Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Bitcoiners
Take a look at the calendar – it’s the middle of December! If you celebrate any sort of gift-giving holiday this month, you are running out of time to order the perfect gift for the bitcoiner in your life (or to hint at what you’d like to receive from family and friends). Here is a quick list of some of the hottest gift ideas that you can still order online in time for the holidays.
There are some beautiful Bitcoin cufflinks for him and Pandora-style charms for her at Bitcoin Metals & Co. With several styles and prices to choose from, these pieces add some true Bitcoin elegance. They ship internationally and you can pay in bitcoin. Price range: 0.17 BTC and up
The Bitcoin T-shirt Store is a great place to find tees and hoodies for both men and women. They even offer kids’ sizes! There are tons of style options and designs to choose from. The downside is that you can’t pay in bitcoin – their payment platform only accepts PayPal and credit cards – but they’re working on it. Stop by the site and sign their petition to get Spreadshirt to accept bitcoin! (While you’re at it, check out their other cool Bitcoin-themed accessories like tote bags and mugs.)
Books and Music
If you are ordering Bitcoin books and want to pay with bitcoin, try using Purse.io. You can buy everything on your Amazon wish list and save anywhere from 8-30%. Be sure to participate in the Amazon Smile program – select the BitGive Foundation as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to them!
Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies – For anyone who hasn’t got it yet, Andreas Antonopoulos’s classic work is a must-have. Ideal for bitcoiners who are “interested in learning about bitcoin basics, the technical operation of bitcoin, or if you’re building the next great bitcoin killer app or business,” Mastering Bitcoin is clear and engrossing. USD $34.99 (list)
Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money – New York TImes reporter Nathaniel Popper recounts the “engrossing history of Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology that has spawned a global social movement.” USD $27.99 (list)
The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order – Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey published this guide to Bitcoin – an overview of its history, its pros and cons, and the reason why it is such an important gamechanger – to enormous success. USD $27.99 (list)
Download the For the New Year EP by Bitcoin singer/songwriter Tatiana Moroz. Songs include Auld Lang Syne, A Home In the Meadow-Greensleeves Medley, Lonely Christmas Spirit, and Lulajze Jezuniu: A Polish lullaby for Christmas. Or pick up her other liberty-themed albums from her online store. There are plenty of payment options, including bitcoin and TatianaCoin, the first musical artist cryptocurrency.
Want to give the gift of security? There are several hardware wallets out there still shipping in time for Christmas.
The new KeepKey hardware wallet (USD $239) offers excellent cold storage security and will ship internationally for free within 5-7 days. It works with the bitcoin wallet software on your computer by taking over the management of private key generation, private key storage, and transaction signing. Payment accepted in bitcoin as well as by PayPal and credit cards.
Ledger also offers a range of quality hardware wallets including the Nano (29.00 €) and the latest HW.1 (15.00 €). It will ship to most places internationally in time for the holidays, though due to some distribution snags Los Angeles, U.S. customers will have to order from Ledger’s warehouse in France with expedited shipping to get their gear quickly enough. Payment can be made with bitcoin, PayPal or credit card.
For USD $99.00, Trezor hardware wallets come in 3 different shades – white, grey or black – and the company offers an express delivery option. Trezor creates an isolated environment for offline transaction signing. Using a small display on the device, users can visually verify the transaction contents. Payments accepted using bitcoin only.
Want to support Coin Center and get some cool Bitcoin gifts all at the same time? For a minimum donation of $50, you can make a friend a Supporter, helping Coin Center to defend digital currency rights. And they’ll send along a gift pack including a Coin Center sticker, a t-shirt, the pocket edition of Satoshi’s seminal White Paper, and other goodies.
Help the BitGive Foundation reach its year-end fundraising goals as it continues to do great philanthropic work on behalf of the Bitcoin community. Make a tax-deductible donation in the name of a friend or loved one or give a BitGive membership (0.5 BTC) and get a BitGive t-shirt.
Miscellaneous Cool Stuff
Check out these handmade soaps, imprinted with the Bitcoin logo. Bitsoaps offers free shipping within the U.S. with the purchase of 8 or more bars. International shipping is also available. These colorful “coins” are made with cosmetic grade, all-natural ingredients. Choose from hemp, lemongrass/grapefruit, spearmint/eucalyptus and more. Most bars are under USD $5 each.
BTC Trinkets is another interesting site for Bitcoin paraphernalia under USD $50. Give some Bitcoin style with pins, keychains, coins, a somewhat ironic money clip, stickers and decals, flasks, and more. Great for the regular conference-goer. European customers can easily order in time for Christmas, but North Americans will probably be taking their chances with timing. Bitcoin is the only accepted method of payment.
Cryptoart combines really amazing Bitcoin-inspired art pieces with a built-in paper wallet. The QR code embedded on the front of the piece acts as a public address. Limited edition prints are available in a several sizes that fit standard picture frames, with prices starting from USD $44.95. Gifts will ship within the U.S. by Christmas, but for international orders, the company recommends that you contact them to make arrangements.
Got any other suggestions? Leave your gift ideas in the comment section below.