Hoping to score the very best deal on a DNA test this holiday season? Look no further, we’ve rounded up all of the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and ongoing holiday deals from the most trusted providers to make your job easier. We’ve covered Ancestry, MyHeritage, 23andMe, FTDNA and Living DNA.
Whether you’re looking to grab just one test for yourself, or plan to give the gift of genetic genealogy to everyone on your list, Black Friday weekend and beyond is usually the best time to buy. You’ll often get the steepest discounts and your DNA kits will arrive in plenty of time for holiday wrapping as long as you buy before early to mid December.
Current DNA Kit Deals
Update on Nov 27th – The Black Friday deals found in the article below have mostly expired. However, many of these DNA companies will have various offers available throughout Cyber Week and the holiday season, and most of them will be very good. Simply click on the links below to the top genetic kit vendors to be brought to any current offers. Continue reading for our gift recommendations as well.
Find our quick breakdown of current deals below and then keep reading for some recommendations on which tests are best to give as gifts.
Best Deals on DNA Tests for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018
Family History Daily has partnered with all of the following companies and may receive a fee to support our site if you choose to purchase a DNA kit from a link on our pages. All deals listed below are for the U.S. and listed in USD. Deals for other countries are often available so be sure to check for your country. In some cases, following the U.S. links will forward you to a deal valid in your area.
Below you will find the best DNA test deals of the weekend listed in order of price. Most of these deals do not include shipping charges. These can be quite expensive so do take that into consideration when deciding which kit to choose. The best prices right now are either Family Tree DNA ($39 + $9.95 shipping) or MyHeritage DNA ($49 + free shipping). Both come to almost exactly the same price.
The Best Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday DNA Deals in Order of Price
- Family Tree DNA – $39 per DNA test, shipping extra (ends Nov 26)
- MyHeritage DNA – $49 plus free shipping in the U.S. with coupon code Free18 (ends Nov 25)
- AncestryDNA – $49 per kit, plus shipping (ends Nov 26)
- 23andMe – $69 per kit, shipping extra, or $129 for the Health + Ancestry version (ends Nov 25)
- LivingDNA through Findmypast, $59 plus shipping (ends Nov 26)
- LivingDNA direct – $69 per kit, plus shipping (no posted end date)
Genealogy Record Subscription Discounts
MyHeritage is offering
50% off annual memberships here (includes all of their genealogy records and much more – ends Nov 25) and Ancestry is offering 50% off gift subscriptions (ends Nov 26).
What is the Best DNA Test to Give as a Gift?
There is really no easy answer to this question since all of the tests on this page, except Living DNA, provide both an ethnicity report (populations you most closely match in percentages) and cousin matches (people you match genetically) and are trusted providers.
However, each has its strengths and weaknesses so read on for some specific recommendations based on who you plan to gift to.
The Best DNA Test Kit for Those New to Genealogy and DNA Testing
If you are planning to give the gift of genetic testing to someone new to genealogy and DNA who will want to combine their test with traditional genealogy research we suggest either AncestryDNA or MyHeritage DNA. The results from both of these tests can be combined with record access to get someone started off on the right foot.
AncestryDNA is the most well-known provider, offers a free family tree program, attractive DNA reports and the largest database of people to match results to, as well as the largest number of genealogy records to research. Their pricing is generally higher though – both on tests and on records.
MyHeritage also offers a large database of records to research, a growing database of potential genetic cousins, a free family tree and our personal favorite system for combining your DNA results with genealogy research. Their prices are usually more affordable than Ancestry, both on tests and records, and they offer a number of tools that Ancestry does not.
Either one would be a great choice.
If the person you are buying for will not be interested in doing genealogy research, and just wants the ethnicity report and cousin matches, we would recommend AncestryDNA, MyHeritage or Family Tree DNA.
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Family Tree DNA does not offer genealogy records but provides a detailed ancestry report and great tools for curious researchers. Plus, they have a stellar privacy history and were the first company to offer these tests.
The DNA Gift Deal to Choose if You Want the Best Price Plus Solid Value or are Buying Many Kits
If you are looking for the absolute best price you will usually not find it with Ancestry. Deals vary, but right now Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage offer the most savings (about $49 each after shipping charges), and this price is about as good as it gets for Black Friday.
As mentioned, MyHeritage also offers our favorite platform for combining genealogy research and DNA results. It is easy to use and quite robust. However, they do offer less genealogy records than Ancestry, a smaller matching database of genetic cousins and are not as well known.
Despite this, if you are looking for the absolute best deal on a test that will provide great ethnicity estimates (20% of this, 33% of that etc), MyHeritage or FTDNA are great choices. See a sample of their ethnicity report (and others) here.
The Best Test for People Who Will Want More Testing Options
Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is the only company on this list that offers dedicated, detailed tests for autosomal (the main tests that give you an ethnicity breakdown) as well as fatherline (Y-DNA) and motherline (mtDNA). And these additional tests can provide many more insights into someone’s genetic heritage.
If you are gifting to someone who may be interested in exploring their father’s father’s line specifically as a means of understanding their family’s history (for men only) – or who are especially curious about their mother’s mother’s line (men and women), we suggest FTDNA. If you purchase them a Family Finder kit they will be able to easily add these tests later on (at an additional cost).
It should be noted that 23andMe and Living DNA also offer basic motherline (mtDNA) and fatherline (Y-DNA) as part of their main ancestry kits (with no additional testing needed). However, both of these company’s results are more limited than what can be found at FTDNA.
Confused about what mtDNA and Y-DNA testing are and how they are different from the tests on this page? Read this.
FTDNA also offers the added benefit of providing some advanced tools for exploring your results once they come in. Geeky genealogists will love this. So, if you are giving to a person that is likely to want additional results and is willing to pay for them, go with FTDNA.
The Best Kit to Gift to Those Interested in Health Results in Addition to Ancestry
23andMe is the only company on this page to currently offer health testing in addition to ancestry results and is the only company we recommend for this service. There are numerous sites that now claim to give you health results when you buy tests (or upload raw DNA files) but none of them have a proven tract record or the same accountability as 23andMe.
Certainly, concerns have been raised about their health testing in the past (as with any genetic testing), but if you are going to give a DNA kit as a holiday gift to someone who will want health results, 23andMe is your best best. You will pay extra for it, though – their Ancestry + Health is twice as expensive – although it is now on sale for the Black Friday weekend.
The Best Choice for Those Who Want to Study Their UK Ancestry in Detail
Living DNA offers some of the most focused and detailed results on UK ancestry available, so if you are gifting to someone from the UK, or someone who has a significant proportion of UK ancestry, this is a good kit to give. The person will also get limited mtDNA and Y-DNA results (for men only).
This test is also a good addon if you want to go all out and purchase someone a couple of kits. Unlike MyHeritage and FTDNA, Living DNA does not allow an upload of raw DNA at this time, so buying a kit is the only way to get their results.
Living DNA consistently has the highest price during sales for their tests, however, so we wouldn’t choose this one as your all around gift.
The Best DNA Kit to Buy for the Established Family Historian on Your List
This is perhaps the trickiest choice of all. People who are actively engaged in genealogy research and DNA testing will already have strong opinions about which companies they would like to test with (or ones they have already tested with or uploaded their results to). We suggest doing some sneaky pre-gift snooping into their habits before choosing a test so that you don’t end up gifting something they don’t need.
If they have never tested, we recommend buying an AncestryDNA test and then reminding them that they can upload their raw DNA file to MyHeritage, FTDNA and GEDmatch as well. GEDmatch is free and MyHeritage and Family Tree DNA provide some results for free (and charge a modest fee for others) when uploading.
There you have it, a few recommendations to help you make the best DNA gifting choices this holiday season, all while finding the best deals. If it all seems too confusing, don’t panic. Any one of these tests will give your gift recipient a great experience and relatively similar results. Just pick one that appeals to you.
Need more help?
If you’re in need of even more information about what test to choose, read our detailed DNA guide or our visual comparison of ancestry results and check out all of our genetic genealogy articles here.