Amazon just marked AncestryDNA kits down to $47 — but only for today

Anne Mandler
·2 min read

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Learn more about your family's past. (Photo: Getty)
Learn more about your family's past. (Photo: Getty)

You know you want one — and now’s the perfect time to gift yourself (or a loved one) with the Ancestry DNA test kit, A.K.A. the most detailed such test available.

Normally retailing for $99, this genetic ethnicity and traits test is on sale for just $47 — that’s a 53 percent savings!

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 sister, 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.

AncestryDNA: : Genetic Ethnicity and Traits Test

Get an in-depth look into your family tree with the Ancestry DNA test kit. (Photo: Amazon)
Get an in-depth look into your family tree with the Ancestry DNA test kit. (Photo: Amazon)

Shop it: AncestryDNA: Genetic Ethnicity Test, $47 (was $99), amazon.com

For a little background, 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 has the biggest (as in double its competitor) and the broadest pool of matches.

Get an in-depth report on your genetic heritage. (Photo: Getty Images)
Get an in-depth report on your genetic heritage. (Photo: Getty Images)

Once you send 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 to someone else 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: Genetic Ethnicity Test, $47 (was $99), amazon.com

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