Your Birding Buds Will Love These 20 Clever Gifts for Birdwatchers
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OK, cat people and dog lovers, move along — this gift guide is for the birds. If you (or your closest pals) know the feeling of setting the alarm clock to an ungodly early hour on the weekend to lace up your duck boots for a birding adventure, or you can spend hours perched at your windows, spying on your bird feeder and watching the avian drama unfold all around, you too might be bonkers for birds.
This guide includes both fun and useful gift ideas for every bird lover in your flock.
There are so many ways here to show your love to your feathered friends, from fun backyard gadgets to quirky hats and sassy tees. Plus, some of these gift ideas also support organizations that promote environmental and social justice to protect natural habitats and keep birding a safe and fun activity for all.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your binoculars and start shopping these gifts for birdwatchers — whether for yourself or another avian obsessive in your life.
Binocular Harness Strap
The last thing that birdwatching should be is a pain in the neck, but that can, unfortunately, be the case if they're toting around a pair of heavy binoculars.
This binocular harness is a must-have gift for birdwatchers, so they won't have to call it quits in the field earlier than they'd like. It's designed to relocate the weight of the binoculars to their back instead of their neck. The straps are adjustable, so they can get the tension just right, and they're compatible with nearly all binocular styles.
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Wooden Bluebird House
We know there are a lot of cute birdhouse designs out there, but when it comes to giving backyard birds a place to build their nest, simple is best.
This red-cedar birdhouse welcomes small birds like bluebirds, chickadees, and wrens, but repels insects and rot. It includes mounting screws, so you can hang it from a tree or a post (which is recommended to keep it away from predators). Plus, the front latches are closed but the door easily hinges open, so you can clean out the inside once a year to help out next year's nesters.
Red Vintage Hummingbird Feeder
The only thing that makes sunny, warm weather even better is watching hummingbirds sip nectar from a backyard feeder while out in it. This best-selling, affordable feeder is quite eye-catching, even without birds buzzing all around it.
It comprises a vintage-style red glass bottle, a matte gold-colored base, and red flower-feeding ports. Fill it with homemade hummingbird nectar and remember to keep it clean — and you and the birds will be extremely happy!
Outdoor Solar Glass Birdbath
Here's something that'll bring all the birds to your yard — this solar-powered glass bird bath provides a shallow basin for birds to daintily drink from and splash around in (which is pretty much the cutest thing ever). It's a beautifully made, sturdy piece, and as long as it's placed on grass, it won't break if it topples.
We own this bird bath and love admiring the peacock print by day, and by night, its internal light glows to make the garden look truly enchanted.
Birds on a Wire Heat Changing Mug
Clever and cute, this gift for bird lovers helps them get through their morning wake-up call a little happier each day.
This fun mug from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild shows avian silhouettes on a wire when cold, but when filled with hot coffee (or kept on a mug warmer), it displays the birds' true colors.
What It's Like to Be a Bird by David Allen Sibley
To the casual observer, birds are a total enigma, which is why they're so fascinating to watch. David Allen Sibley's engaging 2020 book, What It's Like to Be a Bird helps us see things a little more clearly from a bird's-eye view. (Pun intended.)
Unlike Sibley's famous West and East birding guidebooks, this nontechnical read is great for enthusiasts of nearly all ages, as it focuses on the most common backyard birds and answers frequently asked questions about why birds do what they do. The best part? This book is detailed throughout with true-to-scale illustrations of almost all the birds included.
Loon Whiskey Rocks Glass
After a glass or two from this loon-emblazoned rocks glass, we're sure they'll be able to do a pitch-perfect Katharine Hepburn impersonation from On Golden Pond.
It's rare to find a gift for bird lovers and whiskey lovers, but this one fits the bill! (Pun also intended?) This 10.25-ounce glass is also dishwasher-safe.
A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World's Most Misunderstood Bird by Rosemary Mosco
If your avian enthusiast lives in a big city, they may bemoan the fact that the only birds they reliably see each day are pigeons. It's about time these ubiquitous birds got their due — they're a lot more interesting than you'd think!
Written and illustrated by Rosemary Mosco, A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching is chockful of fun facts and cute comics that'll make them see this resilient, urban-dwelling bird in a whole new way.
Chickadee Embroidered Hat
This adorable embroidered dad hat is a great gift option as they will wear it all the time! Offered in 25 colors, you can choose their favorite color. The seller has various styles of birds like this lovely robin hat, so you can opt for their personal fave bird!
Mismatched Bird Watching Socks
A pair of fun socks are one of our favorite go-to gift ideas, but if you're looking for a gift for birdwatchers, this may be the most perfect set you can get.
This intentionally mismatched pair of socks includes binoculars on one and birds (eastern bluebirds, perhaps?) on the other.
Birdwatching Bird Nerd Lover T-shirt
I'm sorry, were you saying something? A great blue heron just flew by, and I can think of absolutely nothing else right now.
If they have birds on the brain as much as we do, this gift for bird lovers is the one to get. This comfy cotton tee comes in seven different colors and a wide variety of sizes and styles, so you can get them for the whole fam.
Birdwatching Humor Coffee Mug
Yes, it's easy to feel like a peeping Tom when you have a pair of binoculars perched on nearly every windowsill in your home. But trust us, nothing that humans do is anywhere near as interesting as watching a wren fly in and out of its birdhouse with nest-building supplies.
This mug is a fantastic gift for birdwatchers with a twisted sense of humor about their favorite hobby.
32-Piece Bird Window Strike Prevention Stickers
Almost nothing is more awful than hearing (or seeing) a bird hit your window. This can happen when birds mistake the reflection of trees for a place to land — and it's also why you should keep your bird feeders away from your windows.
These frosted-white leaf decals look pretty, but they serve a practical purpose. If bird strikes are happening frequently, you can stick a few of these decals on your windows, which can help deter birds, letting them know the glass is there.
Reviewers note how effective they are in reducing the number of bird casualties — as one person says, “These sticker decals are significantly reducing bird strikes on my large living room picture windows. They are easy to apply and remove/move. And, they are beautiful and do not diminish the view from the windows.”
If you're looking for a gift for bird lovers that also gives back, this is a great one to consider. The Feminist Bird Club is a birding meetup group that focuses on education, accessibility, and social justice. The organization has chapters in numerous locations including NYC, Boston, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, San Francisco, Houston, and the greater Washington D.C. area, with plenty of virtual talks for people anywhere to attend.
Each year, the FBC puts out a new patch with proceeds going to a different cause that centers on environmental sustainability. The 2022 patch, designed by illustrator Nayl Gonzalez, is detailed with a female kingfisher and benefits the Native-run organization Honor the Earth.
Squirrel Buster Plus Green Tube Bird Feeder
If you know someone with a serious squirrel situation on their hands, the best gift for bird lovers you can get is this max-security bird feeder.
The Squirrel Buster Plus Green Tube Bird Feeder is equipped with multiple metal perches for small birds like cardinals, nuthatches, and chickadees. And if a squirrel tries to land on it, its weight will close up the feeder and the seed inside.
Although this unit is relatively small, it's chew-proof and also allows plenty of ventilation so that the seed stays fresh. Even better, the brand backs this feeder with a lifetime warranty, should any defects occur.
Birdfy Smart AI Bird Feeder Camera
Take their backyard birdwatching to a whole new level with the Netvue Birdfy Smart AI Bird Feeder Camera. Essentially, it is a plastic bird feeder with a solar-powered camera attached that records activity and can even identify the birds with AI!
Built for all-weather enjoyment, all you need to do is mount the feeder, fill it with seed, and link the device over Wi-Fi to the Netvue app. As soon as your feathered friends start visiting, the device will capture video and sound and store everything temporarily in the app.
Already own a bird feeder? You can buy just the camera instead!
North American Bird Call Set
You know you've reached a whole other level of avian obsession when you can start noticing the changes in bird calls throughout the seasons. Ever try talking back to them? This quirky bird call set lets you do just that.
These handmade, wooden bird calls let you imitate robins, chickadees, and mallards just by blowing into them, helping you and your loved ones learn just a few of the many languages of the natural world. We especially love that the creator, Francois Morel, began making these devices “to speak with birds, not hunt them.”
Fowl Language Mug
You know you've become a Serious Birder the day you can say "tufted titmouse" with a straight face. This porcelain mug is a gift for bird lovers that pays homage to those perfectly innocent birds with some borderline NSFW names.
Oh, and there's a funny surprise inside the mug, as well (click through to see!).
Backyard Birds Bumper Sticker
Whether this bumper sticker is going on their car or their laptop, this gift for bird lovers speaks loud and clear.
It comes from Bird Collective, an online apparel and accessories marketplace that works with various environmental organizations and advocacy groups to raise money for causes that help restore and protect bird habitats all over North America.
MorTime LED Solar Hummingbird Wind Chime, 25" Mobile Hanging Wind Chime for Home Garden Decoration, Automatic Light Changing Color(Hummingbird)
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