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When it comes to gifts, we’re rather hard to buy for. But when recently asked for gift ideas, we found some great products that are, well, for the birds! So, if you have a bird enthusiast to buy for, you’re in the right place. Below, we’ll share ideas we love that make the best gifts for bird lovers!
And whether you’re shopping for a beginning birder or one with years of birdwatching experience, we’ve got just the thing! From quality binoculars and backyard feeders to excellent guides and books, we found the best gifts for bird lovers that fit any budget.
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What’s the best gift for your bird lover?
Before picking out any bird-related gift, consider how your recipient enjoys their hobby. Do they trek into the woods to spot rare species? Or are they more backyard birdwatchers that attract feathered friends at home? Maybe they already have everything they need but would still love unique garden decor or bird-themed gifts.
Best gifts for bird lovers
National Audubon Society Membership
A gift membership to the National Audubon Society helps protect birds and their habitats. But that’s not all! Your recipient will get a one-year subscription to Audubon magazine and access to local events.
A pair of quality binoculars is a must-have for any bird watcher. Avid birdwatchers often have more than one pair. Below are two different binoculars to suit different needs and budgets.
Nikon Prostaff 3S 10×42 Binoculars
This pair of binoculars are perfect for birding, with 10x magnification and 42-mm lenses. They provide crystal-clear viewing, even if you wear glasses. Also, they’re waterproof and fog proof, shock resistant, and comfortable to use. You can’t beat the price for the excellent quality!
Bushnell Powerview Compact Folding Roof Prism Binocular
Here’s a pair of binoculars they can easily take anywhere! They’re available in different magnifications and come with a case and strap. Plus, they fold down and are super compact! The price is right, too (ranging from around $20 to $50).
Gosky Piper Monocular Telescope with Smartphone Adapter
This portable, waterproof monocular is a fantastic way to get close views of birds. But it does more than that – it captures close-up images with a smartphone adapter! It has a 55 mm fully multi-coated lens, one-hand focus, and is sturdy and weather-proof.
Athlon Optics Talos 20-50×80 Spotting Scope
Here is an excellent spotting scope that’s meant to be outdoors – it’s waterproof, fog proof, and shock resistant! It has excellent lenses and clear viewing. Plus, it comes with a table-top tripod and case, everything they need for birdwatching!
Here’s a cute little bird bath for bird lovers who provide for their backyard feathered friends! The copper construction will stand up to the weather and get more beautiful as it ages. It can get used as a birdfeeder too.
Bird feeders are great gifts for bird lovers! But backyard squirrels are thieves at many bird feeders! This squirrel-proof feeder has spring-loaded ports that close if a squirrel is on the feeder (weight triggers the closure). It’s a great way to save on bird food and feed the birds, not the squirrels.
Squirrel & Raccoon Feeder Torpedo Baffle
The shape of this baffle keeps critters from climbing up the pole to the bird feeder. It effectively keeps squirrels off the feeder and is easy to install without tools.
This durable, cedar bluebird house is specially made to attract birds, according to National Audubon Society specs. It’s vented, has zinc-plated screws, and a convenient latch to open it and clean between uses. (You could also build your bird lover a house if inclined!)
Here’s a great gift for birdwatchers of all ages! It mounts to a window and holds bird food, giving birdwatchers an up-close view of birds year-round.
This is the perfect gift for bird lovers on your list who also loves engine-building board games! In this well-loved game, avian enthusiasts try to attract the best birds to their preserve. It has hundreds of beautiful bird cards and eggs. One to five players ages 14+.
Four Hook Bird Feeding Station (with 2 feeders)
Any backyard birder will love this feeding station with four separate hooks. It comes with a tube feeder, suet feeder, water bowl, and food tray. The pole is 91” tall and made of steel, with a long anchor to keep it in the ground.
Gifts for bird lovers under $25
Help them turn their ordinary bird bath into something more fun and unique! This solar-powered fountain comes with four spray heads and helps attract birds.
They’ll love carrying their binoculars without weight on their neck or shoulder. This sturdy, adjustable harness will free their hands while having their binoculars ready!
Hummingbird feeders need to be cleaned and refilled often. This little feeder makes it easy to do both. It’s dishwasher safe – and it’s super cute too!
If your bird enthusiast has a deck, they’ll enjoy this feeder that mounts onto the deck railing. It comes with a feeder tray and water tray and is easy to clean. Plus, it can double as a flower pot holder!
This simple yet beautiful feeder helps your bird enthusiast attract colorful Orioles. It has a place to hang oranges and two glass cups for berries or jelly.
Help them attract songbirds with this neat little time-tested device! The same design has been available for decades and works like a charm.
Give them a quality t-shirt that shows their love of birding! They’ll proudly wear their ‘bird nerd’ shirt everywhere they go. Available in several different colors, in youth and adult sizes.
Here’s another awesome t-shirt any bird lover will appreciate! This one comes in five colors and is available in adult and youth sizes.
This color-changing mug is the perfect gift for any bird fanatic. The birds are black when the cup is cold. And when it’s filled with a hot drink, black birds transform into colorful birds, including a Goldfinch, Robin, Sparrow, and more!
Books for any bird lover
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
They’ll adore the hand-painted illustrations in this field guide. But they’ll also appreciate the up-to-date information, like new species, images, and maps!
National Audubon Society’s Birds of North America
This comprehensive bird book will complement any birder’s collection and makes a great coffee table book! It’s filled with gorgeous photographs, facts, range maps, and conservation information.
National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America
The small size of this guide makes it ideal for taking along on birdwatching adventures! Despite its size, it’s full of colorful illustrations and facts to help identify bird species.
Sibley Birder’s Life List and Field Diary
Help your birder find and track birds they spot! This diary is perfect for taking along, checking off species, and recording sightings.
What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing
This beautifully illustrated book takes a compelling look into the world of birds! It has bird information you won’t find in other books and is full of fascinating and surprising facts.
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America
Here is a funny, lighthearted “field guide.” It takes an entertaining, sometimes educational, and often sarcastic look at birds. According to Amazon, this book has “facts about a bird’s (annoying) call, its (dumb) migratory pattern, its (downright tacky) markings, and more!”
Bird Trivia: Funny, Strange and Incredible Facts about North American Birds
This book is full of all the fun facts even the most avid birdwatchers will enjoy and share! Plus, it’s full of beautiful bird illustrations.
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