Family heirloom gift idea + giveaway

Do you have family heirlooms?  Special items passed down through the generations? My mother in law gave me a beautiful throw blanket that she used to wrap my hubby in when he was a baby.  It was so special to wrap my own children in the same blanket and I look forward to handing it down to my eldest daughter when she has kids.  It’s special things like this that are just priceless.  Thanks to Anlaby one lucky reader can win one of their beautiful Woodland Friends throws (valued at $320), made of luxurious merino wool + plus there are 50 20% discount vouchers to be won. 


Anlaby is home of the oldest Merino Stud on the Australian mainland carrying a range of exquisite woollen heirloom throws, scarves, and baby blankets. Their attention to detail all the way from shearing the sheep down to the edging sewn by their neighboring seamstress results in the distinctive buttery softness of their exclusive products.  For 175 years, Anlaby has been apart of family traditions and memories, and they invite you to be a part of the exciting journey of owning an Anlaby wool item to be enjoyed now and in generations to come!

Visit Anlaby website & facebook.  

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Bassinet Blanket

A favorite amongst the little ones. Wrap up your bundle of joy in a soft and cuddly blanket. Made from the highest quality Anlaby wool. Edged on all sides in pure silk satin, it is warm, cuddly and soft – and will remain in the family for generations. The Throw is a single “Natural Wool” Colour, with a the edge finished with satin binding.  Read more details here.


Lady’s Wrap 

Elegant ladies wrap of pure Anlaby merino wool that is perfect for those chilly days on the sofa and a good book! The wrap is a single “Natural Wool” Colour. Read more details here.

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Woollen Throw – Tree of Life

An exquisite throw with a generous lined edged with a William Morris designed Tree of Life that is beautifully embroidered. The tree signifies the extensive collection of rare and significant trees that form heart of the Anlaby garden and paddocks. This is a magnificent piece that will look stunning at the end of a bed, or draped over a sofa. The Throw is a Muted Green Colour. Read more details here.


Woodland Friends

Comfy and kid approved! This exquisite children’s blanket is suitable for a cot or as a generous throw (or topper)  on a single bed. Made exclusively from Anlaby merino wool and edged in a William Morris cotton that has been beautifully embroidered with squirrels, hares and deer – This is truly a family heirloom that will be treasured and loved. The Throw is a single “Natural Wool” Colour, with a the edge finished with cotton binding & embroidery in blue or rust. Read more details here.




Win a Woodlands Friends Blanket +
50 20% discount vouchers

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO: Major winner: Anna D, Voucher winners: Sonya, Liz, Sharon, Julia, Maria, Latanya, Catherine, Michelle, Rebeka, Jess, Belinda, Caroline, Hannah, Gail, Laura, Melissa, Janine, Natasha, Bobbie, Raelene, Cathy, Rosalyn, Isabelle, Jillian, Gabi, Leizl, Donna, Vivienne, Tracy, Kat, Jane, Ann.

This blanket would make a treasured family heirloom, a beautiful gift to give or keep for your child.

How to enter

  1. Like Anlaby’s facebook page.
  2. Share with me in the comments below – What is the most treasured item in your family that is or will be passed through the generations?



This giveaway run in accordance with my disclosure policy, please read the terms and conditions below

1. Entries must be made on The Organised Housewife blog, entries in facebook comments are invalid.  2. Entries close 11.59pm AEST Tuesday 18th August 2015.   3. One entry per household, open to Australian residents only.  4. This giveaway is a game of skill. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  5. Major prize is valued at $320.00 6. 50 runner up prizes = 20% off gift vouchers. 7. Winners will be contacted by email, please ensure you leave your email address.  8. If I have not received a reply from the winner within 7 days the prize will be forfeited and awarded to the entry judged to be the next best.  9.  The Organised Housewife will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners. 

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LaTanya August 6, 2015 - 2:01 AM

We have a beautiful crochet blanket that my grandmother made for me, that I will pass on to my son for his family one day.

Catherine Heald August 6, 2015 - 6:38 AM

Anlaby Giveaway-My granny knitted a jumper for my brother about 20 years ago. About 15 years ago she suffered a stroke which left her without the use of one of her hands. I’m expecting my first son any day now and this jumper is the last thing she was able to make. I can’t wait for the baby to wear it!

michelle harris August 6, 2015 - 7:34 AM

we have a old crotchet blanket of my grandmothers i now have 2 grandchildren myself and when they visit,they always ask or that blanket,i would never dispose of it,its ull of love

Rebeka Lambrinakos August 6, 2015 - 7:58 AM

Our family heirloom isn’t a physical item and this is why I’d love the Anlaby’s Woodlands Friends Blanket. Our heirloom is our middle name, Maree which has been passed down four generations so far. My newborn daughter now shares the middle name tradition 🙂

Maria Braund August 6, 2015 - 8:09 AM

My Christening Outfit. All 3 kids of mine have worn it.

Julia Burford August 6, 2015 - 8:57 AM

Our piano. It was given to my parents by an old family friend, and it is being passed down to me soon. I plan on keeping it and passing it down to my kids 🙂

Sharon August 6, 2015 - 9:04 AM

We have a case as an heirloom in our family. My grandmother gave my mother a houndstooth overnight case to take to hospital when she had her four children. I have taken the case when I had my 4 children,as have my 2 sisters and my 2 sisters in law. My mother has recovered the case with decoupage and the case continues on. It has now also been used by my own daughter and daughter in law when they went to have my 4 grandchildren. There is more to come….We love family traditions.

Liz August 6, 2015 - 10:06 AM

I have a blanket that was knitted by my grandmother which will be handed down. My mum also made some bunny rugs when my son was born. I have kept one for all my children <3

Katrina Angus August 6, 2015 - 10:22 AM

I sadly do not have an heirloom to pass down, but would love the opportunity to win this to start one in our family. Lovely ideaxx

Trina Joy August 6, 2015 - 10:27 AM

I unfortunately do not have an heirloom but would love to start one with a beautiful Anlaby’s Woodland Friends blanket. My 5 year old loves snuggling under blankets but nothing as beautiful as this. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

Kim August 6, 2015 - 11:59 AM

It’s a toss up between an old post sorting box/cabinet that came from my Grandmas house from when she was a child. My aunt had it once Grandma passed away and now it’s with my sister and she will pass it down to one of her children or my Grandmas engagement ring which she gave to me and my husband used it for our engagement ring as that was the ring I wanted. I will pass this on to my daughter

Sonya August 6, 2015 - 7:01 PM

My grandmother had a lovely wooden bassinette that she used with her 4 children, then my mum used it with her 3 children, and I have used it with my 4 children. I only hope that one day they will be able to do this also, as a special family heirloom passed down through the generations. Adding a special baby blanket to this would be a lovely addition, so I would love to win this prize thanks 🙂
Also I have used family names as my children’s middle names, with a special occurrence being that the eldest of the 5 generations being girls, who alternate the names Nance and Jean (originally as the first names, then being passed on as the girl’s middle name) so hopefully that can continue also.

Amy Wren August 6, 2015 - 9:27 PM

My Great Aunt’s Eternity ring. It was my great great Aunt’s who passed it to her sister (my grandmother, before she left England for Australia in the 60’s), who passed to my mother, who will pass onto me when Mum is ready to part with it.

felicity August 6, 2015 - 10:22 PM

The most treasured item that i would pass down to my daughter is my mother in laws epern its like a vase,its old a bit cracked but with some flowers its beautiful,hopefully it teaches my daughter that its ok not to be perfect,shes still badeautiful.As for my son i have no idea as he is about to be a father himself i thought this blanket would be perfect,its like giving him a big cuddle when i cant be there.

anna donato August 7, 2015 - 6:24 AM

My photo albums. Photos are like souls. Photos are my history, my family and my friends

Jess Powell August 7, 2015 - 7:19 AM

My wedding dress! I used the fabric & had it made into a little dress which my first daughter wore for her first birthday and i will have one made for her baby sister also 🙂

Belinda Irvine August 7, 2015 - 9:22 AM

A wedding ring… It is a plain rose gold band that was worn by my Great Auntie, and passed down to me… This is the oldest heirloom I have, so I used it as my wedding band, and plan on passing it on to my son for his children

Caroline August 7, 2015 - 10:34 AM

In our family we have a beautiful wind up statue of a wee girl in a garden that was bought in Oberammergau. It plays Happy birthday. Every member of the family gets this played to them, either in person or on the phone) on their birthday no matter where in the world the live by my parents. It will be passed down to me when they sadly pass on to continue the tradition

Hannah August 7, 2015 - 3:46 PM

My Grandad came out on the 5 pound boats from uk to Australia and he passed away a couple years ago but gave me his original suitcases that he came with and I keep my baby’s clothes in it stacked in her room. It means a lot to us and one of the kids will have it when they move out one day:)

Gail Johnson August 7, 2015 - 6:24 PM

I have our family heirloom which is a beautiful red cedar pianola. My Grandfather (who died before I was born) saved up every cent he could, which took many years back then, to buy it so his youngest daughter could learn to play the piano & ANYONE could play the rolls & sing. He wanted the love of music to be passed onto generations. I have 4 grown up daughters & would love this beautiful heirloom for my grandbabies, to pass onto each family as they are born. I already have 1 beautiful grand-daughter and more on the way. *Much more portable than a pianola!

Laura August 7, 2015 - 9:34 PM

We have an antique up right organ that has been in the family for over 100 years. There is always a fight over who gets it next!

melissa August 9, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Memories past from one generation to the next.

Janine Smith August 9, 2015 - 10:50 AM

My husband’s grandmother made a teddy bear for every grandchild and great grand child. She passed before we had kids so ours won’t get one which is heartbreaking.

Lisa August 9, 2015 - 8:50 PM

we lost treasured items during our emigration from the UK and unfortunately have nothing to pass down to our daughter born here, I would love the chance to give her something that should could pass down to her children with stories of life and loved ones from England she’ll never meet, something to add to what will be her Australian heritage

Melanie August 10, 2015 - 9:11 AM

My great grand mother Tess (Jessica) was a very talented violinist and I have her treasured antique violin. I will pass it onto my daughter one day.

Twyla August 10, 2015 - 9:52 AM

we have many traditions, books are big with our family. We have holiday things and a special silver cup that will go to each baby in turn.

Julia August 10, 2015 - 1:01 PM

I have done some family research tracing the family tree and I have some stories from parents and some aunts and uncles and I plan to put together a book that I will pass on to my kids. I talk to them a lot about the family

Natasha August 10, 2015 - 7:41 PM

My Oma (Dutch grandmother) received a pair of pink glass drinking glasses from her grandmother, and were amongst the few possessions she brought with her to Australia in 1947 and she has now passed these onto to me her eldest granddaughter And I hope, I too have the privilege of passion these onto my granddaughter (in many years to come). These are precious to all of us as they are so fragile yet link many women across continents and generations

Annette Ashby August 11, 2015 - 9:16 AM

My mother had a special dinner set which she got when she was married in 1945 and was used on very special occasions like Christmas- all of us (6 kids) have a plate or bowl from the set and will pass them down through the generations.

Bobbie-Lee August 11, 2015 - 3:12 PM

When I was 13 my great Aunty sent me her cooking book (she lived in America) it contained recipes that my grandmother and great aunty grew up having made for them from their mother and teir grandmother. Its a very special book to me as it gave me my love for cooking and to keep the special book to be passed on from me.

Raelene August 12, 2015 - 5:02 PM

I have been given a beautiful rung which belonged to my great great aunt which will be passed down to my daughter. Love the idea of passing down a family heirloom.

Cathy Hill August 12, 2015 - 6:09 PM

I bought my daughter a large personalised musical snowglobe for her first birthday with the intention of her passing it on to her daughter one day.

Sandra bain August 12, 2015 - 7:38 PM

We dont have an item passing down the generations, but we do have a name. Every first born male in the family carries Leslie as a middle name. 4 generations so far.

karina l August 12, 2015 - 10:07 PM

My engagement ring! It has so much sentimental value to it and I would love to pass it down to the future generations!

Kirsty Booth August 13, 2015 - 8:22 AM

My husbands grandparents had to flee war torn Czechoslovakia with nothing but the clothes they were wearing, so instead of an item we have an amazing story that I will be sharing with my boys when they are old enough. Having an heirloom blanket to pass down would be great, we could snuggle under it as I tell them about their history.

Rosalyn Hill August 13, 2015 - 10:00 AM

My hubands grandfathers desk still sits in our house. He got it for his 21st from his parents and left it to my husband when he died. It’s definitely our most precious heirloom and we look forward to giving to our children when they are older.

Isabelle August 14, 2015 - 10:11 AM

I am 8 weeks pregnant after having a miscarriage 4 months ago. My mum has finally decided that I’m far along enough to start giving me some of the things of mine that she put away. The two best things are all of my books, including my Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit books. She saved them for over 30 years. Then we were looking in her wardrobe the other day and she pulled out a tiny little woolen red jacket that was mine about 34 years ago. And we both just started to cry.

Claire L August 14, 2015 - 10:24 AM

I have a glory box full of treasures that have been passed down to me including knitted baby items, quilts, embroidered inen, china and crystal pieces! I have also been adding special things since my daughter was born like her christening dress, first shoes, and a copy of her fagourite stories to keep and share with her own children.

Jillian August 14, 2015 - 10:40 AM

both my daughters wore their Great Grandmother’s & Grandmothers Engagement rings on their Wedding Days & I hope they will pass those on to their daughters to wear on their Weddind Days too. I have just taught myself to crochet & just completed a bear & in the process of making a cot blanket for our new Grandchild expected soon. Hoping they will become heirlooms too.

Gabi August 14, 2015 - 10:43 AM

Each of my Nanna’s grand daughters have worn her antique watch for their weddings. A lovely tradition I hope to continue with the generations to come.

Leizl Mowbray August 14, 2015 - 11:11 AM

We have a beautiful oak cot that was passed down through my Dad’s side of the family. He slept in it, me & my 2 sisters slept in it & my nieces & nephew have slept in it. I remember playing with my dolls as a child, placing them in the cot dreaming of the day when I would place my own child to sleep in such a treasured heritage piece. Unfortunately I moved to Australia, and it was too expensive to bring the cot over when my bubs was born. It was a sad moment but my baby is my greatest treasure and the love from the family is his greatest heritage.

Donna Milne August 14, 2015 - 11:26 AM

I have two things that will be passed down, the first being a christening gown that I had made for my 3 kids and since then all the nephews and nieces have worn this outfit. It has travelled around the world. The second item is my nanna’s childs tea set. She would have been 111yrs old this year and she played with it as a child. I didn’t receive it until I was married but I now keep it safe to pass to my daughter.

Ann August 14, 2015 - 2:40 PM

My christening gown and my grandmother’s silver.

Vivienne August 14, 2015 - 4:41 PM

I have inherited my great grandmothers engagement ring. The ring was passed down to my grandmother and upon her death the ring was passed to my mother and since my mother passed away I now have the ring and would like to pass that down to one of my children who will pass it on to one of theirs.

Vicky a August 14, 2015 - 5:29 PM

A locket which has been passed down from my dads side of the family over the last 3 generations

Christine Burgess August 15, 2015 - 7:17 AM

We don’t have one as such…but I guess 30 – 40 year old hot wheels cars that my husband & his brother used to play with, that now my 6 boys have & continue to play with will no doubt be passed on to their kids.

Tracy August 15, 2015 - 9:33 AM

We have a poem by Rudyard Kipling that has been passed down in our family ”IF” ( Mann is my maiden surname) which is the one line ‘you will be a man, my son’ along with many traditions like Monday night Family Night where we ate together as a family for many years. Red plate acknowledgement meal when someone does well in the family on that day, always sitting at the dining table for meals and giving thanks all day, my grandmothers ring, my nana’s Soetkoekie recipe, too many to mention. But no blanket airloom yet?

Nicola wood August 15, 2015 - 11:15 PM

A lemon yellow and white coloured baby blanket that my great grandma knitted for me. It’s the only item we have after we left the uk to come to aus as a holiday (and ended up staying!) all our belongings were put in storage which flooded. It was the only thing my mum brought with us. I used it with my daughter when she was born. It’s so precious and I can’t wait to give it to my daughter when she has her own baby

Carolyn August 16, 2015 - 8:07 AM

We have a crocheted cream wool blanket used at the Christenings in the family, passed down from God Mother to God Child in each generation. When my middle son was little he had a blanky that he used to carry around and he called it a ‘ZeZah’, the christening blanket is now called ‘Mummy’s ZeZah’ My family used to grow superfine wool in the Mudgee Region and we lost the farm in the 1990’s, I miss the wool and still work in woolsheds but it’s just not the same. We scour Vinnies weekly to search for woollen jumpers lovingly made by someone elses’ Grandma. I would love to win this blanket to start a tradition of passing down a blanket withing our immediate family, starting with my children’s children. Fingers crossed xxxxx

Jo August 16, 2015 - 1:24 PM

My great-grandmother’s engagement ring has been passed down the generations from her to my grandfather, who passed it on to my father. Wearing it connects me with her pioneering spirit. Passing it on will keep her memory alive.

sharon brown August 16, 2015 - 8:23 PM

We have a shawl knitted by my great grand mother which each of our 5 children have used. It will be passed on to one of our grand daughters.

Karla Oleinikoff August 16, 2015 - 10:38 PM

My Grandmother received a Royal Albert Tea Set when she got married in the 30’s, which went to my mother, and has now been passed on to me, which will be passed on to my daughter. The set is absolutely beautiful, and I’m honoured to have such an heirloom in my safe keeping.

Renee Ballantyne August 17, 2015 - 9:06 AM

My grandmothers wedding band simple but very much treasured

Kat Taylor August 17, 2015 - 12:15 PM

One of our family heirlooms are my husband’s 40 year old, threadbare ‘Bobby’ panda and my little brown dog, which our 5year daughter old loves!

Leanne August 17, 2015 - 7:27 PM

My family (as yet) doesn’t have something to hand down from one generation to the next. However I would love to change this and this blanket would be an awesome start to it 🙂

Jane August 17, 2015 - 7:28 PM

My most treasured family heirlooms are a series of photos taken by a travelling photographer (on horseback) in the 1920s of my family and the workers during shearing season on my families property. The photos were published in a book that documented “Stationlife in NSW during the 1920’s”. I can stare at it for ages imagining what life would have been like back then and am filled with pride at how hard working and brave my ancestors were. They are truly treasured.

Debs August 17, 2015 - 8:54 PM

My nan is 94 and a while ago when we were reminiscing we spoke about a little spotted china tea set I used to play with when I would visit her. It used to be Nans when she was a young girl. For my birthday this year Nan gave me this little tea set. I would have to say it is the most precious possession I own. My mum played with it as a girl and I’m not afraid to let my daughter who is 7 play with it. What makes this an Heirlooms is that it has been played with and enjoyed for 4 generations of little girls not just placed on a shelf to look at.

Maria Stringer August 17, 2015 - 9:49 PM

My husbands baby shawl which was made in England, our two babies were christened with it and I expect my grandchildren will use it too!

Sarah August 17, 2015 - 11:02 PM

My grandmothers glory box. It was her grandmothers and then my nana passed it to me. I have four sons so hopefully there will be a granddaughter for me to pass it down to.

Darla August 18, 2015 - 5:00 AM

My wedding photos.

Karen oliver August 18, 2015 - 9:18 AM

My mother purchased a wedding veil when my oldest sister was married; mum had 4 daughters. Every daughter wore the veil and future daughter in laws on their wedding day. That was over 40 years ago. Her granddaughters have worn the veil on their special day just like my daughter did. Mums great grandchildren will now where the precious and very special veil on their day, and generation after generation. We all cry when it is worn as she was suddenly taken from us way to early but she can watch from above.

Sue Somervillw August 18, 2015 - 6:13 PM

WW1 war letters from family members and family photos all precious and replaceable.

Debbie August 18, 2015 - 8:22 PM

We have a cane bassinet that has been through several generations, incl cousins in each generation, it just gets shared around ?

Gillian Harridge August 18, 2015 - 10:48 PM

My great grandfather’s saddles, they are handmade and make you gasp they are so beautiful. They represent our family history.


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