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Keepsakes Passed Down Through Generations

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By Heart Of The Home | Dec 10, 2013

Photo Courtesy David Gn/Fotolia
Family heirlooms are gifts from the heart that one will always treasure.

Most of us, at some point in our lives, have inherited a special gift from a loved one. No matter what kind of gift it was – little treasures, homemade gifts, family heirlooms – it was a gift from the heart, and one we will always treasure.

We asked our readers, “What treasured gifts have been handed down to you from a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent? Why did the gift have special meaning? Did it come with any words of wisdom or free advice?”

Our readers responded, and the best of their stories are available for you below.

Timeless Treasures

Pocketknife and Fatherly Advice Are Treasured Gifts
Grandfather’s Antique Desk Is a Family Heirloom
Father and Son Bond Is Among Most Precious Gifts
Grandpa’s Hall Tree
Family Bible a Valuable Possession
Manuscript is Grandfather’s Legacy
Beautiful Picture a Gift From Grandma
Grandma’s Holy Bible Has New Home
Treasures Gift From St. Louis World’s Fair
Bird Watching Led to Grandmother’s Gift
Hope Chest and Dinnerware Are Among Treasures
Wooden Chair Passed Down Through Generations
Family Heirloom Has Special Meaning
Still Treasures and Uses Grandpa’s Rosary
Vegetable Slicer Part of Family History

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