Top 10 Best Gifts for Birders (Video)
Posted on November 26 2018
Finding holiday presents for everyone on your list can seem challenging as the season of giving approaches. If you happen to have any bird watchers among your friends and family members, however, you've got nothing to worry about. As long as birders are able to see birds, they're going to be happy. Giving them gear that will help them in their favorite hobby will make the holidays—as far as you're concerned—a real success. We've rounded up the top 10 best gifts to give birders this holiday season to get you started.
#1: BWD Magnum Bino-System Harness
A long birding session with a regular neck strap can result in serious neck pain and fatigue. The solution: the Magnum Bino-System Harness. This fully-adjustable harness strap uses the shoulders instead of the neck to support the weight of binoculars, and its sturdy, wide straps to further distribute the extra weight of larger optics. Comes in brown.
#2: The Optics Cleaning Kit
Binoculars get dirty. It's a fact of life. Combat the crud and smudges of everyday use with our Optics Cleaning Kit. Its soft Ultra Brush safely removes larger dust and dirt particles so they can't scratch the lens surface. The Lens-Brite Anti-Fog Lens Cleaning solution removes smears, fingerprints, and residue efficiently from glass and plastic lenses, and is safe to use on optical surfaces with multiple coatings. The owl-emblazoned BWD lens cloth is non-scratching, non-linting, and wipes the most delicate surfaces with the greatest of ease. All of this comes packaged securely in a small-yet-sturdy polypropylene case that's ready for use in all weather conditions.
#3: BWD Fleece Neck Gaiter
Keep your favorite birder warm on the chilliest days! This fleece neck gaiter is like a comfy, tubular scarf that wraps your neck and keeps it cozy-warm. Unlike a scarf, however, it never comes undone or gets tangled. Remember: A warm bird watcher is a happy bird watcher.
#4: BWD Condor Satchel
Every birder needs a reliable field bag. This one has six pockets and a convertible strap that allows it to be worn as a shoulder bag or a waist pack. It's perfect for carrying a field guide, small notebook, cellphone, field sketching supplies, and even binoculars.
#5: No Fly Zone Socks
There's nothing worse than itchy ankles. Protect your birder's lower extremities with soft, cushioned No Fly Zone socks. These 100% merino wool socks are USA-made and treated with permethrin to prevent bites from mosquitoes, flies, chiggers, midges, ticks, and ants. They're available in both men’s and women's sizes.
#6: Bino Bandit
The Bino Bandit has attracted a cult following since we first introduced it at a Bird Watcher's Digest Reader Rendezvous. This flexible neoprene device fits over any binocular's eyecups to completely block peripheral light and weather. The result: reduced eye strain and improved visual acuity. Those are some major benefits coming from this easy-to-use sleeve.
#7: Insect Shield Scarves
We've already mentioned the woes that bug bites cause birders. These scarves bring insect protection to the upper portion of your body while adding some fashionable flair. Available in a variety of color options, these soft and lightweight scarves' permethrin protection lasts through 70 launderings.
#8: Redstart Birding Trucker Hat
Help the birder in your life keep the sun off their face while repping the best retailer in the optics biz. It's got a cotton twill front, polyester side and back panels, and an embroidered logo that adds just the right amount of throwback panache.
#9: Marsace 15-in-1 Multi-Tool Utility Badge
This utility badge makes a perfect stocking stuffer for any DIYer. It packs Allen keys, hexagon wrenches, a straight wrench, a T25 key, flat- and Philips-head screwdrivers, AND a bottle opener onto a 1.9 x 3.7-inch badge. That's a lot of tools.
#10: Bird Watcher's Digest and Watching Backyard Birds Subscriptions
North America's first birding magazine and its sister publication are both now available on Redstart Birding! Both magazines are bi-monthly and are released on an alternating basis. In theory, you could subscribe your favorite birder to both publications for three years each, so that he or she would receive fresh birding content monthly for the next 36 months. It's the gift that keeps on giving!
Granted, that's not all that we carry in our online shop. If you're looking for optics to give a serious birder or beginning binoculars that are suitable for kids, we have plenty in stock. If you need a new field guide or educational birding and backyard booklets, we've got those, too. Whatever you choose to buy from Redstart Birding this holiday season, you can rest assured that we've got you covered with quality customer service, easy returns, and free shipping on orders of more than $150.