This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx on behalf of 23andMe.
I wish I was the Leslie Knope of my family and friends when it comes to gift-giving. In the TV show Parks and Recreation, Leslie is famous for her spot-on creation of meticulously handmade gifts.
I’m more of the, “let’s shoot in the dark and hope I hit a target” kind of gift shopper. Surprisingly, I don’t always see success with that.
While gifts aren’t the most important thing of the holiday season, they can really mean a lot. As a person who enjoys gifts as a love language, thoughtful gifts encourage my soul. If you’re looking for something that is personal and unique, maybe consider a gift that gives them a better understanding of themselves.
23andMe is a company that offers two personal genetic services to help you learn more about your heritage, where you come from, and even health traits. So many people are curious about these things, and so few people have that information handy. I know I can wonder about that information, but it’s not necessarily something I would think to buy for myself.
You can purchase a kit online (at a deal for the holidays!), and start the process in your own home. I was surprised at how simple and non-invasive it was. The hardest part for me was remembering not to eat for a full 30 minutes before collecting the saliva sample. (I always remembered after I ate something.)
Complete an easy registration online, mail your sample in a prepaid package, and then wait for your results. Results take 6-8 weeks, and are available in your online account. It’s easy to share this information with other family and friends as well.
My family typically does board games together when we have down time, which is always fun family time for us. But I think it would be fun to add this to the mix! Looking over genetic information, swapping stories, and finding out more about our history together – what a way to bond and appreciate our family.
Again, 23andMe is making the choice to gift its kits even easier with special holiday offers through December 26th. Check out their options, and consider this as a fun and different gift this season!
Have you ever done any more research into your family history? What cool things did you discover?