11 bird-watching gifts for the avid avian enthusiast

Do you know a bird watching fan that you struggle to buy gifts for come Christmas or their birthday? Try out our list of bird watching gifts for some inspiration

A man bird watching, with a bird in shot of his camera

by Piper Huxley |
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Whether you know a bird-watching enthusiast, the occasional twitcher, or you just love spotting British birds in your garden, you're in luck as this hobby has a range of thoughtful bird-watching gifts that you can buy. Of all the hobbies you can take up, bird-watching is by far the most relaxing. Simply, immerse yourself in nature, get to know about your resident birds and take photos to keep the memory. It's a pastime for patient, nature-lovers.

Of course, if you're not a bird watcher yourself, it can be tricky to know exactly what to get. So, don't get in a flap: we've done the searching for you to find the best bird-watching gifts. Did you know there's such a thing as a bird box camera? Cool, right? You can even watch birds nesting from the comfort of your home, away from the cold...

The best bird-watching gifts at a glance:

Best bird-watching binoculars: Kylietech High Power Binoculars - View on Amazon UK
Best bird-watching bird box: Green Feathers Wireless Bird Box - View on Amazon UK
Best personalised bird mug gift: Personalised Bird Mug - View on Not On The Highstreet

From bird-watching binoculars that they can take on their travels to notebooks, bird-themed homewares and birdhouses - find the perfect bird-watching gifts for bird lovers here. If you're still a little stuck on what to grab for your twitcher-friend, we have a few extra ideas after our round-up, which is packed full of bird-watcher essentials.

The best bird-watching gifts UK 2023

Best bird-watching binoculars

If there's one thing that any bird-watching fan will tell you, it's that you can never have too many pairs of binoculars! These lightweight and portable Kylietech High Power Binoculars are a nice choice when looking for bird-watching gifts - and despite their size, they're still very powerful. They're waterproof, fogproof, and tripod compatible. They come with a smartphone holder to convert the binoculars into a lens for capturing photos of birds.

Customer review: "I bought these binoculars to replace a smaller pair of less powerful ones for bird watching in the garden. These binoculars allow me to see the birds in bright clarity. They are easy to use and refocus quickly. I have a Samsung Galaxy J5, which fits the mobile attachment - not something I expected to need but a nifty gadget. My husband has very expensive binoculars and said these were excellent value. I certainly recommend them."

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • It comes with a smartphone adapter
  • Fog-proof

Cons

  • No memory function for focus

Best bird-watching bird box

This tiny camera for bird boxes is designed to sit inside the Green Feathers Wireless Bird Box, allowing you to watch incredible live close-up images of chicks hatching and growing. The wide-angle lens is wider than similar cameras on the market and lets you see the entire nest, as well as birds entering and leaving the box. The included wireless receiver means the images can be transmitted from the camera to other devices to be watched and shared.

Customer review: "Bought for my dad. He absolutely loves this! Easy to set up. We have had a blue tits nest in our box for a few years, but this is the first year we have used the camera. It was amazing to watch. I would definitely recommend it!"

Pros

  • Has night vision
  • Up to 30m wireless range
  • Watch on your TV

Cons

  • Wireless range can be temperamental

Best personalised bird mug gift

The best bird-watching gifts: Personalised Bird MugNot on the High Street

These white and ceramic Personalised Bird Mug make a lovely personalised gift for loved ones who love birds. While the bird design remains the same, the copy can change however you please. Each mug comes wrapped in tissue paper and in a smash-proof cardboard box.

Also, the mugs are microwave and dishwasher-safe, which is convenient. These bird mugs come in a range of beautiful designs and can be personalised, too.

Customer review: "Just what I was looking for for a bird-loving friend. The ability to personalise made it even better."

Pros

  • Design features on both sides
  • Dishwasher and microwave-safe

Cons

  • Birds can't be personalised

Best bird-watching gift for taking pictures on smartphones

For an even more portable option, this high-power 12X50 HD Monocular Telescope High Powered with Smartphone Adapter with phone clip and tripod is a perfect gift for amateur bird photographers. As it's a monocular, it's easier to get your head around using it as a camera lens with your phone. It's a more affordable gift option than buying them a full-on professional camera - provided that they already own a smartphone, of course.

Customer review: "My husband is absolutely delighted with his belated Christmas present. Fantastic value for money."

Pros

  • One-handed use
  • Lightweight
  • Good for travel

Cons

  • It isn't compatible with all phones

Best bird-watching notebook

The best bird-watching gifts:  Personalised Birdwatcher's NotebookNot on the High Street
Price: £22.39 (was £27.99)

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This A5 Personalised Birdwatcher's Notebook is a unique, handmade gift that you can customise with your own text on the front cover. The 48 inside pages are all blank and unruled and - perfect for writing, sketching, and for sticking in small and personal mementoes, pictures or cuttings. The handy-size journal from Designed is a great travelling companion and fits comfortably into bags, small briefcases or wallet cases. There is a gift box available.

Customer review: "Wonderful item, beautifully made. Made my mum cry!"

Pros

  • Can be personalised
  • Available in different sizes

Cons

  • Blank pages, which isn't ideal for some

Best book for bird watchers

The best bird-watching gifts: A Short Philosophy of BirdsAmazon
Price: $13.98

Having spent a lifetime watching birds, Philippe and Élise, an ornithologist and a philosopher, respectively, draw out the secret lessons that birds can teach us. Discover why the robin is braver than the eagle, what the arctic tern can teach us about the joy of travel, and whether the head or the heart is the best route to love. A Short Philosophy of Birds: The International Phenomenon is a great gift for any bird fan! Take a dive into the natural world.

Customer review: "I bought this for my friend whose special interest is birds. It looks like a good quality book with beautiful writing and illustrations."

Pros

  • Nice illustrations
  • Good for more in-depth learning about birds

Cons

  • Some bird experts have been critical of generalisations

Best cushion gift for bird lovers

The best bird-watching gifts: Laura Ashley Duck Egg Birds CushionEtsy
Price: £17.95+

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Every bird-lover must have a bit of birdy interior to go in their home, and this illustrated Laura Ashley Duck Egg Birds Cushion makes the perfect gift. This lovely cushion cover, handcrafted by Lavender Living Crafts and featuring a classic Laura Ashley print 'Birds' will make a fitting addition to any twitcher's home. The design is smart and vintage-like, so definitely recommended for a twitcher who likes that aesthetic.

Customer review: "Lovely cushion cover looks great in a chair overlooking the garden."

Pros

  • Handmade
  • Zip-fastening

Cons

  • Patterns can vary from photos

Best bird feeder gift

What better way to bird-watch than straight out in your garden with a bird feeder? This sweet Petyoung Wooden Bird Feeder will fit perfectly in any garden. With top-quality wood which will withstand all weather conditions and a hexagonal shape for entry points everywhere, the birds won't be able to keep away! Just put your food in the middle and enjoy the wildlife.

Customer review: "This is a really pretty and substantial little bird feeder, and it definitely allows the small birds to feed as the large ones simply can't fit in! Result."

Pros

  • Hanging design
  • Easy access for different kinds of birds

Cons

  • Wood can be delicate

Best bird bath gift

For another garden idea, how about this decorative Natures Market Cast Iron Standing Bird Bath? It has a stand and a lovely seashell design with a bird perched on the edge. It can be used as a bird feeder or filled with water and used as a birdbath.

Customer review: "Really pretty, small garden ornament. The wildlife love it."

Pros

  • Very sturdy
  • Cute design

Cons

  • Small in size

Best outdoor art bird gift

The best bird-watching gifts: Barn swallows metal tree artEtsy

Made in the Lake District by Lakeland Steel, this lovely Barns Swallows Metal Tree Art are available in a range of finishes, including black, gold and silver. Simply tap them into a tree or fence post, and they will brighten up any garden or outside space. There are lots of other bird options, too, as well as the stunning barn swallows pictured. Check out this owl design!

Customer review: "Bought as a gift. It appears to be beautifully made and looks lovely in their garden. They are very pleased with it."

Pros

  • Available in five finishes
  • Unique design

Cons

  • Will rust over time

Best calendar for bird-watchers

Impress the bird lovers in your life with this RSPB Birds In Nature Linocut Calendar 2024. The RSPB is a charity founded in 1889. Now, it is the UK's largest nature conservation charity and aims to secure a healthy environment for wildlife. On their website are plenty of resources, information about reserves and events, and the gift shop. Their online shop is teaming with stocking fillers perfect for bird-watchers.

Customer review: "Artwork is very good, lots of space to write in and it starts on a Monday as convention dictates (so many calendars confuse you with Sunday as the start, for reasons unknown)."

Pros

  • Ideal for Christmas
  • Proceeds go to charity

Cons

  • Not ideal for gifting in the summer months

FAQs

What is a good present for a bird watcher?

Whilst we love all of the gifts on this list. One of the most popular gifts for a bird watcher would be a high-quality pair of binoculars, like the ones on our list. This will allow them to observe birds in intricate detail, even at a distance.

Maybe even consider an RSPB membership?

Piper Huxley is a Homes, Garden and Wellness Product Writer for Yours, an all-rounder who will write on anything from décor to wellness. When not scouring the net for the best home bargains, Piper is listening to a musical soundtrack and tending to her houseplants.

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