The last minute Father’s Day gift I’m buying for Ben Blair? A gene-testing kit. I just realized that the two biggest brands — AncestryDNA and 23andMe — are both available on Amazon, are both 20% off (on sale for $79), and can both be delivered as early as tomorrow. I may even get one for both of us.

And now, the question is: Which one should I get? I feel like I’ve heard more frequently about 23andMe kits, but on Amazon, the AncestryDNA kits have 3 times as many reviews — which makes me seem like they’re far more popular. 

I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a few months now and seem to gravitate toward articles about these tests. This seems like the perfect time to finally give it a try.

I’d love your advice. Have you tried one? Which brand? Does it have extra features you weren’t expecting? Would you choose the same one again? Have you used it to help you with Family History? Anything you wish you had known before you tried a kit? And if you’ve already tried one, did the results surprise you at all? I’d love to hear!

P.S. — Last month we talked about printed Family Trees for possible Mother’s Day gifts — they’d be great for dad too. Also, what box do you mark on forms when you’re asked about race?