Spice Up Your Holiday Gift List: These DNA Kits are Already on Sale for Black Friday

Scott Hirsch
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The holidays are fast approaching, and let’s face it—gift cards just aren’t that exciting. If you’re looking for a more unique gift for the family this year, a DNA kit’s a solid choice. After all, what could be more exciting than scurrying up and down your family tree while uncovering hidden roots and long-lost relatives?

Whether you’ve got parents who’ve caught the genealogy bug, a science-obsessed spouse, or you yourself feel like digging deeper into your past, a DNA kit is sure to bring some thrill to the family unit and provide a bonding experience that might just make up for the distance many will be feeling due to COVID. 

Black Friday’s still days away, but you can already snag most of these top-selling DNA kits for a fraction of the price. 

Lowest Price Ever on MyHeritage DNA-Test Bundles

Buy 2 and compare your results with a spouse or sibling

Special Deal: $39 per kit (plus free shipping) when you buy 2 or more kits

Original Price: $79 per kit

Available From: November 22-December 2

Simple to use and exhaustive in scope, MyHeritage is an especially great gift for a relative who hasn't gotten around to taking a DNA test on their own. The packaging alone is sharp enough to pique anyone’s curiosity, and it speaks to the simplicity of taking the test and the fun that comes from getting the results, building a family tree, and perhaps diving into MyHeritage’s vast encyclopedia of historical records and documents. 

The test requires a simple cheek swab and produces results within 4-6 weeks. Recipients will see their ethnicity traced across 42 regions of the world and recieve any possible DNA matches of other relatives in the database. MyHeritage also offers one of the more celebrated family tree builders, which currently has more than 48 million users.  

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Nearly 50% Off Ancestry DNA Kits

Parents caught the genealogy bug? This Ancestry DNA kit should keep them busy...

Special Deal: $59 (save $40) 

Original Price: $99

Available From: Now -  November 25

The most recognizable name in DNA testing, Ancestry has attracted tens of millions of users with its sophisticated testing and exhaustive database. 

Ancestry DNA’s kit will net you or your loved one a comprehensive look into the past. The results outline your ancestors’ migrational paths, provide ethnic makeup estimates, and cover more than 500 regions worldwide, thereby placing you in the context of history, geography, family, and heritage. 

UniquE to Ancestry is its enormous database of more than 10 million users. What does this mean for you or the person you’re buying the gift for? That in addition to historical insights and fodder for the family tree, you very well might discover a new relative for the holidays.

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Up to 50% Off 3 or More Living DNA Kits 

Take the Living DNA test as a family

Special Deal: Up to 50% off + free shipping on 3 or more DNA kits

Original Price: $79

Available From: Now -  December 2

Those looking to take a deeper dive into their family history may want to consider a test from Living DNA. Even those who have already taken a DNA test can learn something new about themselves thanks to Living DNA’s maternal and paternal testing (if male), which, in addition to the standard autosomal tests, reveal more detailed family histories on each parent’s side. 

Submitting a sample to Living DNA requires a simple cheek swab. The results may take a bit longer to arrive than other companies, but they stretch back 10 generations and include a comprehensive look at the past which is presented in a map that lets you view your ancestral history in visual form. 

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A Gift-Wrapped Journey into the Past

DNA tests are a great way to learn more about ourselves, our families, and our place in the world, which is perhaps why they’ve become such a popular holiday gift. And they’re also fun—the act of tracking down relatives and building family trees can engage you on an intellectual and emotional level. Even if you’ve taken a DNA test, there’s always more to learn and explore, and the more people in your family that take them, the more insight you can get into where you came from and what makes you who you are. So if you’re at a loss for ideas this holiday season, consider a DNA test, which could be the start of a journey into the past as well as a bonding experience in the present.

Scott Hirsch
Scott has worked as a writer, editor, and researcher for top tech companies, including Groupon . Over the last decade he has covered stories in emerging tech, consumer trends, medical and wellness technology, media, science, and culture, and has contributed articles to non-profit and social awareness organizations. Scott was born and raised in Chicago and has a deep love for its people, culture, and architecture. His work has appeared both online and in print.