Baby clothes, parent’s wedding rings, and children’s artwork are amongst a woman’s most prized household possessions a survey has revealed.

Men on the other hand declared their vinyl collection, smartphone and computer as some of their most treasured items.

When quizzed by Skipton Building Society, more than half of the 2000 Brits polled said sentimental keepsakes were their dearest items – and yet, men claim their CAR is more important than photos of deceased friends or significant other.

A woman’s most cherished items of all are the family photos – while a man places the family home at the top of his list.

Both women and men agree their wedding rings are of utmost importance, coming in third and fourth respectively.

The family pet also makes the top 10 for both genders, as do photos of deceased relatives.

Kris Brewster from Skipton Building Society said: “For both men and women there is an interesting mix of household possessions, some of which are irreplaceable, but many items which hold real ‘value’.

“Items such as the family car, smart phones or laptops might be considered important to everyone but they ARE replaceable as long as people have the right cover in place.

“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.”

Other items to appear on the top 20 list of women’s most prized possessions include jewellery, their favourite book, and pictures from their childhood.

Men are most attached to their family photos, CD collection, tablet and television.

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.

And while more than four in 10 would like to replace their prized items if they were lost or stolen, only 27 per cent have every single one of their items insured, while only 34 per cent of couples thought to increase the value of their home insurance when they moved in with a partner.

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.

When it comes to keeping valuable objects safe, 12 per cent of people keep them in the loft, while 16 per cent have a safe in their house.

More than a fifth of people feel items are safer is they are kept upstairs, and 16 per cent don’t allow the children or pets to go near anything of value.

Just 16 per cent of people have a home security system in place, while 15 per cent have all their home insurance documents safely tucked away in one place in case they need them.

Kris Brewster added: “The key to all of this is knowing what you value the most in your home and making sure you have appropriate cover in place in the event something goes wrong. You can’t put a price on something sentimental, so take steps to look after your prized possessions and protect them.”


  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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