I’m sharing one of the hottest and truly personalized holiday gift ideas ever today! This gift is truly one of a kind and opens up so many doors of discovery for family and friends.
I’ve always been kind of a science geek and interested in finding out more about my genealogy and lineage. I have some general ideas of my families origination and where my ancestors were from, but have always wanted to know more, but didn’t really have the time to go searching through records and history to do it myself. When I heard about 23andMe, I wanted to try their ancestry discovery kits and I knew right away that this was going to be a great gift idea for those people on your gift list that have everything.
23andMe is an ancestry service that uses DNA from your saliva to provide you with science backed results and information. Once you’ve purchased your kit (arrives within 3-5 days of purchase), you simply collect saliva in the collection tube, mail it back in the prepaid package and within 6-8 weeks you receive results. Results are received via an email in which you can log-in and discover what your DNA says about you. The process was ridiculously easy.
The hardest part is waiting for your results. I’m so excited to find out more and pour over the results and dive further into my families history. There’s just something so satisfying and fascinating about looking into your roots and heritage. It was so cool reading over all of the review testimonies, especially those who were adopted and have actually been able to contact and talk with some of their relatives who share similar DNA via 23andMe.
There are two types of kits available: Ancestry and Ancestry + Health kits. The ancestry kit (which is what I used and am waiting results from) tells you detailed information about your ancestry, such as:
- Ancestry Composition
- Maternal and Paternal Haplogroups
- Neanderthal Ancestry
- Your DNA Family
- DNA Relative Finder
- Share and Compare feature
The Ancestry + Health kits gives all the information listed above plus:
- Genetic Health Risks Reports
- Carrier Status
These kits are a must-add item to your own Christmas wishlist and perfect for gifting to family and friends (they are up to $50 off right now!)! I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t be intrigued and interested in learning more about their background and ancestry. It’s a great family gift bundle idea too because you can trace DNA through your family more in-depth with the share and compare option.
23andMe is a perfect gift option for close family members or those that are difficult to shop for. It’s truly one of the most personal gifts that you could give: a in-depth look at what makes them unique and forming a deeper connection within your family.
Have you wondered about your ancestry?
I’m fortunate enough to have had a grandmother who took up genealogy as a hobby and traced our ancestry back to the Mayflower and beyond! So that side of my family at least is covered. I’d definitely be interested in the genetic health info though, that sounds extremely valuable. Especially for my two children who were adopted and have no known family health history.
I would love this as a gift! My family recently did their DNA and it is so interesting!
Having my DNA and ancestry tested has always being so intriguing to me. I wonder what I would find out if I did it! Lol
I would love this as a gift, my father-in-law did this and I find it so amazing. I might need to do this.
I would love to do one of these someday. We actually have no concrete knowledge of our actual ancestry because of some adoptions decades ago and I think on my dad’s side, they don’t really know either. I’m for sure a mutt. It would be nice to know which groups I belong to!