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Choosing Gifts for Beekeeper Beginners
Take the “sting” out of the gift giving season. Looking for something special for a new beekeeper in your life? There are so many gift ideas for beginning beekeepers that choosing one may be the most difficult task before you. Here are my top 9 best gifts for beekeeper beginners and beyond.
Christmas, birthdays, graduation… it doesn’t matter the occasion- you may need to buy a gift for a first time beekeeper-at some point in your life.
With the popularity of beekeeping in recent years, the selection of bee related products has soared into the thousands.
Some of the beekeeping products you find are really nice and some are not so nice. There is a lot of junk out there.
If you don’t know much about the hobby, it is hard to know what to choose. After years of beekeeping, I can give you some great ideas that are sure to please the new beekeeper or “want to be beekeeper” in your life.
Gift the Gift of Beekeeper Education
Bee Culture Magazine
Purchase a subscription of Bee Culture Magazine (in print form). Bee Culture is a favorite magazine for new beekeepers. I’ve been keeping bees for years – yet I always find something new.
As a new beekeeper, this magazine was a very valuable asset to my bee education. I especially like the print edition because it seems to give more opportunities to carry it around and actually read it. Of course it is available in digital as well.
Learning How to Keep Hive Records
Your Beekeeping Journal is so much more than just a diary to write your bee thoughts inside (though you can do that too!). I developed this journal from years of teaching new beekeepers.
It has a calendar and hive inspection tips inside. Some beekeepers buy a new one each year to keep track of the beekeeping experience.
Beekeeper Tools for Beginners
3 Pack Beekeeper Tool Set
One of the best value tool packs for any beekeeper that I have found. Gloves, a hook hive tool and a hat/veil combo all in one set. The hat/veil is soft and while not very sturdy is great for quick inspections – a great extra veil to have on hand.
Buy a Bee Smoker & Fuel
A nice new bee hive smoker is a good gift for the beginning beekeeper who doesn’t have one yet. If your friend already has their smoker, some smoker fuel makes a great stocking stuffer.
Bee Feeders for Use inside Beehives
Feeding new colonies is a common need in the world of beekeeping. This inexpensive feeders are designed to be used with regular quart mason jars to feed hungry bees.
Any beekeeper will appreciate the thought – AND it is much better for the bees to place these inside the hive (sitting on the inner cover) and using an extra deep box to enclosed them.
So if you want to be really impressive go ahead and buy the deep box to go with the feeders. Your friend will be super impressed at your beekeeping savvy.
Beekeeping Suit-Jacket Gift Ideas
If you really want to impress someone, order them an Ultra Breeze Beekeeping Jacket. It is the “Cadillac” of beekeeper wear, my has lasted over 12 years and is still going strong.
Everyone loves having a fresh clean beekeeper suit. And, it’s nice to have an extra on hand for visiting friends.
This economical option makes a great gift for beginner beekeepers. With these cheaper suits – they do tend to run smaller so order one that’s a size up from normal.
Funny Gifts for Beekeeper Beginners
Most of us who are beekeepers have a good sense of humor. If you don’t in the beginning – dealing with thousands of stinging insects may help you get there. These items are special and sure to please all bee enthusiasts.
There you have it! Some great ideas to help you get off to a buzzing start. These products are sure to please any lover of beekeeping.
Still want more ideas: Check out my Ultimate Guide for Beekeeper Gifts.