Create a Crypto Gift Card in 3 Easy Steps

Matthew Cannalte
4 min readDec 21, 2021

Uh oh. It’s the 11th hour and you need a gift 🎁 for that special someone. Maybe they’re hard to buy for, or maybe you just forgot. Or, maybe, they’re interested in cryptocurrencies but don’t know how to start. Whatever your situation, you’ve come to the right tutorial. You can give the gift of crypto in just 3 simple steps.

Be advised, however, that I offer you no investment advice and I don’t speak on behalf of any entity I mention in this tutorial. Always do your own research 📚 and verify the info you consume with a trusted source when learning about new things!

Step 1: Sign up on a crypto exchange 🔐

There’s no easy way to circumvent a crypto exchange for buying crypto with your native currency (for me, that’s US dollars). Exchanges allow you to do just that, but they generally require you to sign up with some sort of identity confirmation like a government-issued ID.

Then, once you’ve signed up, you can purchase cryptocurrency like Bitcoin or Ether (Ethereum) with your native currency, usually via bank transfer. Be advised: you’ll have to pay a fee for this.

There are many exchanges capable of buying crypto with US dollars as of writing, but the most popular by far is Coinbase.

Step 2: Create a crypto wallet 👝

A “wallet” in crypto nomenclature is a piece of software which interacts with a particular cryptocurrency network. That generally means keeping track of a public key, and a private key.

Quick pause: public and private keys are important to understanding how to use cryptocurrencies. They are similar to usernames and passwords, respectively, in terms of how they are used. Here are some of their key properties (you don’t need to know all this, but hey, knowledge is power):

  • Public/private keys always come in pairs.
  • A private key stores enough information to determine its corresponding public key. If you lose a public key, you can recover it with your private key.
  • A public key carries less information than a private key. It does not carry enough info to recover a private key.
  • A public key is like an address. You can send…

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