Got a wannabe sleuth in your family, at work? Or maybe you’d like to keep better tabs on your teenage daughter, store items in a secret place, or you’d like a multi-purpose pen that both writes and records memos. Here’s a few holiday gift ideas for the sleuth in your life:
Keep tabs on your teenager with a passive GPS logger. Put this GPS logger in her purse or his backpack, then later download its data to see where’s your teen has been by date, time, location, even speed of travel. Keep in mind that if your teen is over 18 and living elsewhere, legalities regarding privacy rights dictate that you shop for another gift.
Samples of passive GPS loggers: http://tinyurl.com/2395zt9
Store items in a secret place. Hide money behind an outlet that’s really a secret wall safe, keep jewelry in a book safe, store money in a beer can (just don’t try to drink it).
Wall outlet hidden wall safe: http://tinyurl.com/264udwk
Book safe: http://tinyurl.com/2c4uvtv
Beer can safe: http://tinyurl.com/2gx6qdc
Take memos with your ballpoint pen. You can write with it, or talk into it. Handy on-the-go memo device. If you’re tempted to record others’ conversations with it, be sure you’re in a public place where those being recorded have no expectation of privacy (such as in a coffee shop, store, on the street); otherwise, you can be charged with eavesdropping, which depending on the state you’re in could be a felony offense.
Dictation memo pen: http://tinyurl.com/2fyonll
Take photos with a pet rock camera. Curious who’s coming around your property? Want a nanny-cam that doesn’t look like the typical clock or teddy-bear cam? The rock camera is a motion sensor that takes photos when it detects movement. Long-life battery can last up to one year. http://tinyurl.com/2e7zv4v
Clip a video camera on yourself. For the lazy who don’t want to point-and-shoot, or to take video without being obvious, the Clip-It Cam can be clipped on your shirt pocket, belt, handle of your purse, backpack strap…wherever you can clip it. http://tinyurl.com/25fd2rb
Give a gift certificate for sleuth gear. Not sure what your sleuth wants? Give a gift certificate in amounts from $25.00 to $500.00, sent via snail mail or email: http://tinyurl.com/2dkazft
Happy Holidays, Writing PIs