Unwrapped: The Best Gifts For Your True Crime-Obsessed Friend


Serial killers! Kidnappers! Cult leaders! Oh my!

Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, that's a full month in which we'll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list with our Unwrapped holiday gift guides. So make your holiday shopping a breeze this season, and let us help you find gifts for all the people in your life.

The true crime lover isn't a difficult creature to please around the holidays. There are hundreds of excellent true crime books, some of which are included here, to please your ~murder-loving~ BFF/sister/co-worker. But what if you want to get a little more creative?

After doing a little research, consisting of very weird and questionable Google searches, we've compiled this strangest of gift guides for your most morbid friend. Who knows, maybe in the process, you'll become a Murderino, too!

Workman Publishing, True Crime Year Of 2019 Desk Calendar, $15, available at

Enjoy every day thanks to this true crime calendar which includes easy tear-off pages, news headlines, and some of the most bone-chilling true crime stories committed by serial killers, kidnappers, cult leaders and more. It's a real page-turner.

Hunt a Killer, Hunt a Killer Subscription Box, $30/month, available from Hunt a Killer.

Spoil yourself or give the gift of a lifetime with this monthly Hunt a Killer subscription box! Every month, a handpicked storyline will be delivered to you, and it will be your job to solve the puzzle, curated by a team of professional murder mystery writers. Each monthly storyline gets more complex as you complete one and move onto the next. Trust us when we say it's addicting.

CrimeCon, Crime Con Festival - New Orleans/ Seattle, $329-$1,199, available from CrimeCon.

What true crime fan wouldn't want to go to the Big Easy (or Seattle!) to check out an impressive speaker list comprised of reporters, true crime podcasters, and former FBI agents. Snatch up tickets for you and yours for a night full of alibis, hidden motives, and plenty of wine to go around.

Professor Tooth's Odditorium, Serial Killer Ted Bundy Soft Enamel Pin, $12, available from Professor Toothy Odditorium.

Novelty pins and coins with serious attitude are the perfect gifts for the true crime-obsessed. This pin featuring the notorious California serial killer from the 1970s is excellent for the Bundyphile or true crime enthusiast in your life.

True Crime Garage, The Husband Did It - Women's Cut Shirt, $29.99, available from True Crime Garage.

The true crime experts who have tirelessly watched every procedural crime show, know that the clues usually point to one suspect: the husband. This "The Husband Did It" shirt will receive a universal nod and thumbs up from enemies of the patriarchy everywhere.

North America BigFoot Search, Missing 411 Book Set with Map and Sticker, $189.99, available from NABigFoot Search.

The best-selling eight-book set by David Paulides is perfect for the hibernating true crime lover this holiday season. The books come with a Geographical Cluster Map and a Missing Project Sticker.

Etsy, Cereal Killer Spoon, $16, available from Etsy.

This CEREAL KILLER spoon is equal parts cute and creepy. The vintage spoon features skull and cross-bone detail, comes beautifully gift-wrapped, and is pretty much how we want to start our morning off. So go on, murder your breakfast cereal with this hand-stamped spoon.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, $18.95, available from Amazon.

This gripping novel reveals details about the true story of the elusive serial rapist-turned-murderer who terrorized California in the '70s and '80s. The gifted journalist who wrote this book passed away tragically while spending the final years of her life chasing the Golden State Killer, hoping to identify him in the book. The book is captivating and relevant since the murderer was caught this April.

Red Bubble, Zodiac Killer Tote Bag, $18.50, available from Red Bubble.

Available in three different sizes, this cotton tote is printed with strange symbols that true crime fans will recognize as being the calling card of the infamous Zodiac Killer, who terrorized northern California in the late 1960s and whose identity still remains a mystery today.

Etsy, Wine & True Crime, from $14, available from Etsy.

Sit back and sip back with this wine glass as you binge your latest true crime documentaries or flip through your favorite true crime books. The wine glasses features "Good Wine & True Crime," and it's perfect for the true crime (and true wine) aficionado.

Amazon, Crime Scene Sandwich Bags (20 Total), $4.99, available from Amazon

You'll be able to stop any office lunch thief dead in their tracks with these crime scene-themed sandwich bags. They are also perfect for striking up conversation with fellow true crime fan coworkers.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



Photos courtesy of American Apparel

The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.