What is a keepsake?

What is a keepsake? Here are some definitions.

  1. Some object given by a person and retained in memory of something or someone; something kept for sentimental or nostalgic reasons.
  2. (historical) Specifically, a type of literary album popular in the nineteenth-century, containing scraps of poetry and prose, and engravings.
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In Thailand a person is likely to compose a small cookbook before her or his death, so that it can be distributed as a keepsake to the mourners attending the funeral.
She hunted over all her treasures, and gave each of the children a keepsake.
Give each person a small box with a lid, like a shoebox or a keepsake chest.
I think we took some chintzy ornament as like a souvenir, keepsake sort of thing.
Someday this will be a wonderful keepsake for my children and grandchildren.
It serves to jog my memory and will certainly become a keepsake for my children.

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