I have searched the web for unusual christmas gifts for the genealogists.

Here's my top 5 list:

Carbon Copies

Pencils made from the carbon of human cremains. 240 pencils can be made from an average body of ash - a lifetime supply of pencils for those left behind.

Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings - a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by. Carbon Copies


Gene-Portrait creates unique digital DNA-art portraits from a sample of your own DNA. This exclusive and personalized DNA art represents a sampling of your unique DNA profile and holds no medical or legal value.

Up to 50 subjects (people and/or pets) can be included on a single DNA-art portrait, making it the perfect gift to share with your loved ones (family, friends, couple, pet dog, pet cat, pet horse). GenePortrait


CreativeCoffins provide a green solution for those who want a distinctive and practical funeral.

Environmentally sympathetic and certified non-toxic these coffins are suitable for both burial and cremation.

They have a large range of pre-designed and they are able to create almost any design from the dignified and beautiful to the quirky and humorous. CreativeCoffins

Headless Historicals

Headless Historicals are reworked dolls that were inspired by people throughout history who died in rather horrible ways.

Each doll is dressed according to how they might have appeared during the peak of their success, while their bodies display the manner in which they died.

These dolls are for display purposes only and are not intended as playthings for children. Headless Historicals

Huggable Urns

Especially made for your loved one or beloved pet, the Huggable Urns are very soft to the touch.

All of the Huggable Urns have a zippered compartment and comes with a tightly sealed pouch that holds your loved one's ashes or a special keepsake. Huggable Urns are made of extremely plush material and the pouches are made out of velvet with plastic lining to keep the ashes contained. Huggable Urns