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5 gifts every mystery and crime fan will love

5 gifts every mystery and crime fan will love

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Everyone needs a little help this time of year coming up with gift ideas for friends and family. You might be shopping for the person who already has everything or someone who just doesn't want anything.

Newsweek reported on a study performed by eBay, finding 88% of Christmas shoppers experienced tachycardia — when the heart beats more than 100 times per minute. It's scientifically proven that Christmas and holiday shopping can be stressful. Make it a little easier on yourself by taking the guesswork and aisle wandering out of the equation.

If you have a mystery/crime lover to shop for on your list, you might have trouble keeping their gift a surprise. After all, they love solving mysteries! But these five gifts are unique, personable gifts the crime and mystery junkie in your life will relish.

A Finders Seekers Box

Your friend, mom, husband or loved one won't see this mystery coming until it's literally on their doorstep. This subscription box doesn't include sample-size lotions or makeup sponges, but rather a mystery to solve.

You get a box of evidence, clues and cryptic instructions that will lead you to the answer. No need to put shoes on or even leave the living room — each box requires only your own brainpower and a search engine. But be prepared to learn a little something about cultures around the world with each Finders Seekers box.

“You’re able to solve fun, challenging mysteries and puzzles, but the educational, historical aspect means there’s also learning involved,” says founder Cody Dingus. Think of it as a sort of escape room you can do without ever leaving the house. Each box has a theme based on a city, like Mexico City or Washington D.C.

Character and crime scene swag

Do a little research and find out more about the different crime shows, books and podcasts your friend or family member enjoys consuming. There are countless websites and Etsy shops dedicated to fan swag from popular shows and books. A CSI hat or FBI windbreaker could be the thing that paints a smile on his or her face this season.

Writing classes

Chances are good that your loved one has listened to or watched many crime stories. After consuming so many tales, your husband or wife or friend may have some of their own ideas for a mystery novel or short story.

Give them the tools they need to start their own story by gifting a writing class. Of course, there are online writing classes, but locally, there are many college-level classes available. The University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley University all have continuing education classes for adults.

Audiobook subscription

Although there's no feeling like curling up with a pageturner, many people don't have time to dedicate to reading. Listening to an audiobook on the way to work, school, or even during chores is a great way to pass the time and still get the feeling of reading a story.

While there are resources through local libraries, the best way to listen to audiobooks is through a subscription, like Audible. They get to choose the book they want to listen to that month, and then they have access to that book every day after. It doesn't go away if they end the subscription.

5 gifts every mystery and crime fan will love

If your loved one would rather listen to as many crime stories as possible per month, sites like Scribd would be a great option. Much like a music subscription, you can listen to as many titles as you'd like every month, but you don't have access to them once you stop paying.

Murder mystery dinner tickets

Perhaps one of the best ways to solve a mystery is to be involved in one! Give the crime junkie in your life the chance to be a character and simultaneously solve a murder mystery — with a side of dinner.

There are comedy, costume and theatrical versions of these popular mystery dinners, but many of them are only in town or available certain days of the month or year. Be sure to book your tickets early in advance to secure a seat at the dinner table.

Be sure to order your Finders Seekers box as soon as possible, as a limited number are available for the holidays. Save $5 off your order with code KSL5 at checkout.

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