All I want for Christmas is crypto! You can almost imagine a glittery Mariah Carey draped in baubles singing the song accompanied by a chorus of bitcoin whales.
We live in an exciting new financial world that is changing every facet of our lives. Even Christmas. With the infamous Black Friday upon us and Christmas peering at us from around the corner, now is the time to get all your Christmas gifts in-check.
A recent report indicated that teenagers want cryptocurrency and digital gaming currency this Christmas, not money or gift cards, so let’s see what bitcoin presents are out there.
Bitcoin Hardware Wallets
Buying a crypto hardware wallet is the perfect gift for a crypto fanatic. You can never have enough security when it comes to storing your digital assets. Plus, these devices are slick and stylish. Hardware wallets are similar to USB storage sticks but optimized to keep your crypto safe offline. Some of the best hardware storage products on the marketplace are Trezor, Ledger and Keep Key.
Block Explorer recently reviewed 12 of the best crypto wallets to help you make the right choice.
Buying Cryptocurrency as a Present
Do you have friends or a younger family member who is interested in crypto but are yet to take the plunge? Why don’t you do it for them? There are all sorts of ways you can introduce your friends and family to crypto this Christmas, here are a few.
Give the Gift of Bitcoin
The easiest way to give a friend some bitcoin for Christmas is by giving them a crypto paper wallet. They are the ideal gift for those who do not have a physical bitcoin wallet or access to an exchange. The paper wallets can be customized to give a gift in the crypto of your choice.
Fortnite V-Bucks Instead of Gift Cards
Gift cards were always a solid choice when it came to giving presents to young people. But the game has changed. The game has changed to Fortnite! A recent report by the asset management company Piper Jaffray shows that American teenagers now prefer V-Bucks or crypto as opposed to money or gift cards.
V-Bucks, although not exactly crypto, is the digital currency of choice on the ultra-popular Fortnite game, which has taken the world by storm this year. 1,000 V-Bucks costs $9.99, making it a cheap yet appealing gift. Alternatively, buying PlayStation4 PSN credit cards, which can then be used to purchase V-Bucks online or PS4 products, is also an ideal gift for young gamers.
Cryptocurrency Tech Geek Gifts for Christmas
If your family or friends are keen crypto users and enthusiasts, maybe you need to seek out some crypto tech geek gifts for Christmas.
HTC Exodus 1 Blockchain Smartphone
Nothing says Merry Christmas to a crypto-head like buying them the HTC Exodus blockchain smartphone. Part phone, part crypto wallet, the Exodus offers simple access to a range of Dapps and can act as its own blockchain node to trade cryptocurrencies. The phone is currently only available to buy in bitcoin or ether, and if you order now, it will be posted out in early December.
Bitcoin Mining Hardware for Christmas
It was once possible to mine bitcoin on your computer (ah, the good old days!) Nowadays, it requires hardware equipment called an ASIC miner. Ranging from $39 at the bottom end to $3,000 + at the top end, there are options for every budget.
However, we should point out that bitcoin mining is by no means profitable. And if you’re a parent, be aware that your “gift” will probably double the household electricity bill!
Crypto Novelty Gifts
What if you’re on a tighter budget? If so, a novelty crypto gift is the best way to go. Not only are they value-for-money, but can also bring a smile to the face of a friend or family member for less than $30.
Cryptocurrency Gift Coins
On Amazon and some other online marketplaces, you can buy cryptocurrency coin gift sets. They are a cool little collector’s item and come in sets with your favorite coin names such as bitcoin, monero, ethereum and so-forth. For as little as $19.95, you can’t go wrong.
Bitcoin Mugs and Cups
A cool little novelty present you could buy a friend is a bitcoin mug or cup. Check out this Bitcoin mug that only costs $14.95 on Etsy. An ideal present for a bitcoin enthusiast.
Crypto T-Shirts and Clothing
What do you buy a crypto friend who already has everything? A crypto T-shirt with the words “Just Hodl” on the chest that costs only $18.99. There’s a wide range of crypto-inspired t-shirts online that offer a cheap and fun way to fill up the Christmas stocking this year.
Buying Digital Assets Christmas Presents
In this day and age, you can buy digital assets on the blockchain. Here are some options for you:
Cryptokitties as Collectible Digital Pets
Cryptokitties is a blockchain-based collectible game where you can purchase virtual cats with crypto (think Pokemon on a blockchain). It’s possible to buy, sell and breed the cryptokitties. You can buy a friend a cryptokitty, which they could maybe even sell for a profit one day.
Be a Dictator with Your Own Crypto-Countries
Ever wanted to be a dictator of your own country? You can buy your friend a crypto country for Christmas. Crypto Countries gives you the chance to buy and own countries as smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain. You can take ownership of the country, which automatically increases in price (valued in ETH). In some cases, if another user desperately wants to buy your country, they might even pay double back to you in ETH.
Buying Virtual Land on Decentraland
You could buy virtual land as a Christmas gift on the VR Decentraland platform, which is one of the most innovative projects on the Ethereum blockchain. As with physical real estate, you can improve the price of the land and sell it on for a profit. Decentraland’s next “land auction” is launching in December, just in time for Christmas.
High-End Luxury Crypto Gifts
If you think that novelty Christmas gifts are for cheapskates and you want to throw the big bucks around, how about a luxury watch or flash sports car?
Buying a Rolex with Crypto for Xmas
If your friend is a ‘he’, how about this stunning Rolex Yacht-Master II for 10.68 BTC? If the present is for a ‘she’, why not splash out on the jaw-dropping Rolex PearlMaster 34 that costs in the region of 38.8 BTC?
Or a Lambo?
It’s every bitcoiners favorite meme: when you make it rich in crypto, you buy a Lambo! You can buy a 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 for approximately 120 BTC. Or if you are looking for something more affordable, you could purchase a 2017 Ferrari 488 3.9 GTB Spider 2DR for 63 BTC.
Whatever you buy this Christmas with your crypto, just remember that the thought is actually more important than the gift or its price. And if you believe that, I have an authentic Egyptian Pharaoh skull in immaculate condition for only 5 BTC. It’s a bargain. Happy hunting!