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9 Top Reasons a DNA Kit is the Perfect Xmas Gift
It’s unique and thoughtful. A Fitbit, an Instant Pot, a Google Home System. These are all nice things, but if you’re planning on giving one as a gift for the 2018 holiday period – you may be a year or two too late. DNA kits, on the other hand, have been around long enough for us to know their value but are still unique enough to stand out from other gifts. Giving a DNA gift to your loved ones gives them the impression that you put a great deal of thought into their gift.
It’s keeps on giving. A DNA testing kit is the gift that keeps on giving. First, your recipient gets the initial excitement of opening the gift. Then they get the excitement of sending a sample from their saliva or swabbing their cheek and waiting expectantly for the results. Then there’s the excitement of receiving the results in the post and discovering details about their genealogy. And finally, there’s the excitement of sharing those results with their friends and relatives – including you, the person who started it all.
It reveals the recipient’s family origins. A DNA test does more than just tell a person about their genetic makeup. It reveals where their ancestors came from, where those ancestors moved over time, and even matches the person with living relatives who share a part of their DNA. Who knows, it might even shed light on your recipient’s connection to you.
It connects you to the recipient. Whether you and your recipient are close relatives or just friends, it can be fun to take a DNA test at the same time. What better way to get closer to someone than by taking a DNA test at the same time? You could purchase one DNA kit for yourself and one for your recipient, and time it so you send off your samples at the same time. Then, when the results arrive in your respective mail boxes, you can sit down, discover, and compare.
You can take advantage of hot holiday deals. DNA testing kits are particularly popular around holiday time, and not only because they make good gifts. Most of the major DNA testing companies offer massive discounts during November and December, peaking around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We checked out a few of the top providers and found many of them offering deals of 30-50% off DNA testing kits in November. With those sorts of discounts, you could purchase gifts for 2 people for almost the price of 1, for 4 people for almost the price of 2, and so on.
Flexible shipping options. As DNA testing kits have grown in popularity, the top providers have made it easier to ship them out as gifts. Most of the top providers allow customers to have the kit shipped to someone other than themselves – provided the recipient is in the same country. Standard shipping costs are typically around $9.95 for most of the big providers, but there are discounts for shipping multiple kits in the one order. Most companies deliver with USPS, which can take up to 6 days, but you can pay extra to have it shipped quicker if it’s a last-minute gift.
It’s educational. DNA kits can make a great gift for younger relatives or friends. Most teens view science as a boring necessity of going through high school, but a DNA kit could change their perspective. In high school, teens do experiments with test tubes without really understanding the real-world implications. With a DNA test, they put their saliva in a test tube (or swab their own cheek) and get back a full record of their ancestry.
You can pair them with other items. As DNA testing kits grow in popularity, so do complementary products such as these genetic art pieces from Dot One. Why choose between a DNA kit and a scarf when you can get both? Dot One’s DNA personalized scarves are designed using a person’s genetic traits. They also create personalized tees, socks, and tartans. Of course, they need a digital copy of the person’s DNA to create these gifts. You could give a DNA kit one year, and a personalized DNA fashion item the next.
It could change someone’s life. For Christmas 2016, Justin Gerace bought his parents Jim and Jacki AncestryDNA gifts. The Fayetteville, NY couple though they’d find out how English or Irish and Italian they were according to a report by Syracuse.com. But what they actually discovered was Jacki’s half-sister, living less than an hour away. Little did Justin know that by giving a gift one Christmas, he would gain himself an aunt for the following Christmas.
One Tip: Make Sure the Gift is Wanted
A DNA gift can be a wonderful thing but, like with any gift, some friends or family members might not necessarily want or appreciate it. While some people would be excited to discover more about their family history, others might understandably be reluctant to dig up details about their past. Therefore, we recommend that before going ahead and ordering a DNA gift, you check that your intended recipient wants it. If you and your recipient are usually open with each other about what you’d like for the holidays, then just go ahead and ask. If you like keeping things a surprise, you could find subtle ways to bring up the topic of ancestry in genealogy. If your recipient shows interest in the subject, that’s a good indication they’d be interested in receiving a DNA kit as a gift.
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