Mourning Dove, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Odd Gifts Everyone Keeps


Ideas for Odd Gifts That Matter


Mourning Dove, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post "Odd Gifts Everyone Wants"

Mourning Dove


Birds have a different outlook regarding odd gifts.

For example, this Mourning Dove might expect that you’d be delighted with a twig. (Can you see the hopeful anticipation in its face?)

Of course, if you gave someone (i.e., a human) a twig as a gift, they might act disappointed – even if you put the twig in a big box with a bright ribbon.

Agreed, I’m speculating here. So if you try this and have a different experience, please let me know.

I wrote this post to introduce two new articles. Both offer ideas for showing compassion and kindness.

3 Gifts Everyone Wants (Odd gifts that cost nothing and leave a lasting memory)

Kindness for the Holidays (How to make any gathering a success for everyone) 

However, if you’re too busy to read articles, then I recommend another possibility: Find a nice twig and tell the recipient that a bird helped you pick it out.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Help Birds Tip

Dispose of Trash Properly

Why: Many birds consider trash, such as ribbon, string, and tinsel, to be gifts. So they pick it up and then become tangled in it.

What to Do: Give trash to your local disposal service by putting it in proper, closed containers.


Birding Resources

Books make excellent gifts. And they last longer than twigs. Here are two excellent choices. Both are beautifully illustrated and highly informative.

Find out what’s happening and what you can do: Bird Conservation

See who’s who on the night shift in the forest:  Owl: A Year in the Life of North American Owls, by Paul Bannick


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6 Comments
  • Bonnie Thiessen
    Posted at 10:45h, 13 December

    Love you 3 gift ideas!

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 15:39h, 13 December

    Lovely blog. I have not yet read the articles, as it is late at night, but i will read them especially as `i am expecting visitors on Sunday. I would like to share with at least two people. Thank you.

  • Lynette M. Smith
    Posted at 12:43h, 20 December

    I did read the two articles, and found great value in them–highly insightful and helpful. Thank you, Steve! (Oh, and your little quirky article and photo about the twig was also most enjoyable!)

  • Veronica Reist
    Posted at 14:03h, 20 December

    Thanks for sharing the gifts with me today.I will share with others this Christmas seson

  • Joyce Rouse
    Posted at 20:01h, 20 December

    What a gift you have for communicating things we all should know, or DO know but then forget.
    THANK YOU, Steve for being a gift of kindness, compassion and wisdom for those who follow your blog!
    Blessed Holidays to you. Got to go find and wrap a twig…or many!

  • Thilda Zorn
    Posted at 18:23h, 05 January

    The twig reminds on Noah’s Arch – and the dove and the first green – a sign for land and life – a wonderful aspiration for me for the new year! May we all find the way to tell the “green truth”, find peace and give happiness! Happy New Year to you, dear Steve, and thank you for your aspiration! with best wishes – Thilda

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