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10 Things You Should Save To Give To Your Kids/Family Someday

Grandma’s china may not be among them.

November kicks off the ‘giving’ season’.  We begin to think about the  holidays and the perfect gift for family and friends.  Sometimes the best gifts may be the simplest gift.

Chances are, you never use your Grandma’s china set although you’ve schlepped it along for multiple moves because the idea of selling it feels wrong.  So what do you want your kids/friends to have—that won’t burden them the way the china set does? Here are some ideas to get you started:

¨ Your first passport.  Looking at all those stamps from exotic places will remind them of what an adventurer you are.

¨ Your military discharge papers. Aside from the very practical aspect that your children may one day need them to help get you services from the Department of Veteran Affairs, looking at old papers with old dates on them is infinitely cool.

¨ One printed photo of your wedding. There is something about being able to hold a printed photo in your hands.  Old photos show their age, which in the case of old photos, it precisely the point.

¨ Something belonging to the oldest living relative they know.  Make it small but make it personal. And it must have belonged to someone they actually know/knew. 

¨ A sentimental piece of jewelry.  It may be the ring you got on your Sweet 16, or the watch you received from your dad when you graduated.  Its value lies in the sentiment attached and not the dollar signs. 

¨ A receipt with a date on it. We guarantee they will laugh every time they rediscover it.  Yes, a quart of milk cost 50 cents in 1960...gas was about 35 cents a gallon. 

¨ The photo of the first time you held them.  While you probably have a zillion baby pictures, the first one is the keeper.

¨ Highlights of their childhood.  No not the Little League or Soccer trophies, early artwork or handprints in paint.  But report cards are keepers, especially if they have teacher comments on them

¨ Dog tags of first pet.  Our furry family members deserve to be remembered as well. 

¨ Your favorite music. Not a box of old eight-tracks. Download some of your favs from iTunes which can include some of the classic tunes from those eight-tracks!


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