When Grace was born I bought Bryce a pocket watch with the words inscribed, "Thank you for Grace" on the back. I really wanted to give him something that would commemorate our first born and something that he would eventually pass down to her. We have it in a little glass case since it's so pretty but he does actually use it on occasion. Grace loves checking in with us about the pocket watch and often asks, "So I get to keep it someday?" She already treasures it!
When Harris was born, I bought Bryce a watch with the words, "Thank you for Harris" inscribed on the back. Again, with the hope that someday the watch will be passed down to Harris.
More recently, I was going through some things in my closet and came upon this gorgeous ring that once belonged to my Grandmother. It's a rather funny thing but I've always loved vintage rings and yet never gave a thought to this beauty that my Mom gave me to keep safe for Grace one day! I've started wearing it on occasion because I love it and because I think heirlooms should be used and loved.
I have a few other things that have been given to me from past generations, china and silver come to mind, but I also dream that we will have heirlooms to pass down to the children that they will treasure and love. I suppose time will tell what those items will be*. Also, I don't think that something has to be expensive or worth a lot to be an heirloom. My sister has a cast iron biscuit pan that I think of with envy (Delita is the biscuit maker) that was once our Grandmothers! It's a true treasure and heirloom but probably not worth a lot monetarily wise.
*I'm hoping that my trench coat will be one of them! I would love to have some clothing items of my Moms or Grandmothers!