There’s often the question of what to get a one-year old for their birthday. Will they be too young to appreciate a gift? Or is there something special we could get them that they could treasure when they’re older?

US parents Susie and Ken Van Metre had the best idea ever – they asked their close family and friends to write a note to their one-year old daughter Abby, to be opened when she turned 18.

And just recently Abby opened the time capsule of letters for the first time – which she has declared the ‘best present ever’.

Even more poignant is the fact that some of the letters were written by beloved family members who have since died, leading Susie to dub them ‘letters from heaven’.

“It is the most precious gift we could have ever given to her, Susie wrote in a post on her Facebook page. “Among the 25 letters are 7 letters from people who have passed on. These include letters from her Grandfather Doug, her uncle John Aldershof, great grandparents and more. We cried and laughed all night.

“Such a blessing to have birthday wishes from everyone. The time capsule was full of great things for her. If you have a small child in your life, please share this idea. It was incredible. (Abby would like me to add that she had just gotten home from swim practice and usually doesn't look this casual).

And the story has quickly gone viral, with people all over the world expressing how moved they were by the sweet, sentimental idea.

We absolutely LOVE it – it’s a gift that costs nothing, yet it’s absolutely priceless.

SHARE if you would love to try this for your kids!

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