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5 Gift Ideas for the Bird Lover in Your Life

The Holidays are around the corner and you're in luck! Bird Lovers are easy to shop for! There's never a shortage of products, memberships, books, or gear that birders will love!

The Holidays are around the corner and you’re in luck! Bird Lovers are easy to shop for! There’s never a shortage of products, memberships, books, or gear that birders will love!

Price points matter, so in this gift guide for the bird lover in your life, I’ll present several different options at varying price points from inexpensive to pretty expensive — $ to $$$$.

Any of these gifts can given individually, or combined! Here we go!

1. Bird Feeder $

There are several different types of bird feeders, for more information on different types of feeders, what to put in them, and where to hang them *visit this post*. Here are a few different types of feeders that you can buy for the bird lover in your life:

Suet feeders

Suet is very compact and easy to use, especially if you don’t have a lot of storage area in your home, or if you don’t like the mess of some bird seed mixes. The feeders below are all good options for feeding wild birds suet cake.

Suet cake is place in a suet feeder which typically looks like this:


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This is a suet feeder with a tail prop for woodpeckers.


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This is a suet feeder that holds two suet cakes.


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Tube feeders

Tube feeders are probably the most common type of bird feeder. Like suet feeders, there are many different kinds of tube feeders. All of these tube feeders below are good options.


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Platform/tray feeders

Platform, or tray feeders, will attract a lot of different birds too. The feeder is just that, a platform where the birds can land, enjoy a snack, and depart.


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A feeding station is also a good gift to pair with a bird feeder:


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2. Binoculars $$$

I have had a few different kinds of binoculars over the years and I hardly used them until a birding friend recommended Nikon’s Monarch 5 8 X 42. What a difference a decent pair of binoculars makes!



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Check this binoculars guide from Audubon.

3. Field Guide $$


Sibley’s Birding Basics
Age Group: Adult
Author: David Allen Sibley
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Summary: Sibley’s Birding Basics is a comprehensive guide for budding birders. To more experienced birders, some of the information might seem obvious, but there is plenty of information still for even the most experienced. Sibley’s Birding Basics is informative, easy to read, thorough, and makes for a great introduction or reference.


Peterson Field Guides: The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America
Age Group: All
Author: Bill Thompson III
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Summary: This is an excellent guide for birders of all ages. The title states “young”, but I consider this to be a useful beginner’s guide. The guide provides clear photographs for help with identifying field marks and the “Wow” sections on each species page contain interesting tidbits of information. It also provides an easy checklist for birders at the bottom of each page.

4. Memberships and Subscriptions $$$

There are many, many, many different types of memberships and/or subscriptions to purchase for the bird lover in your life. Here are just a few:


$ Wild Birds Unlimited: offers a membership club called the Daily Savings Club. Let me tell you — it’s worth it. I should have become a member sooner. You receive discounts regularly and WBU also do give aways. It’s always nice to try a new product for free!

$ Magazines

Birdwatching: is a bi-monthly publication offered in print or via kindle.

Birding: is a publication that you receive when you join the American Birding Association (ABA). Joining the ABA is a great way to be in touch with birders from all over the U.S. and a good way to keep up-to-date with birding trends.

Birds and Blooms: is not just a magazine, but a full-service website for backyard birding. It’s a good resource for the budding birder as well as that experienced birder.

5. A Starter DSLR $$$$($)

Is the birder in your life ready to take the plunge into the world of bird photography? Many birders are photographers, but not all birders are photographers. Photographing birds can be incredibly helpful when it comes to identifying birds and reporting rare birds to eBird. It has helped me confirm sightings of rarely seen willets, properly ID juvenile indigo buntings, provide photographs for this blog, document conservation efforts, and more.

I have never shot with a Nikon DSLR (I did use a Konica Minolta DSLR back in 2005 and a sony point and shoot for a while in 2007), so I can only recommend what I know — Canon.


I started out with a Canon kit similar to this one (not as robust though):

The great thing about starting with a kit is that gives the new photographer room to explore and find their niche. I used a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 for about a year before purchasing the Canon 7D Mark II. Having a starter kit helped me figure the kind of photographer I wanted to become and which gear would be best for my purposes. Learning the different settings on a DSLR was easier on a starter Canon EOS Rebel because the screen is touch screen — virtually frustration-free. I think it’s worth mentioning that I still use my starter body and lenses.

This is the Nikon equivalent of the Canon kit above:

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