What It Is: Admittedly, an offbeat choice for a gift, but an incredibly cool one nonetheless. Meet 23andMe, a genetic screening service that looks at your DNA and provides a comprehensive breakdown of your genetic makeup – information you’re aware of but may never actually know unless you go through this type of testing, which isn’t really ‘required’ for most of us. With 23andMe’s service, you’ll learn all kinds of crazy insights, like whether you’re at risk for passing on an inherited condition, your genetic risk factors, how you respond to certain drugs, and your general genetic makeup (like whether you metabolize caffeine quickly or if you have the trait for male pattern baldness). You’ll also get a breakdown of your genetic ancestry.
The benefits? Well it’s a pretty cool service to take advantage of if you’re planning on starting a family. But it’s also a neat idea for anyone looking to manage their health more directly. If you’ve ever wondered why your body reacts in certain ways, a test like this can give you the answers – and help you anticipate future health challenges and considerations. Really when you gift 23andMe to someone, you’re gifting them with the power of knowledge, and more control over their health.
Who It’s For: Your sibling, that’s planning to start a family. Your parent, that is obsessed with all things ancestry. Your spouse, who wants to understand their family’s health history.
What It Costs: $199 for the screening kit and actual testing. You can access your results and track testing progress online.
Where It’s At: Visit 23andMe.com to learn more.
BONUS entry into my Yarok giveaway, which is also all about your health. Tell me in the comments below – would you spring for the chance to receive an amazing DNA breakdown?