(Closed) What are you passing down to your family?

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Post # 16
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I don’t expect to pass down anything and I would prefer to not receive anything that I can’t fully customise or recycle/throw away without guilt. I’ve never been a collector.

Our future children might get some of my fiance’s old Lego, though. The good basic kind where you can build anything out of, not the kind that can only build one thing. 😛 

Post # 17
2857 posts
Sugar bee

Paintings and heirloom jewelry. Hopefully my children will place as much importance on these things as I did. To me, it’s not about the monetary value of the pieces, it’s the history attached.

My favorite and closest aunt passed away when I was about 19. She loved jewelry, and always promised “her girls” (me and my cousins) would each get a piece of her jewelry. We never got anything of hers, and I’m still hurt over it. She was a big part of my life, and I didn’t care about how expensive or inexpensive the piece of jewelry was. Just that it belonged to her would have been enough, and would’ve had tremendous significance to me. 

Post # 18
9079 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I will pass down one of my rings, my wedding dress (I had a daughter, too) and all of my personal recipes.

Post # 19
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have an antique china closet that’s passed down, Swarovski figurines that my grandmother collected, a set of sterling silver flatwear that’s come down along the line of goddaughters. My sister got some China and crystal. We both have jewelry that came down from my grandmother including her engagement ring. My mother has a large jewelry collection that will be passed down. 

As for my own stuff I bought a diamond band when my son was born and have worn it stacked with my engagement ring since I got it. I’ll keep wearing it until he marries and then I plan to give it to him to gift to his partner  – either as a wedding ring or right hand ring – or maybe have it made into something for himself – whatever he wants. I will buy another diamond band when my daughter is born in December and wear it as well until she marries. 

Post # 20
23 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

I haven’t received heirlooms but always loved the idea of doing it in my own family. When I think back to the things that mattered most to me in my childhood. One is a silver sugar bowl my grandma always put out for me when she made tea. She only took cream, so it signified a special gesture and sign of love. I hope for nothing else at her passing. Personally I think it’s the love that goes into something more than the item itself. The memory associated with it. I purchased a small vintage silver candy dish that I intend to put out each easter (it’s adored with rabbits) my boys are so young but love tracing the rabbits with their little fingers and always look inside to see if it’s been filled. I can see it being something they would want. I also have a handmade and painted wooden box on the front it says “the secret to life is learning to enjoy the passage of time” I put my most precious things in there. When my boys finally see inside they’ll know the truth. That all of my most precious memories are tied to them. I do plan to do the traditional jewelry thing too. My 10yr anniversary band (my original was lost) and gold necklace will go to my eldest son’s future bride and my rhr and tennis bracelet to my youngest son’s bride. 

Post # 21
3019 posts
Sugar bee

In addition to some jewelry, I have 2 creamer and sugar sets that originally belonged to my great grandmother. She liked pretty things and they’re fabulous Art Deco China.  We use them carefully but regularly.  

Post # 22
675 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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betterinbly :  What if your sons choose not to marry? Or to marry men? Very odd to put this expectation on children that you describe as “so young.”

Post # 23
58 posts
Worker bee

I have a diamond ring my dad gave my mom for their 25th anniversary.. He passed away a few years ago, so it is very special to me. I will wear it for a while then pass it on to my daughter.

Post # 24
1958 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Goodness, I have a whole slew of things XD Lol, I really hope I have sentimental children. I’ll list a few!

1) The rocking chair my mother nursed me in. She passed it down to me as her first TTC child. I plan to pass it down to mine 🙂 

2) My American Girl dolls (if they want them – they’re in great shape and I loved them so much when I was a little girl)

3) My grandmother’s angel statuette collection – she gave me a dozen or so and I plan to grow the collection on my own and pass it down to any children I might have that want it. 

4) My mother’s Precious Moments nativity set. Precious Moments feels so outdated, and the appeal isn’t really modern; however, I love the set because I loved it as a child. If I have any kids that want it, I’ll give it to them!

5) My great-grandmother’s antique desk. It’s probably worth nothing, but it is soooo pretty and INCREDIBLY heavy. I have it for now, but it definitely has an appeal, especially for that vintage-style decor taste, so I’m sure SOMEONE down the line will want it 🙂 

I realize most of these things would appeal most to a daughter lolol

That’s just a few – there are a bunch because I’m such a sentimental human being lol XD

Post # 25
10362 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Probably my crippling student loan debt.

Post # 26
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I have my grandmother’s cookbooks, my grandfather’s White House Christmas ornaments, and eventually I’ll inherit my other grandmother’s wedding ring from my mom (she wears it now).  I also have my grandmother’s wedding dress and my grandfather’s Army uniform from WW2.  My grandfather also gave my FH his old 1940’s arc welder and both of them were very excited about that, haha.

Post # 27
23 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

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glitterati :  What I find “odd” is it appears you sought out my reply on this board. You can keep your WORTHLESS opinions where it regards my children. 

Post # 28
694 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

My mother gave me her strand of pearls as a graduation present and she “upgraded” to the double strand she inherited from her mother. I was given a pearl necklace by my first boyfriend and both necklaces will go to potential future daughters or their girlfriends or sons and their wives – or either daughers’ or sons’ husbands if they are into jewellery. 

I will also inherit a diamond ring (my mum had two, one she gave my sister when she had her first baby); I also intend to pass that on in good time. 

My mum and sister also decided to give me two of the few heirlooms from my father’s side. My grandfather was born in China where his father was stationed (Prussian army). When the Chinese fought back, my great-grandmother left everything behind apart from her newborn and two silver napking rings decorated with dragons that she hid in her corset (or at least that’s what the story says). They first went to cousins but they didn’t care for them, so my grandma gave one to me and one to my sister. Now I have both, so they’re a little set. I will pass them on – together with age-appropriate discussion of the evils of colonialism.

There are some more items of jewellery, like the children’s ring and bracelet my mum wore and gave me when I was 7 or so. 

The largest “item” is the house my husband and I live in. His great-grandfather built it, his grandfather raised a family in it, his father helped renovate it, and now we live here. It’s small and none of the walls align properly but it’s a piece of family history that we will pass on to hour children.

There’s also a set of cut crystal glasses that are very pretty but I don’t think anybody will want them.

Post # 29
217 posts
Helper bee

Hopefully, a lake house which we hope to eventually purchase as a vacation property. I also have both a 1ct promise ring and engagement ring that I plan on upgrading so I can pass both to my daughter’s when they get engaged years from now, maybe not the rings themselves but hopefully the stones at the least if it isn’t there style.

We also have a bunch of first generation(mine) recipes that I would like to pass down in the form of a book I make for each of them when they go off to college. I was kind of an orphan without much family structure so I try to create traditions for my girls.

Post # 30
1502 posts
Bumble bee

Oh I have a lot!! I love these types of things, as does my mom and her family so I also have a lot coming my way too. Things I have are:

1. Jewelry. I hope to make some fine jewelry purchases throughout the years that I’d love to pass down eventually. I also have some pieces from my grandmother coming my way that I look forward to cherishing!

2. Recipes! A few years ago, my Mother-In-Law put together a recipe book with her family on both sides and made copies for everyone. It’s amazing. So this past Thanksgiving, I collected recipes from my family and i plan on.doing the same thing. That way I can pass down recipes from both my husband and I family and both if our family sides.

3. My Father-In-Law is an amazing craftsman and had made our whole bedroom furniture set. He’s also making me a china cabinet for Christmas, all of which will be offered to my children eventually. My husband will not let us part with all of it lol.

4. I recently inherited my great grandmother’s beautiful rose china, hence the china cabinet being built. 

5. My mothers whole family collects painting and prints from an Alaskan artist, it consumes all the walls in all of their houses. I will be getting all of my mothers collection. While it is not my personal style, it is something that screams “loveydove’s family”. It simple is MY family.

6. Teaspoons. My grandmother collected these, and as a kid I loved adding to with my own spoons. So maybe my children will love the same!.

And then a whole slew of family albums and certificates

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