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25 Gift Ideas for the Bird Lover & Bird Watcher in Your Life

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25 Best Gift Ideas for the Bird Lover & Bird Watcher in Your Life

Any bird enthusiast will love birding gear, but the world of bird enthusiasts is a wide one, and gift ideas abound. You may not be sure what to get the bird lover in your life, especially if they’re a bit of a curmudgeon, so we’ve devised this gift guide to spark some ideas and help you find that perfect gift. From optics to backyard setups to wearables, you’re sure to find something for that special birder in your life. We’ve ranked this list from most expensive to least expensive to help you decide how generous you feel like being.

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The 25 Best Gifts for Bird Watchers:

1. A Pair of birding binoculars

Celestron 71332 Nature DX 8x42 Binocular (Green)

Good binoculars are the cornerstone of any birding hobby. Birdwatchers can get up close and personal with this top-notch pair of roof prism binoculars. The 8×42 magnification is a nice mid-range strength for the most versatile conditions. It even comes with a sturdy carrying case to protect against inadvertent clumsiness.

2. Glass Window Panels

Chloe Lighting Kuno Tiffany-Glass Window Panel 21.5X13, Black, One Size

This light-catching Tiffany glass hanging panel is sure to brighten any window. It features nine bronze-framed birds portrayed in colorful glass and a sturdy hanging chain.

3. A Spotting Scope

Roxant Authentic Blackbird High Definition Spotting Scope with Zoom - Fully Multi Coated Optical Glass Lens + BAK4 Prism. Includes Tripod + Case + Lifetime Support

This tripod-mounted spotting scope is perfect for nature viewing and birding. With military-grade optics and fully coated lenses, your bird lover will get a hawk’s eye view of the skies and treetops. It’s compact enough to be easily portable, too.

4. An Outdoor WiFi Camera

WiFi Camera Outdoor, SV3C Surveillance CCTV, 720P HD Night Vision IP Cameras, Motion Detection Security

Camera, Remote View Waterproof Bullet Cameras for Indoor Outside, Support Max 128GB SD Card
For the tech-minded birder, this little high-def camera can be mounted next to a bird feeder or other wildlife area for a 24-hour view. It even has infrared for night viewing.

5. A Hummingbird Feeder

REZIPO Hummingbird Feeder with Perch - Hand Blown Glass - Blue - 38 Fluid Ounces Hummingbird Nectar Capacity Include Hanging Wires and Ant MoatThis beautiful blown glass feeder blows the standard old boring plastic feeders out of the water. It’s easy to clean with its wide mouth jar and cleaning brush, and easy to see when it empties. The hummingbirds will move mountains to get to this feeder.

6. The Messenger (movie)

The Messenger on Blu-Ray

This documentary on endangered songbirds is both harrowing and stunning. Once regarded as messengers from the gods, songbirds are vanishing across the globe, sending a new kind of message we can’t ignore. The bird lover in your life will appreciate this important message.

7. A Bird Bath

Pure Garden 50-LG1073 Antique Bird Bath-Weather Resistant Resin Birdbath with Vintage Scroll Design, 3 Ground Stakes for Garden, Outdoor Decor (Grey)
Drawing birds to the backyard requires some strategy, and water is a smart option. Birds will flock from miles around to a yard with food and water, and they’ll love this luxurious, fancy bath to dip their tail feathers in.

8. A Birdhouse

SuperMoss (56012) Maison Birdhouse with Chain, 11 by 12-Inch, Fresh Green

Bring the birds to your loved one with this gorgeous moss-covered birdhouse. The birds will love this natural-looking hanging home and will be building their nests and getting busy in no time. It’s durable, outdoor-tested, and comes with a chain for hanging.

9. Bird Coffee Mugs

Woodland Birds Ceramic Coffee Mugs (Set of 3)

Treat someone to a relaxing birdwatching evening on the back patio with these colorful, woodsy bird mugs. They’re made of ceramic with branch-shaped handles, and are ideal for a cuppa while watching the birds do their thing.

10. A Bird Clock

Mark Feldstein & Associates Audubon Singing Bird Clock, 13"

Bird fans love hearing bird song every hour, and this Audubon bird-themed clock won’t disappoint. With 12 different bird sounds and a light sensor to prevent late-night tweeting, it’s sure to bring a smile to your birder’s face.

11. A Bird Feeder

Pennington 100509194 Cedar Gazebo Bird Feeder, 3 LB Capacity

Your bird lover can feed their flapping friends in 360 degrees with this attractive cedar gazebo. It holds three pounds of birdseed to keep those little guys full and happy. It comes with a hanging cable to attach to a tree or a hook.

12. A Bird Book

Birds of the Photo Ark

This coffee table stunner is sure to spark conversation. It’s a 240-page tome filled with striking color photographs of birds from around the world, produced by National Geographic. This is a must-have for any bird lover.

13. National Geographic’s Field Guide to the Birds of North AmericaNational Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition

Celebrate bird nerds with this comprehensive guide to the bird species of North America. It’s filled with stunning hand-painted illustrations and plenty of info for the beginner or expert bird lover. This book is an ideal addition to any birder’s bookshelf.

14. A Funny Bird Shirt

Easily Distracted by Birds Shirt Bird Lover Birder Gifts

They know it’s true and so do you, and this shirt says it all. Now people can show their passion with pride with this colorful T-shirt, available in a variety of colors and sizes.

15. A LED Hummingbird Wind Chime

Topspeeder LED Solar Hummingbird Wind Chime, Changing Color Waterproof Six Hummingbird Wind Chimes

Light up the night with these multicolored solar hummingbird lights. Hang them somewhere sunny and enjoy them day or night. Your bird lover is sure to light up, too.

16. A Coaster Set

Set of 4 "Mixed Birds on Pink Flowers" Square Stone Coaster Set by Carson Home Accents

This box of four flowery stone coasters with brightly painted birds is sure to liven up any bird lover’s table. They’re made with a cork backing to help keep tabletops safe from scratching.

17. A Bird Jigsaw Puzzle

Vermont Christmas Company Backyard Birds Jigsaw Puzzle 1000 Piece

Keep your bird lover’s mind sharp with this colorful backyard bird-themed puzzle. It finishes at a whopping 30” x 24”, so they’ll need some space for this one. When they’re finished, maybe you can offer some philosophical advice about the interlocking nature of all things, not just puzzles.

18. A Decorative Serving Bowl

MyGift Decorative 2 Birds Garden Design Ceramic Green Serving Bowl/Jewelry Tray/Candy & Nut Dish

Why should the birds have all the fun? This birdbath-style candy and snack dish sports a pair of mischievous-looking birds perched on the rim. It’s a great addition to any table or desk.

19. A Binocular Harness Strap

Vortex Optics Binocular Harness Strap

When there’s just too much to carry, this binocular harness is a godsend. It wraps snugly around the shoulders to keep those binos easily accessible. It’s one-size-fits-all and fully adjustable.

20. Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife Book

National Wildlife Federation (R): Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife, Expanded SecondThere’s nothing more exciting to a birder than finding their favorite birds right in their backyard. This handy book will teach your birder how to build an environment that will optimize the presence of wildlife. They’ll need to keep a camera handy once they get started.

21. Bird Flashcards

Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards: 100 Common Birds of Eastern and Western North America (Sibley Birds)

This stack of beautifully illustrated cards features 50 Eastern and 50 Western North American species. Each card includes bonus information about the species and a regional map of where to find them. Does the bird lover in your life think they know it all? Now you can quiz them.

22. Bird Bingo

Bird Bingo

Nothing puts a spark in a birdwatching hobby like a little competition. Help someone get their game on with this illustrated bingo board, which includes little factoids about each bird. And hey, it’s educational, too.

23. A Bird Diary PlannerVintage Refillable Journal, MALEDEN Premium Leather Traveler Notebook Sketchbooks Classic Diary Planner with Blank Pages and Zipper Pocket (Bird)

Every birder needs a journal to document their findings and observations, or just to doodle in when they’re bored, and this Victorian-style notebook is a great option. It’s even ring bound, so users can add more pages to their heart’s content.

24. Salt & Pepper Bird Shakers

Blue Birds Attractives Salt Pepper Shaker Made of Ceramic

This little salt and pepper shaker set is nauseatingly adorable, but the bird enthusiast in your life is sure to flip over it. It’s made of ceramic and comes packaged in a gift box.

25. A Bird Call

Channel Craft Audubon Bird Call

It’s more polite than a catcall, and more likely to keep your birder happy. This little doodad imitates multiple sounds with a simple twist and fits easily into a pocket. Best of all, it was developed by the world-renowned bird experts at the Audubon company.

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We hope this list of bird-themed treats will make the bird lover in your life happy. This list goes on, but hopefully, you’ve at least found a bit of inspiration. Good luck hunting down that great gift.


About the Author Robert Sparks

Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.