Gift Guide

Find the perfect gift this holiday season at the National Aviary!


Shop our Gift Shop!

The National Aviary’s Gift Shop offers a selection of well made and unique boutique-style items! The shop is owned and operated by the National Aviary, so proceeds of the sales come directly to us, rather than to a third party. By shopping with us, you are helping to support the important work that we do to help save birds and protect their habitats.

The Gift Shops at the National Aviary are open daily during National Aviary hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. National Aviary admission is not required to shop.

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The National Aviary Gift Shop offers an array of unique nature-themed gifts, artwork, books, toys, and clothing for every occasion! Find thoughtful host/hostess gifts for the holidays or one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for everyone of your list. These stunning items below are just a small sample of what you can find at the National Aviary!



New! Maker Challenge 

Local Art featuring the National Aviary's most popular animals is available for purchase in our gift shop. Visit to discover beautiful pieces for your home and thoughtful gifts for friends and family. Funding for the National Aviary Maker Challenge has been generously provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation. 

African Penguin Ornaments by David Montgomery, November Maker of the Month!


Adopt a Bird

A symbolic adoption is the perfect present for the animal lover on your list. With over 20 different birds and five levels to choose from, you can customize your adoption, and even include a plush or encounter to enhance your gift. Included in your adoption packet is an 8" x 10" frame-able mat with a beautiful photo of your bird, personalized adoption certificate, and species fact sheet. Your gift will help support the care of all the birds at the National Aviary and our conservation work around the world!

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  • Adopt an African Penguin!
    This endangered and adorable species needs your help! Your adoption supports vital conservation efforts, and specialized care for these special birds.

One-of-a-Kind Experiences You Don’t Need to Wrap!

Gift certificates to the National Aviary are the perfect present for the person who has everything. You will be giving the gift of a once in a lifetime experience! Whether it is general admission passes for a fun filled day seeing the exhibits or a behind the scenes VIP tour, your gift is sure to be the highlight of their holiday!

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  • Two Holiday Camps: Penguin Camps Return and NEW Owl Camps: Spend a day of holiday fun with our penguins or owls. Camps are designed for age 6 through 12 and include up close encounters and behind the scenes learning opportunities. Register today with a credit card over the phone by calling 412-258-9439, or click here. Register the same camper for both camps and save $20!
  • Bird Encounters: Get to know the penguins, feed the flamingos or see the talons of an owl up-close. These 30 minute close encounters with our magnificent birds are perfect gifts for pairs, families or your group of friends!
  • Sloth Encounter:  Meet Valentino during this unique up-close encounter. Purchase a sloth encounter gift certificate and we'll add a plush sloth at no charge!
  • VIP Experience: Enjoy an unforgettable, customized, behind-the-scenes tour as a VIP Guest. This is the perfect gift for any animal lover, future veterinarian, or that special someone who always wanted to work at a zoo!


The Gift of Membership

Members enjoy FREE General Admission, discounts at the Gift Shop and Garden Shop, free parking, discounted admission to National Aviary special events, and free or discounted admission to hundreds of zoos and botanical gardens across the country*. With more than 500 birds, monthly family events, and exciting new plans for next year, a gift of membership is something that never gets old. Purchase your membership gift online now!

 *does not include Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium or Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens