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41 Gifts For Beekeepers: Best Gift Ideas (2022)

Finding a special gift that someone can be quite a chore. If you have a friend or family member who is a beekeeper, it can be extra frustrating. You want to get them something great that they can enjoy – but what to buy? In this guide, I am sharing my years of experience training newbies to help you find the best gifts for beekeepers of all ages and experience levels.

Practical Gifts for Beekeepers

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My husband has no idea what type of beekeeping item I need. The best he can do is to buy me something that has a picture of a bee on it. Which is always appreciated too!

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If you feel intimidated by the beekeeper on your shopping list – don’t – I can help. Whether you are considering a beekeeper novelty item, some educational material or even some serious equipment – the ideas are all here. This guide will make buying the best gifts for beekeepers – a snap!

1. Beekeeping Kit

Give the gift of bees this holiday or any special occasion. Well, perhaps you should not wrap up a box of bees to put under the tree. But, you can give everything else that is needed to get started in beekeeping.

This is a gift that even experience beekeepers will love. We all love new shiny equipment! A beekeeper’s kit contains the hive, tools and basic protective wear. Some kits contain a bunch of low quality stuff that you don’t need – so do some comparison shopping.

10 Frame Langstroth Beehive Starter Kit10 Frame Langstroth Beehive Starter Kit10 Frame Langstroth Beehive Starter Kit

 

2. Beekeeper Cap

This cute beekeeper cap is a nice way to show off your affinity for bees. People will ask the wearer ” do you have bees”? All beekeepers love to talk to people about their hives.

Beekeeper CapBeekeeper CapBeekeeper Cap

 

3. Honey Farm Truck

What a cute way to show off your love of honey bees. This cute honey farm truck will look great sitting on your favorite beekeeper’s desk or book case.

Honey Bee Yellow Metal Farm TruckHoney Bee Yellow Metal Farm TruckHoney Bee Yellow Metal Farm Truck

 

4. Extra Honey Boxes & Supers

The Langstroth Hive has been the standard in American beekeeping for more than 100 years.   It is still the most popular hive style in use.

This unit is the basic starter hive that will hold 1 family of bees.    Even the most experienced beekeeper loves getting new equipment. It’s great to have extra boxes on hand. Make someone’s day with this thoughtful gift.

Mann Lake Complete Bee Hive KitMann Lake Complete Bee Hive KitMann Lake Complete Bee Hive Kit

 

5. Beekeeper’s Bible

The Beekeeper’s Bible is a massive collection of information on all facets of beekeeping. From bee biology to hive management and more. It even has recipes for things you can make with honey and beeswax.

The Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home UsesThe Beekeeper’s Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home UsesThe Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses

 

6. Bee Pop Socket

A great small gift idea for any occasion. This bee-themed pop socket for your phone is sure to create a buzz.

Beekeeper PopSockets PopGripBeekeeper PopSockets PopGripBeekeeper PopSockets PopGrip

 

7. Hive Tools

Hive tools are a must for any beekeeper and you can’t have too many.  Why? Because we lose our hive tools – we may find them later but never seem to have one when we need it.

They come in several sizes and even if the beekeeper has a favorite kind – it’s fun to try something new. Having 4 or more is seriously not a problem.

Beekeepers Hive Tool,2PcsBeekeepers Hive Tool,2PcsBeekeepers Hive Tool,2Pcs

 

8. Beekeeper T-Shirt

Sure to bring a smile to any beekeeper’s face. This beekeeper’s t-shirt offers some really good advice.

Beekeeper Apiarist  T-ShirtBeekeeper Apiarist T-ShirtBeekeeper Apiarist  T-Shirt

 

9. Bee Smoker

Getting a new smoker is like having a new clean pair of underwear, its just a good feeling all around. This is a must for safe beekeeping.

They come in many different types and styles and all of them work pretty much the same. I like the style with the wire guard to help prevent burns.

Over time, soot builds up inside your smoker. It can be cleaned but it sure is nice to get a new one occasionally. Every beekeeper will appreciate the gift shiny new smoker.

Mann Lake  Stainless Steel SmokerMann Lake Stainless Steel SmokerMann Lake  Stainless Steel Smoker

 

10. Safari Net Hat

This Safari Hat is awesome for anyone who loves the outdoors. Effective against mosquitos and other flying insects – it also offers some bee protection. Great for a casual look around the bee yard.

USHAKE Net Safari HatUSHAKE Net Safari HatUSHAKE Net Safari Hat

 

11. Cool Bee Suit or Jacket

Every beekeeper has a favorite form of protective beekeeping attire.  Some folks wear only a hat and veil – others prefer wearing a full beekeeping suit to lessen the chances of stings on the body.

And some beekeepers, like myself, have several different combinations of beekeeping wear. (Please don’t ask me how many I have – its a bit embarrassing. LOL).

I love my Ultra Breeze jacket (now 13 years old and still going strong) because it is a bit cooler to wear and of very good construction.

We can all agree that beekeeping is hot sticky work – a ventilated jacket or suit is sure to be greatly appreciated.

Ultra Breeze  Jacket with VeilUltra Breeze Jacket with VeilUltra Breeze  Jacket with Veil

 

There are many different styles of bee jackets and any beekeeper would love the opportunity to try one that have not yet had. I have a best bee suit guide with more ideas to consider too.

12. Rain Proof Bee Log

This adorable little beehive log fits neatly in the pocket of your bee suit or jacket. Even better, it holds up well in moist conditions – great for taking notes at the hives.

Little Giant Beehive LogLittle Giant Beehive LogLittle Giant Beehive Log

 

13. Sloggers Bee Yard Shoes

I have these waterproof Sloggers and they are both adorable and useful. This beekeeping gift will keep those toes dry as you trudge out and back to the bee yard.

Sloggers  Waterproof Comfort Shoe, 8, Lt Blue Bee PrintSloggers Waterproof Comfort Shoe, 8, Lt Blue Bee PrintSloggers  Waterproof Comfort Shoe, 8, Lt Blue Bee Print

 

14. Lightweight Veil

While I prefer to wear a jacket or suit I do use a hat veil combination when standing close to the hive to take pictures.

This beekeeper’s veil is a good choice for quick beehive inspections. It is also a good idea to keep an extra on hand.  Having extra protective wear allows beekeepers to share their love of bees with friends.

Beekeeping Cowboy Hat & VeilBeekeeping Cowboy Hat & VeilBeekeeping Cowboy Hat & Veil

 

15. Awesome Beekeeper Mug

Help your proud beekeeper friend show off a bit with this awesome beekeeper mug!

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16. Beekeeping Gloves

Beekeeping gloves are always a good gift choice for beginning beekeepers. They give a sense of safety and confidence so you can concentrate on other things.

In time, some beekeepers decide to inspect their hives without gloves. That’s okay. But its a good idea to keep a pair on hand in case you encounter an aggressive hive.

Humble Bee  Goatskin Beekeeping GlovesHumble Bee Goatskin Beekeeping GlovesHumble Bee  Goatskin Beekeeping Gloves

 

17. Steampunk Bee Clock

If your beekeeper is into the unique and unusual, this steampunk bee clock is the perfect present to create a buzz.

Veronese Design Bee Clock 10 1/4Veronese Design Bee Clock 10 1/4Veronese Design Bee Clock 10 1/4

 

18. Honey Extractor

A Honey Extractor is an item that is not essential to a beekeeper. However, it sure is greatly appreciated.  

This simple inexpensive honey extractor is great for someone with a up to 4 hives. Later, the beekeeper can upgrade to an advanced model if desired.

Little Giant Stainless Steel 2-Frame ExtractorLittle Giant Stainless Steel 2-Frame ExtractorLittle Giant Stainless Steel 2-Frame Extractor

 

19. Pollinator Bee Garden Sign

This pollinator bee garden sign is a great way for anyone to show their love of bees.

Pollinator Friendly Bee - Garden SignPollinator Friendly Bee – Garden SignPollinator Friendly Bee - Garden Sign

 

20. Frame Perch

A frame perch is a tool that hangs on the side of the open beehive. This allows the beekeeper to carefully place frames there while inspecting the rest of the hive. Very useful.

Mann Lake Stainless Steel Beehive Frame PerchMann Lake Stainless Steel Beehive Frame PerchMann Lake Stainless Steel Beehive Frame Perch

 

21. Uncapping Roller

The Uncapping Needle Roller is a newer gadget on the beekeeping scene. A favorite of many beekeepers, this tool is used to puncture small holes in the honeycomb cappings.

This allows honey to be removed from the comb during extraction without having to cut off wax cappings. It’s a fun gizmo to try.

Uncapping RollerUncapping RollerUncapping Roller

 

22. Beekeeper’s Handbook

Can you ever have too much honey bee knowledge? Educational beekeeping books make perfect gifts for experience beekeepers too.

The Beekeepers Handbook (Diana Samatarro and Alphonse Avitabile) has been a favorite of new beekeepers for year.  I purchased an earlier copy of this book for myself over 10 years ago.

The Beekeeper's Handbook - 4th EditionThe Beekeeper’s Handbook – 4th EditionThe Beekeeper's Handbook - 4th Edition

 

Also, consider my book – Buzz into Beekeeping. This is a compilation of years of teaching new beekeepers and has all the basics.

Another great option for a gift idea – consider an Online Beekeeping Class that the recipient can take at their leisure.

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23. Bee Tote Organizer with Tools

Once we gather all our wonderful bee stuff – we need someway to keep it together. This organizer comes with tools too!

Organizer Tote Beekeeping Tools kit for Beginner Starter kit Durable bee Supplies All-in Gift Set 10 PcsOrganizer Tote Beekeeping Tools kit for Beginner Starter kit Durable bee Supplies All-in Gift Set 10 PcsOrganizer Tote Beekeeping Tools kit for Beginner Starter kit Durable bee Supplies All-in Gift Set 10 Pcs

 

24. Funny Beekeeper Mug

This beekeeper gift mug helps bring out the fun in the hobby.  Sure to bring a smile to the face of any beekeeper who knows it helps to have a sense of humor when dealing with thousands of stinging insects.

Beekeeper Coffee MugBeekeeper Coffee MugBeekeeper Coffee Mug

 

25. Nuc Hive

A nuc box is one of the most useful tools in beekeeping. Both new beekeepers and experienced beekeepers will be thrilled to have an extra mini hive on hand. They are so useful in apiary management.

5-Frame Nuc Beehive5-Frame Nuc Beehive5-Frame Nuc Beehive

 

26. Bee Crossing Sign

Beekeepers love getting practical items to use in the bee yard.  This bee crossing sign warns everyone to watch out – bees at work.

CROSSWALKS Bee CrossingCROSSWALKS Bee CrossingCROSSWALKS Bee Crossing

 

27. Apimaye Hive

The Apimaye brand hives are unique in the beekeeping industry. They never need painting and have won several awards for beekeeping innovation. A great new hive type for any beekeeper to try.

Apimaye Ergo Insulated Bee Hive Set [NO Frames Included]Apimaye Ergo Insulated Bee Hive Set [NO Frames Included]Apimaye Ergo Insulated Bee Hive Set [NO Frames Included]

 

28. Multi-Function Tool

This multi-function tool does everything a regular hive tool does and more. It is a little bigger but the added functionality shows that it deserves a place in every beekeeper’s tool box.

Multipurpose Steel Hive ToolsMultipurpose Steel Hive ToolsMultipurpose Steel Hive Tools

 

29. Beekeeper Dad T-Shirt

Won’t your Dad be proud to wear this t-shirt and show off both his hobby and the wonderful person who gave the gift to him!

Bee Dad Beekeeper T-ShirtBee Dad Beekeeper T-ShirtBee Dad Beekeeper T-Shirt

 

30. Beekeeper Parking Only Sign

Everyone loves to feel special and beekeepers are no exception. Consider this beekeeper parking only sign and mark off a special place for your bee loving friend.

StickerPirate Beekeeper Parking Only 8StickerPirate Beekeeper Parking Only 8StickerPirate Beekeeper Parking Only 8

 

31. Honey Refractometer

A honey refractometer is not a tool that every beekeeper must have – but it is very useful. It is used to test the honey and make sure it is ready to harvest!

Honey Refractometer for Honey MoistureHoney Refractometer for Honey MoistureHoney Refractometer for Honey Moisture

 

32. Honey Harvesting Kit

Most beekeepers get started in the hope of having a honey harvest someday. This starter kit has all the basic tools needed to bring in the sweet harvest.

Honey Harvesting Beekeeping Starter Tool KitHoney Harvesting Beekeeping Starter Tool KitHoney Harvesting Beekeeping Starter Tool Kit

 

33. American Bee Journal Subscription

A thoughtful gift for beekeepers of all levels, a year long subscription to American Bee Journal is sure to keep them up to date on all the latest happenings in the honey bee world.

American Bee JournalAmerican Bee JournalAmerican Bee Journal

 

34. Beeswax Candle Making Kit

We beekeepers are a creative bunch and this candle making kit is a great way to express ourselves. An entertaining project working with beeswax sheets.

Beeswax Candle Making KitBeeswax Candle Making KitBeeswax Candle Making Kit

 

35. Swarm Lure

Beekeepers love to catch wild swarms of bees. Why not – they are a great cost free way to get more bees. This is one of the best swarm lures out there. A great present for any beekeeper.

Swarm Commander 2oz SpraySwarm Commander 2oz SpraySwarm Commander 2oz Spray

 

36. Bee Whisperer Keychain

Keychains are cute little gifts that fit any budget. This Bee Whisperer Keychain is sure to please your favorite keeper of the bees.

Honey Bee Keychain The Bee WhispererHoney Bee Keychain The Bee WhispererHoney Bee Keychain The Bee Whisperer

 

37. Beeswax Alchemy Book

Another well-known book in beekeeping circles, Beeswax Alchemy provides abundant information on making things with beeswax. Any beekeeper into crafting will enjoy the recipes and instructions.

Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the HiveBeeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the HiveBeeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive

 

38. Pro Beekeeper Suit – Pink

Who says a beekeeping suit must be white? Delight your favorite beekeeper with this stylish light pink suit!

Natural Apiary Max Pro Cotton Suit  PinkNatural Apiary Max Pro Cotton Suit PinkNatural Apiary Max Pro Cotton Suit  Pink

 

39. Smoker Fuel

Each beekeeper has their own preference for smoker fuel. Some use dried pine needles or shavings but it is always good to have a little extra on hand.

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40. Solar Bee String Lights

These solar powered bee string lights will brighten the darkest path in anyone’s garden.

Solar Bee String Lights 2 PackSolar Bee String Lights 2 PackSolar Bee String Lights 2 Pack

 

41. Feed the Bees Gardening

One of the most comprehensive books around on pollinator plants, the book will delight any beekeeper or bee loving gardener.

100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive

 

Shopping Tips

When you are shopping for beekeeper gifts it is important to remember a few key points.

  • There are some items that we really love to have more than one of.
  • Some items we would love to have but may be too cheap to buy. (that’s me)

Now, how do you pick the perfect bee gift?  You give it with love and thoughtfulness.  Anything you choose will show your beekeeper friends that you value their contribution to save the bees.

Don’t forget that many people love bees though they may never have a bee hive. Be sure to show them some love too. Check out these cool bee gifts for the non-beekeepers on your list.

And, if you are having trouble picking out just one thing – consider making a small honey bee gift basket for someone.

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