It’s that time of year again, when you’ve got to make a list and check it twice to figure out what you’re going to get your loved ones. But don’t worry, we’re here to help with suggestions for each type of person on your list. Today we bring you our top suggestions of what to get for the hard to gift-to mystery enthusiast …
Gifts To Read:
We can’t get enough of e-books this year, but you don’t have to go whole-hog and pick up an e-reader for the mystery lover on your list. Instead we suggest giving a great set of e-books as an inexpensive and space-saving present! Don’t know where to start? Thankfully, Amazon is offering a range of these e-bundles in a wide variety of mystery sub-genres. You can keep the spirit of the holiday strong with the Prime Crime Holiday Bundle that features six reads (including three books that are still in hardcover). Or opt for a single-author holiday feature with Joanne Fluke’s four e-book collection. And keep it cozy by buying Tim Myer’s three e-book bundle. But if your giftee has you seeking books that are a bit more, shall we say, thrilling? Then we suggest you pick up Kevin O’Brien’s selection of suspense e-stories. Alternatively, you won't go wrong by snapping up the Kindle collection of John Grisham legal classics. Or stray towards scarier territory with the digital copies of the first four books in Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series. No matter which bundle you select, you're sure to win a smile!
Gifts To Entertain:
If a traditional story simply doesn’t fit the bill for your giftee, don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with an array of other ways to enjoy a good mystery. Topping our list is Raymond Chandler’s Collected Radio Dramas, although the collection of the BBC Radio’s productions won’t be available until February 14 of next year, we’d be happy to find out that it was coming our way eventually. These audio recordings of the famous author's stories sport a full the cast, lead by Toby Stephens, and as if that's not enough, the stories don't just have sound effects, they come complete with music composed just for the mysteries! However, if your giftee would rather see the drama of the whodunit unfold on screen, we can’t get enough of the first season of BBC’s Sherlock and are eagerly anticipating the series’ soon-to-be-released second installment. Another option for the film buff on your list is 2007’s Mystery Classics Pack, which includes 100 must-see mysteries. But our pick for the most fun gift of the season that can be given right now is a red herring gift duo: the cult classic DVD, Clue and the Murder She Wrote Strategy Pursuit board game!
Gifts To Wear:
There’s nothing quite like being able to show your mystery-loving pride loud and proud (or neat and discreet). To that end we’ve collected some of the best sleuth-style gifts that can be found around the Internet. If your mystery lover is also a fashionable young thing, then keep your eye on H&M. After December 14, the store will be stocked with clothing inspired by the ultra-popular mystery series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. However, that's certainly not the only option for a female mystery reader. We think this Magnifying Glass Necklace is a lovely gift that's both functional and fashionable. We were also charmed — pardon the pun — by this crafty bracelet that includes such genre icons as a teapot, a binoculars, a train and icons that represent several famous fictional sleuths. And these tiny gold bullet earrings simply slay us!
For the gentleman sleuth enthusiast, we love this orange ascot that channels Fred from Scooby Doo, or help your loved one pay homage to the four-legged detective himself with this Scooby tie. But if the man on your list follows the "less is more" school of accessorizing, supply him with this set of Murder Mystery Cuff Links that makes Agatha Christie appropriate for (almost) any occasion.
If you in the market for items that illustrate genre support in a more gender-neutral way, we suggest this Vintage Poison Label Scrabble Tile Pendant. It’s perfectly wearable but can easily be put on a key ring or attached pin-style to a bag. Alternatively, the I Love a Mystery wristwatch is a piece of jewelry you can wear everyday. And this Sherlock Holmes "three pipe problem" pin is still making us grin, so we're sure it will be a hit for your fan. Other fun picks include this Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes tee, which shows the seventeen actors who have played the famous detective on screen, and this funny armchair detective shirt. Or if a “will my spy survive?” story is more of your loved one’s style, help them pay homage to the best known spy of them all with this 007 James Bond tee with the franchise’s retro looking logo.
Gifts To Display:
You can help liven up any mystery buff's home (or office) goods with artwork. (Right now, we’re hankering for this vivid Maltese Falcon Movie Poster). But for a slightly smaller gifting commitment, the Stephen King Library Desk Calendar is sure to please, particularly if you pair it with the Dead Fred Pen Holder and the Murder Ink Stick Note Pad and Pen. Alternatively match the “Masters of Mystery” Tornado Roller ball Pen from Retro51, this Fisticup Knockout Mug and this Screen Printed Pistol Bar Towel (to clean up any spills) for a gift with some real KO power.
You can also help your giftee channel the villain inside with these fun products: the Dead Mark Squashed Flat Book Mark (or the Splat Stan Drink Coaster variation), a paperclip holder that is victim-shaped for the office, and for the kitchen, a six-piece torture-style knife holder, which comes in a variety of colors.
RT’s Whitney says, “Dear family and friends, skip the gifts above and head straight for this clever Hollow Book Safe made from a Nancy Drew novel.” This crafty gift is sure to please a longtime reader. However, for a gift with a little more gore, RT’s Morgan has a Horror Movie Shower Curtain & Bath Mat topping her wish list. But RT’s Elisa has her heart set on a three-part gift: an AK47 Bullet Ice Cube Tray, one (or several) boxes of Crime Scene Sandwich Bags and Suck UK’s Hanging Harry Light Pull. And all three of us love Kathy Borich’s Appetite for Murder: A Mystery Lover’s Cookbook, which features food from meals with Sherlock Holmes, Chief Inspector Morse and Miss Marple!
Gifts To Use:
If the mystery maniac on your list has always dreamed of being a spy, we say give them the gift they’ve always wanted: gadgets. You could outfit the thriller fan in your life with night vision goggles, bionic ears, a 4GB pen camcorder, the Dyno Kwick Lock Pick and even a voice scrambler. But RT’s Whitney cautions “Don’t be surprised if all that intelligence-gathering power goes to their head!” There are a myriad of other useful gifts that will please such a soul, like the cozy mystery gift basket or this clever Sherlock Holmes tote bag.
Have a great idea for mystery readers? Let us know in the comments below! You can also see which items made our Gift Guide For Romance Fans and Gift Guide For Science Fiction And Fantasy Enthusiasts.