Britain’s most prized possessions revealed

As much as we are taught not to value material possessions even the most non-indulgent people still have those one or two items we just couldn’t live without. Whether it’s a family heirloom, something our child gave to us or or the house itself, we all have prized possessions.

This week the British public were quizzed by Skipton Building on what items they hold dear. The study shows people are more likely to cherish a possession which was given to them by someone else, rather than something they bought themselves.

Family photos, Homes and cars were voted amongst the most popular possessions Brits can’t live without. But the study did reveal some differences between what men and women treasure the most. Baby clothes, parent’s wedding rings, and children’s artwork are amongst a woman’s most prized possessions.  Men on the other hand declared their vinyl collection, smartphone and computer as some of their most treasured items.

But is enough been done to safeguarding these items? Just 24 per cent of Brits have an inventory of everything in their house, and only 13 per cent were clever enough to photograph all of their treasured items so they can prove what they owned in the event of loss or theft.

Kris Brewster from Skipton Building Society said: “Unfortunately treasured possessions such as photos, drawings and vintage jewellery which would be incredibly important to the owner are more valuable in sentiment than anything else – people need to think carefully about how they store these items to keep them safe.”


  1. Family photos
  2. Home
  3. Wedding ring
  4. Engagement ring
  5. Family pet
  6. Photographs of deceased relatives
  7. Jewellery
  8. Car
  9. Smart phone
  10. Childhood pictures
  11. Laptop
  12. Photographs of significant other
  13. Children’s artwork
  14. Photographs of deceased friends
  15. Clothes
  16. Books
  17. Tablet
  18. Baby clothes
  19. A favourite book
  20. Parent’s wedding rings


  1. Home
  2. Family photos
  3. Car
  4. Wedding ring
  5. Photographs of deceased relatives
  6. Family pet
  7. Laptop
  8. Photographs of significant other
  9. Computer
  10. Smart phone
  11. Books
  12. Vinyl records
  13. CD collection
  14. Tablet
  15. Television
  16. Photographs of deceased friends
  17. Computer
  18. Childhood pictures
  19. Internet
  20. Jewellery

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