With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to prep those shopping lists and start picking out those gifts. For some of your friends and family members, shopping may be a breeze. But what should you get for that extra-special, dark-hearted soul in your life?
If you’ve got a best friend who spouts serial killers stats over brunch, a spouse who recites horror movie trivia in her sleep, or a niece or nephew with a growing interest in the macabre—this list has got your back. Here are some of the best gifts for horror fans and true crime enthusiasts.
Serial Killers: Adult Coloring Book
This off-beat adult coloring book is filled with thirty-seven infamous serial killers from history, designed with nuance so that each illustration pops right off the page. Every image is single-sided, which means they’re perfectly compatible for use with markers or for framing. Who can resist unwinding by adding a little color to the cheeks of Aileen Wuornos or the gruesome Ed Gein? This is a great gift for true crime fans that know their serial killers like the back of their hands, or for the budding true crime obsessive who’s looking to learn more!
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Bates Motel Keychain
Do you know a horror fan who is always on the go? Then nab this nifty keychain from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho! This double-sided Bates Motel souvenir keychain pays homage to Marion Crane’s unfortunate stay in Cabin 1. It’s a must-have for any classic horror movie buff.
I would say they’ll go mad for it, but we all go a little mad sometimes...
Notorious Serial Killers Card Game
This card game from the twisted mind of Kulturmeister’s Michael Miess is one of the best true crime gifts out there. Chronicling thirty-two of the world's worst serial killers, every card logs the crimes of a murderer and assigns them a brutality-based ranking. If you’ve got a loved one who has always dreamed of pitting the Co-Ed Killer against the Yorkshire Ripper, then look no further. This is sure to kill at parties.
"Sleeping with Danger" Pillowcase
Who said that can't get a good night's sleep after dissecting true crime cases all day? Send your loved ones off to bed with this unique pillowcase featuring three of the most well-known serial killers in America. With the nighttime company of Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer, and killer clown John Wayne Gacy, you’ll never sleep alone again. I can’t imagine why that wouldn’t be comforting.
Buy a set of two and get five dollars off!
Related: Inside John Wayne Gacy Jr.'s Real Life Murder House
Death Warmed Over Tarot Mug
Are your spooky friends dead on their feet in the morning? Have no fear—this “Death Warmed Over” mug will have them looking witchy and caffeinated. While the ominous visage of the Death tarot’s Grim Reaper can be unsettling to some, the appearance of this card in readings typically lends itself to changes and new starts. Sometimes that new start is death, but you can’t win them all.
This mug is dishwasher safe!
Police Tape Socks
You and your loved ones have the right to remain warm this winter season with these snazzy police tape socks! Whether the wearer is stepping onto the scene of a crime or slipping on their house shoes, these socks are sure to dazzle.
A Hardcover Copy of The Institute by Stephen King
A scary book by Stephen King is the ultimate gift for horror fans. In King's most recent work, The Institute: A Novel, children with extraordinary abilities—like Luke Ellis—are being taken to a nefarious institution where their talents are exploited. Refusal to cooperate is met with terrible consequences, and despite Luke’s increasing desperation, no child has ever escaped the clutches of The Institute. For fans of Firestarter and It, this chilling battle of good vs. evil is sure to satisfy.
H.H. Holmes Murder Castle Screen Print Art
H.H. Holmes was a notorious American serial killer whose depraved criminal behavior will forever haunt our dreams. Constructing a mixed-use building full of secret passages, mazes, sound-proofed rooms, and gas chambers, H.H. Holmes lured as few as nine or as many as two hundred people to their deaths. This 11” by 17” silk-screened blueprint of Holmes’s infamous “Murder Castle” is a replica of the illustrations used in newspapers that reported on his crimes in 1895.
Related: How H. H. Holmes Became America's Most Prolific Serial Killer
Creepy Coaster Set
These four coasters feature true crime and occult hosts no one would want to be welcomed by. Guests will think twice about leaving rings on the table after receiving murderous looks from H.H. Holmes and notorious female serial killer Belle Gunness. Spirited discussions will arise from the otherworldly presence of Sarah Winchester—the heiress who transformed her California estate into the Winchester mystery house to appease the spirit realm—and the Fox sisters—the siblings at the heart of America's Spiritualist movement. Drink it all in, because these coasters are great gifts for true crime fans and horror fans alike.
"All My Friends Are Creepy" T-shirt
If you’re shopping for someone who loves to unsettle people upon entering a room, then this t-shirt, designed by The Lineup team and inspired by photographer Gianluca Sordi’s creepy image of black-eyed children, is perfect. This shirt makes a statement—”I’m creepy, but popular.” This shirt comes in sizes X-Small to XX-Large, so you should jump at the chance to outfit your whole creep squad in style. Nothing brings people together quite like children who might be possessed by the Devil.
Pennywise Ugly Sweater
Stephen King’s classic primordial shapeshifting terror has taken on a new form this holiday season—an ugly Christmas sweater. Give the gift any It fan is sure to adore. Hand printed in the United States, this sweater comes in black, Irish green, and purple, in a wide range of sizes from Small to 5X-Large. Ho-ho-hope you make it out of the sewers alive, Georgie!
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Horror Movie Hooded Blanket
Featuring everyone from Elvira, to Pinhead and Chucky, this hooded blanket is essential for any horror fan. With a warm microfiber fleece inside, this blanket is both hypoallergenic and resistant to shrinkage. This is perfect for curling up on the couch for a horror movie marathon session. Made for adults, the large size and hood will keep anyone feeling safe from the monsters that go bump in the night.
Funko Horror Classics POP! Movies Collectors Set
These horror gifts will be all the rage for those who think the horror films of the late seventies and early eighties reign supreme. This collection of three Funko Pop! Vinyls includes horror villain powerhouses Freddy Krueger of The Nightmare on Elm Street fame, Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise, and Michael Myers from the wildly popular Halloween films. Brandishing their famous weapons of choice, every figure in the set comes individually packaged.
PyroPet Kisa Candle
For those witchy friends out there, check out this beautiful and spooktacular candle by PyroPet. A gorgeous geometric cat design is molded in black wax around an eerie metal skeleton. Once the unscented candle is lit, the wax melts away and a fierce surprise within slowly reveals itself. Each candle will burn differently, with a height of six inches and a burn time of roughly twenty hours.
Also available in burgundy, coral, gray, pink, and purple!
Creepy Crate Subscription
Give the gifts of terror all year long—buy a Creepy Crate subscription as a gift for your dearly beloved! Every other month a horror box is shipped to your door, packed full of horror collectibles, true crime accessories, books and more. From the ghoulishly gruesome to the frighteningly fun, Creepy Crate has it all. And with an average retail value $90 per box, a Creepy Crate subscription is the perfect gift for that horror and true crime fan in your life—even if that person is you!