Not if you don’t want it to be. Even if you and your loved ones have already taken a DNA test, there are plenty of ways to parlay the results into unique, customizable gifts that can bring the family together and turn your heritage into a work of art.
From custom artwork to collaborative family trees and genealogy scrapbooks, these DNA-inspired gifts are a great way to honor your history, bond with your family, and give one-of-a-kind gifts to those you love.
Gift: Personalized DNA Scarf
Price: $149 (including DNA kit)
Dot One weaves together science and fashion to produce wool apparel inspired by your personal DNA structure. The name Dot One comes from the .1% of your DNA that makes you unique, and to that end the company offers personalized products that bring your innermost genes to vivid color. Using Scottish and Japanese weaving techniques, Dot One’s artists create scarves, tartans, socks, and artwork whose patterns and color palettes reflect each person’s 33 genetic traits.
Ordering a product from Dot One requires submitting a DNA sample, which means buying one as a gift for someone will take some creative maneuvering. Each product comes with a DNA kit, but the company also accepts results from 23andMe tests. So if your spouse or relative has used 23andMe, you can send in their results rather than having them do another cheek swab.
After you’ve submitted the DNA sample, Dot One lets you choose your own design by selecting a color for each DNA base (ATCG.) You’ll be sent a proof to view before the loomers get to work spinning the one-of-a-kind scarf. Sure, it takes some planning, but this is a unique gift that can show your deepest appreciation for someone down to their very genetic core.
Gift: Circle of Life Custom DNA Print
Price: $299 (includes DNA test, analysis, and custom print)
Materials: Giclée print on canvas or fine art paper
GenoArt’s personalized prints look great from afar—but they’re just as fun from up close. That’s because they’re not only made from the exact components of your DNA makeup, but come with decoders that connect every little line and flourish to your unique genetic code.
That’s what’s special about GenoArt—the artwork doubles as a story. You can choose to have your DNA rendered in 4 different artistic themes: Circle of Life, Story of Life, Celebration of Life, and Code of Life. The designs range from rustic to modern to Eastern-inspired, and represent not just design motifs but the manner in which the strands of your DNA interact to make you the person you are.
Ordering a GenoArt piece requires submitting a DNA sample. The price includes a DNA cheek swab kit, DNA analysis, and the final product, a Giclée print on canvas or fine art paper. These prints would make especially great gifts for a special someone’s office or studio.
Gift: Blank family tree genealogy posters
Price: $16.07 for 2 on Amazon
Materials: Astroparche® 60 lb. text stock paper with tactile vellum finish
FreshRetroGallery’s family tree poster is a bonding experience as much as it is a beautiful piece of artwork. Despite it’s parchment-like appearance and earthy flourishes that give it an aged, heirloom look, the entries are blank and invite families to learn about their history and fill it out together.
The tree can accommodate up to 6 generations of family members and includes slots for each person’s name, date of birth, date of death, spouse, as well as extra space for personal memories. This is a great gift that can be framed and mounted, passed down to your children, or brought to family gatherings and reunions.
Gift: DNA Portrait
Price: Starting at $199 (includes DNA kit, analysis, and custom print)
Materials: Acid-free polyester-cotton canvas, wood float frame
How’s this for a family portrait? If the kids won’t sit still for a family photo, DNA 11 offers a creative alternative: images of your family’s genetic makeup rendered in sleek, wall-mounted artwork.
The process begins with a metal gift box that includes cheek swabs, instructions, and color swatches. You’ll need to send a cheek swab for each person whose DNA will be depicted, and you’ll be given a choice of color patterns from 16 custom design options including infrared, citron, atomic, aquatic, and cotton candy. The lab technicians will process each person’s DNA sample and convert it into Giclée prints that come stretched, framed, and ready to hang on your wall.
DNA 11 offers DNA portraits for anywhere from 1-4 people (you can include pets too). Everything from the size of the print to the colors and frame types are customizable, and upgrades such as digital downloads let you use the finished product for invitations, letterheads, or family albums. Though getting cheek swabs from the family might take some creative maneuvering, a DNA portrait of the family could be a unique personalized gift to give to a spouse or grandparent.
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Gift: Honoring the Past Scrapbook Kit
Includes: memoirs collage, family tree chart, ancestry stamps, cardstock stickers
Sure, you can save everything on computers these days. But there’s something unromantic about stowing a zip drive in a shoebox and leaving it for your children’s children.
This genealogy scrapbook kit brings your ancestry results to life with a tasteful presentation of family history. The kit includes a family tree chart, memory collages, group sheets, cardstock stickers, and ancestry stamps.
Gift: Infant Bodysuit DNA Tree
Celebrate DNA offers tons of customizable DNA-inspired apparel, from t-shirts to tote bags and coffee mugs. This infant onesie would make a great gift for a newborn niece or nephew if you can get ahold of their ancestry details. Unlike other products on this list, Celebrate DNA doesn’t require any DNA samples; you can just give them the results of a past genealogy test, or details from your own research, and they’ll create personalized apparel that proudly proclaims your roots and heritage.
Gift: Custom map
Includes: Wooden frame and glass protection
There are different DNA testing kits that list out and detail not only your traits, but also where your family came from. If your loved ones are keen on exploring their roots, gifting a one-of-a-kind map may be the first step to discovery.
DifferentMaps creates beautifully designed maps for any location close to your heart. You can gift a map with a true personal touch - one that is connected to your family’s history. No matter where your ancestors set up camps, you can zoom in on a city to gift. DifferentMaps laser cuts wood of the highest quality, creating realistic-looking water with epoxy resin.
With a unique map on the wall, you will be able to see how places really make a difference in your history.
My Tree & Me
Gift: Modern genealogy tree
Price: From $55 to $120
Includes: Quality print
DNA tests can be used to find more about one’s past through genealogy. In any case, you can gift your findings in a modern and stylish way. On My Tree & Me you can find a variety of modern and colorful charts to present to those in your family who are both interested in where they come from and have specific tastes.
With this service, you can request a sample to see that all your clan fits nicely on the design, confirm and later print on acid-free watercolor paper. Each design comes with various color palette options to choose from - perfect for those who are especially picky with their interior design.
Ancestry ProGenealogists Travel
Gift: Heritage Travel Tour
Price: Starting at $2,750
Includes: Customizable trip abroad
One of the most special ways to celebrate your roots and your family’s DNA test results is by booking a Heritage Travel tour curated and led by a professional genealogist. Ancestry.com offers a customizable service where you can mix and match your travel package and choose exactly how you want to treat your relatives in your ancestral homeland.
Not only will you have the opportunity to try the local cuisine, but also you will be able to interact with locals and actually get in touch with the day-to-day lives of your predecessors by way of touching tours.
Gift: Personalized keepsake experience
Includes: Well-designed hardcover book
With Storyworth, you can give the gift of easily prompting your close ones to record their stories. Storyworth formulates easy-to-answer questions that are sent weekly by e-mail and answers are then recorded in their systems. At the end of the year, your family member’s tales are turned into a beautifully bound book to keep and pass down for generations to come. This gift can bring a family together by providing an outlet to share experiences and memories, no matter the distances you may share.
Doing Genetic Gifts Right
Instead of letting your DNA test results gather dust, take the opportunity and make gifts for your family out of them. You can do a lot with your test results, all while keeping in mind various budgets. Creative options fill the market for presents based on your DNA, genealogy, or family history. One of the most moving ways to sum up the experience of receiving a deep dive into your genes is by taking the time to pick a gift.