Last-minute shopping is a headache — and blockchain is the cure. Let our curated guide to the top crypto and NFT gifts tie up your holiday season with a digital bow.
Cryptocurrency and the technology that supports it are no longer just a niche interest. Through marketplaces like OpenSea, creators in any number of industries (and metaverses) are providing new opportunities for collectors and enthusiasts to engage with the crypto world with each passing day, particularly through NFT collectibles.
And with the holiday season fully upon us, there are some fun, unique brands ready to help you finish up your last-minute shopping with a non-fungible twist that’s totally, conveniently shipping-free.
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Before an NFT can be either purchased or accepted as a gift, you’ll need a place to put them; the same goes for other related assets like cryptocurrency. Coinbase offers a quick and easy route to building something of your own within the blockchain-powered economy.
Gifting a crypto portfolio with an amount of cryptocurrency in the wallet in it is a great place to start as well as introduce the world of blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens to the special ones in your life.
Additionally, Coinbase will soon host an all-inclusive hub for NFT interactions. You can find the early access waitlist by clicking here. In the meantime, some key features to help you bring the crypto holidays home:
- Each new Coinbase sign-up comes with $10 in Bitcoin and joins you with over 68 million users in a safe and secure crypto community
- Coinbase helps you learn the ropes by doing, including asset trading
- Each crypto gift comes specially packaged in an email featuring a personalized digital card created by an up-and-coming digital artist focused on NFTs
- Since these gifts are delivered immediately, it’s never too late for crypto
NBA Top Shot
DECK THE HOOPS LEGENDARY PACK: $999.00
NBA Top Shot played the single biggest role in bringing sports fans into the NFT world. Their packs of digital highlights are available to own for collection and trading. Starter packs of digital collections are priced at $9.
This week, NBA Top Shot dropped Deck the Hoops: 2010s; its packs include nine collectible Moments, including Deck the Hoops Legendary Moment minted to just 55 and one Metallic Gold LE Rare Moment minted to 749.
Packs will include Moments from superstars like Kevin Garnett dishing gorgeous passes, Anthony Davis showing off his elite shot-blocking, and Dwyane Wade tossing up an alley-oop — his first Legendary Moment. Only 470 packs will be available for purchase.
But of course, Deck the Hoops isn’t the only way to give the gift of Top Shot:
Autograph Simone Biles High Score Collection
COLLECT THE GOAT STARTING AT $11
Simone Biles is the most accomplished gymnast of our time. She is a legendary athlete, plus a cultural figure besides. And with DraftKings entering into the NFT space in 2021 with its own marketplace and several collections via Autograph, the platform co-founded by Tom Brady, there’s a special drop to keep an eye on this holiday: The Simone Biles High Score Collection.
This set includes 31 different NFTs on offer, and with collectibles of all-time great athletes well-known to increase in value well beyond the length of their careers, betting on the world’s greatest gymnast isn’t a hard sell. The Biles collection includes several animated highlights, such as emerald, ruby, and sapphire versions of her “triple-double” tumble from her greatest floor exercise routines. You can give the gift of the GOAT starting at $11 apiece.
HappyLand Gummy Bears “Baller Collection”
COLLECTIBLES FOR A CAUSE
Non-fungible tokens are choose-your-own-adventure: Collecting, trading, or auctioning them is all permitted and all encouraged. But the HappyLand Gummy Bears NFT community — a mouthful to say, but a mouthful of gummy bears never hurt anybody — aims to take things further by doing some good with its all-new “Baller Collection.”
With an assist from WME, BDA Sports, and a host of basketball stars, the Baller Collection will furtherHappyLand’s missions as a charitable brand focused on promoting mental health awareness and positive wellness practices.
Featured ballers include Luka Doncic, Sabrina Ionescu, and Deandre Ayton.
Fans are invited to place bids on these NFTS on OpenSea, all powered by the Ethereum blockchain.
UNEXPECTED NBA NFTs STARTING AT 0.01 ETH
Looking for a sneaky, alternative route to break into the world of basketball NFTs? Ether Jam is an emerging collection on OpenSea offering a creative take on both the alphabet and a host of NBA icons of past and present.
Let’s go @opensea user “E1E72B” for picking up the last “Splash Brothers” @StephenCurry30 @KlayThompson Ether Jam card! 🏀🔥— Ether Jam (@Etherjam) December 19, 2021
All 30 of these now sold out, thank you all! #NFT #Warriors #NBA #NBATopShotThis #DubNation https://t.co/KnAseFmF1l pic.twitter.com/9hcobP29XF
Through a player’s nickname or a theme associated with them, EtherJam creates a digital card representing the letters A to Z. Choose from 26 different collectibles from “Air” to “Z-Bo” — but get up the court fast, because each card is limited-edition and can sell out quickly.
The lowest-priced collectibles are at 0.01 ETH (about $40 USD) and offer a simple, creative spin on digital trading cards.
(The most expensive Ether Jam listing as of this writing? The legendary “Black Mamba” at 4.2 ETH, or $16,682.53.)