Bitcoin is better money, but it's more than that. Bitcoin is a movement. Once you ‘get it', you get it, and you just can't get enough bitcoin. Literally and figuratively. Bitcoin is interesting. Bitcoin can be life changing. Actually, Bitcoin is fun. Bitcoin just clicks with a certain type of person, and for that person, Bitcoin gifts will always be a hit, for birthdays, holidays, or any number of Bitcoin holiday celebrations like:
- Jan 3 (First Bitcoin Block Mined)
- Jan 12 (First Bitcoin Transaction Sent)
- May 22 (Bitcoin Pizza Day)
- Oct 31 (Bitcoin Whitepaper Day)
There are tons of reasons to gift bitcoin-related stuff to your bitcoin-obsessed friend or family member, but I'm going to be honest here – bitcoin socks suck. The kind of stuff you get when you type “bitcoin” into typical search engines Amazon or Google what turns up normie shit. Basically, poorly manufactured, generic gear with the bitcoin logo on it. It's crappy stuff made for nocoiner shoppers getting gifts for their bitcoiner friends. It's not really the type of stuff that I'd want.
That's why I wanted to create this page, showcasing some websites where you can get bitcoin gifts for bitcoiners that they'd actually want. For shirts, here are my favorite bitcoin t-shirts with cool designs and inside jokes that make good gifts too.
Websites For Legit Bitcoin Gifts
Opsec Swag is actually a central hub of Bitcoin swag, with the focus being non-obvious bitcoin gear. “Opsec” is short for operational security, which usually entails being private about information that can reveal your identity or the nature of your work. How it relates to bitcoin is that many times, it's “good opsec” to not even tell people you own bitcoin. Bragging about being bitcoin rich could make you a target for personal harm.
If bitcoin is going through a massive bull run phase and you're walking around covered in Bitcoin logos, who knows what kind of character could think you have a bunch of bitcoin on your phone.
Lots of the gear featured on this site are subtle nods to bitcoin culture and inside jokes. For example, 🖕🐻 shirt is an inside joke that bitcoiners expect adoption, and thus the price of bitcoin to go up, and anyone who says otherwise is a “bear”, or expects the market to go down. You may also see some honey badger gear, which is the non-official mascot of bitcoin because it's the most ferocious and unstoppable animal, or references to the year 1971, the year Nixon took the US off the gold standard.
It's mostly hats, shirts, hoodies, and mugs, and they don't actually sell stuff through the Opsec Swag site. It looks like a store, but they link out to the official web store for each item.
Finite Supply produces original designs that focus on Bitcoin memes, and their designs are featured on shirts, tanks, hoodies, mugs, water bottles, and a couple of home decor items. The most famous design is the “Cyber Hornet”, the name lovingly given to Bitcoiners by Michael Saylor. Where does the name cyber hornet come from? To some, a wall of ASICs at a bitcoin mining facility sounds a lot like a swarm of angry hornets, but it also refers to the fact that Bitcoiners will defend the Bitcoin network at all costs, no matter if it's a social attack (public debate), or a physical attack (as seen during the Blocksize Wars and the User Activated Soft Fork (UASF)).
Personally, my favorite design here is the “Corn Maxi”. Why corn? Of course, bitcoiners love to meme their critics to the point of absurdity, and one time, one guy, accidentally said “Bit-corn” instead of “Bit-coin”. He was then dubbed, Professor Bitcorn. Coin sounds a lot like corn, so now bitcoin is also corn. LOL. Hey. I don't make the memes. I just report on them.
The Little Hodler
The Little Hodler started as a series of webcomics explaining bitcoin in simple, but fun ways and its main character was always this cute, little, hairless guy who loves bitcoin. The comics are usually short and simple, but very effective ways of communicating information about bitcoin, bitcoin history, or events in the world of bitcoin, as well as jokes among bitcoiners, commentary on the broader cryptocurrency market, and of course memes bitcoiners love.
One of my favorite comics explains the perception vs reality of holding bitcoin for long periods of time – it seems easy on the outside, but it's a rough road sometimes! Another good one shows how the value of bitcoin continually goes up over time as the bitcoiner buys more and more stuff, but the nocoiner holding cash buys less and less over time.
The most popular item from this store is a plushie of “The Little Hodler”, the little guy holding tightly onto his bitcoin. They also sell framed prints of the comics, as well as shirts featuring the character.
BTC Pins is a unique shop that focuses on, what else – pins! They have other stuff like some apparel and stickers, but the main thing is original artwork in the form of high quality pins. These are high quality, metal pins, featuring the Bitcoin logo itself, and other bitcoin memes. This store only accepts Bitcoin payments, so if you are buying for a bitcoiner, and don't actually have any bitcoin, you'll need to get some first!
MF Merch is all about bitcoin memes. If something funny happens on Bitcoin Twitter, it'll be up on the shop in a few minutes. You've got laser eyes (or nipples), the Bitcoin fast food worker hat, rainbow dildo eyes, laughing Liotta, banana bread, and much more.
To be honest, I'd be suspicious of the quality of these products since they go up pretty fast so who knows where they outsource the merch to, but the memes are priceless.
Lucho Poletti is an amazing artist who creates incredibly unique art related to bitcoin. His style is a combination of vintage meets modern, with striking black lines and vibrant colorscapes. You can buy handmade art, canvas prints, apparel, and even home decor with his custom designs. There's really a huge variety of things to shop for on his site.
SEEDMINT alloys you to create unlimited steel backups of your 12 or 24 word seed phrases using simple steel washers you can buy from any hardware store. This will cut down on seed phrase storage expenses greatly, especially if you have multiple wallet setups, as most bitcoiners do. With a 3 of 5 multisig, you'd need 5 different backups, and many popular steel plate backup products cost between $100 – $200 each! If you have a decoy wallet setup, or perhaps a more complex wallet setup, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in steel backups… and you'd better hope you don't make a mistake (I have, and it sucks).
So this is a very cool setup to have on hand, where you can just print as many backups as you want using your own at-home tools.
21 Million has a wide variety of custom designs for bitcoin swag. That includes clothes, hats, phone cases, and mugs. They also sell a very popular self-inking rubber stamp that people use to stamp fiat dollars with the phrase, “bitcoin is better”.
Bitcoin Hat Guy
Pretty simple and self-explanatory, Bitcoin Hat Guy is an online store that sells hats related to bitcoin. Hats make a great gift because most guys will wear a hat from time to time, either for style or for actually keeping the sun out of your eyes. They have a variety of styles of hats, including baseball hats, snapbacks, and beanies. I didn't see any trucker hats or cowboy hats though!
Crypto Cloaks is a very specific niche online store of 3d printed gear for bitcoin equipment. There are cases for nodes, secret hiding places for physical bitcoin keys and hardware wallets, and some other random things.
The last thing I'll feature here is not a typical online shop with “swag”, but a single, specific item called the Blockclock Mini. The makers of the Blockclock actually do sell bitcoin hardware wallets, among other things, but if you're not a bitcoiner yourself, you may not know what your bitcoiner friend actually wants or needs from that selection of stuff. The Blockclock, however, is not a common piece of hardware to own, and it makes a pretty awesome gift.
This device is a “split-flap”, like you'd see displaying the names of destinations and vehicle numbers in the old train stations or airports, and you can program it to show various bitcoin statistics. For example, you can have it display the price of bitcoin, the number sats per dollar, or block height. There are tons of options, and it updates automatically. It's very cool to have the tiles flip back and forth, and it's pretty interesting to pair the “old tech” of the split-flap with the “new tech” of Bluetooth and bitcoin.
Pretty awesome stuff.
If you do want to get a couple of things from the shop, Opendimes are another super unique gift sold at Coinkite, and are pretty versatile. They are a way to trade physical bitcoin in a roundabout way. You just load some bitcoin onto the USB stick and can give the stick as payment.
General Bitcoin Swag (Shitcoin Warning!)
The websites above are just the ones that I've personally vetted as having awesome bitcoin gifts, but there are plenty of other websites out there. I would highly advise avoiding Amazon, since there's a lot of pure garbage on that site – along with uninteresting, generic, low-quality stuff. However, general websites like the one listed below have some decent, unique items, if you know what the person you're shopping for likes. For example, I found some cool canvas art on Society 6.
The main warning I'll give you with regards to these types of websites, especially if you're shopping for a bitcoiner, is that there are a lot of things listed under “bitcoin”, which are not actually bitcoin. We call these things shitcoins. Shitcoin products make shitty gifts. Unfortunately, most of the time when you search for bitcoin stuff on these types of general websites, sellers tag their items with “bitcoin” regardless of if it's bitcoin or not.
Just something to keep in mind when shopping!
Other Bitcoin Stores
Just some other shops I run into selling stuff for bitcoin or selling bitcoin things.
Bitko: Original comic-style bitcoin decals, posters, hats, flags, and pins. https://bitko.cc/
Art of Satoshi: Bitcoin-themed Japanese-style drawings of cats with lasers eyes and swords on clothing, including unique items like tote bags, hooded blanked, shorts, tank tops, joggers, and of course standard t-shirts and sweaters. https://www.art-of-satoshi.org/
Maximalist Merch: Just a few items related to the meme of toxic maximalism. Some unique items like car seat covers and car mats. The baseball jersey is pretty cool. https://maximalistmerch.com/
Give Them Bitcoin!
Maybe the best gift you can give a bitcoiner is more bitcoin. Maybe. I'll leave that up to you. There are two awesome ways you can give someone bitcoin without just handing them a wad of paper cash and say, “Go buy yourself some bitcoin.” If you're a nocoiner, and want to show you care, giving REAL BITCOIN is a very thoughtful thing to do. It shows you made the effort.
Most of all, it's one step closer to orange-pilling yourself, which will probably make your bitcoiner friend even happier.
Gift Bitcoin With Swan
The easiest way to gift bitcoin to anyone, whether they are a nocoiner, pre-coiner, or bitcoiner is Swan Bitcoin Gifts. You decide on the USD amount and pay in standard fiat dollars you have in your account (very easy), then the person gets an email on the date you choose. They then create a Swan Bitcoin account and can receive their bitcoin.
If they have a bitcoin wallet already, they can use that one to withdraw their bitcoin. If not, Swan will walk them through the process of getting that set up. I haven't done it myself, but I assume they'll have you set up a mobile wallet if you don't have a hardware wallet. Swan specializes in Bitcoin education for newbies and has an awesome support team.
Load An Opendime Or Satscard
I mentioned Opendimes earlier in this post. They make great gifts because they're a one-of-a-kind physical storage device for bitcoin that's very inexpensive, which makes it great to trade around like physical cash. There's no such thing as physical bitcoin, but this comes pretty close! A pack of three sells for about $50, so you could load one up with some bitcoin, then give the other two empty ones as bonus gifts. Every bitcoiner needs a couple of these lying around anyway.
Opendimes plug into USB ports. They work kind of like piggy banks. You can continually add bitcoin to them over time, and once you decide to withdraw your bitcoin from the device, you break the seal, and can take the bitcoin out. After that, the device is “spent”, and can be tossed.
The next iteration on this concept, from the same company, is the Satscard. It's the same basic concept but in credit card form. It uses NFC tech and comes with a mobile app, and each card has 10 slots for bitcoin, so it can be used 10 times instead of just one like the Opendimes. Unfortunately, it's not available to purchase yet (Jan 2022), but I'll update here when it launches.