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Gifts for True Crime Fanatics That Will Slay — in a Good Way

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Most of us have someone in our lives who can't stop binging episodes of "Unsolved Mysteries," who's forever streaming the latest true-crime podcast from their phone, or just eagerly awaiting the latest Netflix documentary in that genre. If you're looking for a gift for the true-crime enthusiast in your life, you're likely to find the perfect choice among these options, which include books, games, cold case challenges, and plenty more.


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The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box
Cratejoy

The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box

$22/month and up from Cratejoy
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Give your true crime fanatic the chance to solve his or her own mystery with this monthly box featuring "immersive scenarios, intriguing characters, and original compelling stories."

Book
Amazon

'The Crime Book'

$15 from Amazon
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This 352-page book uses infographics, timelines, and detailed writing to help readers understand how crucial moments in history created opportunity for crime, how forensic methods have evolved, how sting operations played out, and more.

Scumbags & Baddies Tea Towel
Etsy
The Noxhelm Murders Game
Mystery Party

The Noxhelm Murders Game

$45 from Mystery Party
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Purchase of this game provides an instant PDF download that lets your true crime fan host his or her own murder mystery party game. It includes invitations for 10 to 16 guests, three rounds of game play, instructions, and more.

CosyKiller: For the Armchair Sleuth
Cratejoy

CosyKiller: For the Armchair Sleuth

$37/month and up from Cratejoy
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Another subscription option for true crime lovers, this one features a yearlong storyline with each shipment revealing more clues intended to help your recipient catch a fictional killer.


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Murder Mystery Puzzle Book
Target

Murder Mystery Puzzle Book

$14 from Target
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This book offers 20 different "diabolical cases" that can be worked out using puzzle-solving skills.

'Murder Shows ...' Tee
Amazon
True Crime Addict Vinyl Stickers
Etsy

True Crime Addict Vinyl Stickers

$2 and up from Etsy
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This simple and inexpensive gift comes in three colors, or get a pack of all three. Don't think they'll like a sticker? 


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H. H. Holmes Murder Castle Puzzle
Etsy
Unsolved Case Files
Amazon

Unsolved Case Files

$27 from Amazon
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Each of these unsolved crime files involves figuring out three mysteries in order to solve a cold case. The kit "includes over 50 evidence photos and documents for you to investigate including newspaper articles, crime scene photographs, evidence report, coroners report ... and much more."

True Crime Tee
Etsy

True Crime Tee

$10 and up from Etsy
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Here's a comfy unisex T-shirt for that special someone in your life who just can't get enough of the gritty world of true crime. It comes in lots of different colors, too.


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'Unspeakable Acts' Book
Amazon
True Crime PopSocket
Amazon

True Crime PopSocket

$15 from Amazon
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This PopSocket ironically and amusingly juxtaposes a pretty and colorful flower design with this statement: "My favorite podcasts are about murders."

'Serial Killer Trivia' Book
Amazon
'The Serial Killer Cookbook'
Amazon
Latent Fingerprint Kit
Amazon
2022 Calendar
Amazon

True Crime 2022 Calendar

$16 from Amazon
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Each page in this calendar includes facts, details, survivor stories, and more info about some of history's most morbid and murderous tales. It'll likely lead your recipient to research some crimes they've never heard of before.

Death at the Dive Bar
Target
'Bloody Alphabet' Serial Killer Coloring Book
Amazon
'Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered'
Amazon
Crime Scene Forensic Science Kit
Amazon

Crime Scene Forensic Science Kit

$65 from Amazon
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For even more of a challenge for amateur sleuths, grab one of these kits inspired by a true crime. It includes more evidence than just fingerprints to discover, full access to the case file (internet required), and more.

True Crime Mug
LookHUMAN
Crime Scene Tape Socks
Amazon
Crime Junkie Mug
Amazon

Crime Junkie Mug

$12 from Amazon
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Inspired by the tagline for the popular Crime Junkie podcast, here's another mug gift option for a true crime fan.

'The True Crime Activity Book For Adults'
Amazon

'The True Crime Activity Book For Adults'

$12 from Amazon
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This book will let the true crime lover on your list test their "serial killer knowledge, complete puzzles, discover new podcasts, books, & documentaries, write out your unsolved theories," and much more.

Brain Games' 'Cold Case Puzzles'
Amazon

Brain Games' 'Cold Case Puzzles'

$8 from Amazon
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This spiral-bound book of more than 100 brain teasers features mazes, logic puzzles, anagrams, cryptograms, DNA sequence matches, and more.

Clue Master Detective
Amazon
'All That Remains' Book
Amazon

'All That Remains' Book

$43 from Amazon
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Author Sue Black is a renowned forensic anthropologist and human anatomist. Publisher's Weekly called her book "a perceptive study of a subject both deeply uncomfortable and uncommonly engrossing."

Crime Scene Forensic Detective Jacket
Amazon

Crime Scene Forensic Detective Jacket

$33 from Amazon
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This jacket might not make them a real detective, but it could make them feel more like one, especially if they're solving some of the challenges presented by other items in this gift guide.