Finding a special gift that someone will really love 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 with the bees – but what to buy? In this guide, finding the best gifts for beekeepers is about to become a little bit easier. With many different things to consider, you are sure to find the perfect gift.
Finding the Best Gifts for Beekeepers
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 see 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!
Gifts for the Beekeeper & Apiary
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 and some things we would like to have but may be too cheap to buy.
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. They come in several sizes and even if the beekeeper has a favorite kind – it’s fun to try something new.
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. Also, you sometimes get what you pay for in smokers.
Lowers prices may mean less quality but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – sometimes a lightweight smoker is good enough for the job.
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. I love my Ultra Breeze jacket because it is a bit cooler to wear and of very good construction.
There are many different styles of bee jackets and any beekeeper would love the opportunity to try one that have not yet had.
If it is late summer and I am working with a more defensive hive, I opt for the full beekeepers suit. Quality varies to a great degree on suit materials and sizes.
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 for any beekeeper. 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.
Giving a Beehive for Christmas?
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. And some bee suppliers will sell gift certificates for the honey bees too!
This beekeeper’s kit contains the hive, tools and basic protective wear. Made in the USA, assembled, painted and ready to use. Some kits contain a bunch of low quality stuff that you don’t need – so do some comparison shopping.
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.
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 not for everyone but its a fun gizmo to try.
Beekeeping Education Gift Ideas
Can you ever have too much honey bee knowledge? Can you have too many beekeeping books? 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 and earlier copy of this book for myself over 10 years ago.
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.
And I can’t leave out my book – Buzz into Beekeeping. This is a compilation of years of teaching new beekeepers and has all the basics.
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.
Bee Gifts That Are Useful and Fun
Beekeepers love getting practical items to use in the bee yard. But, we also enjoy fun bee-themed gifts for decoration or to show off our “bee-ness”. 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.