Keepsakes are a special treasure, designed to represent a precious memory or historical event like weddings, new births, and milestone birthdays or are passed down between family members. The type of keepsake varies, it might be an engraved watch, or grandfather clock, heirloom jewellery and medals or even something larger like a house or well-loved car, but they are usually an item of great importance that might have been proudly displayed in the family home.
Modern keepsakes have changed slightly, while jewellery and accessory items are still popular, the types of treasured personal objects have adjusted, now people tend to carry around mobile phones that change every few years. Or buying cheaper clothing that doesn’t offer much durability against wear and tear. Here are some fantastic ideas for modern keepsake ideas that can be kept for passing down or reliving memories at a later date.
Memory boxes are usually a cardboard or cheap box that we pop in the back of a cupboard or in the corner of the room under a pile of clothes, occasionally adding more memories too and bringing it out to reminisce. A lovely keepsake is a long-lasting memory box, made of different types wood, silver, steel or aluminum, to name some examples and can be engraved with the holder’s name and birthday or for weddings, the special couples’ initials.
For your child, you might consider building their own memory box as they grow up, adding in memories that may have slipped their mind as they have grown and matured. It’s a lovely gift to open and explore together on their eighteenth or twenty-first birthday.
Quality jewellery can be expensive, particularly as the price of gold fluctuates, however, investing in jewellery makes for a wonderful keepsake and a lot of available pieces can even be engraved with the wearer’s name and special dates i.e. birth or graduation, for an extra personal touch. There are plenty of styles of jewellery available, so you’ll want to know something about the receiver before spending a lot of money, for instance, their preference for jewellery piece or materials. Although, an engravable luxury men’s bracelet, watch, cufflinks or sophisticated ladies’ necklace or ring are recommended gift choices, should you wish to keep the gift a complete surprise.
Wall Scroll or Print:
Another modern option; wall-scrolls or prints are a lovely way to display a special memory front and centre in your front room, bedroom or hallway and aren’t restricted to simple pictures with a caption. We’ve found some incredibly unique wall-scroll keepsakes including star maps of the night sky at the exact date, time and location of your special event and intricately paper cut designs with the graduate’s or special couple’s names bordered by some clever decoration.
Written your own vowels? Have them arranged for a poster and hang them on the wall. Celebrating a new birth? Approach a designer to put all their information in a lovely pictorial format and display it in the nursery. There are plenty of options for a wall print and quality options, made from durable materials can be passed down generations or between family members.
Soft toys may not be the first thing that comes to mind for a keepsake, particularly for a wedding or graduation, but there is more to a soft toy than just childish joy. Soft toys offer a comfort, even for adults, especially with the struggles that many adults go through in their everyday life. A soft toy is something they can reach out to, even when they are far away from loved family members and feel closer to the people that matter most. If you are crafty, you can find a pattern and make your own plush gift, alternatively choose a quality manufacturer and pick something that the receiver is going to instantly love (for instance, their favourite animal or colour).
With these gifts in mind, we hope you’ve been inspired to treat the special someone in your life to a gift that will always be a part of their lives, no matter the distance between you. Not only are keepsakes gifts that are often treasured but they offer an important connection to home and family, no matter where everyone ends up.