Taking the Sting Out of Finding 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.
My husband has no idea what type of beekeeping item I need. The best he can do it to buy me something that has a picture of a bee on it. LOL Don’t chance a beekeeping gift disaster. I can help.
This post will make buying the best gifts for beekeepers you know – a snap!
In a hurry? If you are just looking for a quick solution to your gift giving dilemma, check out the images below. Images are clickable. If you want to learn more about why I chose these particular beekeeper gifts – scroll down the post.
Considerations for Gifts for Beekeepers
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.
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 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 3.
When you consider gifts for beekeepers, don’t be afraid to go for the unusual and funny. You may buy us something that we would love to try out.
Commercial Bee SmokerA 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 it nice to get a new one occasionally.
One of my older smokers has this type of domed lid. Sometimes it seems that it burns longer than some of my other smokers. But the tip does clog up with soot quicker. It has a sturdy bellow, wire guard for safety and comes with a 3 pack of smoker fuel. This would be an excellent gift for beekeepers of all levels.
The major thing I love about this beekeeping tool pack is the items included. For the first year beekeeper, this is one of those gifts for beekeepers that has it all. All of the basic hand tools needed by a new beekeeper are included. A thoughtful and useful bee gift.
Protective Wear is Always Appreciated
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. If it is late summer and I am working with a more defensive hive, I opt for the full suit.
Beekeeping clothing is always a sound choice when you are considering practical gifts for beekeepers.
Anytime a beehive is open, one should be wearing a veil. This beekeeper’s veil is a good choice for quick beehive inspections. It is also a good idea to keep an extra on hand. This gift for beekeepers allows them to share their love of bees with friends. You can’t have too many veils on hand either.
This is my favorite extra veil to have on hand. It is really soft and folds almost flat. While it is not sturdy enough to stand up to years of use, I would still recommend it. The screen is easy to see through and I like to use mine when I am taking pictures with my Nikon. I call it my cowboy.. or um… cowgirl beekeepers hat!
Apiarist Beekeeping JacketI really like having a heavy cotton/poly jacket on hand. This beekeeping jacket with hood will be a great gift for beekeepers who don’t want to bother with a full suit. Personally, I really like the dome style hood and I find the mesh easier to see through.
When it comes to quality and workmanship, the Ultra Breeze Suit (and Jackets) are top of the line. I have had my Ultra Breeze Beekeeping Jacket for years. It is still as functional as the day I purchased it. This beekeeping suit is a wonderful gift for beekeepers who care about quality.
Who says a beekeeping suit has to be white? Jazz up your bee style with this cute camouflage bee jacket. The perfect gift for the stylish beekeeper in your life. Several different styles and colors to choose. This beekeeping jacket will make a statement!
A good pair of beekeeping gloves is a must for many of us new to the hobby. Gloves 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.
I think one of the best gifts for beekeepers is sharing. You can give them the gift of sharing their love of bees with others. This kids’ beekeeping suit will allow the beekeeping experience to be shared with a young person. Whether intended for a child, grandchild, or just your little sidekick, this gift will bring hours of enjoyment.
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 beekeeper 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.
Getting started in beekeeping can be overwhelming. Kim Flottom is one of the most engaging speakers that I have had the pleasure to hear. His book “Backyard Beekeeping: 4th Edition” contains valuable information that will help every beekeeper develop a good foundation. There are also a few tricks and tips in there for us old-timers.
Buzz into Beekeeping: This is my book that I created from over 10 years experience in training new beekeepers. A good introduction to your first year as a beekeeper without a lot of unnecessary fluff that you don’t need to know yet. This book educates without overwhelming the reader.
The Beekeepers Handbook – a favorite of new beekeepers. I purchased this book for myself over 8 years ago. The information inside is as relevant today as it was then. Another great choice to give the beekeeper in your life. Although it includes basic information, this book includes more in depth information and will be useful for years to come.
Many beekeepers decide to give queen rearing a try at sometime in their beekeeping career. This book, Queen Rearing Essentials, by Lawrence John Conner is another one of his informative guides. Raising your own queen bees gives a beekeeper more control over the genetics in the bee yard. This is one of those gifts for beekeepers that will give hours and hours of enjoyment.
Beekeepers love to learn. Wise beekeepers never stop learning. One of my favorite beekeeping books, Honey Bee Biology takes a scholarly approach to the world of bees. While it contains a lot of useful “how to be a beekeeper” information, it includes a closer study of the biology of bees. This is a great book for the beekeeper who wants to know more – but not my favorite “how to be a beekeeper book.”
This honey bee DVD contains remarkable video footage of bees. A great gift for beekeepers to use and share with others. Featuring high quality video footage of honey bees inside and outside the hive. This video will intrigue beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike.
Choosing 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 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. Every beekeeper loves getting new equipment. Make someone’s day with the thoughtful gift.
The Flow Hive design has certainly created a “buzz” in the world of beekeeping. Special frames permit honey to be harvested without removing frames from the hive. Many people want to give the Flow Hive style a try. It is important to remember that even Flow Hive bee colonies require proper maintenance and inspections.
The 2-Fer Deal: We often recommend that new beekeepers begin with 2 hives. This pack contains 2 complete starter hives. Assembled and painted, this is the perfect gift for a beekeeper without a lot of time to assemble equipment.
A Honey Extractor is an item that is not essential to a beekeeper. However, it sure is greatly appreciated. An extractor facilitates honey harvesting. A simple inexpensive honey extractor is great for someone with a couple of hives. Later, the beekeeper can upgrade to an advanced model.
A Honey Refractometer is used to measure the water content of honey. Using a refractometer helps the beekeeper know that the honey inside the hive is ripe and ready to harvest. This is useful knowledge to have especially for new beekeepers.
A fun tool or gadget for any beekeeper. The Ultimate Uncapper helps hold the frame of honey during uncapping. This reduces hand strain for the beekeeper and reduces dropped frames and sticky floors. The simple design makes it easy to clean! – Includes a Capping Scratcher too!
Frame Perch ToolThe Frame perch would make my list of the top gifts for beekeepers. The perch hangs on the side of the hive during inspections. Frames can be removed from the colony and rest in the perch – instead of on the ground. This makes hives inspections so much easier. Get one!
Uncapping Needle Roller ToolThe Uncapping Needle Roller is another new 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.
9 Ounce, Glass Bear JarDelight your beekeeper with these cute honey bear glass jars. Every beekeeper enjoys having nice jars to showcase our harvest. This is one of those gifts for beekeepers that is sure to please.
Bee Hive Robbing ScreensRobbing can be a big problem for the beekeeper. Strong colonies may attack and kill weaker colonies that are nearby. This is a new type of robbing screen that attaches easily to the front of your hive. The design allows the hive bees to enter and exit while confusing robber bees. Every beekeeper needs a few on hand.
Beekeeper’s Lab: 52 Family-Friendly ActivitiesGet with whole family involved in the beekeeping experience with The Bee Lab. A honey bee colony has a lot of wisdom to share. The activities included inside will allow the beekeeper to share their experience with every member of the family.
Bee Gifts That Are Useful & 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.
Bee Crossing 12One of the most popular gifts for beekeepers that you will find. Every beekeeper would love to receive a “bee crossing sign.” It can be used outside to warn people of beehives that are nearby. Or, it looks great in the yard as a decoration for your pollinator garden. Mine is hanging in my honey house!
Caution Bees At Work SignA thoughtful gift for any beekeeper. This beehive warning sign promotes safety by alerting everyone to stay away from the beehives. In a litigious society, warning signs are just a smart idea. Get a couple for your beekeeper friends.
Clay In Motion Honey PotNo list of gifts for beekeepers would be complete with a Honey Pot. Every beekeeper enjoys having an iconic handmade honey pot. Some of us even collect them. This artisan product is sure to please.
Queen Bee 13 oz Coffee MugI love my Queen Bee Mug and your beekeeper will too! The mug feels good in your hand and the design is delightful. The sporty stripes and queen bee emblem is cool and it comes with a nifty striped box! Chose one for your beekeeping queen and she will be very pleased.
Beekeeper T-Shirt 401KMany beekeepers want to create a profitable business. Beekeeping is a common retirement activity for people who finally have the time to do things that interest them. This Funny Beekeeper Tshirt explains to the world that you do have a retirement plan after all.
Queen Bee PopSocketsLooking for gifts for beekeepers that will fit in a Christmas Stocking? This Queen Bee PopSocket is sure to please your beekeeper. Can be used with phones or tablets. The popsocket adheres to the back of the phone and can be used as a stand for easy viewing.
Barbie Beekeeper PlaysetBeekeeper Barbie is here! Believe it or not. And, yes, I bought one for myself. This is a great gift for a fellow beekeeper or the child of a beekeeper. I am pleased to see Barbie wearing a veil to promote beekeeping safety.
Honeybee String LightsIf you are looking for stylish gifts for beekeepers, this is a good one. A honey bee LED light string will bring smiles to faces all around. This battery powered light string is perfect for any occasion. Just another great option for the beekeeper or honeybee lover.
Incredible Creatures HoneybeeWhat’s a great gift for beekeepers? Bees! If you can’t give real live bees, consider this bee replica. I have one that I use for education demonstrations. Many beekeepers sell honey and crafts at festivals or visit schools to teach about beekeeping. This little bee is a great demonstration piece.
The 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.
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