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The best family tree gifts

The best gifts for family historians and genealogists

Family tree gifts

If you are looking for a family tree gift for your favourite genealogist, then there are some great options for every budget. Whether you are looking for a Christmas gift, a birthday present or you just want to say ‘thank you’, here are our favourite suggestions that will put a smile on any family historian’s face.

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DNA test kit (from £59)

Ancestry DNA kit gift

If they haven’t taken a DNA test yet, then this might be the best family tree gift for the genealogist in your family. There are lots of tests to choose from and we have a complete guide to DNA tests if you want more details, but if you are just looking for a test that will connect with the most cousins, then Ancestry DNA has the biggest database as far as we know (price currently £59).

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Subscription to a genealogy website (from £13.99 a month)

Findmypast best family history website
Most family historians only subscribe to one genealogy website, but by doing that they will be missing out on all sorts of discoveries. If they already subscribe to Ancestry, then treat them to a Pro subscription to Findmypast (£16.99 a month) or if they are with Findmypast, then give them the gift of Ancestry (£13.99 a month for all UK and Ireland records or £19.99 for worldwide). Other sites to try include TheGenealogist where you can buy a three-month Gold subscription for £38.95 or MyHeritage which gives a year of data for £79. These offers are all auto-renewing so make sure you cancel after the number of months you wish to offer. You can read more in our useful review of family history websites.

 

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Family Tree software (from £29.95)

Family Historian 7 family tree gift

Not everyone wants to keep their family tree online. If you want a family tree gift that will keep a genealogist happy for hours, then why not give them some family tree software. Even if they already have some, there have been some new upgrades recently, so see if they would like the latest version. As an example, RootsMagic 8 retails at £29.95 and Family Historian 7 (above) retails at £59.99. You can find out more about what the different options offer in our extensive review of the best family history software.

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Customised Family Tree (from £60)

One of the best family tree gifts you can give is a family tree! If you’ve got the budget, why not go high end and get a professional handwritten tree. We love this example above available on Etsy (from £300) but you may want to go for something more traditional from Oakleaf Calligraphy who drew the tree for Danny Dyer’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (from £600 handwritten or from £200 printed). If handwritten is above your budget, you can try a printed one such as a Classic Family Tree on Etsy (from £60) or you can create your own with a range of templates on Canva (many of which are free) and then print them out or share them as digital files.

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Historic map jigsaw puzzles (from £25.99)

Victorian map custom jigsaw puzzle

Family historians love puzzles and maps so why not combine the two for the perfect family tree gift. Try Happy Puzzle (from £25.99) or Butler and Hill (from £29.99). Centre the map on a town or village where your ancestors used to live and spend some time getting to know the area!

 

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Who Do You think You Are? Magazine (from £34.99)

If the family historian in your life isn’t already getting the UK’s most popular family history magazine, then you are on to a winner with this perfect family tree gift. Packed with top tips, fascinating social history and all the latest news about records going online, your loved one will be grateful to you every month as a new issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine drops through their letterbox. We also have plenty of digital options if they prefer to read it on their phone, tablet or PC. Our current Christmas offer lets you buy a gift subscription for a whole year for just £34.99. That’s the equivalent of just £2.69 an issue (13 issues a year)! Or, even better value, you can buy them a two-year subscription for just £60.

And for those who already have a subscription, we have gorgeous certificate binders (£12) and magazine storage files £8.45. And, if you’re just looking for a stocking filler, why not order our beautiful family tree wallchart (see below) for just £4 and give them something to fill in over Christmas!

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