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Perfect Holiday Presents For The Amateur Detective In Your Life

From DNA kits to stress relievers, your favorite amateur sleuth will love unwrapping these gifts.

By Gina Tron
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We’ve all got at least one: that loved one who would rather stay home and post their well-researched theories about an unsolved murder to social media. They also kill it at true crime trivia because their cranium is so crammed with morbid facts.

But what to get them for the holidays? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a list of gift ideas that are sure to pique the interest of the true crime obsessives and self-styled amateur detectives in your life.

Disclaimer: Our editors independently selected these products because we think you will enjoy them. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a small share of revenue. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time.

Evidence Bag

Any good detective will need a place to store essential items, and what better than a carry pouch designed to look like a real-life evidence bag? Whether it’s DNA samples you need to run down to the “lab” or more everyday items like a phone, keys, or cosmetics, this gift idea should help the amateur detective in your life stay organized in style.

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Listen, we get it: spending your days digging deep into true crime cases can be as stressful as it is interesting. So any good amateur detective should also make time for self-care. Maybe this wearable anti-stress device from Apollo can do the trick.

Available here.

Bindle Bottle

Everyone knows Rule #1 of amateur sleuthing: Stay hydrated! OK, maybe it’s not the first rule, but it’s pretty important. This 24-ounce carry cup from Bindle should have you covered. Whether you need a late-night caffeine boost, or cooling refreshment in the middle of the day, this insulated container promises to maintain your beverage of choice’s temperature for hours.

Available here.


As always, organization is key, so a real amateur detective is gonna need a place to store all those important case files. How about the Nova 9 Multipurpose Bookcase from RealRooms, which boast metal accents that totally would fit the vibe of an old police station.

Available here.

Case Files

You’ve heard it before: practice makes perfect. So get those detective juices flowing with a good old-fashioned fictional whodunit! This immersive cold case murder mystery game from Unsolved Case Files can help you and your friends sharpen those investigative skills. Can you solve the fictitious cold case of who killed Harmony Ashcroft?

Available here.


And finally, how about a little decorative fun with a well-worn true crime trope from Unbranded. You all know you’re thinking it!

Available here.