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The 10 Best Gifts for True Crime Fans

We put together a list of items that are perfect for the true crime lover in your life.

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Obsessed with true crime? You’re not alone. From “House of Gucci” to “Tiger King,” true crime stories are more popular than ever, and thanks to podcasts, movies, TV shows, and documentaries, the ways to indulge in real-life crime stories are seemingly endless.

If you’ve been searching for great gifts for true crime lovers, we put together a list of killer ideas that are perfect for the holidays, birthdays, and other occasions. Keep reading for a roundup of immersive murder mysteries, novelty gifts, board games, and more ideas for true crime fans. For more unsolved mysteries to get lost in, see our picks for the best true crime documentaries streaming on HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

True Crime Activity Book for Adults

Want to learn more about the life and crimes of Ted Bundy, Ed Kemper, Dennis Nilsen, Harold Shipman, and other serial killers? This adult activity books features more than 100 different activities to feed your true crime obsession.

A Year of True Crime Page-a-Day Calendar (2022)

This true crime calendar lets you indulge your guilty pleasures all year long. The calendar will help you learn the sordid stories behind the Black Dahlia and other infamous crime tales. Plus, you’ll get trivia, true crime quizzes, inspirational survivor stories, and a list of documentaries to keep you up at night.

“The Serial Killer Cookbook” by Ashley Lecker

Meals to die for! “The Serial Killer Cookbook” lets you whip up the last meals of John Wayne Gacey, Ruth Snyder, Gustavo Julian Garcia, Odell Barnes, and more of death row’s most notorious killers. A perfect gift for true crime fanatics and foodies, the book pairs serial killer trivia with the recipes of the meals killers ate during their final hours. Between the full-color photos, chilling true crime facts, and easy-to-follow steps, this gory cookbook will have you making killer meals in no time.

Evidence Lunch Bag

Carry your lunch around in an eye-catching Evidence lunch bag. The 10” x 7” bag features an insulated main compartment, and small front pocket.

Brain Games: Criminal Mind Puzzles

Think like a detective with Brain Games: Criminal Mind Puzzles, which features over 120 challenging crime-themed puzzles for you to solve. Test your knowledge of true crime stories, decipher messages, hidden codes, crime-themed crosswords, and true crime cryptograms.

Unsolved Case Files: Cold Case Murder Mystery Game

Can you crack the case? Become a cold case investigator when you play the Unsolved Case Files murder mystery board game. The game centers around a 1998 unsolved murder in a small Indiana town. The set comes complete with newspaper clippings, crime scene photographs, police documents, and more evidence to help you solve the case and win the game.

Hunt a Killer Nancy Drew: Mystery at Magnolia Gardens

Nancy Drew fanatics will put their sleuthing skills to good use with this immersive board game. The object of Hunt a Killer Nancy Drew: Mystery at Magnolia Gardens is to investigate the strange happenings at Magnolia Gardens. Players will sort through testimonials, construct timelines, and pour over evidence to find the culprit before they strike again. This game is designed for up to six people, ages 14+.

Notorious Serial Killers Memo Matching Game

If you’re looking for a cool novelty gift idea, try this memo matching game. The deck includes a total of 48 cards depicting Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Bundy, Gacy, Richard Ramirez, Aileen Wuornos, Rodney Alcala, William Bonin, Randy Steven Kraft, Donald Henry Gaskins, Ronald Dominique, Patrick Kearney, Gary Ridgway, Dennis Rader, Edmund Kemper, and other infamous killers.

“The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer” by Dean Jobb

If you like the Victorian era, “The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream” is about a serial killer/doctor who poisoned nearly a dozen victims. Over the course of 15 years, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream killed at least 10 people in the U.S. and U.K. The book revolves around the London murder trial that finally brought him to justice.

The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box

Get mysteries on a monthly bases with The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box. Each month, subscribers will receive a new stand-alone case to solve. The game is designed for one to four people, ages 13 and older. It includes an interactive online component to bring the story to life.

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