1. To inspire a love of knowledge, give them your entire collection of Goosebumps books. Nathan Jones / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: gemsling "A good story lasts forever." 2. To show that you walked uphill both ways, give your children your sneakers with pump-up functionality. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF MTV / Via mtvstyle.tumblr.com "We walked so much, we literally needed air in our shoes." 3. Instead of passing on your best set of pearls, bequeath your best puka shells. SuperFantastic / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: superfantastic "Walk into a party with these on, and everyone will know you hail from a very strong lineage." 4. To show them how hard everyday tasks were in your time, hand off your DVD collection. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via contac.tumblr.com "Back then you could really feel the movie. But don't scratch it!" 5. To prove that caring for others takes patience, introduce your kids to your old pets. DerekA / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: sfj "We were young, but we had to look after each other." 6. To remind your children that good taste runs in the family, hand off your tie-dye jeans. Courtney Rhodes / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: pumpkincat210 "We share the same body type, so you could wear them too!" 7. To prove that communication keeps the family together, whip these babies out: Andrew Fogg / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: ndrwfgg "Landline." 8. Like an old yearbook photo, a framed picture of your old Sims avatar will make for a family treasure. EA Games / Eurritimia / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: eurritimia "You met all sorts of people back then!" 9. Someday, your children will have to know what a home-cooked meal really means, so offer this gift: Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Hasbro / Via awdsgn.com "A real meal takes patience, kids." 10. Someday they'll need wisdom, so give them your fortune tellers. Memphis CVB / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / Via Flickr: ilovememphis "We didn't have Google to tell us the future." 11. To teach culinary manners from the past, introduce them to bubble gum tape. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com "It felt like it would extend for miles." 12. Pending it doesn't deflate, every generation could use an exercise ball. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via standardmoves.tumblr.com "Fitness was a lifestyle, not a trend." 13. Or a copy of Spice World. Ron Galella / Getty Images / 180875050 "No, but seriously children, this could be worth a lot of money." 14. And to really help your children find their roots, give the gift of revealing your AIM screen name. Yuko Honda / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Via Flickr: yukop "A long, long time ago, there were these things called 'away messages.'" Trends come and go, but the original Cheeri-oats has been powering families for decades.