1. One of the best gifts to give a birder, in my opinion, is a bird feeder. You can watch birds from the comfort of your own home, especially at this time of year, and it’ll give you pleasure year round. Feeders are fairly inexpensive, and if you buy a good quality feeder and take care of it, it should last a very long time. I really like Droll Yankee feeders, which are durable, easy to clean, have a lifetime warranty against squirrel damage, and are made in the US.
2. If you have large windows and birds are flying into them, I find that the Warning Web decals work very well. It will save birds and your windows.
3. You can give a gift membership to Bird Studies Canada, the American Birding Association, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Audubon Society or any other birding/nature groups. With all of these groups, the recipient will get various publications and exclusive member info, and you know that you’re supporting a good cause.
4. The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle is a great new field guide, perfect for the warbler lover on your list.
5. Spotting scopes can be expensive, but can take your birding to another level. I really love my Swarovski ATM 80. Even though it’s the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought, it’s worth every penny.
6. Birding apps are becoming very popular with birders who are using smart phones while birding. It would be hard to know exactly which app to purchase, so a great gift is an iTunes gift card.
7. Keeping your optics clean is very important, especially if you are searching that nemesis bird on your list, so keep them clean with the Bird Watcher’s Digest Optics Cleaning Kit.
8. I really like birding calendars, and my favorites are the ones by David Sibley. Here is his The Birder’s Year 2014 wall calendar.
9. If you have an iPhone and like to fancy cases, the Charley Harper website has some really neat ones for the bird lover.
10. Birds & People by Mark Cocker and David Tipling (published September 2013). The Guardian calls it a “monumental new account of the role birds play in human life”.