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25 items that cost $1 or less but hold a value worth millions to their owners

Letters from grandma to fortune cookies, here are 25 examples of unique items that are important to people but cost not more than a dollar.

25 items that cost $1 or less but hold a value worth millions to their owners
Representative Image Source: (L) Pexels | Photo by Andre Moura, (R) Reddit | u/nonamebatman

In life's quest, we come across several people and learn about things they hold dear. There are objects that, irrespective of their monetary value, are of great importance to us. Moreover, with time, the value of these things increases. In real life or even on social media, you would find several instances where people have shown utmost care for the most common things. While for others, the item may appear basic but to the person, it holds prestigious value, be it sentimental or material value. 

Representative Image Source: Pexels/Photo by cottonbro studio
Representative Image Source: Pexels | cottonbro studio

Right from a note, a bill, a ring, a towel to even quirky things like a nail or a piece of wood, the list of things that are important to individuals but cost not more than a dollar is extensive. So, when u/0---------------0asked people on Reddit: "What's the single most important item in your home that has a value of $1 or less?" it didn't take users much time to sum up the importance of items that value less than $1 in their homes. Yes, $1. For those wondering what is it that would possibly be under $1 and have that much significance, here are 25 great examples. 

1. Bookworm 

"The book that my Grandma used to read to me. It's worthless, wasn't even listed on Goodreads until I added it, but she died in 2005 the day after my 8th birthday and remembering her voice reading it is one of the clearest memories I have. Would definitely save it in a fire." - u/absquat

2. Brotherly ties 

"A 'best brother in the world' pin from my brother who passed away. He gave it to me when he was six."-  u/Captkiller77

3. Thoughtful gestures 

"My son found a rock on the way home from school in kindergarten. We were walking home through this park we always cut through and he grabbed the rock and fell in love with it. It just looked like mud to me but who cares he loved it. When we got home I helped him wash it off in the sink and it was black and kinda blueish. He said it was awesome and then gave it to me. Its one of my most precious things in the world to me."- u/Ayan94123

4. "See how far we've come" 

"There's a picture of my wife and I with our adopted daughter. The picture was taken when she was around 13 or so but we didn't adopt her until she was 16. When we took, it was just us and a kid we kind of knew from church. It's so cool to look back on and see how far we've come." - u/steeple_fun

5. Best Christmas gift ever

"One time, about five years into our relationship, my girlfriend (now wife) and I were in separate rooms in our one bedroom apartment in early December. From the other room, she hollered to me, 'What do you want for Christmas?' I had been working full time, taking part-time university classes to finish my degree, and had been volunteering as part of a youth mentor program... so I said 'All I really want is a break.' Three weeks later, I’m unwrapping a very heavy shoebox. After getting through the mountain of duct tape and several layers of wrapping paper, I had my very own... brick. 'I really didn’t understand what you wanted it for,' she said, 'But you sounded so sure of it. So here you go!' Cue about ten minutes of laughs, and now that brick sits proudly on my desk. Every time I am overwhelmed or feeling like I’ve taken on too much, I look at it, pick it up, have a little laugh, and put it back so I can carry on. Best gift ever."-  u/nonamebatman
Representative Image Source: Pexels/Photo by Matheus Bertelli
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Matheus Bertelli

6. Letters from grandma 

"Handwritten letters from my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. While it is sad to see her handwriting get progressively worse for each letter at the end it is nice to have something that was that close to her. I have them stored in a small box and it always goes into our evacuation bag during fire season." -  u/NightCrawler85

7. A dollar to remember

"I have a 1$ bill saved and put away in a drawer. It was my last dollar before I decided to stop gambling and doing hard drugs. I had to stop cold turkey. I would look at it and be reminded what I was doing. I've been sober for well over a year now. I feel like that 1$ is special. That 1$ is my token. My token for fighting a silent battle that I cannot share with people otherwise I could lose my job." - u/annamolly93

8. Sharp companion

"I have an old kitchen knife that’s probably worth like 25 cents. But through some mysterious power of the universe it cuts better than any knife I’ve ever used. Meats. Veggies. Bread. Cheese. It doesn’t matter. This thing glides through it all with ease and has never been sharpened. Easily my most important kitchen item."  u/zetablunt

9. He said yes

"A single post-it note folded into a paper airplane with the words 'Will you be my boyfriend?' And two checkboxes labeled 'yes' and 'yes'. He’s my husband now." - u/zuko-dwayne-bear

10. Fortune cookie 

"I have a fortune cookie note in my wallet that says, 'You and your spouse will have a happy life together.' It was our 2nd date. We have been happily married 24 years." - u/Ninja_Socks
Representative Image Source: Pexels/Photo by RDNE Stock project
Representative Image Source: Pexels | RDNE Stock project

11. Wired for love

"My dad used to make these wire puzzle/ toys. I have the wire, and I can make more of them. But the ones he made are priceless." - u/MeatforMooolah

12. Welcome to the family

"It’s a red envelope that used to contain $20. I kept the envelope because I got it from my boyfriend’s grandmother. She’s from China and these red envelopes are given to children/family during holidays and important events. This symbolized her accepting me as part of the family. I cried a bit after she gave it to me and I got a hug from her. I don’t have grandparents and have a really rough relationship with my mom so this meant a lot. I feel like a part of his family and am so happy for that." -  u/ritz99

13. Little things 

"My daughter made me a pencil holder out of a soup can and construction paper that looks like a cat. It’s been on my desk for 20 years - she’s long gone from the house living her life but every time I look at it I see the 9 year old that made it." - u/GrandFadder

14. Clayed to the heart

"I got this one for free, so I’m just gonna say this one: A piece of clay. The clay specifically has my dead cat’s paw print in it." - u/_YouFriendlyDemon_

15. Memorable screw

"During our first official date with my gf, I got a flat tyre because of that random screw. I had never changed a tyre before in my life and I was afraid I'd make a fool of myself in front of her, but it all worked out well and she was super impressed. Next day, when I took my car to the shop to patch the hole, I asked them to return me the screw just for the happy memory." - u/I_hate_traveling
Representative Image Source: Pexels/Photo by Steve Johnson
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Steve Johnson

16. Just glue it 

"Small container of crazy glue. Kid broke her toy? No problem, crazy glue. That s**t indirectly fixes TEARS, man.  Beside table has a broken leg? Crazy glue. Wife's favourite ornament fell and broke in a few pieces? You guessed it , crazy glue. Got a nasty cut? Well, I'd use a bandage, but people will most likely use crazy glue!" - u/Jorlen

17. Emotions on a ticket

"My now husband and I went on our first date which was supposed to be coffee and ended up being a 7hr amazing chat session. My husband is not super affectionate or sentimental. Recently I found his parking meter receipt from that date ." - u/BaconCheeseVegan43

18. Cockroach named Freddie

"A brown plastic realistic cockroach nicknamed Freddie. My wife and I have been hiding it for each other. It could take months for Freddie to pop up but he always does. She will find it burried in the sugar pot. I will later find it inside a pair of shoes I rarely wear. It often makes us jump, and give a small fright. I'll hear my wife let a surprised gasp then go: 'Oh Freddie!'. For me Freddie is a great symbol that our relationship is still solid after all these years, that we still take the time to have fun, to surprise each other."  - u/prplx

19. Tissues, please

"If covid has taught us anything: a roll of toilet paper" - u/breovus

20. 2 am cravings 

"A single serving of pepto bismol. When you awake at 2am with horrible indigestion, you'd pay a lot more than $1 for just a single serving of that magic pink elixir."- u/spokale
Representative Image Source: Pexels/Photo by Steve Johnson
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Steve Johnson

21. The joy of being able to feel

"The piece of paper that contained the eulogy I read at my mothers funeral this past July. Sure I have a copy saved to my computer but there is something about that tearstained wrinkled piece of paper that means more to me than any other object in my house." - u/TheOnlyHermanator

22. Just right 

"We have a teaspoon that just appeared in our house and I use it every single day, it’s the perfect spoon." - u/lazydaisy6702

23. Lovestruck

"My parent's love letters. Theirs was an arranged marriage and I loved to search for stuff when I was young came through those and they were the sweetest, awkward-est and cutest things ever. You could feel the shyness and new love blossoming." - u/iknowthisischeesy

24. A game of chess

"A knight from a chess board. My best friend used to play chess with his grandfather and it was “their thing”. After grandfather died my friend kept one of the chess boards but the pieces got lost overtime. The knight was the last piece he had left and he decided to give it to me as a token of our friendship." -u/kaosterra

25. Skate into love

"A skateboard wheel nut. I met my wife skateboarding, once while skating she hit this random wheel nut in the middle of the park and slammed pretty hard. She has since worn that wheel nut on a silver chain for good luck and a reminder. " - u/Ridethepig101
Representative Image Source:Pexels/Photo by MESSALA CIULLA
Representative Image Source: Pexels | MESSALA CIULLA

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