. Look for reflective clothing, vests, armbands or even clip-on lights.

How about H2O to go? People who like to hike or run distances may appreciate a hydration pack they can strap on for outings.

Sporty kids. Whether they’re into bikes, skateboards, snowboarding or team sports, protective gear can help kids look the part — and stay safe. How about a cool helmet, a fresh set of kneepads or a new mouthguard?

New homeowners or renters. Help keep their new nest safe with a fire extinguisher, a smoke alarm or a carbon monoxide detector. Wrap one up with some flame-free candles — and don’t forget the batteries!

Hobbyists. Eye goggles, safety gloves and ear protection can help defend woodworkers, yard enthusiasts, etc., from danger when they’re using chemicals or power and hand tools.

Expectant or new parents or grandparents. Baby-proofing items such as outlet plugs, safety gates and furniture edge protectors help keep little beloveds out of harm’s way.

Older loved ones. To help minimize hazards around the home, look for motion sensor night-lights, grab bars and nonslip rugs to replace throw rugs. Take it to the next thoughtful level: Include installation as part of your gift.

Commuters, new drivers and road trippers. A roadside emergency kit stocked with essentials like a flashlight (with extra batteries), jumper cables, a tripod-type jack for changing tires and reflective triangles to place around a stopped vehicle can make car trouble less of a hassle — and less dangerous. The National Safety Council offers a more extensive list of supplies.Opens a new window

What to do next

Always keep safety front and center when shopping for kids’ toys, too. Check this simple infographic to help make sure your present is hazard-free and age-appropriate. Opens a new window

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