Tis’ the season of giving and with Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to get the holiday shopping out of the way. With the digital asset market having matured as much as it has, there are now crypto enthusiasts in virtually every family and friend circle across the globe. In this festive piece, we’ve listed out some of the best crypto-themed gifts you can get for those who love everything about this fast-evolving space.
From quality clothing and books to gift cards and everything else in between, when sourcing the perfect crypto-centric gift, it is best to probably think outside the box because that’s pretty much what might have gotten any cryptocurrency enthusiast into this market in the first place. So, without any further ado, let's jump straight in.
The annual Bitcoin Miami Conference is widely considered to be one of the biggest draws for crypto investors — both big and small — in the world today, and rightly so. The event has traditionally drawn some of the biggest movers and shakers within this space, with the upcoming conference scheduled to take place from April 6–9 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The 2022 iteration is scheduled to host keynote speeches from prominent crypto personnel including Jack Mallers, founder and CEO of Strike — the world's leading digital wallet built on Bitcoin's Lightning Network — El-Salvador President Nayib Bukele, Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor, Blockstream CEO Adam Back, former United States presidential nominee and entrepreneur Andrew Yang and others.
Tickets to the Bitcoin Miami conference are available from as low as $99 — i.e. festival day passes — to as high as $13,999 referred to as a “whale pass” which includes VIP access to every aspect of the event, including backstage meetings and one on one interactions with speakers.
Another option worth considering is the North American Bitcoin Conference that is slated to take place between January 17–19, 2022. The event will host personalities such as billionaire Mark Cuban and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, among others. Tickets are available from $199–$899.
One of the best gifts a person could get someone actively investing in the digital asset space is a book that provides an in-depth yet balanced outlook on crypto trading. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains by Antony Lewis is one such option. It provides readers with a thorough discourse of the workings of the cryptocurrency market and the technology underlying it.
Camila Russo’s The Infinite Machine is another option worth looking into since it charts the rise of the global blockchain ecosystem from its early days, citing interviews from a number of key personnel who have been associated with this space since its very inception. The book has been formulated in the form of an easy-to-digest literary tale, making it easily accessible.
A must-have for anyone actively investing in the digital asset market, if you know anyone who has a passion for crypto but is still storing their holdings on an exchange or hot wallet, a hardware wallet would make an excellent gift. While being highly affordable, these cold storage devices come replete with well-developed ecosystems that can allow users to dabble in the world of crypto trading, decentralized finance (DeFi), nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and more.
In terms of their pricing, the Ledger Nano S is available for a base sum of just $59, while the Trezor One is currently retailing for a similar price point of around $63. Additionally, both companies also offer more expensive variants — i.e. the Ledger Nano S and the Trezor Model T — that come loaded with additional features such as Bluetooth connectivity, OLED display panels, support for hundreds of coins and many others.
No Christmas celebration can ever be truly complete without the exchange of a festive-themed article of clothing such as a sweater, pullover or hoodies. In this regard, there are now many options that one can choose from when deciding to gift their loved ones some crypto-inspired apparel from hoodies featuring Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) logos, to sweaters and pullovers featuring phrases like “HODL,” “FOMO” and “BTFD,” there are literally hundreds of options that one can pick from today.
People looking to gift light-hearted items this holiday season may want to consider the highly popular Doge-themed moon lamp that has recently caught the attention of crypto lovers across the globe.
The offering comes replete with a massive image of the famous Doge meme — that has been 3D-printed onto the lamp’s outer surface — while featuring a USB-chargeable battery pack offering a decent running life. Not only that, there are also a number of color and dimming options that users can choose from. However, the most standout feature of this lamp is that it can be paid for in Dogecoin (DOGE), making it a truly unique gift option.
Other items in a somewhat similar vein include crypto-themed pillows featuring logos of prominent digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, or even Cardano (ADA). In addition to being soft and comfortable, these items can serve as perfect home decorations for any crypto enthusiast.
One of the most famous, but well-loved, crypto-themed presents that people have been handing out over the holiday season over the last couple of years have been gift cards. These allow users to spend various digital currencies in lieu of highly sought-after items available across a host of major retail outlets.
Bitrefill’s Balance Card is an excellent example of this, allowing their owners to spend the loaded currencies via platforms such as Amazon.com, the Google and Apple Play Stores, Nike, Sony and hundreds of other options with the click of a button. The gift cards can be topped up with amounts ranging from as low as $50 to upwards of $1,000 worth of crypto.
Similarly, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is now offering interested customers a wide array of holiday-themed digital gift cards, allowing them to spread the holiday love by giving people the chance to send and receive crypto gifts with ease. Existing users of the platform have the option to receive any of the exchange’s listed coins and tokens, which can later be spent in return for many different items.
Happy holidays everyone
Despite the market acting up in recent weeks — as is best reflected by the total market cap of the sector dipping from $3 trillion to under $2.3 trillion over the last month or so — it is worth saying that now is the time for crypto investors and enthusiasts to take a step back and reflect on what truly matters in their lives other than their finances, for this is the one part of the year where we can spend time with the ones we truly cherish and love. Here’s wishing y’all happy holidays from Cointelegraph.