An Experience to Remember

Let Mr. Canary help you create a lasting impression by feeding birds


Child with bird feeder


When I think of Christmas, fond memories flood through me.

Some of my best memories of Christmas are times spent with family. I think of my dad playing for me, over and over again, Alvin and the Chipmunks, All I want for Christmas is a Hula-hoop.

This season reminds me of our tradition of going to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. All of these experiences are ones that I wouldn’t trade for anything. It’s funny, I can so clearly recall our traditions, but I can’t for the life of me remember the gifts that, at the time, I was so excited to open.

As a millennial I may be bias, but I think our generation perceives much greater value in experiences much more than we value ‘things.’ It’s easy in today’s world to become consumed by the latest gadgets, but there is a lot to be said about the experiences people share.

Part of why I believe Instagram is so popular is because everyone wants to share their latest experience with the world. Everything in my life right now is centered on experiences, not things. This time last year, I was helping a close friend plan an experience for his marriage proposal because, again, ‘how’ he did it meant so much to his fiancé.

This year, I’m planning a California adventure for my sister-in-law’s Senior Trip before she’s off to college. I want to convey how proud I am of her with an experience she’ll remember. Memories of her time in California will last a lifetime; but, it’s a very rare for a ‘thing’ to last as long. 

As you approach this holiday season, you can easily become overwhelmed with the options for gifts, I mean you can find ‘Doorbusters’ at every store; and let’s not forget Amazon as your one-stop-shop.

While it may be easy to just buy a gift card on your way out of the market or that hot new gadget that just came out, I encourage you to think of the feeling it’ll inspire on the receiving end. Will the gadget affect the person’s life in any meaningful way? the long-run? The gift of an experience could easily be equivalent in cost, and yet create a memory that will last a lifetime.


Feeding Birds is a Cool(ish) Experience for Everyone on your Shopping List


Experiences come in all shapes and sizes. Experiences can be extravagant like a trip to California or it could be as modest as feeding birds.

No matter the depth of experience, the impact that the experience has on the receiver is what matters. While feeding birds may seem mundane at first, it can actually be a cool(ish) experience for people of all ages. And let’s face it, it’s also a lot easier on your wallet than a trip to California!

Like my memories of Christmas, I also have memories of my grandma feeding birds when I was growing up, which is ultimately what made me start feeding birds in the first place. There are many benefits to bird feeding, but the best one in my opinion is the ‘why’ you do it in the first place.

Research shows that over 80% of people who feed birds, do so it ‘connects’ them with someone special. Intergenerational bonding is significant in bird feeding, so why not make some cool memories with your family or friends this holiday season with the simple gesture of buying a bird feeder.

 Mr. Canary makes bird feeding so easy to do with its Bird & Breakfast bird feeder, it has a badass social mission, and it’s available on Amazon Prime…need I say anymore?

PLUS, as If that isn’t enough to get you on board with this experience in honor or The 12 Days of Christmas, here are…


The 12 Reasons to Buy a Bird & Breakfast Bird Feeder this Holiday Season


1. Easy and Convenient: Think a Keurig for bird feeding. Just pop in the little TV-dinner trays of bird seed into the bird feeder and then replace the tray with a new one when finished. PLUS you don’t have to lug around those big bags of bird seed anymore!

2. Planet-Friendly: Bird seed en-trays are made out of sustainable materials and are 100% recyclable. For every tree used to make an en-tray, four trees are planted to replace it!

3. Quality: Not only is the bird feeder made out of a durable material sure to last for many seasons to come, but the premium seed that is in the en-trays last a lot longer than you’d think!

4. Cleanliness: With the single-use en-trays, every time you replace an empty tray with a new one, you provide a clean, hygienic feeding area for birds, which means YOU can stop scrubbing bird ‘debris’ off of your feeder every other week, and the birds can enjoy healthier feeding conditions.

5. Affordable: With your initial purchase of the Bird & Breakfast, you will receive the bird feeder and four bird seed en-trays and like I said before these aren’t small trays of food, they will last awhile.

6. Subscription available: Once you get hooked on the Bird & Breakfast, Mr. Canary offers a great subscription model, where you can sign up to receive the bird seed en-trays at your door step every month!

7. Year-long activity: While you may think of bird feeding as a seasonal hobby, it really isn’t. Birds gotta eat in the winter too. This is something you can enjoy doing all year long, no matter what the weather is like!

8. Made in the USA: Mr. Canary is based in Indiana and proudly makes all of its products in the United States. Not to mention the badass social mission that all its products are made by people with disabilities at the Arc of Greater Boone County in Lebanon, Indiana.

9. Woman-Owned business: Mr. Canary has been a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) since its inception almost twenty-five years ago, with co-founder and president, Jan Long at the helm.

10. Entertains children: Kids, especially toddlers, love helping put the en-tray into the Bird & Breakfast. It is easy enough for them to do it themselves!

11. Pass-time for empty nesters: This is a great gift to give to your parents or grandparents who may be feeling a bit not needed now that you’ve left the house.

12. Cool enough for millennial’s: The Bird & Breakfast redefines bird feeding. It no longer is something only grandma does because it now meets the needs of all by providing an easy way for you to unplug and connect with nature.


Read Mr. Canary’s recent blog post, to understand why Mr. Canary’s co-founder feeds bird and why I feed birds in the post, Making a House a Home, and you will surely be convinced to get in on this experience with your loved ones.

Author: Caitlyn Cole

Published: December 10, 2019