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Birdwatching Gifts For Bird Lovers (That They Will Love)

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Gifts for bird lovers are easy to come by but difficult to choose. Do you know someone who feeds birds and loves to watch them? We bet you do! Millions of people in the USA and Canada feed and watch birds. Some folks even travel to the other side of the world just to watch birds!

So what to fight them? It’s easy to find bird-related gifts for bird lovers, but which ones are best? What do bird lovers want the most?

See this article to learn how to choose the best gifts for birders, along with 26 perfect gift ideas!


How Do You Choose A Gift For A Bird Lover?

Every bird lover loves birding-related gifts. However, as with any hobby, some gifts are better than others. To find the perfect Christmas present or a birthday gift for a bird lover, there’s one thing to keep in mind before anything else. Always remember that they know much more about birding and birds than you do.

If you buy them any old bird-related gift, sure, they’ll appreciate it, but not as much as other, more “accurate” items.

To truly reach a birder’s heart, you need to show that you understand the importance of their hobby. Show them that “you get it”.

For example, birders who travel or are very serious about watching birds absolutely love gear that helps them see more birds. Such items can take the form of everything from optics to a good birding hat, the right backpack, and much more.

All sorts of bird lovers enjoy bird-adorned apparel, especially if it shows actual, identifiable birds. Shirts, hats, and other items that state their love for birds are another hit.

They also adore field guides and other resources that help them learn more about birds. You can’t go wrong with birding-related games, and other birding-related books are good too, especially fiction and non-fiction written by birders.


Best Gifts For Bird Lovers

Backyard Birds of North America Puzzle

Bird Puzzle for Adults 1000 Pieces and Up, Backyard Birding Puzzle Collects 47 Backyard Birds of North America, Birds Theme Jigsaw Puzzles as Bird Lover Gifts

Jigsaw puzzles make for a fun and easy gift. Perfect to relax on quiet afternoons and occupy the mind, they are also ideal for sharing with someone special. Birder couples will love this  27.5 by 19.7 inch jigsaw puzzle!

It shows nice illustrations of 47 of the most commonly seen North American birds, including species like the Yellow Warbler and the Common Grackle.

To learn these birds, it also comes with a poster for reference. When a bird lover completes the puzzle, they can also frame it and turn it into beautiful bird décor.

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Birds on a Wire Heat Changing Mug

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Birds on a Wire Heat Transforming Color Changing Mug - Add Coffee to Reveal 18 Colorful Wild Birds, Comes in a Fun Box, 12 oz

Everyone loves a quirky mug! Bird lovers are no exception especially when the mug shows a beautiful bird or two.

This fun mug makes a great little gift for anyone who enjoys birds, especially veteran coffee drinkers. Even non-birders will like it!

Of course, it will also work for tea, hot chocolate, or other hot drinks. When cool, the mug shows 18 silhouettes of birds perched on a wire.

Pour in hot liquid, and they show their true colors! While enjoying a steaming cup of coffee, the lucky recipient of this mug will also enjoy pictures of common backyard birds like the American Goldfinch. Even better, familiar birds share space with a treeswift and other exotic colorful species from Africa and Asia.

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Wingspan (Base Game) | A Relaxing, Award-Winning Strategy Board Game About Birds from Stonemaier for Adults and Family | 1-5 Players, 70 Mins, Ages 14+

Board games are another good gift idea. But are there board games for birders? You bet!

Wingspan has become a favorite for thousands of bird lovers! Anyone who likes birds and board games will love it, probably non-birders too! Like other board games, players pick cards and have to formulate strategies to win.

While playing, you can “lay eggs” and have fun with friends and family while learning all about birds. It makes for an educational and unique gift. Just make sure that your bird lover doesn’t already have it!

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Bird Lover T-Shirt

Cool Bird Lover Birdwatching Present Birdwatcher Birder Gift T-Shirt

A fun tee-shirt is an easy and popular way of showing what you like. Wear the right tee-shirt, and it can also show who you are.

For bird lovers, birding is a central and essential part of their lives. It’s why birders adore clothing that displays pride for their hobby, and why they’ll love this tee-shirt!

As soon as they put it on, there won’t be any question; this person is really into birds!

With its clear and bold statement, this tee-shirt is a good choice for bird lovers who keep a bird list and go on dedicated bird walks. It’s also good for folks who have a sense of humor and love to make other people smile.

It comes in several colors, shows recognizable species, and is a fun gift for birders of all ages.

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Multicolor Owls on a Wire High Stained Glass Suncatcher Panel

Multicolor Owls on a Wire High Stained Glass Suncatcher Panel, Bird Suncatcher for Windows Doors Room Home Decoration Hummingbird Ornamentand Gifts for Bird Lovers

Everyone loves cute décor! Bird lovers are no exception, but they really appreciate décor that shows birds. Most birders have at least some décor showing hummingbirds or other species but how many have an upside-down owl?

This fun bird décor is 6.8 by 5.3 inches, hangs from a 9-inch chain, and is a simple way to lend a touch of cute bird humor and beauty to any room. Birders will love to greet guests with this colorful stained glass showing two small owls looking at another owl hanging upside down.

Although they don’t show real, recognizable owl species, anyone who likes cute owl décor will like these little guys!

This décor is best when hung in front of window, but it can also work anywhere in a home.

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12×42 Binoculars for Bird Watching

Adorrgon 12x42 HD Binoculars for Adults High Powered with Phone Adapter, Tripod and Tripod Adapter - Large View Binoculars with Clear Low Light Vision - Binoculars for Bird Watching Cruise Travel

Binoculars are a bird lover’s tool of the trade. They are necessary, and there are all sorts of optics to choose from, but which are best?

To be honest, these particular binoculars might not be the best gift for a serious birder. However, that’s mostly because they probably already have their own, favorite binoculars.

See more options: Best binoculars for bird watching

With their strong magnification, these optics are a better choice for casual bird lovers who have a deck or other viewing point. They’ll love to use them to scan for birds and other wildlife on water and open habitats like meadows and grasslands.

They’ll also enjoy using them to take pictures with their phone. This gift comes with a small tripod and phone adaptor!

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Dean Crouser Watercolor Mug Selection

Dean Crouser Bluebird Watercolor Blue On White 16 Ounce Glossy Stoneware Mug With Handle

Many of us begin the day with a hot drink, bird lovers included. This quality stoneware mug holds 16 ounces of coffee, tea, or other beverage. Even better, it is decorated with beautiful impressionistic watercolor artwork.

Does your bird lover have bluebird boxes? They will really like the Eastern Bluebird-themed mug! Other mugs in this collection show similar artwork of hummingbirds, a wolf, and other animals. They make an easy gift for all sorts of bird lovers.

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yosager Premium Bird Feeding Station Kit

yosager Premium Bird Feeding Station Kit, 77' x 19' Bird Feeder Pole, Deluxe Multi Feeder Hanging Kit with Metal Suet and Bird Bath for Wild Birds Watching, Birdfeeder and Planter Hanger

A feeding station can be a fantastic gift for a bird lover. It provides an abundance of photo opportunities while helping them support the animals they love.

They’ll love this all in one, 6.4 feet feeding station! They can hang four feeders from the metal pole or even use it for small potted plants. The metal suet cage, water tray (that can be used as birdbaths), and open feeding tray will also make it simple to admire woodpeckers, nuthatches, cardinals, and lots of other birds!

This gift is a good option for bird lovers just getting started with feeding birds or folks who could use an additional setup.

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Laurence King Bird Bingo

Laurence King Bird Bingo

Bingo is one of the easiest games to play. Bird bingo is even easier! It’s also a fun way to learn about birds. This bird bingo game features common familiar birds and lots of colorful bird species from different parts of the globe.

This bird lover gift is an especially fun and easy one for families with young children. Bird lover grandparents will enjoy playing this game with their grandchildren while also teaching them about birds.

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Sorry I’m Late I Saw A Bird T-Shirt

Sorry I'M Late I Saw A Bird Cute Bird Lover Birding T-Shirt

Tee-shirts are a very good gift. However, you don’t want to give someone a blank shirt. Give them a shirt emblazoned with a picture or phrase related to something they love and they’ll cherish that shirt for life.

Bird lovers will be more than happy to wear this tee-shirt! It perfectly expresses what so many birders feel: birds take precedence most of the time. If they show up late to a family reunion, dentist appointment, or anything else, this shirt says it all.

This shirt also shows four lovely birds that would stop any birder in their tracks: a Hooded Warbler, a kingfisher, a Paradise Flycatcher, and a Bluethroat! Bird lovers of all ages will be proud to showcase their beauty!

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Gosky Titan 12X50 Monocular Telescope with Smartphone Holder

Gosky Titan 12X50 Monocular Telescope with Smartphone Holder - Waterproof Fog-Proof Shockproof Scope BAK-4 Prism FMC for Bird Watching Hunting Camping Traveling Wildlife Scenery

Telescopes and binoculars are a vital part of birding. Without them, we just can’t see much!

However, the size and weight of some telescopes can make them challenging to use, especially for travel. This miniature telescope provides a solution by way of its small size and magnification.

This monocular is easy to use, waterproof, fogproof, and has nice optics. It also has a 12 times magnification (higher than most binoculars), and weighs less than a lot of cameras and telescopes.

Even better, it comes with a smartphone holder! Get this monocular for bird lovers into technology, or if they are going on a trip and like to take pictures with their camera.

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Boma Jewelry Sterling Silver Bird Necklace, 16 inches

Boma Jewelry Sterling Silver Bird Necklace, 16 inches

Bird lovers also love to get bird-related jewelry!

The Boma Sterling Silver Bird Necklace lets birders express their love for birds with a simple yet elegant style. This 18-inch necklace is made of recycled sterling silver and features a pretty bird motif. This bird design is also available in several different colors.

This necklace is a great gift idea for all sorts of women bird lovers. They’ll love that this classy bird necklace is suitable for a dinner date, party, and the workplace.

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What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing–What Birds Are Doing, and Why

What It's Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing--What Birds Are Doing, and Why (Sibley Guides)

Bird lovers aren’t just watching birds. They are also wondering what it’s like to be a bird and why birds do the things they do! What’s it like to fly? To make nests, care for young, and sing from treetops on cool, misty forested mornings?

Related: Birds & books – the best knowledge sources

It’s why bird lovers also love books, especially ones like this treasure! Whether just getting started or having travelled to watch Himalayan Monals and King Penguins, this book is perfect for every bird lover.

David Allen Sibley, one of the most famous modern birders, wrote this book to share insight into common birds we watch, and many more we would love to see. Inside, bird lovers will find 240 pages with in-depth answers that explain why birds do what they do.

From flying to nesting, singing, and lots more, Sibley tells all in this excellent read!

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Sibley Backyard Birding Puzzle

Sibley Backyard Birding Puzzle: 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle with Portraits of Favorite North American Birds : Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults (Sibley Birds)

David Sibley has done more than illustrate field guides. Among other things, he has also made this cool puzzle for bird lovers!

This 20 by 27 inch, 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle shows around 50 beautiful birds. Each piece is accurately and beautifully painted by Sibley and is depicted in proportion to each other. In other words, this puzzle shows how much bigger an eagle is than a goldfinch.

Any bird lover who enjoys puzzles will also love this gift.

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Celestron – Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars

Celestron – Nature DX 8x42 Binoculars – Outdoor and Birding Binocular – Fully Multi-Coated with BaK-4 Prisms – Rubber Armored – Fog & Waterproof Binoculars – Top Pick Optics

A good pair of binoculars is a bird lover’s must-have. We aren’t talking about small, cheap travel binoculars, either. Folks who are serious about watching birds really need sturdy optics with enough magnification and a bright image.

Know a bird lover who needs binoculars? These Celestrons really fit the bill! They act as a fantastic gift for any birder just getting started or for birders who could use an upgrade to quality optics.

They are also perfect for any birder that does not have a second, back-up pair of binoculars.

In the past, binoculars like these would have cost hundreds of dollars. No more! Despite being waterproof, fogproof, and made with high-quality, light-gathering glass, these Celestron binoculars are quite affordable, and come with a few extra gadgets. They also have rubber armor and will work great in any birding situation.

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Boobies Coffee Mug

SUUURA-OO Funny Nice Boobies Coffee Mug, Funny Blue Footed Booby Bird Mug Gifts for Her Women Bird Lovers, Novelty Fowl Language Bird Watching Mug Funny Gift for Women Friends Sister Lovers-40

Wouldn’t it be nice to have something that showed all the boobies in the world? Whether Nazca, Masked, or Peruvian, this great little mug shows these and other bird species!

Yes, we’re talking about birds, “Sulids,” to be exact. Bird lovers with a sense of humor will love this gift, especially because it shows all seven of the world’s booby species. Each one was carefully and accurately painted on the mug, right next to its name.

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Nature Anywhere Premium Clear Plastic Window Bird Feeder

Nature Anywhere Transparent Acrylic Window Bird Feeders for Outdoors - Enhanced Suction Grip, Bird Watching for Cats, Easy-to-Clean, Outdoor Birdhouse Feeder

Most birders love to feed birds. However, not every birder has a garden!

Fortunately, this bird feeder makes it possible to feed and watch birds even if someone lives in a small apartment.

Easy to install and maintain, this clear, 10 by 10 inch feeder is a great way to watch birds in urban places. It also makes it possible to watch birds at close range, just on the other side of the window! Get this easy feeder for birders who don’t have a backyard.

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Or see Best Window-Mounted Bird Feeders


Bird Trivia: Funny, Strange and Incredible Facts about North American Birds

Bird Trivia: Funny, Strange and Incredible Facts about North American Birds

Birders love trivia about birds. It might seem odd, but some really are thinking about birds most of the time!

Related: Funny bird names that make you take another look

They’ll enjoy this fun 82-page book that answers all sorts of questions about birds. Inside, author and birder Stan Tekiela combines beautiful bird photos with an abundance of avian trivia.

Although it might be better suited for beginning birders and even non-birders, most bird lovers will appreciate it.

This little book also makes a great gift for young people interested in birds.

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Huray Rayho Birds On A Branch Stained Glass Ornament

Huray Rayho Birds On A Branch Stained Glass Ornament, 9.5''x6.7'' Cardinal Hummingbird Suncatcher Hand-Painted Double Side Glass Panel Window Hanging Decor Bird Lover Gift for Mom, Grandma, Teacher

Bird lovers love bird décor, especially pieces like this beautiful stained glass item! This 9.5 by 6.7 inch ornament lends a pretty touch to any home and will be much appreciated by bird lovers.

Whether they hang it in a front window or use it to brighten up the kitchen, they’ll be reminded of their love for birds.

While some of the birds are stylized, we can still recognize a cardinal and what looks like a probable Blue Jay. It might not be entirely accurate, but this stained glass piece still makes for positive and pretty, bird-related décor.

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Smart Bird Watcher Camera with Solar Panel

Bocoa Bird Feeder with Camera-Smart Bird Watcher Camera with Solar Pannel, Auto Capture Bird Videos-AI Intelligent Recognition Birds Spieces-Wireless Camera Bird Watching Gifts for Family, WNBO-01

Bird feeders are always fun. However, a camera on a feeder is some serious, next-level birding excitement!

Bird lovers looking for a different feeder will really like this gift. This feeder does more than give local birds much-wanted seeds.

See more options: Best bird feeders with a camera

It also has a smart camera that takes pictures and videos! Those videos and images can be stored in the cloud and even shared live. Even better, this feeder has solar panels, and the camera has recognition software to identify their little feathered friends.

All that tech makes this unique item a fantastic gift for every bird lover.

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Maison d’ Hermine Tote Bag

Maison d' Hermine Tote Bag 100% Cotton Reusable Grocery Bag for Work Beach Travel Shopping Lunch Perfect for Gifts Men Women (Birdies On Wire)

Reusable shopping bags are essential for reducing waste and plastic. Why not use a pretty bag that shows what you love?

This reusable shopping bag is one of the easiest suitable gifts for a bird lover. When they go grocery shopping, it also helps them demonstrate their love for birds and the environment.

Made of cotton, they can also use it for trips to the beach, carrying lunch on birding trips, carrying their field guide and journal, and other purposes. Best of all, it shows several colorful bird species. Although they might look stylized, the fancy birds on this bag actually exist!

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The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

A lot of bird lovers love to read a good book, especially when it talks about birds. Birders who love to read thought-provoking information about everything avian will love this publication!

This is one of the most unique bird books that has ever been written. Author Noah Stryker explores many aspects of birds and does a beautiful job showing how they relate to people. His comparisons also show how birds commonly surpass the actions and capabilities of humans.

Give this book to anyone who likes to read and is interested in birds. Bird lovers won’t be able to put it down!

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Jigfoxy Nice Tits Bird Mug

Jigfoxy Nice Tits Bird Mug, Funny Bird Coffee Mug, Bird Gifts for Bird Lovers Women, Bird Watching Gifts, Birthday Christmas Gifts for Women Men(11 Oz)

Coffee mugs make excellent humorous gifts. What’s not to like about a gift that brings smiles to the workplace while providing you with much-needed coffee? If the mug seems a bit too controversial for the office, no problem! You can still laugh over coffee in the privacy of your home.

When folks see this mug, they’ll do a double-take! But really, it’s all about the birds. In Europe, chickadee species are known as “tits,” and this mug shows seven of them. Give this unique mug to bird lovers with a good sense of humor; they’ll adore it!

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Cardinal Round Jewelry Dish

Cardinal Round Jewelry Dish Bracelet Red Bird Bangle Trinket Tray Ceramic Ring Dish Jewelry Holder Cardinals Appear When Angels Are Near Memorial Sympathy Christmas Gift for Mom Grandma Bird Lover

Bird lovers enjoy any gift that shows birds, but they really love cardinals!

Combine cardinals with a jewelry dish, and you have an excellent little gift for women birders!

Even better, this item is two gifts in one. In addition to a round, 5.1-inch ceramic jewelry dish, it also comes with a lovely little cardinal bracelet.

The dish is adorned with a couple of male cardinals next to an inspirational phrase and is perfect for holding the bracelet. Any bird lover with jewelry will appreciate it, especially folks who love bird feeders. Most of all, it’s a perfect gift for a child to give to their grandmother.

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Gifts For Bird Lovers – Frequently Asked Questions

What to get someone who loves bird watching?

Bird lovers love gifts designed for birders. Such gifts can be accurate bird decor, bird books, bird-related accessories, and birding gear.

How do you pick a meaningful gift for a bird lover?

To pick a meaningful gift for a bird lover, get them something that truly helps them learn about and watch birds. Other meaningful gifts for bird lovers include t-shirts with birding phrases and other apparel that showcases their hobby.

What makes the perfect gift?

The perfect gift is one that reaches a person’s heart. It’s a gift that shows that you have taken their feelings and desires into account.

About the Author

Patrick O'Donnell

Patrick O'Donnell has been focused on all things avian since the age of 7. Since then, he has helped with ornithological field work in the USA and Peru, and has guided many birding tours, especially in Costa Rica. He develops birding apps for BirdingFieldGuides and loves to write about birds, especially in his adopted country of Costa Rica.

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