- In the future what will be our heirlooms? I was pondering this as I sat on a bus watching everyone on their phones. I can’t imagine anyone handing down their favourite iPhone to their grandchildren. Then I thought about what I would like to hand down to my family and the common denominators for heirloom worthy items were they were based in good memories of a place or person and they were handmade. The hand of the maker blending with the hand of time. What are your heirlooms?