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Example:

Grandma left me her ring as a [...]

I thought of the word souvenir but I think it's more commonly used to refer to something that you buy in a gift shop.

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    How about keepsake? – Peter Shor Oct 19 '14 at 14:53
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A good word is heirloom.

There are others, but this should be sufficient.

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If you need a term that implies a formal act of leaving something by will , bequest may fit: ( from TFD)

  • (law) a gift of personal property by will

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