Last Minute Bitcoin Enthusiast Christmas Gift Guide for 2015

It may be a bit too late to get gifts quite in time for Christmas Day, but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t looking for a way to show their giving spirit. For anyone bitten by the bitcoin bug, or simply interested in spreading the joy, here’s a list of potential bitcoin gifts.

For other examples of potential last-minute gifts feel free to check last year’s Bitcoin Enthusiast Gift Guide.

Give the gift of Bitcoins

As with last year, the top tier gift to give with bitcoin for Christmas this year is still Bitcoin itself. especially because spreading the love around is the reason for the season. And in keeping with that theme, is a Bitcoin Paper Wallet that could be loaded with a small amount of bitcoins.

A Christmas-themed template from bitcoinpaperwallet.com

A Christmas-themed template from bitcoinpaperwallet.com

To make it festive, there is already a wonderful Christmas-themed template available for color printers. Using the template (and a little bit of technical knowhow) it’s possible to give bitcoins via QR codes with public and private keys; and using tamper-evident gold or silver hologram-foil stickers (sold separately) could make the gift even more festive.

Bitcoin wallets: Trezor and Keepkey

For someone just getting into bitcoin, there’s a wide variety of ways to keep them safe. To this end, certain products have been produced for the specific purpose of doing that.

First up is the Trezor BItcoin Wallet from SatoshiLabs s.r.o., a lightweight, hardware wallet solution reviewed here on SIliconANGLE, makes for an excellent gift as it provides a way to keep bitcoins safely on hand while also delivering an easy to use web-based wallet.

Image credit: SatoshiLabs s.r.o.

Image credit: SatoshiLabs s.r.o.

The Trezor runs only $99, which makes it a little on the expensive side (for a gift) but as a piece of hardware it comes up as a must-have. With a Trezor, bitcoin private-keys are held safely within the hardware wallet and never exposed to potential theft, it also requires user interaction any time coins are moved using a specialized screen and the web wallet interface.

As a result, Trezor wallets are a great way to cold store currency when its not being used.

Next up is the KeepKey, based on Trezor’s software but designed to look a bit more sleek and refined. It works in essentially the same way with a sort of minimalist block-of-black-ice effect and a glowing screen.

Photo credit: KeepKey

Photo credit: KeepKey

Although it is much more expensive than the Trezor, at $239, the KeepKey provides a sleek interface and UI that provides a lot of good user experience.

The 21 Bitcoin Computer

Released just this year, 21, Inc. came in with a surprise entry: a tiny Bitcoin mining machine attached to a programmable Linux computer called the 21 Bitcoin Computer.

The 21 Bitcoin Computer -- in the electronic flesh.

The 21 Bitcoin Computer — in the electronic “flesh.”

While running at an equally expensive $399, this is perhaps the preeminent gift for a Bitcoin enthusiast who also happens to possess programming aptitude, happens to be an engineer, or a Maker. The machine is also available on Amazon.com, which makes it very easy to purchase.

While expensive, it also opens up a great deal of potential avenues to interact with the Bitcoin community and even give back to it. For anyone interested in tinkering and perhaps building their own Bitcoin-related project.

If there’s an engineer in your life, this is a great gift. And if you yourself are an engineer or Maker and a Bitcoin enthusiast, this is a great self-gift.

Mastering Bitcoin: A book written for coders

Perhaps, if the 21 Bitcoin Computer is too expensive for your blood, but the fires of code and development still burn in your eyes, perhaps a book will do. As a result, look up Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies by Andreas M. Antonopoulos.

Available at Amazon.com (even has one-day delivery).

Available at Amazon.com (even has one-day delivery).

The book runs around $33.24 (or used for $23.65) and if you happen to have an Amazon Prime membership you can get it same day delivered. Or, for the electronically oriented, the Kindle edition runs on $17.99.

Most Bitcoiners will know who Antonopoulos is and that he’s a major voice in the community. This book is directed towards coders, which many people who would be interested in the above 21 Bitcoin Computer would be anyway, and those just curious about how Bitcoin works and how to use it.

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