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2023 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, celebrate by shopping for unique, nature-inspired gifts at the National Aviary Gift Shop! Spread holiday cheer with a games, a field guide to enhance bird-watching adventures, educational toys and books for the littles ones, and more. Come on in and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list (including yourself!). Admission not required to shop onsite.

BONUS: Now through December 1, National Aviary Members receive 20% off Gift Shop purchases!

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Snuggle Up & “Wine Down”

Give the gift of a cozy moment: a cup of hot cocoa or tea in our NEW color-changing mugs featuring your favorite animals like African Penguins and owls, adorable sloth slippers, and fun parrot wine bottle opener!

All About the Little Ones

Holiday Gift Options at the National Aviary including plush toys, games, and books

From and woodland books, to nature-inspired puzzles and avian-themed games, as well as an exclusive edition of Pittsburgh Monopoly that features iconic local landmarks including the National Aviary. Kids will love our wide selection of soft and huggable plush, a tumbler featuring some of the Aviary’s most popular birds, and interactive story books that can be read at bed time!

Double the Penguins, Double the Fun!

An African Penguin swimming underwater

There are so many ways to see and support African Penguins this season, and what better gift for a Penguin Lover than a Penguin Animal Encounter (or a Jr. Penguin Animal Encounter for tiny animal enthusiasts). Get up close and personal with one of the National Aviary’s African Penguins, learn about their plight in the wild, and snap amazing photos!

Score the Perfect Gift for Hockey Fans

Pittsburgh Penguins game vs the New Jersey Devils

For sports and bird lovers alike, the National Aviary has teamed up with the Pittsburgh Penguins for four games this winter. $10 from each ticket purchased through this exclusive link for December 21, December 30, January 6, or January 27 will be donated to the National Aviary! Still not enough penguins? Check out the onsite and online gift shop for endless penguin plushes, magnets, postcards, mugs, animal stickers, books, board games, and so much more!

A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

Birdwatcher's Paradise gift bundle

Prepare someone for the quintessential birdwatching experience with guides, gadgets, and gizmos from the Gift Shop! From field guides, to state-of-the-art binoculars, tumblers for hot coffee to fuel the adventure, there are tons of resources for birders at any level of expertise. For those who prefer instruction and gifts to look forward to, the National Aviary hosts a multitude of birdwatching classes led and curated by Aviary experts that are regularly offered and updated throughout the year here.

New Items for Your Home

Soar into the holiday season with some chirpy and festive decorations! The National Aviary Gift Shop has you covered with their wide range of bird-themed goodies that are bound to add that extra sparkle to your home. From adorable bird mugs to cozy tea towels, you’ll find everything you need to make your holiday season a hoot.

Give the Gift of Membership

Make an animal lover’s holiday happiness last the entire year with a National Aviary Membership. In addition to FREE annual admission, members get exclusive benefits, including discounted Animal Encounters and $1 off each ticket to the Habitat Heroes Presented by AAA Travel. Members also enjoy discounted reciprocal admissions to more than 300 accredited zoos and aquariums across the country. Membership perks don’t stop there — National Aviary members who renew or sign up today will receive a 10% discount to the Gift Shop and a $15 gift card to all participating Atria’s locations to make your next visit even brighter!

Leave Your Mark: Personalize a Paver in Condor Court

Honor the memory of a loved one or preserve a precious moment in time with a Condor Court Paver from the National Aviary. Home to the only two Andean Condors in North American zoos born last year, Condor Court is the ideal location to have an engraved paver. Orders will be taken now through September 2024, with an installation and paver donor reception planned for late Fall 2024. Pavers are guaranteed to stay for a minimum of five years or the life of the habitat.

Headshot of an African Penguin

Symbolically adopt one of several National Aviary birds or mammals on behalf of a passionate animal fan. “Adoptions” come with a personalized letter, a unique photo, a fact sheet, and much more. All proceeds from adoption go directly to support animal care efforts at the National Aviary. Holiday shoppers can’t go wrong with this unique gift only available at the National Aviary! Adopt-A-Bird before December 13 to receive your package in time for the holidays!

The Gift of an Unforgettable Experience

A young girl looks at a Lanner Falcon she's holding on her gloved arm

Give the gift of memories this year with an Animal Encounter! Get up-close with your favorite animals like an African Penguin, Linnaeus’s Two-toed Sloth, falcon, or owl. And don’t forget the young animal lovers in your life: the Jr. Penguin Encounter offers interactive, educational activities and meet and greets with an African Penguin!

Check out our online shopping, with both shipping and curbside pickup options available!

Holiday Brunch In The Garden Room

December 10 & 17 | Seating at 11 am | National Aviary Admission Included
As fall leaves turn to snow, be sure to visit the National Aviary to warm up in immersive habitats with tropical birds, enjoy scrumptious brunches, and continue holiday traditions with loved ones! Click here to learn more & reserve your seat.

Dining at Atria’s Kookaburra Kitchen

Need a mid-day pick-me-up? Atria’s is serving drinks and grab-and-go items daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Warm up with a cup of coffee and enjoy a quick light bite in the Atrium or The Garden Room lobby located at the rear of the National Aviary.

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