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Even the most seasoned true crime lover won’t see these gifts coming

Shop bestselling books, cold case games and more clever gifts for the true crime-obsessed.

There are two types of people in the world: people who watch true crime documentaries and people who don't. Whether you identify as a true crime lover or not, you probably know more than one person who is always bingeing the latest grizzly docuseries or listens to so many true crime podcasts that they should just host their own.

Shopping for a self-proclaimed detective has never been easier, not to mention a fun task if you happen to share this interest with your BFF, sibling or co-worker. From bestselling books to immersive cold case games to personal safety gadgets, we rounded up some of the best true crime gifts for anyone who can't get enough of the genre that will surely impress or become their next obsession — or yours!

Best gifts for the true crime-obsessed

Murder Shows Socks

No truer words have been spoken — and a cozy pair of socks is something that someone will get great use of. The Etsy seller offers them in nine different colors and for under $12, chances are we'll be buying ourselves a matching pair, too.

"Cain's Jawbone," by Edward Powys Mathers

If you want to help them unleash their inner detective, this challenging puzzle book will keep them occupied for days. That's because this book is printed out of chronological order! To solve the mystery, the reader must sort through the hundred pages and piece it back together. The publisher says only three people have ever solved this literary puzzle...will you be the fourth?

Brain Games Cold Case Puzzles

Cold case followers will love this book of crime-themed puzzles. According to the brand, there are 192 pages filled with brain games, from comparing DNA sequences to crime scene photos that test your memory. It has over 2,800 Amazon ratings, with one verified reviewer writing, "[It's] fun and gets your brain thinking. Talked about the relevant cases and criminals like Zodiac killer! Which is cool, and something to do in your free time."

Boston Creative Company Cereal Killer Spoon

This spoon will be an all-around hit for both true crime and breakfast lovers. With nearly 3,000 Amazon ratings, many people wrote that it was the perfect useful gag gift. "This was a stocking stuffer for my husband at Christmas. He busted out laughing when he saw it and has used it every day since with his cereal. Still hear him giggling at times when he uses it," says one verified reviewer.

"Killers of the Flower Moon," by David Grann

In anticipation of the upcoming movie, fellow true crime enthusiast and editorial assistant Sierra Hoeger was excited to start this book and says she's hooked. This book is a pick for any true crime fan wanting to learn more about the birth of the FBI and one of Oklahoma's most haunting murders.

Hasbro Gaming Clue Game

This classic board game might have been where their love for a good mystery began. Give them the gift of nostalgia by bringing them back to the Tudor mansion, where players have to figure out who did it, with that weapon and in what room.

"Basically a Detective" T-Shirt

Do they have hundreds of hours of documentary viewing clocked? Since they basically are a detective at this point, this shirt allows them to wear that badge proudly. The seller offers this shirt in tons of different styles and a variety of colors.

TIIMG "If I Go Missing" Key Chain

Remind your friend how much they'll always "light up a room" with this Dateline-inspired keychain. The brand says it's made of stainless steal and reviewers said it was sturdy.

Ace Mining Portable Door Lock

Personal safety is always at the forefront of a true crime aficionado's mind. That's why this safety gadget would make a great gift for them to have on hand. According to the brand, this lock inserts across the doorknob lock and provides an extra layer of security. The brand says it's perfect for rentals, hotel rooms, Airbnbs and more.

"The Ultimate Serial Killer Trivia Book," by Jack Rosewood

Do you really want to put their knowledge to this test? According to the publisher, "The Ultimate Serial Killer Trivia Book" features obscure facts about any question you've ever had about these infamous characters, from "What jobs attract the most serial killers?" to "What movie franchise inspires the most copycats?" They might divulge this book faster than their last docuseries marathon.

Charismapparel Ghost Face Tote Bag

A practical tote bag is a must for true crime fans to carry around their latest read. And fans of nostalgic horror films will love this "Scream"-inspired option — with a humorous twist.

"Dateline and Wine" Stemless Wine Glass

If you know someone who lives for "Dateline" nights, then this wine glass is for them. They can enjoy a little vino while immersed in the newest episode of the iconic show and look completely on brand.

Crime Lover Mug

This mug is perfect for the person who always has their headphones in — you know they're most likely listening to the latest episode of their favorite true crime podcast.

"Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered," by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

If you know a true crime lover, chances are they're listening to the hit podcast "My Favorite Murder." This book is cowritten by hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark and is a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. According to the publisher, the two recount pivotal life moments, discuss true crime stories that shaped them, and why women shouldn't always feel the need to be polite — all through their iconic honesty and humor.

"I'll Be Gone in the Dark," by Michelle McNamara

An investigatory book that delves into the search for the Golden State Killer, this is a Shop TODAY editor favorite. Former associate editor Fran Sales even says it's "not just a true crime book; it's pretty much art."

Before and at the time of her sudden death, true crime journalist Michelle McNamara dedicated her life to finding the California serial killer by interviewing victims, scouring police reports and documenting her findings, which many say would ultimately help lead to his arrest, according to the publisher.

"The Stranger Beside Me," by Ann Rule

While every platform covers this infamous serial killer at some point, this book is truly a unique and personal account that will blow the mind of even the most seasoned crime reader and watcher. True crime writer Anne Rule recounts her time working and befriending Ted Bundy while employed at a crisis center together — at the time, she had no idea this was the most-wanted "Ted".

Wisdom House Co "Hope Your New Neighbors Aren't Serial Killers" Candle

If you're looking for a housewarming gift, wish them well with this candle that says it all. You can even choose from seven different scents.

Unsolved Case Files: Cold Case Murder Mystery

If they ever wanted to feel like a real-life detective or FBI agent, this is their chance! With three clues to crack, the brand says this cold case game features over 50 documents to sift through, which include crime scene photos, an evidence report, witness statements and more.

She's Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

This bestselling safety alarm can be hooked on your keys or purse and makes a great gift for women. Because it's a non-violent safety device, it's also travel-friendly, says the brand. It has over 10,000 Amazon ratings, with one reviewer writing, "This was an item I bought my future daughter-in-law, and she travels a lot and is always going somewhere with work, she was very happy when she saw this as one of her Christmas presents."

Lulusimon Studio Murder Documentaries Oversized Crew Neck

For the true crime lover who still wants to look trendy, this oversized crewneck sweatshirt has a subtle nod to the genre with a cute leopard print. Shop TODAY SEO writer Jannely Espinal says she bought this to wear on Halloween.

Talking Tables At Home Murder Mystery: Theater Edition Party Kit

Whether they're the hostess with the most-ess or you're looking to gather all of your mystery-loving friends for a night of fun, this immersive murder mystery game is 1920s-themed and sure to impress. According to the brand, it's suitable for up to 12 players and comes with character cards to assign and even props.

NBC Dateline Correspondents Sherpa Blanket

Elevate their "Dateline" viewing with this blanket that will make them feel completely cozy, all while being wrapped up with their favorite correspondents. One side is even sherpa-lined for extra comfort.

Peacock TV Streaming Annual Plan

If you really want to fuel their murder mystery obsession, Peacock currently has 14 seasons of "Dateline" available to watch. A monthly subscription only costs $5.99 a month, or you can buy an annual plan and save — it's $59.99 for the whole year.

Savor "In Case I Go Missing" Folio Document Organizer

These binders have been all over TikTok and dubbed the "In Case I Go Missing" folder, but it is a clever way to store important materials and documents in case of an emergency. The brand says there are 10 expandable and different-sized envelopes and even has 30 labels for allergies, travel plans, a list of friends and exes and more. The retailer's website also allows you to personalize the cover.

Pour up a cocktail in tandem with your favorite true crime stories. 75 step-by-step drink recipes gives you more than enough time to discover the stories of Jon Benét Ramsey, Ted Bundy and even a few cult stories.

Murderino True Crime Candle

This soy candle is the perfect gift for true crime lovers looking to set the mood. Curling up with their favorite murder show or book only gets better with this long lasting candle.

Crime Scene Cookie Cutter

Crime scene cookies for their next crime documentary marathon? I think yes. These easy-to-use cookie cutters are guaranteed to shock your true crime loving friends.