A Great Gift For Someone Who Has Everything… Ancestry Adventure With Living DNA

We were sent this super cool Living DNA kit in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. 

Christmas is fast approaching, and once again Helen and I are struggling as to what to buy the people in our lives who have everything… our parents. We asked around, and it turns out were not the only ones with this problem, with many of our friends saying that for once they’d actually like to really, truly surprise that person with something they don’t have that’s more than just a beer gift set or a couple of pairs of novelty socks.

Luckily, Living DNA got in touch and gave us an amazing gift idea for those people who are difficult to buy for… Living DNA is a DNA testing site that genealogists, and people with an interest in their heritage, are testing with to get a breakdown of where their family come from. A Living DNA test provides a genetic history going back approximately 10 generations.

Where Can You Buy Living DNA Tests

You can buy a Living DNA testing kit direct from the Living DNA website from anywhere in the world. In the UK the price is set at £99, although you can adjust the price based on your local currency when adjusting the location within the website.

What A Living DNA Test Contains

Inside your slimline Living DNA test box, you’ll find;

  • Swap tube
  • Specimen bag
  • Postage bag
  • Instructions

We loved the minimalist packaging, to avoid any waste and minimise confusion when completing the Living DNA test process. Inside you’re packaging you’ll also find your activation code. The activation is essentially your acceptance of the terms and conditions, and until this step is taken the sample can’t be tested in the lab. It’s therefore important that you do this step before returning your swab.

The Living DNA Process

The process of getting a Living DNA test, using the test and reading your results couldn’t be any easier. Simply order your test online and it will arrive in the packaging photographed above in a couple of days. Take your swap following the instructions provided within your testing kit, then post back your sample to the team at Living DNA. Wait for 10 – 12 weeks for your results to become available in multiple formats online.

We’re really excited that Living DNA has also recently announced it’s partnering with the website Find My Past to provide you with a combined greater knowledge of your heritage. Using these two tools you’ll be able to use features that allow you to bring your family tree to life.

Our Expected Results

Upon receiving Living DNA many people have been very excited, so excited in fact they’ve kindly taken to blogs, social media and Youtube to share what they found out. Based on this we’ve been able to get an idea of what we might be expecting when the results are in from our own Living DNA test. An I have to say, it looks super interesting and very exciting.


In conclusion, we think that a Living DNA test is a perfect gift for someone you’re struggling with this Christmas. We can’t wait to share our own Living DNA test results with you guys here on the blog in just a couple of weeks time.

In the meantime, let us know in the comments whether you’ve taken a Living DNA test or whether it’s a gift you’d like for yourself, or to give to someone else in the near future.

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