23 Best Gifts for Bird Lovers: Practical and Creative Ideas

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Birders use a lot of gear and gadgets, but it all might be a little mystifying to an outsider.

What can you give a birder that they’ll actually enjoy or get some use out of?

We’re here to break down gift ideas that both beginner and experienced birders will appreciate, as well as a few fun extras they’ll enjoy.

We’ll also cover the most frequently asked questions about birding gear, and all the equipment a birder needs to get out in the field.

So, let’s dive in and find that perfect gift for the birder in your life! And yes, it’s totally ok if you’re the birder in your life! Feel free to use this list to provide some helpful hints to your loved ones.

Product Name
Top Pick
Celestron Trailseeker 8x42 Binoculars
Classic Choice
The Sibley Birder's Life List and Field Diary
Budget Friendly
HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag
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Celestron – TrailSeeker 8x42 Binoculars – Fully Multi-Coated Optics – Binoculars for Adults – Phase and Dielectric Coated BaK-4 Prisms – Waterproof & Fogproof – Rubber Armored – 6.5 Feet Close Focus
The Sibley Birder's Life List and Field Diary (Sibley Birds)
HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag for Women Men, Roll Top Lightweight Dry Storage Bag Backpack with Phone Case for Travel, Swimming, Boating, Kayaking, Camping and Beach, Transparent Blue 5L
Customer Rating
Magnification
Magnification: 8x
923 species found in the USA
Color: Blue
Objective Lens Diameter
Objective Lens Diameter: 42 Millimeters
Best-selling Guide
Material: PVC
Field of View
Eye Relief: 17 Millimeters
Complete checklist included
Style: Backpack,travel
Weight
Material: Rubber
Suitable for all experience levels
Closure Type: Buckle
Top Pick
Product Name
Celestron Trailseeker 8x42 Binoculars
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Celestron – TrailSeeker 8x42 Binoculars – Fully Multi-Coated Optics – Binoculars for Adults – Phase and Dielectric Coated BaK-4 Prisms – Waterproof & Fogproof – Rubber Armored – 6.5 Feet Close Focus
Customer Rating
Magnification
Magnification: 8x
Objective Lens Diameter
Objective Lens Diameter: 42 Millimeters
Field of View
Eye Relief: 17 Millimeters
Weight
Material: Rubber
Classic Choice
Product Name
The Sibley Birder's Life List and Field Diary
Image
The Sibley Birder's Life List and Field Diary (Sibley Birds)
Customer Rating
Magnification
923 species found in the USA
Objective Lens Diameter
Best-selling Guide
Field of View
Complete checklist included
Weight
Suitable for all experience levels
Budget Friendly
Product Name
HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag
Image
HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag for Women Men, Roll Top Lightweight Dry Storage Bag Backpack with Phone Case for Travel, Swimming, Boating, Kayaking, Camping and Beach, Transparent Blue 5L
Customer Rating
Magnification
Color: Blue
Objective Lens Diameter
Material: PVC
Field of View
Style: Backpack,travel
Weight
Closure Type: Buckle

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Gifts for Birders

The Sibley Birder’s Life List and Field Diary

The Sibley Birder's Life List and Field Diary (Sibley Birds)
  • Sibley, David Allen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 03/14/2017 (Publication Date) - Clarkson Potter (Publisher)

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For the bird fan who wants a physical record of their lifelong bird sightings, this diary includes entries for all 923 bird species found in the US and Canada, as well as space for creating your personalized life list.

Species are organized by families, and each entry has space for a date, location, and field notes. This portable and sturdy journal will hold up as a field companion for years to come.

Feemic Monocular Telescope 8×42

Monocular Telescope High Power 8x42 Monoculars Scope Compact Portable Waterproof Fogproof Shockproof with Hand Strap for Adults Kids Bird Watching Hunting Camping Hiking Travling Wildlife Secenery
  • 【WIDE-ANGLE AND HD VIEW】High quality precision design featuring all glass high end optics, (FMC Superior BAK-4 Green Film...
  • 【LIFE-WATERPROOF, FOGPROOF, DUST-PROOF, SHOCKPROOF】Nitrogen-filled waterproof, This monocular built in lens dust cover can...
  • 【High Quality】The 8x42 monocular is made of high quality material. Large BAK-4 Prism and FMC Fully Multi-coated Lens Elements...

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An 8×42 monocular gives you a great field of view that doesn’t require you to have the steady hands of a surgeon.

This affordable model is fog proof, waterproof, and shockproof, with a comfortable hand strap and carrying case. It’s durable, lightweight, and just the thing for when binoculars are too bulky.

Bell Shaped Bird Seed Mix

4-Pack of Mr. Bird All Season Fruit & Nut Wild Bird Seed Bell 14 oz.
  • ✅ 4-PACK
  • ✅ BIRDS LOVE IT! A delectable feast for an amazing variety of wild birds: Cardinals, Bluebirds, Finches, Chickadees, Woodpeckers...
  • ✅ HEALTHY DIET FOR FEATHERED FRIENDS! Safflower, pecans, peanuts, sunflower hearts, black oil sunflower, golden raisins, papaya,...

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This adorable, bell-shaped fruit & nut bird seed mix is a perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves watching birds visit their back yard.

Sure, it won’t last forever but it’s something ornamental that they probably wouldn’t buy themselves that’s going to look cute when they hang it up and still be practical.

Gosky Piper Monocular Telescope

Gosky Piper Monocular Telescope, 12x55 HD Monocular for Adult with BAK4 Prism & FMC Lens, Lightweight Monocular with Smartphone Adapter Suitable for Bird Watching Hunting Wildlife Hiking Traveling
  • 12× Magnification & 55mm Objective Lens: This Gosky monocular is equipped with 12×55 high power magnification, which is the best...
  • Premium FMC Lens & BAK-4 Prism: The HD monocular telescope uses 18mm BAK-4 optics prism and FMC (Fully Multi-Coating) lens, which...
  • Lightweight Monocular & IPX7 Waterproof: The comfortable and portable hand strap could prevent the lightweight monocular scope...

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This 12×55 monocular requires a steady hand but repays you with stunning distance views.

It comes with a smartphone adapter that allows you to take photos through the monocular, so you can get the birds ready for their close-up!

Waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof, this monocular has an adjustable turn-up eyepiece for a comfortable viewing experience.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens | Built-in Wi-Fi | 24.1 MP CMOS Sensor | DIGIC 4+ Image Processor and Full HD Videos
  • 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with is 100–6400 (H: 12800)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology
  • 9-Point AF system and AI Servo AF

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When a birder is ready to go beyond smartphone photography, the Canon EOS Rebel is a great entry-level camera that offers a lot of quality in an affordable package.

It has a 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, fast autofocus, and built-in wireless connectivity, making it easy to share images and videos. Once you’ve built confidence in your photography skills, you can upgrade with specialty lenses.

Teton Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack

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TETON Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack with Free 2-Liter Water Bladder; The Perfect Backpack for Hiking, Running, Cycling, or Commuting
  • RUGGED AND READY: Built with TETON innovation, this outdoor favorite is made with durable ripstop construction for lasting...
  • IT’S ACTUALLY AMBIDEXTROUS: No more being forced to reach across to your other shoulder because the Oasis features hydration...
  • SIMPLICITY AND EASE: The front-zip pockets offer easy access for grab-and-go while you’re out-and-about

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Combining a hydration pack and backpack into one, this daypack will stow both your birding gear and a 2-liter water bladder. The water bladder has an extra-wide opening for ice that also makes it easy to clean.

This pack has got plenty of pockets and ties for keeping everything organized, and it’s made from lightweight and durable ripstop.

There are a variety of color choices whether you want to blend in with the landscape or gift your birder their favorite color.

KanPas Wrist Compass

Diving Sighting Wrist Compass for Outdoor Orienteering Mountaineering Hiking
  • With Luminous Display and Aiming Observation Window
  • Waterproof (60 meters underwater) and Shockproof
  • Comfortable to wear

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Finding your way is a must on longer hikes. A handy wrist strap keeps this compass close while you’re juggling birding equipment.

Waterproof and shockproof, this ideal gift is designed to hold up to the elements and glows in the dark for night use.

This compass includes a sighting window and sits on a comfortable-to-wear elastic wristband.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness, 1 Pack, Blue
  • Removes bacteria & parasites: The microfiltration membrane removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria (including E. coli and...
  • Removes microplastics: Removes the smallest microplastics found in the environment (down to 1 micron), and reduces turbidity down...
  • Rigorous Testing: All claims are verified with laboratories using standard testing protocols set by the US EPA, NSF, ASTM for...

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Anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors should prepare for emergencies, and one of the most important things to consider is water.

The LifeStraw allows you to drink from freshwater sources in emergencies, such as streams, ponds, lakes, or even puddles, without needing to boil or treat it first. It filters out salmonella, E. coli, parasites, dirt, and even microplastics.

This is a great emergency backup item in case you get lost or run out of water on a long birding trip, and a good safety item for any birder to add to their daypack.

Cliq Camping Chair

CLIQ Camping Chairs - Most Funded Camping Chair in Crowdfunding History. | Bottle Sized Compact Outdoor Chairs | Sets up in 5 Seconds | Supports 300lbs | Aircraft Grade Aluminum (Black)
  • Bottle sized outdoor chairs for anywhere: The Cliq foldable chair is almost the size of your drink bottle, making them great...
  • Outdoor chair ready in 5 seconds: Our outdoor chair is not only compact, but it can set up in five seconds. Our tip-proof foldable...
  • Built for anywhere: Cliq's foldable chair is super versatile and perfect for all outdoor adventures, or somewhere simple like your...

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If you find a great spot to stop and observe birds for a while, want to sit down to take photos, or even just need a break, it might be nice to have somewhere to do the sitting! Outdoors, though, there isn’t always a convenient bench or log, so you might have to bring something with you.

This incredibly compact camping chair folds up to the size of a water bottle and weighs only 3.5 pounds. It has durable aircraft-grade aluminum and ripstop nylon construction and holds up to 300 pounds.

The features are rounded out with easy push-button setup and takedown, solid rubber feet for stability, and a range of fun colors.

Darn Tough Hiking Socks for Men

DARN TOUGH (1997) Sunset Ridge Micro Crew Lightweight with Cushion Men's Sock - (Eclipse, Medium)
  • Lightweight with Cushion — Light and strong with a thin layer of cushioning along base of foot. True Seamless technology allows...
  • Micro Crew Height — Sitting near mid-calf, it’s the best sock height for everyday casual and dress. Peeks just above the top...
  • Composition — Knit with 52% Nylon 45% Merino Wool 3% Lycra Spandex. The fast action wicking pulls moisture away from the skin,...

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Darn Tough Hiking Socks for Women

DARN TOUGH (Style 1971) Women's Treeline Hike/Trek Sock - Blue, Small
  • Midweight with Cushion — This fine gauge knitted sock provides mid-level cushion density under your foot. True Seamless...
  • Micro Crew Height — Sitting near mid-calf, it’s the best sock height for everyday casual and dress. Peeks just above the top...
  • Composition — Knit with 63% Merino Wool 35% Nylon 2% Lycra Spandex. The fast action wicking pulls moisture away from the skin,...

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Go walking for any real distance, and you’ll learn quickly how important good quality socks can be. Blisters are no fun!

These socks pull out all the stops to protect your favorite bird lover’s feet. They’re made from high-quality merino wool, which is lightweight, water-resistant, soft, breathable, and eco-friendly.

Fine gauge knit and performance wicking, these true seamless socks are made for miles of birding treks.

Available in fun, colorful designs, because hey, if you’re going to give socks as a gift, they ought to be fun!

AmeriStep Care Taker Pop Up Ground Blind

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Ameristep Care Taker Ground Blind, Mossy Oak Break Up Country, Model: None
  • Ameristep Hunting Ground Blinds & Accessories. Hunting success begins with the element of surprise. That’s what Ameristep has...
  • The Care Taker comfortably accommodates two hunters, but its small size makes it easy to transport and deploy in a variety of...
  • Integrated wheels for easy transport

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You might not think of a blind, which is typically sold for hunting, as birding gear, but these nifty devices can provide cover that lets birds come right up to you for a Kodak moment!

This one can accommodate two people, has easy setup and takedown, and is water resistant. It comes with a carry bag and tie-downs for windy situations.

CamRebel Water Resistant Rain Cover for DSLR Cameras

CamRebel Water-Resistant Rain Cover Protector for DSLR Cameras for Outdoor Shooting (RC-WM)
  • Made of nylon, space cotton. For DSLR Camera Body + up to 200mm Long Lens. (such as Sony a7A7III series, Nikon D3000,...
  • Touch screen works through the PVC transparent window, the viewfinder and LCD display both can be see clearly with the cover. And...
  • For either professional and new photographers. Act as a rain cover in rainy days, and as a cold-proof warmer in cold winter days....

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Once a birder has invested in that fancy camera with its expensive lenses, they’ll want to protect it! Birds just love rainy weather, and they don’t seem to be too bothered by snow or cold, but your camera and hands could be.

This cover takes care of all that with thick fleece lining for warmth and insulation–which incidentally reduces sounds coming from your camera, super-handy when you’re trying not to scare the birds off!

The CamRebel has colors that blend in with the landscape and works with a tripod or provides protection for your hands. It also has a clear cover that works with the camera’s touchscreens.

Celestron Trailseeker 8×42 Binoculars

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Celestron – TrailSeeker 8x42 Binoculars – Fully Multi-Coated Optics – Binoculars for Adults – Phase and Dielectric Coated BaK-4 Prisms – Waterproof & Fogproof – Rubber Armored – 6.5 Feet Close Focus
  • BaK-4 PRISMS WITH PHASE AND DIELECTRIC COATINGS: This premium-quality binocular features BaK-4 Prisms with Phase and Dielectric...
  • DURABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT BODY: The TrailSeeker Binocular has a durable magnesium alloy frame that is light in weight and fully...
  • WIDE FIELD OF VIEW: The Celestron TrailSeeker binocular features 8x magnification and a wide field, so you can follow your subject...

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Birding starts with a good pair of binoculars, or “bins” as they’re called in the hobby. This pair will give you a well-lit, sharp image with lots of color accuracy.

Metal twist-up eyecups adjust for viewing with or without glasses–an important feature for eye comfort and accurate viewing.

These bins are durable, lightweight, waterproof, and fog proof. They come with a lens cap, neck strap, harness, carrying case, and rain guard so they’re ready for gifting. An optional tripod is available as an add-on purchase.

Swarovski 8.5×42 EL Binocular with Field Pro Package

Swarovski 8.5x42 EL Binocular with FieldPro Package, Green
  • This item includes Swarovski optic EL 8 5x42 binocular - field bag - Eyepiece cover - Objective Lens cover - lift carrying strap -...
  • Magnification 8 5x
  • Effective objective lens diameter 42mm

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An experienced birder might be ready to upgrade their bins. This pair offers true luxury birding when only the best will do!

The Audubon Society’s reviewers noted the Swarovski ELs had “near-perfect” clarity and brightness. Naturally, they’re fog proof and waterproof, and they come with a lifetime limited warranty on the optics, a 10-year warranty on the other parts, a field bag, a carrying strap, and covers for the eyepiece and objective lenses.

Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit

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Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit
  • The worlds best cleaner for the worlds best lenses
  • Brand :Zeiss
  • compatable with :Multi

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From binoculars to spotting scopes to cameras–not to mention all the lenses that go with those cameras!–birders use lots of different lenses. Help the birder in your life protect and maintain all that expensive glass with this handy lens cleaning kit.

A soft brush and air puffer can remove any dust or debris, while a lens-safe cleaning fluid and microfiber cloth keep everything sparkling. Moistened towelettes are also included for convenient wipe-downs. Everything fits into the handy travel case.

Naturescrapes Groundpod

Naturescapes
  • Constructed with super heavy duty reinforced crush-proof injection molded plastic
  • Roughly 10" diameter, 1.5" tall
  • Weighs under 15oz.

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What’s a groundpod? Think like a tripod, but for when you’re laying on the ground. Why would you be using a tripod while you’re laying on the ground? To get close to birds, of course!

This handy device protects your camera from dirt, mud, water, and snow while you’re quietly laying on the ground, waiting for birds to approach you for that perfect shot.

It’s designed to push sand or mud out of the way as it slides, allowing you to adjust your position stealthily–always important for getting close to those clever birds!

Armoray Arm Sleeves for Men or Women

ARMORAY Arm Sleeves for Men or Women - Tattoo Cover Up - Cooling Sports Sleeve for Basketball Golf Football
  • WHILE OTHER ARM SLEEVES rip easily, slip down, or just don’t fit right, Armoray’s Compression Sleeves are built to last and...
  • UV PROTECTION SLEEVES, made with sweat-wicking material that not only protects skin, but keeps you comfortable. Each cooling arm...
  • COMFORT: Our arm sleeves don’t have weird stitching in uncomfortable places like other inferior sleeves to cover arms; each arm...

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These cooling arm sleeves provide UV protection and moisture-wicking during long birding treks. This best-selling brand gets high marks for comfort, durability, and fit.

The non-slip, seamless material won’t irritate your skin no matter your level of activity. With 30 different colors to choose from, you could match their favorite bird’s plumage!

HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag

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HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag for Women Men, Roll Top Lightweight Dry Storage Bag Backpack with Phone Case for Travel, Swimming, Boating, Kayaking, Camping and Beach, Transparent Blue 5L
  • Waterproof - Use professional seamless technology. Our dry bag has the overall waterproof capability, making sure to keep your...
  • Durable - Made by 0.02 in (0.6 mm) thick wear-resistant material, suitable for outdoor activities, waterproof bag nicely adapts to...
  • Multifunctional - Adjustable Shoulder Straps & Handle for shoulder carrying and backpack, very convenient for different occasions...

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This incredibly lightweight dry bag lays completely flat when not needed, so it’s easy to bring along on a birding trip for unexpectedly wet conditions.

This excellent gift idea is completely waterproof and made from tear-resistant material. A bonus cell phone lanyard bag is included.

Columbia Unisex Adult Bora Bora Booney Hat

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Columbia Unisex Bora Bora II Booney Hat, Moisture Wicking Fabric, UV Sun Protection, Sage
  • OMNI-SHADE: UV protection at its best, Omni-Shade materials block UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburns and long-term skin...
  • OMNI-WICK: The ultimate moisture wicking technology for the outdoors. Omni-Wick quickly moves moisture from the skin into the...
  • ALWAYS SUNNY: This sun hat features built-in UPF 50 shielding, an ultra-sweat-wicking headband, and a mesh vent panel for those...

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A quality sun hat is a must for any outdoor activity, and birding always lasts longer than anticipated. Columbia’s Bora Bora Booney provides UPF 50 shielding from UVA and UVB rays.

Featuring a 3-inch brim and adjustable fit, this hat is also designed to keep your birder cool, with moisture- wicking fabric and mesh to allow sweat to evaporate.

Letterfolk Bird Passport Journal

Letterfolk Bird Passport Journal — Pocket-sized Birding Book (3.5" W x 5.5")
  • COLLECT EXPERIENCES: The Bird Passport is a 48-page pocket-sized journal that includes 20 entry pages to record meaningful details...
  • SIMPLE, MEANINGFUL JOURNAL: Each entry log page includes prompted sections to help you remember the important details from each...
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: Each Passport is designed and printed in the USA. Our passports have a foil-stamped stipple cover with...

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This travel-friendly journal is perfect for jotting down quick impressions of bird sightings. Entries are set up with fields for observations, and a facing blank page that can be used for sketches or additional notes.

Bonus pages include checklists and fun activities, as well as a place to enter the types of birds you want to be on the lookout for.

Rite in the Rain Waterproof Top Spiral Notebook, 3”x5”

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Rite in the Rain Weatherproof 3"x5" Top Spiral Notebook, Blue Cover, Universal Pattern, 6 Pack (No. 235L6)
  • WEATHERPROOF PAPER: 100 pages / 50 sheets per pocket notepad. All-weather paper won’t turn to mush when wet and will repel...
  • WIRE-O BINDING: Tough impact-resistant Wire-O binding won't lose its shape in your back pocket or backpack. Unlike a standard...
  • WRITE IN THE RAIN: When wet, use a standard #2 pencil or an all-weather pen. Standard ballpoints and permanent markers will work...

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For the most rugged of trails, this notebook guarantees you can record bird observations under any conditions. Rain? Check. Mud? Check? Snow? Got you covered. Sweat and grease? All in a day’s work.

If it’s raining, you can write with a pencil, crayon, or the Rite in the Rain All-Weather Pen, and your notes will hold up. Plus the wire on this notebook is extra tough and impact resistant, so it will hold up to punishment from your daypack.

Solar Power Bank

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BLAVOR Solar Power Bank, Qi Portable Charger 10,000mAh External Battery Pack Type C Input Output Dual Super Bright Flashlight, Compass Carabiner, Solar Panel Charging (Orange)
  • Brand-Oriented & Outdoor Charger Pro: With over ten years experience of portable solar power banks, BLAVOR has already gained the...
  • Leading USB C Input&Output Tech and Qi Wireless: 5V 2.4A output, 50% faster-charging speed, and zero damage to your devices....
  • Premium Battery & Smallest Solar Charger: BLAVOR uses the safer Lithium-cobalt battery, which is 50% more cycling times than a...

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This handy device will keep cell phones juiced up on long birding treks. While centuries of birding were done without cell phones, they’re critical for tracking observations, taking pictures, navigating, or even making emergency calls.

This 10,000 mAH solar bank is compatible with both iPhone and Android-style phones and is waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof. It can fully charge a phone 2-3 times, depending on the model, and includes 2 USB C outlets, a flashlight kit, and a compass.

Wingspan: A Bird-Collection, Engine Building Board Game

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Wingspan Board Game - A Bird-Collection, Engine-Building STONEMAIER Game for 1-5 Players, Ages 14+
  • Competitive, card-driven, engine-building board game.
  • Challenging strategy game recommended for those ages 14 plus
  • Game includes 170 unique bird cards, 26 bonus cards and 16 Automa cards, 103 food tokens and 75 egg minatures, 5 custom wooden...

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On those days when you can’t be out enjoying the birds, Wingspan is the game that brings the birds to you.

This board game is equal parts pure fun and gorgeous to look at. It features a deck of bird cards with interesting abilities, based on their real-life counterparts, that you attract to your aviary.

By linking their abilities together, you create an “engine” that acquires you points to win the game. Enjoy as a solo game or with up to 5 players. Ages 14 and up can play, so the family can get in on the fun.

Does your favorite birder already love Wingspan? Consider gifting the expansions: Wingspan European Expansion and Wingspan Oceania Expansion.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gear for Birders

What Is Something Every Bird Watcher Should Have?

Binoculars are your number one most important piece of equipment as a birder. Without them, most birds are just going to be dark specks that you can’t identify. Not too much fun to watch!

With binoculars, you’re going to see color, detail, and interesting behaviors that allow you to name and understand the birds.

Many birders also find a quality camera to be vital to their hobby. How is anyone going to know that amazing bird you saw if you can’t bring home the pictures to prove it?! Plus taking pictures can allow you to enjoy details there might not be enough time to see in the field.

What To Get Someone That Likes Birds?

Is your giftee new to birding, or a more experienced birder? Newer birders might still be collecting their initial gear. Intermediate birders might need some equipment or be looking to upgrade. Experienced birders might be wishing for specialized gear, or hoping to travel to check off birds from their life list.

For new birders, the most important basic equipment they will need will be a pair of binoculars. A quality field guide is also very useful, and they’ll likely want several: one for the region in which they live, as well as more specialized ones for the states and local areas in which they go birding often.

Is your birder going on vacation soon? A field guide to the birds of that area is a thoughtful gift–that is, if they haven’t already bought five!

Intermediate birders might be ready for bird photography, in which case a quality DSLR camera will be their next serious purchase. Another useful piece of equipment is a monocular or a spotting scope, which will allow close-up views of birds over a longer distance than binoculars.

Experienced birders might be looking to upgrade any of their existing equipment, with higher-quality versions of their binoculars, monoculars, or cameras. They also might be ready for specialty lenses for wildlife photography, which are those with a high focal length (300mm or higher).

All birders will appreciate any gear that makes their time outdoors more comfortable, and this would be anything similar to what you’d buy for hiking. While none of these items are individually quite the investment that optics are, they do add up, and it might take a while for a birder to accumulate all of them.

Plus outdoor gear takes a beating and needs to be replaced. You can be sure any gifts you buy in this category will go to good use!

Does your birder have a favorite bird or a favorite bird family? You’re guaranteed to be able to find art, home goods, and clothing depicting that bird just about anywhere. Search for blankets, t-shirts, coasters, and canvas prints showing our fine feathered friends.

What Does a Birder Need?

Binoculars or Monocular

The basic gear a birder needs is pretty simple. The most expensive piece is binoculars. Birding is kind of difficult without them, and the better they are, the better your experience will be.

A monocular is like having one side of the binoculars by itself. It has got some advantages in terms of being lighter and more portable and can offer you up-close views with enhanced detail.

Field Guide

Next, you’ll want some kind of field guide for identifying the birds you see. These are typically divided by region, such as the eastern US and the western US, or smaller regions such as New England, the southwest, or an individual state.

Some birders prefer to go digital, using apps like Merlin Bird ID or the Audubon Bird Guide.

Journal/List

Once you’ve seen the birds and identified them, you’ll want some kind of way to keep track of what you’ve seen. There are digital options here too–the most popular app is eBird, which allows you to track and share your sightings.

But there are also plenty of beautiful journals and diaries, prepared with bird listings and spaces for you to record all the relevant facts about your sightings. In its simplest form, you could even track your bird sightings in an ordinary notebook.

Outdoor Clothing

Dressing sensibly for the outdoors is a must for any nature lover–layers of moisture-wicking clothing, appropriate to the weather conditions, allow you to add and remove layers based on temperature.

This includes good-fitting socks and footwear appropriate to the trail conditions where you’re heading.

Sun Gear

Dealing with the sun is important: a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen are basics; a bandana and sun sleeves might be good additions.

Hydration

Hydration is another critical aspect of heading outdoors. For shorter walks, a simple water bottle will do; for longer journeys, specialized hydration packs carry water efficiently and can help juggle your other gear too.

Trail Food

Trail snacks are always good: dried meat and fruit, nuts, granola, and trail mix. Tuck a few into your pack even if you don’t think you’ll be gone long enough to need them.

Daypack

Finally, you’ll need a good pack to carry all this in. In addition to your standard hiking daypacks, there are also combination hydration/daypacks that come with a water bladder and still have space to stow your gear.

Additionally, many of the newer hiking packs are made with a space to add a water bladder, if you decide to convert it later.

Truly Gifted

Does the birder in your life really have it all? Here are a few bonus ideas. Consider a donation in their name to a bird conservation organization such as the Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, or BirdLife International.

You could also gift them a membership to an aviary or nature center, or symbolically adopt a bird in their name with a zoo, bird rescue, or conservation organization.

Whatever you choose, the birder in your life is lucky to have someone like you researching all these thoughtful gift ideas!

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Stevie Miller

Stevie Miller is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience. Her lifelong passion for birds began young, starting with a citizen science project at her aunt’s bird feeders, followed by a memorable first-time birdwatching trip to Assateague Island. Later, she got the opportunity to help birds directly while working as a veterinary assistant. Now she enjoys frequent time outdoors, traveling extensively to observe the birds, animals, and plants that inspire her writing and artwork.