Birthday? Christmas? Valentine’s Day? If you’re struggling to come up with a nice gift for the parrot owner in your life, why not give them something related to their feathered pet?
There are loads of useful and fun gifts for parrot owners out there. As a parrot parent myself, I’ll give you a few insider tips on things I know my fellow bird enthusiast would love to receive.
Keep reading for 8 perfect gifts for parrot owners!
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1. Parrot toys
I literally cannot emphasize this one enough. You can never go wrong with bird toys for the parrot owner in your life! Foraging toys, chew toys, foot toys, preening toys… pretty much anything works.
Our birds – from the smallest budgie to the largest macaw – are extremely destructive. They love nothing more than chewing, pulling, cracking and breaking everything they can get their beaks on. Giving them toys offers them a safe outlet, but buying new ones constantly gets expensive quick.
Be sure to keep the size of your friend or family member’s feathered friend in mind. Even if you don’t know the species, you can find suitable toys for their parrot by matching toy size to parrot size.
Tip: If you buy online, check the reviews. Other parrot owners will often mention whether a toy is high-quality and if their bird liked it.
2. Parrot playground
Does the parrot lover in your life like to have their bird out and about? Consider gifting them a parrot playground! Play gyms are perfect for a parrot to hang out on outside of its cage, and they can be lined with kitchen paper to make them easy to clean.
Wood playgrounds in particular are perfect, as it’s a parrot’s natural instinct to chew on and shred wood. Try going for one that has some fun toys and moveable parts to keep things interesting.
If your friend or family member has a parrot that’s too big for a normal parrot play gym, or if you really want to pull out all the stops, you could look into a parrot java tree. These are more expensive, but they’re the crème de la crème of avian hangout spots!
3. Parrot foraging box
As mentioned in the full article on making your own parrot foraging box, these boxes are a perfect way to keep a parrot busy and make feeding time more fun. If you want to give the parrot lover in your life the gift of silence (at least until their bird has finished foraging), why not give them one?
You can go two ways with a parrot foraging box. Your first option would be to gift a DIY kit, giving a nice box and all the required elements, like crinkle paper, small parrot toys and various items like natural dried flowers.
If you don’t want to go the DIY route, there are plenty of sellers online who carry premade parrot foraging boxes in all shapes and sizes. Hours of fun guaranteed!
4. Parrot DNA test
This one’s for all those parrot owners who don’t actually know the gender of their bird. Not uncommon, since in some species, there are no visual differences between the boys and girls. Rescue birds can also come unsexed.
Luckily, it’s now possible to DNA test a parrot to find out whether it’s a he or a she. This is not unimportant, since parrots can occasionally develop problems related to their reproductive systems. A female parrot, for example, can become egg bound – a serious issue that requires veterinary intervention. Aside from that, it’s just nice to know!
You can find parrot DNA sexing tests in some pet stores and in various places online. All the recipient has to do is pluck a chest feather from their bird (sorry chicken!) and send it in. The company will usually e-mail the results within a few weeks.
5. Personalized parrot Christmas ornament
Are you looking for a Christmas gift specifically? In that case, what could be more appropriate than a totally personalized parrot Xmas tree ornament?! They make much nicer and more thoughtful gifts for parrot owners than a generic parrot-related item, if you ask me.
Pull a picture of your loved ones’ parrot from their social media (or sneakily snap one yourself) and this Etsy seller will engrave it on a bauble-shaped ornament, including the bird’s name if you’d like to add that as well.
6. “Killed by a parrot” mug
This mug features an African grey parrot and says “Your chances of getting killed by a parrot are low, but never zero”. If you don’t own parrots and this doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry. It will absolutely make sense to the parrot parent in your life. They will appreciate the regular reminder to keep them on their toes!
The mug is made in the US and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Don’t forget to also check out the seller’s other fun printed mugs and t-shirts, as they’ve got loads of parrot-related stuff in stock that makes for perfect gifts.
7. “Beware of the parrot” wall plaque
Made in the UK, this plaque is perfect to warn anyone of the feathered menace that lurks inside your loved one’s home. They can put it on their door to scare away potential burglars, or directly on the cage. I’ve got one of these for my cockatiels and it never fails to make people laugh!
The plaque is handmade using resin, a material suitable for outdoor use. It comes with pre-drilled holes so the recipient can attach it anywhere they like with ease.
8. Parrot enamel pin
Looking for an affordable, small but still thoughtful gift for the parrot owner in your life? A beautiful enamel pin will do the trick! These parrot pins are available in different species (including non-psittacine), so you can choose the one that matches their bird. They can pin it to their coat, bag, or even a cork board if they so choose.
My absolute favorite of the pins is the Valentine’s Day-themed “will you beep my Valentine” one, but there are loads of different ones to browse. The pins are gold plated and come on a nice backing card.
If you’re still looking for more gifts for parrot owners or if you’d like to share your own perfect gift ideas, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.