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Your DNA Story: A Unique & Personal Gift Idea

This post is sponsored by on behalf of 23andMe.

The holidays are all about family and the people we love! This year you can give them a truly special and personal gift, the gift of a DNA story.

A DNA story is about more than just science. It’s about learning the story of your ancestors, your roots, and everything that makes you the unique person that you are.

I’m thrilled to be teaming up with 23andMe to share this amazing gift idea! Even before they reached out to me, I had purchased a kit because I loved the idea of learning more about my health and genetics!

Today I’m going to walk you through the entire process of ordering, submitting your sample, and I’ll share a sneak peek of what your results will look like! This way you’ll know exactly what expect if you order a kit for yourself or a loved one.

To order a kit (currently on sale!): CLICK HERE

Once it arrives, you need to register it. This is quick and easy. Visit the site, enter the number on your spit tube and add some of your personal info (name, email, etc). This part is VERY important. If you submit your sample without registering, there’s no way for you to receive your DNA story!

Next, take the spit tube out of the box and follow the instructions to properly collect your sample.

Lastly, close the tube and place it in the bag that’s been provided. Your package is ready to be sent!

In 4-6 weeks you’ll receive an email notification that your results are ready! And, if you’re like me, you’ll be so excited that you’ll immediately go read all of your information!

Here’s a look at some of my ancenstry DNA results:

I had no idea that I had such a high percentage of Native American DNA!  There’s something really special about learning about your personal history. It makes you feel excited to just be you!

This is why 23andMe make such a great gift! It opens the door to curiosity and encourages others to learn more about who they are!

Also, 23andMe offers two types of DNA kits. The ancestry kit, that I mentioned earlier, provides a look into what parts of the world your DNA comes from. The health kit, provides a look at your genetic markers for disease, personal traits, and so much more!

If you’re looking for a truly special gift to give, be sure to check out the special holiday offers currently available at 23andMe!


Unique Christmas Gift Ideas from Amazon Handmade!

This post was sponsored by Amazon Handmade as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

No matter how early you start shopping, finding the RIGHT gift for everyone can be tricky. It’s hard to strike that balance between thoughtful, unique and budget-friendly (holiday shopping adds up quickly!).

But guess what? Your shopping is about to get a whole lot easier!

This year I discovered Amazon Handmade a.k.a.the go-to place to find really cool, handcrafted & unique gifts. Plus, you get to support a lot of awesome small businesses when you shop!

I want to moment and share with you guys why I’m so passionate about supporting small business like the ones I’m going to feature today.

As a blogger and photographer, I know the challenges of trying to build something from the ground up. Turning your dreams into a reality is not an easy undertaking and it becomes even more difficult without the support of your peers. This is why I am so excited to be sharing this Amazon Handmade post today!

Amazon Handmade makes it easy to shop and support dreamers, crafters, and artists. You’re only one click away from helping a small business grow and thrive!

If you’ve never heard of Amazon handmade, let me give you the lowdown. Basically, everything you love about Amazon (shout out to my fellow Prime members!) is now available for the world of handmade items.

From handmade home decor to customizable jewelry, there’s a huge variety of products!  I have no doubt that you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Now let’s take a look at some of the adorable goodies I purchased!

First up, this too-cute Hakuna Mata shirt! I was very impressed with the quality. It’s super soft, stretchy and, of course, unique. I love that you can share your Lion King/Disney love with a shirt that isn’t mass-produced. This is a perfect gift for a stylish Disney fan, you can shop for it HERE.

Next up, two charming Harry Potter accessories!

This bangle bracelet has 3 little charms: A letter (your initial), the Deathly Hollows symbol, and an ode to the Marauders Map! It’s perfect for any wizard in your life.

This sweet keychain is a great way to spread the love this holiday season! It features a doe patronus, golden snitch, and an “Always” charm. Any geek on your Christmas list is sure to feel the love when they receive this cute keychain since it’s inspired by Snape’s undying love for Lily Potter.

Lastly, one of my favorite Amazon Handmade finds is this Game of Thrones inspired necklace! Isn’t it stunning?! It’s sterling silver and made by hand! This is an amazing gift for any GOT fan. The “Valar Morghulis” saying is also a great reminder to live each day to the fullest as we enter the new year.

Are you excited to start shopping?! I know I can’t wait to pick out a few more things from Amazon Handmade!

In the comments, let me know which featured item you loved the most! Also, I’d love to hear who you’d like to shop for on Amazon Handmade! I can’t wait to read your responses!

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