10 Best Gifts for Crypto Lovers 🎁
Curated gift ideas for the crypto lovers and crypto curious in your life
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Dear Bankless Nation,
It’s that time of the year. The time for giving!
If you’re still trying to figure out what to get for your crypto friends or that crypto curious family member we got you covered today.
This is a list of our favorite gifts for new pioneers exploring the digital frontier.
Whether it’s a new Ledger Nano X wallet to go bankless (now supporting Eth2!) or something more exotic like a digital beast from Lunacia, there’ve never been a better year for crypto gifts.
Here’s what we found for this holiday season.
P.S. We’re hosting an AMA TODAY with CEO of Gods Unchained, James Ferguson. Starts at 8pm EST tonight on the Bankless Youtube!
Bankless Writer: Bankless Team
10 Gift Ideas for Crypto Natives
1. Ledger Wallet
Price: $50 - $120
Where to buy: Ledger Website
Ledger Hardware wallets have become a bankless favorite over the years, and they’re a requirement for any crypto native. As the saying goes “not your keys, not your crypto”. If you know of a crypto enthusiast or a crypto curious person and they’re holding their funds on a centralized exchange, do them a favor and get them a Ledger wallet. Even if they already have one hardware wallet, one is never enough!
The Ledger Nano S is the OG hardware wallet and a great option for those more price conscious. If you want to splurge, the new Ledger Nano X offers bluetooth capabilities for to make it easy on the go. This is our go-to DeFi-friendly wallet hardware and it makes a perfect Christmas gift for anyone looking or already in the space!
2. Digital Art
Digital art is booming. Some believe it could become even bigger than the traditional art markets. We think digital can make an awesome gift for any crypto native this year. Right now, there’s thousands of options out there at great price. Just do some digging and find one’s that you like or that you think your giftee would like!
Who knows, it could turn out to be a great investment one day.
You can search some of our favorites digital art platforms like SuperRare and Rarible for good options. We even made a few art pieces ourselves to celebrate the launch of Ethereum staking!
For those who want to be more unique, you could even issue a 1 of 1 piece of digital art that means something special for you (or create your own abstract piece if you’re a creative). Your wedding pic or a portrait of the family dog. Go ahead—tokenize it and give it as a gift.
It’s a holiday gift that lives forever on Ethereum!
3. Crypto Socks
Price: $10 - $4,000
Where to buy: See below
Who doesn’t love socks for Christmas? Whether you want to spend some money and give ultra rare, tokenized DeFi socks or more common pairs that look great, there are plenty of options out there. Some are cheap. Some are crazy expensive. It’s up to you.
Here are some of favorites:
4. Limited Edition Clothing & Goods
Clothing is always a great gift for the holiday season.
But what if it was limited edition and verifiably scarce on Ethereum? That’s much cooler. You could go with tokenized crypto socks as we mentioned above, or go for something like rare hoodies or maybe even some Yam-themed sweatpants. Check out OurZora and MetaFactory, two popular marketplaces for redeemable, tokenized goods, and see if you can spot any cool gear for those crypto natives you have in mind.
5. Avado/DAppNode for Eth2 Staking
With Eth2 staking live, now’s a great time to start exploring the possibility of running a validator. But running one can be a bit tricky. So what better gift than giving someone dedicated hardware so they can run their own self-sovereign money printer.
DappNodes and Avado are two great options for this. They come equipped and ready to run Ethereum’s validator software and a nice UI to work from. For those non-technical crypto natives, the DappNodes and Avado’s are what they need.
These can be a bit pricier, but it makes for a great gift for any of hardcore Etherean looking to stake their ETH in the coming months.
6. Crypto Books: The Infinite Machine or Bitcoin Standard
Leveling up with crypto books is always a good option. Camilla Russo’s recently published “The Infinite Machine” tells the rollercoaster story behind the inception of Ethereum and mania that ensued in 2017. This is a fantastic read for anyone interested in learning about the history of Ethereum and building the platform for the internet of money.
For the Bitcoin lovers out there, The Bitcoin Standard is another favorite. Saifedean Ammous recounts several anecdotes from the history of money, the problems that arose, each form of money’s downfall, and ultimately why bitcoin is poised to cede the throne in the impending digital age. (The ending is a bit maximalist for our taste…but the first part on the history of money provides a strong Austrian perspective) 🤓
To balance these out get your crypto lover one of our four favorite books on the history of Money:
7. Axies from Axie Infinity
Where to buy: Axie Infinity Marketplace
Axie Infinity had a great year. And crypto gaming continues to show promise.
If you have a friend or family member that enjoys playing Axie Infinity, getting them rare, cute, or powerful Axies to use in gameplay is a great gift for the holiday season. If you’re a bit more down the rabbit hole, Axie Infinity recently launched tokenized land parcels, called Terra, where players can purchase, rent out, or build cool stuff on top of them.
This is a new aspect of the Axie Infinity game, so it could be interesting (and potentially valuable) gift for any hardcore crypto gamers.
8. Gitcoin Swag Box
Where to buy: Gitcoin Store
The Gitcoin Swag box is the perfect stocking stuffer for this year.
You get some stickers, Ethereum playing cards, and a pair of dope Gitcoin socks. If you’re lucky, you might even get a nice, personal note from Gitcoin’s co-founder and public good funding pioneer, Kevin Owocki.
9. Bankless Merch
Where to buy: Merch Store
Raise the 🏴.
Rep the nation.
There are currently two options in the basic line—black and white—you pick a style. We keep this stuff super simple and clean, meaning you can wear it wherever. These are essentials for any and all Bankless Nation citizens.
BONUS: We just released some new merch—ETH staking tees, posters, and stickers!
10. Magic Internet Money
The last gift is one of the most universal gifts in the world: money.
But don’t be lame and give them that legacy fiat money! Give them that magical crypto money we talk about so often on Bankless. This is one of the best gift options for anybody—both crypto natives deep down the rabbit hole and those just dipping their toes into the water. Once someone owns a piece of the crypto economy they tend to care a lot more about getting educated on it.
If you’re looking to get a friend or family member into crypto maybe set them set up a Coinbase account, Argent Wallet, or Dharma on Christmas morning and send over some BTC, ETH, or DAI to get them started.
Help bring crypto to the world and give crypto money this holiday season.
BONUS: Give a Bankless Subscription!
Price: $12/month or $115/year
Where to buy: Substack
Gift a Bankless subscription to your friends and family! Schedule it to arrive on December 25th. Three steps:
Go to the gift a subscription
Type the email address
Schedule the delivery time
If you want to pay in crypto you can do that here. (A bit manual right now)
As a full subscriber they’ll get:
All the tactics & posts in the Archive
Full Market Monday for curated level-ups on crypto
Early access to Bankless podcasts and exclusive content
Inner Circle chat room for community discussion & AMAs
Plus all the cool stuff we’re gonna roll out in 2021. 😎
Perfect gift for the person who wants to learn crypto in the new year or for the avid Bankless reader that hasn’t made the full commitment. They’ll thank you later.
Give your friends & family cool crypto gifts this holiday season!
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