When considering an item as a potential “heirloom” two things come to mind: Craftsmanship and History. An heirloom needs to be well-crafted in order to stand the test of time. It doesn’t need to be valuable in the literal, financial sense ‒ but it has to have value to you and your family, which means it’s an item that is a part of your family history.
Here are some lovely potential heirlooms that are well-made and perfect for making beautiful memories with, and eventually passed down to your children and future grandchildren.
Your choices in art can be quite meaningful and reveals something about you to future generations. Paintings make for unique home decor and are great conversation starters. Also, the value of certain pieces can increase over time.
Sipping your morning tea or coffee from the same cup set as your mother is comforting and reminds you of the value of home, family and tradition. Handmade ceramic items also age beautifully, with ceramic jars and vases adding a touch of elegance to your home.
Well-made furniture can last decades and gives one’s home a wealth of history. Most of us have that one particular piece of furniture that we associate with a loved one or our childhood, such as our Abuela’s big wooden chest or that old but sturdy table we would crawl under to hide. Furniture made of solid wood are classic items to pass down, but consider other items as well, such as high-quality rugs which last for generations, or unique objects with interesting backstories.
Dinnerware and Flatware
Family reunions, usually done over lunch or dinner, aren’t complete without the go-to flatware and dinnerware that we usually take for granted, such as plates, forks, and spoons. Good quality flatware (such as 18/10 stainless steel) can last for 25 years or more. Porcelain is considered the best quality for dinnerware, with bone china not far behind, despite its seeming delicacy.