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a remembrance gift


keepsake = das Andenken, das Erinnerungsstück, Souvenir



“Youth encouraged to capture COVID-19 life … Youth Action Group have come together to create a KEEPSAKE to remember these unprecedented times.”

McPherson Media Group - Riverine Herald - 23 September 2020

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- a small present, usually not expensive, that is given to you by someone so that you will remember that person

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary


“Keepsake” meaning “anything kept or given to be kept for the sake of the giver; a token of friendship", is from 1790. The word was often used in the 1830s in the titles of popular holiday gift books containing beautiful engravings and mediocre poetry.


Richard Burton gave his wife Elizabeth Taylor a 69-carat pear-shaped diamond in 1969. A decade later, she auctioned it off and used the $5 million proceeds to help build a hospital in Botswana, saying “They need one badly and I certainly don’t need another ring.”

Animals have often been given as gifts between world leaders. President George Bush once received a komodo dragon. Vladimir Putin was given a puppy by Bulgaria, and China has been practising what’s known as ‘panda diplomacy’ for years.

In 2013 officials in Mali gifted a camel to President Francois Hollande of France. He promptly “re-gifted” it to a Timbuktu family for safe-keeping, who misunderstood his intention and made it into a stew!

SYNONYMS of keepsake, something that serves to keep alive the memory of a person or eventcommemorative, KEEPSAKE, memento, memorial, monument, remembrance, reminder, souvenir, token

SMUGGLE OWAD into today’s conversation, say something like:

“I always buy my kids a small KEEPSAKE whenever I travel away on business.”

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