Best Bitcoin Gifts for Crypto Enthusiast | Christmas 2019

The days leading up to Christmas are fewer and fewer, and many are already panicking that they have no idea what gifts should they get for their friends and family. For those of you that are having issues finding the perfect Bitcoin gifts for your crypto enthusiast friends, we have put together a list with some items they might like to receive as presents.

Hardware Wallets

If your friend has expressed his concerns about the security issues of the crypto world, then put his mind at ease by getting him one of the most secure forms of storage for digital assets.

A hardware wallet is a physical cryptocurrency wallet that keeps the user’s private keys in a hardware device. Compared to software or web wallets, they are practically invulnerable to hacks. The most recommended two products from this category are Ledger Nano X and Trezor Model T, but you can also opt for their older models Ledger Nano S and Trezor Model One, as they are much more affordable.

Books About Bitcoin and Crypto

Knowing the ins and outs of the crypto and blockchain is sometimes difficult on your own, and scouring the many blogs and articles available online can be tiresome. Why not get a book that covers all the aspects in-depth?

Andreas Antonopoulos, a prominent figure in the industry and a well-known blockchain educator, has written a series of books available both in paperback and ebook format. His book “Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain” features a comprehensive glossary of blockchain lingo and explains how bitcoin came about and its underlying functions. This book is also great for those that want to learn the coding aspects of blockchain.

Of course, there are many other books that are about bitcoin, such as “Early Bird Gets The Bitcoin” by Andrew K. Courey, “Bitcoin For Dummies” by Prypto, “Bitcoin From Beginner To Expert” by Christian Newman, and “Bitcoin: The Ultimate Guide to the World of Bitcoin” by Ikuya Takashima.

Socks

bitcoin socksEven if not the most exciting of Bitcoin gifts, socks are definitely the most classic of Christmas gifts. You can buy online various sock models that feature the Bitcoin logo on them. They come in a variety of colors, material blends, and lengths, so you will never be short of options.

Clothes

Bitcoin t-shirtsIf your friend loves both fashion and bitcoin, then why not get a clothing item that reflects their passion. There are a variety of shirts and pants that can be purchased from different sites.

One popular model features the bitcoin logo stylized on NASA t-shirts. Of course, you can also go for a Bitcoin hoodie for the ultimate Mr.-Robot-Hacker- vibe.

ASIC Miners

You may not have the money to buy your friends bitcoin, but you could get them an ASIC mining rig to help them mine their own BTC. Bitmain, Halong, GekkoScience, Pangolin, Baikal, Ebang, and Canaan are all popular mining hardware producers, and their product line includes some of the best AISC miners for bitcoins.

Graphics Card

If ASIC miners are a present that goes way over your budget, then you could get a graphics card from AMD or Nvidia as a gift. Graphics cards have the ability to mine various coins, but for bitcoin mining, the profits will be made much slower, as they have less computational power than ASICs. But, if the person you are giving this present to is not into serious mining, it should suffice.

The graphics card can also be used to upgrade the power of your computer when playing games, so it’s sort of a two-in-one gift.

Accessories

For those who love to accessorize their outfit, there are a variety of Bitcoin-themed items that can be used to style up an outfit.

There are belt buckles made out of stainless steel, vintage bitcoin watches with genuine leather, cufflinks, ties, hats, and all sorts of other items that will enhance the style of the wearer.

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Jewelry

bitcoin jewerlyOne of the most expensive Bitcoin gifts on our list is jewelry. You can find rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings featuring the Bitcoin logo in various styles and designs. They can come in gold, silver, copper-toned, and in all sorts of shapes and sizes, be it dainty or chunky.

Of course, such jewelry is not only reserved for the ladies of the crypto revolutions; there are also many options for men.

Card Games

bitcoin card gameIf you are looking for something more fun and lighter, then an educational card game about bitcoin is a great option. Each card of the game features facts about bitcoin, and it is a great way of getting everyone to interact at Christmas parties.

For those looking to play more serious games, there are card games with Bitcoin with which you can play poker or blackjack. Why play a game of poker with spades, hearts, diamonds, or clubs, when you can get a royal flush with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and NEO?

A Blockchain Phone

This is a tech product that was released a year or two ago, so you might find it at really steep prices. HTC and Sirin Labs are two of the companies that have launched a blockchain phone that also features cold storage functions, increased security, and other functionalities derived from blockchain technology.

A crypto enthusiast can store his bitcoin directly on his phone and has the same security of a hardware wallet, or makes payments with his digital funds.

The Exodus and Finney smartphones are around the $1,000 mark, which is a lot, but you have plenty of other budget-friendly Bitcoin gifts on our list.

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A Phone Case

bitcoin phone caseMost people will definitely not be able to afford a blockchain phone, but you can get a lovely bitcoin case at a very wallet-friendly price. Be it for Samsung, Nokia or iPhone, you will certainly be able to find a model with the bitcoin logo that will showcase your friend’s love for crypto, while also protecting his phone from scratches.

Dallas Mavericks CTO: Crypto Payment Option Still ‘A Cottage Industry’

The Dallas Mavericks pro basketball team’s cryptocurrency payment option has not yet caught on with the majority of fans, the team’s chief technical officer said in a recent interview.

As sports business-focused media outlet Front Office Sports reported on Nov. 14, Mavericks CTO David Herr said that the team wants to provide its fans with a more flexible way to purchase tickets and merchandise, thus enabling them to pay with cryptocurrencies. However, Herr pointed out that the demand for such an option is still very low, saying:

“[Users] are pretty low, I don’t want to say infancy, but it’s a select group of people using it […] We did some research, heard some discussions and conversations and one comment was it’s still complicated to 99% of the population. Until it’s more widely accepted, it’s a cottage industry or a neat way to pay.”

As previously reported, the Mavericks became the second NBA team to accept Bitcoin (BTC) as a means of payment for match tickets and merchandise in mid-August. The team uses cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay to process their fans’ Bitcoin payments.

Herr said that the novelty of paying in cryptocurrency was part of the decision to introduce the payment option, stating, “We want to provide cool things for the fans and crypto was in response to some requests we’ve had.”

Sports adopting crypto and blockchain

Professional sports teams in various leagues and sports across the world have begun to dabble in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. In mid-October, the Sacramento Kings — the first NBA basketball team to adopt cryptocurrencies — partnered with creator of Ethereum-based Kaiju toys, CryptoKaiju, to launch crypto-collectibles. The collaboration followed the news that the team was launching a blockchain-powered rewards program within its gaming app Call the Shot.

In Germany, FC Bayern Munich became the latest football club to announce blockchain-based merchandise for fans, following a partnership with Stryking Entertainment to produce digital collectibles of its players.

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German Entrepreneur Claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, Co-founder of Bitcoin

The magic title of Satoshi Nakamoto—the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, seems to draw claimants from everywhere with the latest being a German entrepreneur and former DJ popularly known as “Jorg Molt.”

Molt claims he is the real Nakamoto, a co-creator of Bitcoin, and owns 250,000 BTC. He revealed this to attendees of a crypto industry event in Las Vegas USA, last week.

The Power in ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’

The name Satoshi Nakamoto is quite powerful. The pen name defines the coder (or a group of coders) that created Bitcoin—a decentralized network that remains revolutionary to-date. The network created by Nakamoto provides a transaction settlement layer, which is ultra-secure and functions as non-sovereign digital money.

Since it launched nearly 11 years ago, Bitcoin has removed the barriers that traditional mechanisms failed to jump over. According to estimates from research groups in the industry, those who claim to be Nakamoto own big chunks of coins valued at more than USD$5 billion.

However, while many have come out to claim the ownership of the name, they have fallen off the map and failed to prove that they are the creator or co-creator of the pioneer cryptocurrency. All the same, people still emerge claiming to be the real Nakamoto.

“Bitcoin co-founder” Jorg Molt

Last week, the Vegas Blockchain Week took place in Las Vegas USA, drawing industry members bearing all sorts of professional and entrepreneurial tags.

In attendance was also Jorg Molt, the self-proclaimed Bitcoin co-founder. Both Molt’s Twitter Handle and his biography link to Bitcoin. The handle is “@bitcoin_cofound” while the biography reads “co-founder of Bitcoin.” Besides, Molt claims to own 250,000 BTC, which is equivalent to $2.3 billion according to the current market price.

For the most part of the conference, Molt went under the radar but his statement left an array of criticism from various quarters. A famous crypto commentator Kenneth Bosak posted a videoterming Molt a “scammer.” Another prominent Bitcoin educator Andreas Antonopoulos alsocondemned Molt terming his sentiments “A LIE.”