When I found out I was having a girl with my first one, I imagined all of the wonderful things I would see her do and be and it got me thinking about a hope chest.
I’ve always loved the idea of a hope chest because it’s very sincere and it’s so full of tradition and blessings to a woman starting her own life.
So, I began thinking of ideas that I can make over the course of years for both of my girls and I really love these ideas and thought I would share.
1. A handwritten recipe book.
Yes, handwritten. Handwriting is personal and so very precious to hang on to. Each person has their own unique handwriting. Good or bad does NOT matter to a loved one. I promise! So, handwrite those family secret recipes.
Side note: If you have original recipes in your mom’s or grandmother’s handwriting, make a copy to add. It’s just icing on the cake!
2. Journals and Baby books
Baby books are awesome to keep up with important firsts for sure but I have to add journals. They capture more story.
I’ve kept two separate journals for each girl. Each one is about my pregnancy journey with them and stories I’ve added. Even the hard days.
Family tradition journal. It’s never too late to start your own traditions as a family. Write down those silly songs, crazy crafts or fantastic feasts. They will so appreciate it!
A family tree book. There is so much to learn from your family and its history.
3. A dinnerware collection.
It’s true your taste may be different from theirs but holidays can be a special occasion for the more sentimental pieces. I am going to be collecting two different holiday dinnerware sets throughout the next 15 years so I can spread out the cost and gather them at these awesome after holiday sales and in 15 years they will have all the bells and whistles that go with the whole set.
4. Handmade quilt.
Ok, don’t let that scare you! If you can’t sew, knit or crochet then have someone make it for you.
I have family heirloom quilts that I will hand down but I plan to make one for each of my girls as well. Hey, I’ve got 15 years or so to work on it.
5. Let them help.
This is just advice and a great idea I plan to implement when they are older. Any handmade things can be a team effort making it even more special. As they get even older they may want to add their own ideas.
Another thing important for first starting out is money. A down payment, a car, furniture. There is always something that is needed.
I sure hope I helped someone with some ideas. Let me know yours. ❤