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Our Policies

If you have any questions about our products or policies, feel free to email us at


– When placing your order, please indicate the size and color you desire.

– Shirt sizing (Chest/Length) is as follows: S=38″/25″ M=41″/27″ L=44″/28″ XL=47″/30″ XXL=50″/31″ 3XL=60″/37″

– We cannot be responsible for shirts purchased in the wrong size! Please assure you have the correct size before ordering.

– Bamboo shirts are more relaxed in fit than the cotton, and will feel roomier.

– All buttons and magnets are 1”, or about the size of a quarter’s face.

– Photo cards are available in Large (5.25“x7.25”) or Small (3.625“x5.125”) sizes, and come with matching envelopes.

Special Requests

Many of our items can be customized to your specifications at no extra charge:

– If your preferred shirt color is not listed, we may be able to special order it.

– Personalized messages can be written in any of our photo cards.

– Text-based buttons and magnets can be printed on any of the colors below, or even a mix thereof. Simply indicate your preference when placing your order.  White, pastel blue, pastel green, pastel pink, pastel orange, pastel yellow, bright blue, bright green, bright orange, bright fuchsia, bright salmon,


– Prices are listed in US$.

– Payment can be made immediately via PayPal, or via international postal money order by arrangement.

– Ontario customers, please add 13% for HST.


– Shipping rates are calculated by weight and destination. A very small handling fee may be charged to cover transportation and shipping materials.

– All items are shipped via Canada Post’s Small Package Air Mail service.

– Free shipping insurance is included for all items up to $100 in value.

– Buyers are responsible for any duties/taxes applicable.

– We are happy to ship to APO/FPO addresses.

– Average shipping times are 1-3 weeks for Canada and the USA; International may be longer.

Birding Charities

As birds support us, we donate to charities that support them.

Pelee Island is known as the bird-watching hub of Canada, and the Pelee Island Bird Observatory provides important migratory research and educational programs.

The Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia promote conservation initiatives and sustainable land practices in these important, threatened ecosystems.

By adding the PIBO or GCC “I support…” product to your cart (at no charge), we will earmark 10% of our profits from your order to the charity of your choice!

Our History

Bird Nerd Gifts was born of an accident – I was a crafter, not a birder. I assumed my sister, a field ornithologist, got all the family’s birder genes; Conversations with her were always hushed so she could identify birdsong. Our walks were halting affairs, punctuated with intense binocular action. She regularly (and shamelessly) tossed around the words “pishing,” “twitcher” and “Great Tits.” For all this and more, I called her “bird nerd,” but she was immune to my teasing.

Her obsession made Christmas shopping a breeze, but she was soon fully stocked for birding books, birding optics, and birding clothes. What, then, do you get for the birder who has everything? Why, one of a kind items, of course!  As a surprise, I crafted some of her field photos into magnets. Her birding friends were tickled, and asked if they could buy some, too. For her birthday, I printed a Bird Nerd shirt. Her birding friends were delighted, and insisted I sell them the extras. Last Christmas, I painted some dough ornaments. Her birding friends were ecstatic, and bought up my entire stock.

My enthusiasm has taken wing. The bird crafting, birding research and birder support, have allowed me to create a website, stock it with my goods, and glimpse a possible future of self-employment. That the bird is symbol of freedom, and the bluebird a metaphor for happiness (and happy salespeople) cannot be a coincidence: I have become a birder.