Extremely last-minute digital gift: Ancestry DNA kits are 40 percent off

Anne Mandler

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Limited-time offer: AncestryDNA kits are 40 percent off (Photo: Getty)
Limited-time offer: AncestryDNA kits are 40 percent off. (Photo: Getty Images)

You know you want one for yourself — but this time of year is about family and friends. So why not scoop up a digital gift of AncestryDNA—the most detailed such test available. Normally retailing for $99, this test is a steal right now at $59! Plus, you can send the gift card by email or print it out up until the very last minute.

AncestryDNA kit—ON SALE

AncestryDNA is on sale for a limited time. (Photo: Ancestry)
AncestryDNA is on sale for a limited time. (Photo: Ancestry)

Many products claim to be fun for the whole family, but this one truly is. The whole extended family, in fact. The AncestryDNA test kit is a simple saliva test that yields rich, detailed results about background, ethnic origins and more. For your mom, your brother, your aunt, your best friend, AncestryDNA has all the elements of a great gift: It’s an experience (rather than a thing), shimmers with excitement and mystery, doesn’t ask much of the recipient and is built to share.

Get an in-depth report on your ancestry (photo: Getty)
Get an in-depth report on your ancestry (photo: Getty)

Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history resource (we’re talking 10 million people tested so far). It not only tells people about themselves but can connect them with others they may be related to. The service can map ethnicity back through multiple generations, and its ever-growing list of DNA matches means it may even help identify relatives you never knew you had. If you’ve been considering other services, know that this is the biggest (as in double its competitor) and broadest.

How does it all go down?

Click here to buy now, and recipients will receive email notification of your AncestryDNA gift on Christmas Day or any day you choose. He or she will receive the kit in the mail a few days later. The kit contains detailed instructions, a tube for saliva collection and a postage-paid mailer for returning the sample. Could. Not. Be. Easier. Even your grandma could handle it.

Once your loved one sends in the sample, the lab gets to work. Ancestry will send an email indicating that results are ready to view online. (By the way, privacy is an option; anyone who doesn’t want info shared can just download the findings and tell Ancestry to delete the files.)

Maybe the best part of gifting the Ancestry kit is that it gives you something wonderful to talk about. In this high-tech world, a gift that leads to more human connection — to conversation and laughter and joy — is (forgive the corniness) the greatest gift of all.

Shop it: AncestryDNA kit, $59 (was $99), ancestry.com

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