Giving kids safe and age-appropriate gifts this Holiday Season

By KBJR News 1

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- There are few things that make children happier than opening a shiny new toy on Christmas morning

And while it's exciting for both kids and parents, it's important to make sure the gifts we give are safe and age-appropriate.

With less than 48 hours until Christmas..many parents are making one final trip to the toy store.

But buyer's beware, as some toys, especially those containing small parts can be dangerous for children.

"The manufacturer's do a really great job if there's going to be an issue or a smaller piece, they make it very clear that it's for a certain age group, which is super helpful of course to keep kids safe," said Hailey Eibler, Assistant Store Manager at Target.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, toys accounted for the deaths of eleven children in 2012 and an estimated 265-thousand emergency room visits.

It's also important to note toy recalls. In 2013 31 toys were recalled, mostly for chemical ingestion and magnetic dangers. Target Stores Hailey Eibler says so far this holiday season, she hasn't seen many toy recalls.

"We want to make sure that the kids are enjoying their holiday season and there's not sort of a little question of the toy's safety," said Eibler

Eibler says shoppers have been flocking to stores for Monster High dolls, Our Generations dolls, nerf guns, and legos, but just because those gifts are popular, doesn't mean they're necessarily right for your child.

"I'm more conservative so I'd probably pay more attention to the hazards of the toy," said Nancy Paulson.

Last minute shopper Nancy Paulson says she'd rather have a safe gift than a popular gift.

"It's really important to follow the age group on there, just to make sure you're getting something that someone is not going to choke on or injure themselves playing with the toy," said Paulson.

Experts urge parents to check toys for the age appropriateness and any potential choking hazards"

"I pay attention to these ages on these boxes here because in the past they've probably- the kids have gotten toys they probably shouldn't be playing with," said Kitty Quinette.

And while it's wonderful to watch the little ones open their toys at Christmas, taking the steps to make sure those little ones are safe is even better.

In 2012, there were an estimated 265-thousand kids seen in emergency rooms across the U-S for toy related injuries.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati