How to start a family heirloom
The beauty of an heirloom is that its price is irrelevant. Its value comes from the love between the people who give and receive it, and the special events that are happening in their lives at the time. That is what makes it invaluable and timeless.
Many of us have treasured relics that have been passed down from generation to generation. These are the medallions and knickknacks we’d grab (after kids and pets) if we had to rush out of the house. A ceramic angel, invaluable because it was given to us by our beloved grandmother; an airport snowball, invaluable because our mother gave it to us after her first visit to our new home; our first wristwatch, which was worn by a father for many years.
Creating the gift that will become an heirloom
But how can you create a gift that your children will treasure and pass on to their grandchildren as a family heirloom?
1. Wait for a unique and special occasion.and give the gift at that time. A graduation, a wedding, any anniversary, the birth of a child, the opening of a new business, a 21st birthday, the return of a family member from a long journey – there are countless opportunities for the perfect moment.
2. Personalize your gift. If you are giving a music box as a gift, choose one with a song that is meaningful to both of you. Or choose a music box with decorative figurines on top to match the occasion, such as a Sweet 16 party, concert, or graduation. If you are giving jewelry, inscribe it with a line from your recipient’s favorite poem.
Give a gift that will stand the test of time
Present the gift with enough fanfare that your recipient understands the love behind it. You can even suggest that they keep it for their children.
Make sure the quality and workmanship of the item is impeccable. If you’re giving, say, your son and daughter-in-law a store-bought pendulum clock to start an heirloom, make sure it’s done right. Do some research and find out which are the most trusted brands. An heirloom, expensive or cheap, must reliably remain in one piece; it must be quite durable; and it must be from a reputable company. After all, it can’t be an heirloom if it breaks down within a year or starts looking tattered after a short period of time. To get started with some ideas, feel free to explore a gift shop like Treasure rocket and see if something speaks to you.
An heirloom grows in value because it has meaning in your family. A new piano that you buy and give to your child when he grows up has meaning. For your oldest son and kids, this is the piano that Mom (or Grandma) played. That gives it value.
Relics are the physical manifestations of love and consideration. Every time your child or friend sees this music box, or whatever the gift is, you will be in their heart. And what makes an heirloom different from an ordinary gift is that you will also be in the hearts of generations to come.