Do you really need an excuse to give the gift of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency?
You don’t want to be unimaginative and resort to buying perfume yet again. Equally, you’re keen to avoid giving them a gift card for their favorite store. (And this is probably wise, some estimates suggest that up to $3 billion goes unused on gift cards every year.)
But here’s a novel idea — what about giving crypto as a gift?
A heartwarming story recently emerged on Reddit on the impact that this could have. All the way back in December 2013, a pizza delivery driver was given a 0.0069 BTC tip, which was worth about $5 at the time. Reports suggest that, more than seven years on, he’s now cashed out this crypto gift for a cool $400…making a remarkable profit.
But how do you go about gifting someone crypto? Here are your options.
Hardware Crypto Wallets
This method might be a little bit more expensive, but it could be ideal if you know that your loved one is interested in crypto investing. Hardware wallets will help keep their digital assets safe and secure, thanks to how they are a form of cold storage that’s disconnected from the internet. Some devices support dozens of cryptocurrencies, and they can even come with small displays where you can check up on the current balance. Using one of these wallets can require a little bit of technical knowhow, so it’s always best to give them a little bit of training when they open their gift.
Bitcoin Gift Cards
Bitcoin gift cards are a straightforward, easy-to-understand way of giving crypto as a present. They’ll normally come with a code that will need to be inputted on a company’s website. From here, the cash value of the gift card will be converted into Bitcoin at the current market rate. If you’re going to use this approach, just make sure that you choose a trustworthy provider.
Binance Gift Cards
On July 2021, Binance launched their Gift Card product for Binance users to easily send cryptocurrencies as gifts to their friends and family. This gift cards can be sent through email or text messages, and can be accessed on the Binance app.
Binance users can create gift cards with their preferred card design, and add a personalized message. Recipients can redeem the gift cards through the unique card code. On Binance's 4th anniversary on July 31, 2021, they launched a special commemorative gift card.
Coinbase Gift Cards
While Coinbase does not have an official gift card, it has partnered with London-based startup WeGift to allow users to buy virtual gift cards using cryptocurrency. Users can go to the WeGift site and authorize the app to access their Coinbase account. From there, they can purchase gift cards using their crypto assets. While these gift cards do not contain cryptocurrencies, it can be used at over 120 retailers, making it a perfect gift when you are not sure what to get.
Other Ways to Gift Crypto
In the early days of Bitcoin, a range of physical coins were created by the likes of Denarium and Casascius. Such a generous gift is almost like owning a piece of crypto history — and in certain cases, their value can appreciate like fine wine and art. Some of these coins contain a piece of paper featuring a private key, and even once this crypto has been redeemed, they may still have value thanks to how they’ve been lovingly created using precious metals.
Of course, Bitcoin doesn’t only have to be a gift to your loved ones — it can also be donated to a plethora of charitable organizations. Donors can receive some compelling advantages, because of how they can sidestep capital gains tax and claim a deduction on their income tax. Some of the world’s best-known good causes now accept crypto, meaning that it’s never been easier to make an impact.