Finding the Best Gifts for Beekeepers
Do you have a crazy beekeeper, like me, in your life? Finding the best gifts for beekeepers can be quite a chore. This is especially true if you know very little about beekeeping and what might be needed. This guide is designed to help you choose a gift that any beekeeper will appreciate.
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!
If you feel intimidated by the beekeeper on your shopping list – don’t – I can help.
This guide will make buying the best gifts for beekeepers – a snap!
All beekeepers love getting new equipment to paint, books to read, and shirts to show off our “beeness”.
Whether they are just getting started with bees or have been keeping bees for years, you are sure to find the perfect gift.
Types of Beekeeping Gifts
When you are shopping for bee gifts it is important to remember a few key points. There are some items that we really love to have more than one of.
For instance, 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.
Another example is bee smokers. Getting a new smoker is like having a new clean pair of underwear, its just a good feeling all around.
J Hook Hive Tools. Honestly, a beekeeper can not have too many of these. And trust me, you need more than 1.
The hive tool is one of the most important items in the beekeepers’ tool box. They are used for so many things.
Scraping wax off wood, packing fuel down into a hot bee smoker and more. This particular type of tool has a nice curve on the end.
It really helps pry stuck frames out of the box. I love mine – in fact I think I have at least 4. Don’t be afraid to consider useful gifts for beekeepers.. we like to try new things.
A good bee smoker 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 this 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 a shiny new smoker.
Give the Gift of a Beekeeping Suit or Jacket
Every beekeeper has a favorite form of protective beekeeping attire. Some folks wear only a beekeeper’s hat and veil.
Others prefer wearing a full beekeeping suit to lessen the chances of stings on the body. Either option is perfectly okay.
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)
If I am just going in for a quick look, my beekeeping jacket will suffice. Jackets can be worn with light colored pants – or even blue jeans if your bees are calm.
If it is late summer and I am working with a more defensive hive, I opt for the full beekeepers suit. This is the Ultra Breeze – I love my Ultra Breeze jacket because it is a bit cooler to wear.
There are many different styles of bee suits and any beekeeper would love the opportunity to try one that have not yet had.
Aside from beekeeper jacket or full suits, a new hat/veil combination is an economical item to buy for your beekeeping friend. For some experienced beekeepers, this is their preferred protective wear.
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 gloves are always a good gift choice. 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.
Beekeeping clothing is always a sound choice when you are considering practical gifts for beekeepers.
Beekeeping Education Gift Ideas
Can you ever have too much honey bee knowledge? If you are a good beekeeper, the answer is no.
Can you have too many beekeeping books? Again, no, you can not as long as they are quality books about bees. Over the years, most beekeepers collect books that become quite valuable as a written history of beekeeping.
Not every book is worthwhile. The popularity of beekeeping has caused a flood of generic books about bees filled with a lot of fluff information.
Look for beekeeping books written by beekeepers not large publishing houses. Books make perfect gifts for beekeepers.
The Backyard Beekeeper is (Kim Flotum) is a favorite of new beekeepers. I purchased this book for myself over 10 years ago.
The information inside is as relevant today as it was then. Another great choice to give the beekeeper in your life.
Increase Essentials (Lawrence J Conner) contains a wealth of information to help beekeepers understand how to manage and grow their hive numbers. It includes more in depth information and will be useful for years to come.
The Biology of the Honey Bee (Winston) is an advanced book that explores the inner workings of the honey bee in more detail. Not a true “how to” book, it contains fascinating data for any bee enthusiast.
Beekeepers love to learn. Wise beekeepers never stop learning. Another great option for a gift idea – consider an Online Beekeeping Class that the recipient can take at their leisure.
Beekeeping Equipment for Gift Giving
Give the gift of bees this year. Well, everything you need to get started in beekeeping except for the live bees.
This beekeeper’s kit contains the hive, tools and basic protective wear. Made in the USA, assembled, painted and ready to use.
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. Make someone’s day with this thoughtful gift.
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.
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..
Bee Gifts That Are Useful and Fun
I love getting practical items to use in the bee yard. But, I also enjoy fun bee-themed gifts for decoration or to show off my “bee-ness”. And, I have never met a beekeeper who did not enjoy getting something with a bee on it.
These gifts for beekeepers will bring out the fun in the hobby. Some can be used for practical purposes. And, some are just for fun. I have most of them and think any beekeeper would be pleased to receive one as a gift.
Gifts for Gardening Beekeepers
Seriously, almost any beekeeper loves the idea of planting something to help their bees. And, the other pollinators in the region benefit too.
Bee gardens ideas for spring planting in a Christmas stocking…. what a great idea!!!
Buzzing Perfect Gifts for Beekeepers
There you have it, some of my favorite and I think best gifts for beekeepers of any level.
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.
And, that you took the time to shop for the very best beekeeper gift possible. That’s what really matters – you made the effort to buy a gift – (especially true for beginning beekeepers) they would enjoy.
Don’t forget that many people love bees though they may never have a bee hive. Be sure to show them some bee love too. Check out these cool bee gifts for the non-beekeepers on your list.