Murders. Mysteries. Forensic science. Readers who love true crime and thrillers just can't get enough. They've already read just about every book on the shelf that has to do with serial killers, spies, and/or tense investigations of gruesome crimes. All they really want for the holidays is to find a severed head in their mailbox and be pulled into a horrifying real life murder adventure—but that might be a little tough to arrange. So here are a few criminally fun gifts for the true crime and thriller lover in your life that are almost as good as solving a real crime.
True crime readers are kind of a subset of mystery book lovers. Except, instead of a cozy armchair read about a murder at a manor house, they prefer an edge-of-your-seat read about real life cannibals and kidnappers. Their perfect night in involves a Jack the Ripper documentary and a psychological thriller novel based on true events. You don't necessarily have to share their obsession with all things disturbing and suspenseful. But you can certainly give them a true crime related gift that'll bring joy to their dark, twisted heart. Here are a few fun and functional gifts for readers who just can't get enough thrills and chills:
Crime Scene Gift Bundle
This crime scene gift bundle contains essentially everything a true crime reader could ever want: crime scene tape, a detective mug, crime scene sandwich bags, a UV fluorescent marking pen, crime scene bandages, vials containing candy blood, urine, and saliva, and so much more. Make all of your detecting dreams come true with this total package.
Blood Bath Shower Curtain
'E.M.T.' Emergency Meal Transport
A Crime Club Subscription
The Mysterious Bookshop specializes in mysteries of all kind. If you know someone who devours thriller and true crime books faster than they can buy them, why not give them a membership to a Crime Club? The Mysterious Bookshop Crime Clubs will send you a signed first edition of a selected book every month. There are seven clubs to choose from, including "Thriller and Espionage," "Hard Boiled and Noir," and "Unclassifiable."
Latent Fingerprint Kit
'Murder on the Orient Express' Tote Bag
As the name might suggest, a Creepy Crate is more or less a box full of creepy things—specifically books, accessories, and wearables relating to horror and true crime. Buy one box of criminal surprises, or buy a subscription for several months' worth of disturbing treats.
Cereal Killer Spoon
My Thrill Club! Subscription
'My Favorite Murder' Tote Bag
Is there any true crime fan out there who doesn't listen to My Favorite Murder? If they haven't heard of it, introduce your friends with this stylish, creepy tote bag. If they already know and love it, treat them to merch from their favorite podcast!
Serial Killer Beanie
Bloody Chopping Board
Crime Scene Scarf
Bloody Knife Socks
Hunt a Killer Subscription
Finally, a subscription box that lets you live your serial killer hunting dreams. Every month, you'll receive a box of clues that you can actually use to solve an ongoing mystery. It's a game played in real time, and it's the closest you're going to get to actually living out the plot of a true crime book.