You’ve identified something they love so surely you’re halfway there, right?
It’s tough isn’t it? You want to choose well, have the recipient declare ‘I love it!’ when they open the present. But you also know that buying gifts related to passions and hobbies can be difficult. There's probably been years of ‘bird lover’ gifts given to that person so it can be tricky finding something they don’t already have.
I mean how many bird feeders can one garden cope with?
When we think of Christmas presents for bird lovers we tend to think of ‘outdoor’ gifts or specific hobby gifts like a great camera strap or the perfect coffee flask, but there are lots of other options out there - gifts for the home, for example, which your bird loving family member or friend will love just as much. Plus there’s also less likelihood of a duplicate gift!
Let’s dive right in with my top 5 alternative gift ideas for bird lovers which I'm sure will hit the 'tweet' spot this Christmas.
I absolutely love these very tongue in cheek illustrations from Sarah Edmonds, who describes her products as 'Colourful puns and alphabets designed with mischief in mind'. I mean, come on! That's surely going to raise a smile (and maybe an eyebrow or two!) on Christmas morning. There are wall prints as well as her best selling tea towels available in the same design.
Price: £18 for the prints, £12 for the tea towels (plus P&P).
What I love most about this RSPB Winter Birds Cushion (apart from the fact that it's super cute, super comfy and did I mention a percentage of sales go to the RSPB?) is that it's a great seasonal accent for the home. It's not at all 'Christmassy' so can stay out all winter long and those pom poms 😍
Price: £22.00 plus P&P
These birdy salt & pepper shakers from Hannah Turner are the very antithesis of boring and there's not much chance of a duplicate gift here! Hannah describes her products saying 'We have no time for dull, we are here to add a bit of colour and humour to your home' and that she certainly does. There are a whole host of similar 'birdy' products, from mugs and bowls to jugs and ceramic ornaments, in an array of gorgeous colours.
Price: £19.99 plus P&P (for the salt & pepper shaker)
I get so excited when I find a product that's as stunningly stylish as it is perfectly practical and Louise Brainwood ticks both of those boxes admirably with her gorgeous Oystercatcher Fabric Doorstop and Draught Excluder. There's also a beautiful lampshade in this design too! Louise describes her creations as 'homewares and gifts using unique Scandi inspired textiles and patterns' - who doesn't love a spot of Scandi style these days?
Prices: £14.00 for the Doorstop and £35.00 for the Draught Excluder (plus P&P)
These beautiful bone china RSPB Sea Birds mugs could be the perfect stocking filler for the bird lover on your list. Fill them with some Christmas chocolates or some speciality coffee and you're good to go. A percentage of the sales of these benefit the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds too - win, win!
Price: £18.00 for the pair.
I hope I've given you some inspiration. I'll be sharing my ideas for gifts and decor in the run up to Christmas and beyond over on my facebook page too. Why not like the page @theseasonaltouch and that way you won't miss out on any of the news and ideas!
While you're in Christmas planning mode, maybe you'd like to get ahead with some great gifts for party hosts?
Where else can you buy some really unique gifts this year? At a Christmas Fair of course! Why not check out the best Christmas fairs in Scotland and northeast England and plan a great day out - hope to see you there.