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So with the holidays here, I wanted to give you a simple gift idea for loved ones in your life.
To be honest, I kind of pride myself on my gift-giving ability.
I’m a really great listener (a skill I’ve developed from years of personal training clients!), and tend to remember little, mini tid-bits about people’s lives and interests.
This can be really helpful when it comes to finding the right presents that are both meaningful AND useful to the gift receiver.
And this year I’m super excited to give the gift of health, knowledge, and family this season.
I’m giving my loves ones a DNA ancestry kit from 23andMe.
I recently received a kit of my own to test out and and I’m currently waiting to get my results. (I would say patiently, but I would be lying! I’m so excited, and it’s killing me to wait!)
But anyway, I’ve always been fascinated with my family history.
As a person who’s family has lived in the same town for over 4 generations, I’ve always loved walking around my hometown listening to stories about where my dad and grandfather’s homes were as they grew up.
Or how the roads, center of town, and schools have changed and evolved over the last 100 years. As a kid, my father’s home was one of the first to have a television, and people all around town would gather at his house to watch it every Sunday.
And my great-grandfather was one of the first to own a car in town — which eventually made him a driver for all the high ranking officers in World War II…stories like this fascinate me.
I’ve always known a lot about my dad’s side of the family, I’ve seen our family tree dating back for generations…but on my mom’s side, there is literally nothing. And I’m not one to just accept that.
So 23andMe is the perfect gift for someone like me, who loves listening to their family history, or who is begging to learn more about their roots.
You can order the kit online, and it’s shipped right to your door — or the gift recipient! And then you can get started right away!
But the best part is that the entire process is so easy. Once you receive your kit, you sign up on their website to register your kit — it takes only 2 minutes. Then you give your sample — which is simply saliva. You literally spit into a test tube, seal it up, and mail it back to the lab. The return postage and box is all included.
Within 6-8 weeks you’ll receive all of your answers. Then you can spend quality time with your family talking about your history, memories, and more.
You can get the standard ancestry kit, or you can upgrade to the health + ancestry kit. The health kit will give you 75+ reports on your genetic health risk, carrier status for certain genetic disease and traits.
These health reports can be so invaluable for those who want to try and stay ahead of their health. Or great for those who may not know anything about their family medical history — like those who have been adopted.
Both kits are on sale for the holidays, so now is the perfect time to learn more about yourself and your family this holiday season. Check out the kits here.
Have you done a DNA ancestry test before? Keep an eye for another post with updates on my results in a few more weeks! I can’t wait to share the results with you!