With their fiery feathers and black, warpaint-esque mask, cardinals are some of the most visually arresting birds in the sky, so it’s no surprise they rank pretty darn high on many a bird lover’s top ten list.
Their striking plumage also makes them a vibrant, eye-catching theme for a plethora of highly giftable merchandise, from tote bags to stained glass sun catchers, and I’ve curated a list of choice pieces below.
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Sweet Pea Seeds
In my opinion, the absolute best cardinal gift is one that will get the recipient closer to their favorite animal, which is why I’m choosing sweet pea seeds for my top spot.
Cardinals absolutely LOVE sweet pea plants, so imagine how many would visit a garden full of them! The yard would be positively ablaze with the ruddy feathers of these wonderful birds.
But sweet peas are just one of the suitable options. Cardinals are also big fans of purple majesty millet, nasturtium, purple coneflower, sunflowers, and safflower.
Any of these seeds would make a fantastic gift for a cardinal enthusiast, so maybe it would be a good idea to subtly find out which plant they prefer in their garden.
Of course, this sort of gift only makes sense if there is a cardinal population in the area, so bear that in mind before buying some seeds for your nearest and dearest.
- ✔ SWEET PEA SWEETPEA Flower Seed - Lathyrus odoratus Heirloom Mix
- ✔ This mix contains Red, Salmon, Pink, Lavender, and other colors
- ✔ Sweet Pea is a familiar upright garden flower and very fragrant
Cardinal Watering Can
If the recipient does live amongst cardinals, once the seeds are sown, they’ll need plenty of water to grow into big, bushy beacons calling the local cardinal population to come and hang out, so my second suggestion is this AMAZING cardinal watering can.
And once the day’s watering is done, it can be set down and used as a beautiful decoration — No hiding this watering can in the shed; it’s far too fabulous for that!
- FUN, DECORATIVE, FUNCTIONAL - Cute for Cardinal Gifts / Red Bird Decor or Mother's Day Gift
- UNIQUE DESIGN THAT DOESN'T LEAK - Great for Inside House Plant, Succulent, or Outdoor Gardening
- SOLID METAL DESIGN - Unique Design Crafted by Metal Artisans That's Sturdy and will Last for Years
Cardinal Nesting Box
Playing host to a Vatican of cardinals in your backyard is an awe-inspiring experience, but there is one unfortunate thing to consider… they’ll eventually fly off and head for the wild or someone else’s back green, unless, that is, they live on the property!
With this nesting box designed especially to accommodate cardinals, you can coexist with your favorite feathered friends for as long as they care to stay put.
Just picture seeing fledgling babies take their first flight, and watching the fiery hue of their parents gradually take hold of their fluffy plumage — Tell me that doesn’t sound magical.
- NATURAL WOODEN BIRD HOUSE: Made of premium natural material with exquisite handcraft,wooden bird house is great sturdy, Novel in shape.
- ELEGENT DESIGN - The diameter of the entrance is 1.57 inch and beside which there is a pole for birds to stand on so that they can feed or guard for their chicks.
- EASY TO PLACE - You can hang the birdhouse on a sturdy branch of the garden with nail, or wherever you want.
Cardinal feed is another awesome gift idea if you’re looking to treat the bird lover in your life.
With this sizable bag of super high quality fruit and nut snacks and supplies, they’ll have cardinals eating from the palm of their hand… maybe literally!
The fruit content of this feed mix provides shed loads of healthy nutrients, while the nut content provides loads of healthy fats that help wintering cardinals survive the cold, encouraging them to visit year round.
- Excellent high-energy Food for year-round feeding
- Attracts Cardinals, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and other colorful songbirds
- Nut & Fruit blend contains a rich mix of seeds and grains with added nut and fruit pieces.
Cardinal Solar Lantern
Cardinals are so brightly colored, that they’re almost incandescent, making them the perfect thematic fit for this exceptional solar lantern.
Not only will this lantern illuminate the way ahead and on the darkest nights, it’ll augment the space with an ambiance that’s sure to be a hit when the next party spills out into the backyard.
- 🐦 As a gift for mom 🙏❤ or gift in memory of mom
- 🐦 Note: When you receive the lantern, if you find that the light is not on, please turn on the switch and place it in the sun to charge ,Each lantern will come with an additional "S" shaped hook
- 🐦 Solar lantern：This solar lantern with Red bird pattern. Add illuminated charm to a garden, patio, porch, outdoor tabletop Make your garden vivid and colorful
Portable Cardinal Coffee Mug
Allow the recipient to spread their wings and take their love of cardinals on the move with this fantastic portable coffee mug.
The black background of the ceramic emphasizes the red of the cardinals and berries, so it’s as visually warm as it will be physically with a lovely steaming cup of Joe inside.
And the food-grade silicone lid really is something else!
Featuring both drink and breathe holes, as well as an easy-open function for when you need a quick slurp while you’re on the go, this is the wanderer’s mug of choice, sure to make gloomy mornings a little brighter and heavy workloads a little lighter.
- Flower and Bird: This mug is a gift for girlfriend and boyfriend, parents and grandparents. When they drink their coffee they will think of you.Licensed and collections
- THOUGHTFUL DESIGN: Handmade elegant minimalist. Innovative making techniques produce perfectly smooth rims and edges. Perfect for coffee, tea, cocoa and cereal
- PACKAGE: 1 x Flower and Bird. Comes in a drop resistance box to resist breakage.Holding up to 17 ounces, The Perfect Cup is top-rack dishwasher safe and microwaveable.
Cardinal Trinket Box
The expertly painted cardinals take what would be a perfectly fine (albeit a little plain) trinket box, and make it a real feature piece. .
If the recipient you have in mind is already swamped with cardinal jewelry, this box celebrates their love of the bird in an aesthetically pleasing and practical way.
Now they have the perfect place to store all their cardinal jewelry, and as a bonus, it adds a lovely (yet tasteful) splash of color to any room.
That said, this cute little box is, well… little, so there’s a good chance they’ll have to find a few other places to keep their various cardinal knick-knacks, but this will be a great start.
- Cardinal Keepsake Box: Our Bits and Pieces Cardinal Trinket Box, featuring a bright red dimensional cardinal perched on top for the handle, will hold your rings and earrings in place.
- Jewelry Box: Keep your most treasured trinkets and jewelry in this lovely hand-painted jewelry box with tree branches, red berries, and a small cardinal adorning the side.
- Cardinal Art: Our cardinal keepsake box fuses beautiful cardinal art with security for your jewelry in an ingenious way to help conceal your treasures.
Cardinal Jigsaw Puzzle
This jigsaw puzzle is pure disassembled joy! Put it back together and you’ll be met by a summery scene in which cardinals and company frolic amongst the bushy, pom-pom flowers of a hydrangea.
Even a red admiral butterfly joins in on the fun!
It’s only around 500 pieces, so it’s not going to keep someone held up in their home for weeks trying to put it all together, but this just means they’ll get to appreciate the full picture faster.
- Jigsaw puzzle includes 550 pieces & measures 18"x24" when completed.
- Fully interlocking and randomly shaped pieces.
- Produced on thick, premium quality puzzle board.
Should the person you’re shopping for have recently purchased some new or antique wooden furniture, now is the perfect time to gift them some lovely coasters, and these cardinal coasters are the best of the best!
As finely crafted stoneware, these coasters add oodles of sophistication to a coffee or side table, while the cardinals add vibrant splashes of color, keeping a space both tidy and fun! — The ultimate way for a cardinal fan to keep unsightly coffee rings at bay.
- Set of Four Coasters Included
- Measures 4.25" Square
- Made of Durable Stoneware
Cardinal Christmas Ornaments
The crimson plumage of cardinals makes them a remarkably Christmassy bird, so when the next holiday season rolls around, why not treat that someone special with these lovely cardinal-themed tree decorations?
Gift them just before the big day, and they can pop them on a spare branch in time for the man in red’s arrival, helping to get the entire household into the holiday spirit.
And if there doesn’t happen to be a spare branch, you can guarantee that some of the old Christmas staples will be getting the boot to make space for these lovely new additions.
- Unique Clip-on Design: There is a fixed metal clip on the bottom of each cardinal bird, you can easily fix it on your Christmas tree, garland, clothes decoration.
- High quality: Each simulated cardinal bird is made of real feathers and foam, exquisitely crafted and lifelike, adding color to your winter.
- Christmas decoration: The artificial cardinal bird has gorgeous feathers, exquisite and beautiful, especially suitable for Christmas theme decoration. Fixing it on your Christmas tree for decoration...
Stained Glass Cardinal Sun Collector
Not only will this pretty, stained glass cardinal sun collector entice more birds to a backyard, if someone would rather keep it indoors, it’s a fantastic way to add some warmth to a room.
Even on a relatively gloomy day, this guardian cardinal will take what meager natural light passes through, paint it a strawberry red, and cast it into the room, forming an enticing ember-like glow.
- Real Cardinal Stained Glass:Stained Glass Suncatcher Panel Cut, leaded, solder and finished in the traditional stained glass method
- Bigger Size:With the branches and beads,its about 9"long and 2.36"wide. Cute Cardinal itself is about 6.5"long and 1.77" wide
- Come with Suction cups:Cardinal Ornament come with a lovely suction cups. Convenient for your hanging
Cardinal Tote Bag
Tote bags are a super stylish way to cut down one’s reliance on plastic shopping bags, which in turn, will help to save the environment and ensure cardinals always thrive in the wild, meaning this is a gift that keeps on giving.
Every time the recipient pops to the grocery store or the mall, they’ll be doing their part to put a stop to the environmental crises we’re caught in, all while showing off their love of cardinals — Pretty wholesome, right?
- Exclusive Design High Quality canvas bag. Washable & Durable.
- Size: 13.5x5.1x15 in. Enough room for storage.
- Double-sided printing (shoulder strap, bottom not included)
I wanted to include a feeder on this list, as any bird lover relishes an opportunity to bring more birds into their backyard flock, but instead of any old cylindrical one, I suggest treating someone near and dear to this cardinal-shaped design.
Even on days when the birds aren’t a-bitin’, they can look out into their yard, see this festive feeder, and feel the presence, not just of their favorite bird, but of you and what you mean to them.
- CARDINAL BIRD DÉCOR: Exhart’s metal cardinal hanging bird feeder with metal mesh seed basket combines form and function for an attractive outdoor accent. Delicately hand painted with fiery red and...
- COLORFUL BIRD FEEDER: This decorative metal bird feeder features a stunning blue flower painting on a red cardinal bird. It has a convenient metal mesh seed basket that blends in naturally at the...
- WEATHER-RESISTANT AND DURABLE: This metal bird décor is built to withstand all kinds of weather year-round. The garden decor will work perfectly on any season, rain or shine. It’s made from...
Cardinal Coffee Mug
You really can’t go wrong with a simple cardinal coffee mug.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift that will get plenty of use and bring a smile to the recipient’s face every morning, it’s a no-brainer!
- Cardinal mug is a great way to bring the outdoors inside. Pair mug with other coordinating Dean Crouser tabletop pieces featuring the same artwork (sold separately).
- Coffee cup is made of stoneware. Let your family kick-start their day with a sip of tea or coffee in this charming cardinal mug.
- Mug holds approximately 16 ounces of your favorite hot or cold beverage. Measures approximately 4.5 x 3.5 inches. Perfect for an encouraging display or use in a kitchen.
If someone is coo-coo for cardinals in your life, any one of the items discussed here today will put a smile on their face, but do be sure to subtly establish what they do and don’t already have.
If they’re a prolific cardinal lover, you may have to choose one of the more off the wall suggestions on this list, or perhaps a combination gift that provides an experience as well as a nice object.
For instance, pairing the cardinal watering can with sweet pea seeds is a celebration of their passion in itself, yet it encourages them to take action, plant the seeds, and invite real cardinals to their backyard.
There’s no better gift for a cardinal lover than facilitating recurring visits from their number one bird!