There are all kinds of bird enthusiasts out there: bird owners, bird photographers, bird watchers, those who love to feed backyard birds. Sometimes it can be tricky to decide what to get bird lovers for Christmas or a birthday. I’ve created this list of bird lover gift ideas guide you to lots of things for that avian enthusiast in your life (even if it’s yourself!). Many of the items below link to Amazon—and most are Prime Eligible—just click on them! Other bird gifts come from various sites like Etsy. Enjoy!
The Audubon partnered with Wild Republic to create this huge line of small adorable bird plushes. When each plush is squeezed a real bird call plays. These sounds were provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The line of Squishables plushes below the Audubon birds are HUGE bird plushes that are full of fluff and love and ready to hug. They are unbelievably large at 15″ in width, several feet in diameter.
These beautiful bird posters, with art from the famous Roger Peterson and other artists, look wonderful and are a handy to reference to see what bird you saw recently or as a companion to your backyard bird watching.
Backyard bird watching is a great way to see your neighborhood birds without having to travel far. Setting up a bird feeder is a great way to attract local birds to your yard. Hummingbird feeders are also a popular choice, but make sure you know how to maintain them to keep the birds healthy.
Finding birds is only half the challenge! Identifying them correctly is an essential skill to have for any birder. You can try using an app like Merlin or Birdsnap, but a nice field guide is a must have for any bird lover. Check out those books and find the perfect one for you. I’ve seen birders with all of these books, they are great! I have the first Sibley one, and a California-specific guide.
With a guide in hand, a handy pair of binoculars or a spotting scope is essential to see any bird up close and in great detail. The little details are what will help you correctly ID any mystery bird. Many birders carry cameras with them to take photographs of the beautiful birds they see. I personally shoot with a Canon Rebel T6i and a Canon 400mm Telephoto lens.