Five Great Gifts For Nature Lovers

Five Great Gifts

Buying someone else a gift can be quite a chore. It does become simpler if you know that person and know what she or he likes; for example, what hobbies and interests the person has; this information can help.

If you have a nature lover on your gift list, whether it is Christmas, Mothers or Fathers Day, a birthday or other special event that demands a present, here are five gifts that are certain to please.

Anyone who has an overall interest in Nature will appreciate a field guide. Filed guides not only help you to identify, birds, bugs, butterflies and so much more, they include detailed information about the region and the birds there, for example. The photographs aid with identification as does the description.

There are a number of field gudies out there and they are written for specific geographic areas so pay close attention when shopping.

One of my favourites is The Field Guide to Wild and Edible Plants. It is a Peterson guide and that is always a good choice. I have approximately 20 guides in my collection and usually have one in my backpack when I go out for a walk.

If there is a birder in the family or you have a friend who has a passion for our feathered friends there are a number of gudies to choose from and you will be able to find one that suits the recipient’s interest.

Speaking of birding, you can enjoy watch the birds without raveling far from home; in fact all you will need to do is look out your front and /or back window if you have a bird house and bird feeders. These are great gifts for anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty of songbirds during the migration season and who wants to provide food and shelter for the birds that stay around all year long.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer or simply enjoy giving gifts that you make yourself then a bird house is perfect. There are a number of designs and plans to choose from.

Of course whether in the field or your backyard it is easier to watch the birds if you have a good set of binoculars so consider this when pondering a present.

Now watching the birds may not be enough for you sand you may want to make a record, you can keep a journal and you can photograph them.

A digital camera is a great way to take photos of birds, wildflowers, mushrooms and so on and can aid you in identifying them when you get home. You may not always have a field guide handy or may run across something that is not easily identified so the photograph comes in handy when you sit down to give the plant or butterfly a name.

Now of course you will need something to carry your equipment in, you could get a camera bag or a backpack but I like to have both hands free and my camera, pen, journal, field, guide and binoculars right at hand so I wear a vest. Not a sport vest but fishing or hiking vest.

It is also a great way to get some extra exercise when out walking a trail.

The pockets are heavy duty and can readily carry, all your equipment and you will have all you need right there when you need it.

There you go five great gifts for nature lovers, happy shopping.

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julia ward 8 years ago from Florida

Hi Bob,

LOVE this article...I've been trying to figure out how to lure birds to my garden to eat the plague of grasshoppers I have. Fogot how much fun it was to watch them!

I'm inspired!



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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Happy the hub helped, if you want birds plant shrubs, berries that usually works or out out a feeder they will still devour the grasshoppers.

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winter52 8 years ago

Bird houses and feeders! I have been wondering what to give my brother for Christmas. Men are just so hard to buy for. Thanks for the idea. :) For some reason, your ideas never occurred to me. He would love either one of those!

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

The Field Guide to Wild and Edible Plants. -- I think I'm buying that one...I bet it would be great for a survival file! I assume there's lots of pictures?? and info about how to eat them?

great hub as always....good info for life.

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Winter52 glad it was helpful and thanks.

mariesue lots of pictures and tips. Thanks

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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

great hub and very much appreciated.

thank you

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks MrM. and you are welcome.

Lorraine 6 years ago

Any gift involving birds are a great idea for a nature-lover!

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