Wednesday December 04, 2013 | 09:00 AM

All this week I will be posting a gift guide once a day. I hope they help you with everyone who is on your list. Check out Monday’s post on gift ideas for your best friend here, and Tuesday’s post for your significant other here

Part #3: Your Child Who Really, Really Wants to Get Some Feathered Friends

Gift an unframed print of a chicken from The Animal Print Shop, $25 and up. After the holidays make an adventure of picking out the frame. 

Symbolically adopt an animal from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) gift center and help support efforts to protect these beautiful wild animals and their habitat. Choices range from woodpeckers to polar bears with adoption packages priced from $50 – 250. Also consider a Birds and Birdhouse Adoption Kit for $75. 

For the teen in your life - A cardboard deer or moose trophy anyone? The Cardboard Trophies are laser-cut for precision fit and easy assembly using slotted construction. They look great in their native brown or white and can be decorated with paint, glitter, wrapping paper or other craft materials. Show in picture - Fred Jr.- Medium Moose Trophy- White or Brown, $30. 

These pig finger puppets from the MOMA store are sure to consume hours of your child’s attention, $6 or $4.80 members. 

At the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine in Portland you can find a farm animal puzzle, chicken puppet (they have the best chicken puppets!), and the book Farmyard Alphabet by Maine children’s author Dahlov Ipcar. For a stocking stuffer and gift the whole family is sure to enjoy all year long, gift a membership to your aspiring farmer and young animal lover to the museum. Exhibits they can explore include the farm (with Maggie the cow, who really milks!), the Ranger Station (with lots of animal artifacts, plus live animal friends like turtles and catfish), and any number of animal programs that include visits from real, live pets and barnyard friends – some furry, some feathered, all friendly! If you live further north consider gifting a membership to the equally wonderful Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor. 

Sure to be one of your little one’s favorite gifts, beloved New York Times bestselling author/illustrator and backyard chicken mama Jan Brett has created super original chicken book in Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella. Readers venture to snowy Russia on a magical journey with a fantastic flock of chickens in a story based on the favorite fairy tale. Brett traveled to Russia to study the night sky and palaces for her "WOW"-inducing illustrations including the double gatefold of chicken couples whirling around the ballroom. Available at Hello Hello Books in Rockland (207) 593-7780 for under $20. 

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Sharon Kitchens is a neo-homesteader learning the ins and outs of country living by luck and pluck and a lot of expert advice. She writes about bees for The Huffington Post and stuff she loves on her personal blog,

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