I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot lately. I guess it’s because Mother’s Day is around the corner and this will be the first one without her.
About a month ago, the family finally had the strength to go through her personal belongings. Each of us got to take a keepsake that was my mother’s as a way to hold on to her memories.
She had a mother’s ring we gave her some years ago and a cross on a necklace. But what she loved most was her Houston Texans blanket. Believe it or not that was the item most of us wanted!
And that got me thinking about what I would want to leave my kids when it’s my time to leave this world.
All mothers want to leave their children something to remember them by. Keepsakes can mean so much not only to the next generation also to many generations after that. In this post, I will give some examples of keepsakes that you can pass down to your kids.
Engagement and Wedding Rings
Styles change over the years, certainly, but there is something really precious about the engagement and wedding rings worn by your mother. It is a gift that will always be cherished and one that will stand the test of time.
Mothers can pass their rings on to their sons or daughters. Sons can present these rings to their fiancées and daughters can wear the rings themselves.
The beauty of presenting jewelry is that, in wearing it, your children will have a constant reminder of you on them at all times.
Engagement rings can be reset or resized to make them more suitable for individual tastes if necessary.
There is an old custom where the mother is presented an eternity ring when a child is born. What could be more fitting than giving that same ring to that child when they come of age?
The big advantage of eternity rings is that they are normally simpler in design and so are bound to appear more timeless.
Many mothers dream of seeing their little girls or future daughter-in-law walking down the aisle in the same dress that they wore on their big day.
If you would like to do this one day, it is important to get your dress properly stored. Find out how best to do so in order to preserve the fabric and to ensure that it looks as pretty on the day of the wedding as it did on your wedding day.
This will typically mean storing it in a dry area and in a protective sleeve or box.
Keepsakes from Childhood
This is a really fun thing to pass down, especially when your child turns twenty-one. Maybe you could keep the gorgeous baby blanket that you made for them or one of the first outfits that you ever bought for them.
A treasured rattle or toy from when they were a baby can make great gifts.
When to Give the Keepsakes?
This will usually depend on the keepsake itself. For example, your wedding dress would be passed down when they are actually getting married. The keepsakes from their childhood could be passed on when they leave school or reach majority.
With jewelry, it might be more difficult to decide. Especially when it comes to your engagement and eternity rings. Those have sentimental value to you, and you probably want to wear them yourself.
In this case, there is nothing wrong with only passing it on when you have passed. Just be sure that the family knows exactly who is getting what.
What can make these gifts more special is a personal message from you. Something about the history of the gifts and maybe a photo or two as well. Like, maybe tell the story of when you got engaged. Or the story of why you chose the outfit that you did.
The idea is to start a collection of meaningful memories you can pass down to your children.
Over To You
I know this is the last thing you want to think about but I hope it at least made you think about your own keepsakes and what you want to pass down to your kids.
What kind of keepsakes would you pass down to your kids? Is there a special meaning behind them? Tell me about them in the comments below.
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