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Between TV shows, documentaries and countless podcasts, we’re in the golden age of true crime content… so obviously, we’re all obsessed. And when an obsession takes hold there’s only one thing to do: gift it!
Whether the true crime fan is someone near and dear, or it’s you and you’re indulging in a little self-celebration, we’ve culled a list of must-get gifts for any true crime obsessive. There’s subscription boxes and books, practical offerings that can support their own investigations, some fashionable choices, and even some home goods! You and your friend’s obsession will be well supported by any of these gifts.
Check out our list below, and get some goodies for you and yours!
Helter Skelter and More Iconic True Crime Books to Read Before You Die
You fell in love with the Netflix show, so now it’s time to read the book that inspired it! This is the story of Special Agent John Douglas’ 25-year FBI career, sharing how he used psychological profiling to gain insights into serial killers and notorious criminals. This one’s a must for any true crime fan.
If you’re going to create a crime wall, you might as well do it in style. This bulletin board has the best of all worlds, with perforated metal covering corkboard, so you can use push pins or magnets to put up your crime photos and index cards with theories. Plus, it comes with everything you need to get started—with the exception of red yarn, of course.
Pick your poison with this collection of candles born out of The Sowden House, the famed L.A. historic landmark and the site of the Black Dahlia murder. The Black Dahlia CBD Collection aims to reclaim the home’s character by putting the focus on wellness and balanced, clean living. Each candle is infused with pure CBD and revolutionary CBG naturally-derived from organic hemp grown in the U.S. Combined with calming scents like eucalyptus and sandalwood, these candles will keep you calm during the scariest parts of your favorite thriller.
Time for lights out, but want to keep reading Mindhunter? The bonus of using this amber light is it doesn’t have the same effect as white or blue light—namely, messing with your circadian rhythm. Plus, it’s lightweight, rechargeable and portable.
Show your allegiance to investigation procedure by wearing a replica of that famed yellow crime scene tape around your neck. Bright enough to ensure you’ll be seen in any dark alleyway, this scarf is also made of fleece, so it’ll keep you warm, too.
Get your creepy on with this adult coloring book, featuring 23 of the most notorious serial killers in history. Chances are you won’t feel very zen after coloring portraits of Ted Bundy, Charles Manson and Richard Ramirez, to name a few… but that’s probably the point.
Obviously, you’ll need a top-notch flashlight for when you’re sleuthing—or when the power goes out and you get the jitters from watching too many crime documentaries. This LED flashlight has 50,000 hours of working time behind it, with five lighting modes. And not only do you get a full-size flashlight, but they also gift you a mini, too.
Who says you can’t embrace your obsession throughout all facets of your life! Dress up lunchtime with these infamous yellow tape sandwich bags… but be prepared for people to move away from you in the office lunch room.
Because you know he did! But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shout it from the rooftops in this lightweight cotton-blend t-shirt.
Put yourself in the shoes of a cold-case detective, sift through his files, and solve a decades-old murder in this fun game, which offers over 50 investigation documents and photos to help you along the way.
Now you can wear murder and mayhem on your feet with these comfy socks, made from a stretchy poly/nylon/elastane blend with extra cushioning in the sole.
From cults to disappearances to the cold cases of yesteryear that still captivate our attention, each day of this calendar features another case for you to obsess over, along with quotes and quizzes to cement your fandom.
You could use a regular old pouch to hold your essentials, or you could use this evidence-inspired zipper pouch and creep out everyone around you. (Obviously you should go for option B.)
Before you see Clint Eastwood’s take on the Richard Jewell story, read the book that inspired the movie. The Suspect draws on five years of reporting that explores the rise of domestic terrorism, the 24/7 news cycle, and Jewell’s quest to clear his name.
When you just can’t get enough of true crime, this subscription box is here to feed your need on a monthly basis. Each box is an “episode” that gives you clues that can help you solve a murder, and the plot thickens with every subsequent month as you get closer to finding the killer. Prepare to lose endless hours of your life as you strive to figure out the mystery! Subscriptions start at $25 per month.
Okay, so it’s not directly connected to the famed Black Dahlia murder that’s captivated us for eons, but you can still set a mood with this darkly luxurious candle, featuring the flower’s dramatic signature scent. And you can hide it beneath a glass dome for when you’re not burning it while reading true crime novels.
Haven’t cracked the case on what to get for those hard-to-buy-for loved ones? Check out all of our Holiday Gift Guides!
—Originally published on Dec. 5, 2019, at 4 a.m. PT
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