It gets hard to give things away that come from family members, especially those who have passed away. Or items that have been passed down, sometimes through several generations. Many times, however, this can be a burden to the person you are giving the item to. There is a lot of guilt associated with being the person to now own and have to keep and protect the “family heirloom.”
Think about a recent college graduate who just got his first apartment. His parents unload some of his “possessions” they have been saving for him. Does he even want them anymore? Are they his style? But, will he take them and keep them because his parents have been “saving” them for him all these years?
Families need to think about this as they keep things for their kids. Unless your children express an interest in the item, I wouldn’t save it for them.