This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

My Ancestry DNA journey has been amazing!  What a great experience!

First, I ordered my Ancestry DNA test (you can read about how easy that is, here).


A few weeks later, was so excited to receive my results (read about that here).

AncestryDNA is a new DNA testing service that utilizes some of the latest autosomal testing technology to revolutionize the way you discover your family history. This service combines advanced DNA science with the world’s largest online family history resource to predict your genetic ethnicity and help you find new family connections. It maps ethnicity going back multiple generations and provides insight into such possibilities as: what region of Europe are my ancestors from, or am I likely to have East Asian heritage? AncestryDNA can also help identify relationships with unknown relatives through a dynamic list of possible DNA member matches.

To give you a little sneak peek – my results came as a surprise!  Both of my parents are deceased and I don’t have much access to family records, so this DNA test has been exciting.  My husband’s test results also came as a surprise.  The cool thing is that together, now we are able to tell our children exactly what their ethnicities are.

AncestryDNA results

There are so many reasons the Ancestry DNA kit makes a great gift!

  1. It is fun and exciting!

As soon as I got my test results and shared them with friends and family, I was faced with a barrage of questions.  People were excited and wanted to know more about the process.  I hadn’t met anyone else who had taken a test, and it inspired a bunch of people to buy a test.  I really don’t think you can go wrong with a gift like this!

2. It is very informative.

Not only is it fun, it is informative.  It is a useful tool for tracking down your ancestors and also being able to give that information to your family.  My husband and I had no idea what our results would be, and this is a huge insight!

3. It is a unique gift idea.

I know I struggle to find gifts for people all the time.  I never want to inadvertently get something for someone that they might not like or that isn’t useful or ends up going to waste.

4. It is useful and can benefit more than one person.

Obviously, the recipient will be able to see a breakdown of their entire ethnicity.  But this can be the start of unlocking other parts of the family tree.  So even if you have taken a test, it still makes sense to buy one for a parent, because as we discovered, that doesn’t mean your parents will know which ethnicities come from them!

5. It is usually a pretty good bet the recipient will be happy to receive the kit.

Unless the person is absolutely sure about their ethnicity or has already taken a test, you can be pretty sure it is a cool gift that the recipient will be happy to receive.  And it is a very small chance they have taken a test before, so you don’t have to worry about getting something they already have.

Ancestry DNA tests run about $99.  That is a decent chunk of money – but it is doable.  You can go in on a kit for your mom or dad with your siblings.  Make it a gift from more than one person.  Or even combine holidays – for example, we combined Father’s Day and birthday to make one big gift.
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I received an AncestryDNA test earlier this year in exchange for my honest review.  I ended up purchasing another as a gift, and the kit is one of my top gift picks for this year!