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Gifting Bitcoin — The Ultimate Orange Pill

Gifting Bitcoin — The Ultimate Orange Pill

Posted 3/7/22 by Sam Callahan
  1. Gifting Bitcoin Is a Great Way to Intro­duce People to Bitcoin
  2. Bitcoin Makes a Great Gift Because It Keeps on Giving
  3. Previous Methods of Gifting Bitcoin Had Their Limits
  4. Swan Has a New Approach to Gifting Bitcoin that Overcomes These Challenges

Gifting Bitcoin Gets Things Going

As many people discover, convincing a friend or family member to buy Bitcoin can be a challenging task. Sometimes it feels like no matter how compelling of an argument you make, certain people are just not ready to take these neces­sary steps that will put their wealth in their own hands. 

There are many reasons why a loved one might not feel comfort­able making their first  bitcoin purchase. Often they don’t under­stand what it is or why it’s impor­tant, or maybe they don’t know how to buy it and the process intim­i­dates them. 

It’s common for bitcoiners to feel like Morpheus from the Matrix when trying to convince a loved one to take the “orange pill”.

Neo taking the Bitcoin pill from Morpheus.

As in the movie, we need to recog­nize that some people are simply not ready to reach out and swallow the pill themselves. The good news is, there’s a way around waiting for them to make the decision, you can do it for them…by gifting them bitcoin. 

Over the years, the best methods of how to gift someone Bitcoin have evolved. Recently, Swan intro­duced Swan Gifting which we believe is the easiest and safest way to gift Bitcoin today. 

Why Should You Give the Gift of Bitcoin? 

Gifting a loved one bitcoin is one of the most effec­tive ways to facil­i­tate their owner­ship of bitcoin. Rarely will anyone reject a gift. In fact, they will often thank you for it. 

And, with infla­tion at the highest levels seen in decades, there has never been a better time than today to gift someone some bitcoin.  Your loved one’s savings are at risk of eroding away at a rapid rate from infla­tion. Most people don’t realize that although the amount of money in their savings account hasn’t changed, its purchasing power has. 

Consider, for example, An example of this concept is the increasing prices of food and bever­ages at sports events or concerts. The amount of nachos or soda hasn’t changed, the purchasing power of the dollar has. One dollar today does not buy as much at the conces­sion stand as it used to. Infla­tion has eroded the purchasing power of those dollars.

This is an impor­tant area where Bitcoin can help. Unlike dollars, bitcoin is money that holds its value over time. It’s a revolu­tionary savings technology that allows individ­uals to save for the future with money that cannot be inflated. In fact, bitcoin is likely to increase in purchasing power due to its network effect and scarcity. Histor­i­cally, Bitcoin’s average 5 year compounded annual growth rate is 107%! 

Let’s face it, many gifts seem to find their way to trash eventu­ally. But bitcoin is a gift that truly keeps giving. Let’s take a look at some popular gifts over the last 5 years and see how much purchasing power your friend or family member would have today if you gifted them some bitcoin instead. 

Bitcoin's value vs consumer products
Bitcoin’s value vs Consumer products

The moral of this story is that by gifting your friends and family bitcoin, you are giving them a gift that has the poten­tial to give them every­thing they want and more as it pays off later through bitcoin’s price appreciation. 

Whereas you would be hard-pressed to find someone still using the same iPhone you gifted them in 2017, your Bitcoin gift would still be a valuable one that they would cherish today and beyond. By gifting them bitcoin, you have a chance to give your loved ones something that may make a meaningful differ­ence in their futures. 

Ways to Gift Bitcoin 

There are several common ways to gift bitcoin.  As a useful warning, it is impor­tant to note that if you are gifting it to someone who does not yet appre­ciate its poten­tial value they might lose it or forget about it.  You will want to be mindful of this fact and choose a method appro­priate for the recipient’s appre­ci­a­tion of bitcoin at the time you give the gift.

Paper Wallets

In earlier days, gifting people with paper wallets was quite popular. A paper wallet stores private keys on a piece of paper like the ones shown below. 

Paper wallet Bitcoin
Paper wallet Bitcoin

These came with a whole host of risks. First, there were many instances where people lost funds due to mishan­dling the private keys on the paper wallet. Also, paper wallets have privacy concerns both upon creation, and because they promote address reuse. Lastly, since the paper wallet is made of paper, it is rather fragile and suscep­tible to damage or being lost by the gift receiver. 

Water damaged Bitcoin paper wallet
Water damaged Bitcoin Paper Wallet

Hardware Wallets

As time passed, paper wallets were phased out for more durable and more secure hardware wallets such as a Coldcard or Trezor. Hardware wallets are another way to gift bitcoin by sending the bitcoin to a hardware wallet, and then gifting the person the wallet itself with the bitcoin stored on it. 

Hardware wallets: Coldcard and Trezor
Hardware wallets: Coldcard and Trezor

This method of gifting is an improve­ment from a paper wallet but still comes with its own setbacks. First, the wallets themselves cost money and could be consid­ered a gift in their own right. Wallets can be an expen­sive addition to a gift on top of the bitcoin itself. In addition to the cost, most begin­ners do not under­stand how to interact with these wallets and would require instruc­tion on how to access their gifted bitcoin properly. There is the risk that the receiver will lose the wallet or mismanage the private keys due to inexperience. 

Most impor­tantly, if the gift giver sets up the wallet themselves, they have knowl­edge of the seed phrase associ­ated with the wallet. In other words, the giver could access the gifted bitcoin at any point in the future. Now if you are gifting a person some bitcoin, you likely care about the person and would there­fore not be incen­tivized to steal from them but still, not exactly an ideal situation. 

In general, we recom­mend using these hardware wallets to take self-custody, but there is a learning curve, cost, and other factors associ­ated with them that make them less than ideal for gifting purposes.


Another way to gift is with a type of hardware wallet called an Opendime. Here at Swan, we love to gift people Opendimes loaded with some bitcoin. They are a way to gift bitcoin on a USB-like stick without ever knowing their private key or seed phase. It is the first Bitcoin bearer instru­ment that allows someone to gift bitcoin in physical form. When the gift receiver is ready to spend their bitcoin, they can access the private key by breaking a seal on the device itself (denoted by the white circle). 

Opendime Bitcoin wallet
Opendime Bitcoin Wallet

Although Opendimes are a great gifting option, they still have some drawbacks. Opendimes themselves cost money and could be an expen­sive addition to a small gift. On top of that, because the private keys can only be unsealed on the device itself, if the gift receiver loses the Opendime then the bitcoin is lost with it too. An inexpe­ri­enced person without proper educa­tion may not under­stand how to use it, or they may mishandle or lose the small device.

Gifting Bitcoin with Swan

Recently, the Swan team decided to evolve the way people gift bitcoin. Swan Gifts  is a new way to gift bitcoin. It is a gift of bitcoin that comes with a customer support team attached and without the costs and risks involved in previous gifting methods. 

When you gift bitcoin through Swan, you are not just giving them bitcoin, you are also gifting them a personal Bitcoin assis­tant that will be there to answer their questions, educate them, and guide them on the right path towards taking self-custody of their bitcoin. 

Swan will hand-hold your loved ones through the onboarding process, educate them on proper security practices to protect them against scammers or hacks, and point them towards the right educa­tional resources. 

No longer do you need to worry about teaching someone all the ins and outs when gifting bitcoin. You can outsource all of their questions to the educa­tion team at Swan. 

In addition to the concierge benefits, there are zero costs or wait times associ­ated with gifting through Swan Gifts. Simply get the email address of the recip­ient, and you can send bitcoin to them within minutes.

Gifting Bitcoin with Swan
Gifting Bitcoin with Swan

One last thing – if you send a gift through Swan, and you are also a member of our Swan Force Referral Program, you will be credited with the referral and receive 25% of all their fees for 1 year. Not too shabby. 

Final Thought: The Gift of Skin in the Game

The main reason that gifting bitcoin is such a powerful way to orange pill someone is because what you are really gifting them is “skin in the game”. 

Where your money goes, your mind follows” 

— Robert Breedlove

When someone has “skin in the game”, it means they are invested person­ally. Now that a bit of their net worth is tied to Bitcoin, they are much more likely to stay up to date with the industry and take the neces­sary time to learn about it. 

There is nothing that will get someone more excited about Bitcoin than seeing their own purchasing power increase as Bitcoin adopts continues to grow. 

The goal of gifting bitcoin should be to get them to under­stand it and get excited about it. Gifting Bitcoin is actually just a “Trojan Horse” to get your loved ones to finally start educating themselves about it. 

Bitcoiners know what happens after someone becomes knowl­edge­able on Bitcoin.

The more you know about Bitcoin the more you buy
The more you know about Bitcoin the more you buy. Source: @Croesus_btc

We are in this together. We’ve already sent thousands of gifts through Swan have and tons of those gift receivers are now buying more bitcoin and setting up Bitcoin Savings Plans

The question now is not whether or not to gift bitcoin, but to who are you going to send it?

Orange pill your friends and family
Orange pill your friends and family

In addition to gifting Bitcoin to friends and family, if you’d like to buy Bitcoin for yourself we’re giving away $10 for doing so!

This blog offers thoughts and opinions on Bitcoin from the Swan Bitcoin team and friends. Swan Bitcoin is the easiest way to buy Bitcoin using your bank account automatically every week or month, starting with as little as $10. Sign up or learn more here.

Sam Callahan

Sam is writer, analyst, and educator focused on Bitcoin. His goal is to teach as many people as he can about Bitcoin in order to help them protect their wealth. He's passionate about freedom, privacy and also enjoys playing the guitar and hanging out with his dog, Louie.

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