Are you stuck on the best gifts for the beekeeper in your life?
Oh my. I have been there! Luckily, I am a beekeeper and I know what beekeepers like and want. So, I hope that this list I have compiled will help you to be able to solve that problem.
In this post:
- The best gifts for the beekeeper that are easy to access or stock up on.
- Beekeeping resources and descriptions to help you make decisions.
- Beekeeping Supplies – There are so many out there! These are the ones I’ve used at every stage of my beekeeping life.
For the Young Beekeeper
This is my favorite stage to shop for! No one is ever too young to start beekeeping. My own two little girls are growing their interest and love going out to the bee yard with me. So, here are a few gifts that the little beekeeper would adore.
1. Beekeeper Barbie
When my daughter saw this on the computer screen, she screeched and said, “I want that!” What little girl (or boy) beekeeper wouldn’t love a Barbie friend to practice beekeeping with? The Barbie Beekeeper doll and play set comes with a beehive that has cool features and accessories to play out sweet aspirations.
2. Little Beekeeper Suit
Protect those little beeks well with this full body covering. Don’t forget gloves and strong boots as well.
This suit is the best way that the little beekeepers can get out to the bee yard and observe the bees at work. You never know when the bees will be grumpy. Believe me – We have made that mistake.
Always be covered before you go see the bees! This goes extra for the little bees.
3. The Bee Book
This is a cute little book for young and upcoming beekeepers to learn more about bees.
In this book, you’ll find out how bees talk to one another, what it takes to become a queen bee, what the life of a worker bee is like, and more.
For the Beginning Beekeeper
Do you know someone who is wanting to get started beekeeping or will be getting started soon? Perfect! I’ve included below some of my favorite starter equipment and beekeeping supplies needed to get started.
Here are the best gifts for the beekeeper who is just beginning.
4. Starter Kit
When I was getting started with beekeeping, my mentor recommended this exact kit. It’s simple and comes with everything a beekeeper needs to have a hive full of bees.
Here’s some more info:
- It’s completely assembled and ready for bees.
- Kit includes one painted 10 frame 9-5/8-inch assembled hive body, ten 9-1/8-assembled wood frames with yellow waxed Rite Cell foundation, painted bottom board with entrance reducer, and painted telescoping cover with inner cover.
- Also contains one large pair of economy leather gloves, one Alexander bee veil, one smoker with guard, one hive tool, and the Starting Right with Bees book.
- Measures 22-inch length by 18-1/2-inch width by 13-1/7-inch height.
Plus, Mann Lake is a stellar company to continue ordering beekeeping equipment from. You know this set is going to be quality and the right start for a beekeeper who is new to beekeeping.
5. Beekeeping for Dummies Book
Beekeeping can be tricky. Why not make it simple?
The Beekeeping for Dummies book literally “dums it down” and makes learning beekeeping techniques more simple. It has been my favorite book to read and I always have my copy at arm’s length in case I need to look something up.
That’s why it really needed to be included in this list of best gifts for the beekeeper who is just beginning.
6. Jacket, Hood and Gloves Set
Every good beekeeper needs to be protected. Bees can’t always be trusted, so having a good set of covering is very important and much needed. This is the exact set I have always used ever since I started beekeeping.
The veil and cover is very protective and has pockets to store equipment, such as your hive tool. Gloves are fitting and comfortable. The sleeves on the gloves are just an extra layer of protection while you’re in the hive.
Good protective wear will help any new beekeeper learn to become comfortable around the bees while inside the hive.
7. Beekeepers Journal
The best beekeeping resources are one’s own past experiences. A journey is best written down. Why not gift the new beekeeper with this lovely beekeepers journal?
The journal is the perfect place to keep your thoughts, recipes, inspirations, sketches, and more. Photographs and illustrations on each spread complement the helpful tips, anecdotes, ideas, recipes, how-tos, and images from beekeeping expert, Kim Flottum.
The Intermediate Beekeeper
This stage of beekeeping is one that has been beekeeping for a while and slowly falling in love with beekeeping. This person is starting to become very comfortable and fluent with the bees.
They might be starting to make products with honey and wax but they just really love being out with the bees. The following ideas are the best gifts for the beekeeper who is past the beginner stage.
8. Smoker Fuel Pellets
You can gather stuff from nature for your smoker. Or one can get the gift of already packed good quality smoker fuel. Here are some specs about these fuel pellets:
- 2 pound bag is a nice size and weight to carry in the field or add to a beekeepers travel kit.
- Compressed wood pellets are a great smoker fuel because they burn clean and keep smoldering longer.
9. The Beekeeper’s Bible Book
This book has it all. The Beekeeper’s Bible is a guide to all of the practical essentials of the serious beekeeper. It’s part history, handbook and cookbook.
And it’s loaded with detailed instructions for making things by candles, furniture polish, beauty products and recipes.
Also, it has great pictures! There’s a lot to love about this book. It’s a great gift anyone will love.
10. Wax Melts
For the beek who is dabbling in wax. You’ll love these gorgeous molded beeswax melts! They are hive shaped featuring honeycomb or a cute little bee!
These give off a faint honey scent and are naturally colored soft yellow from the bee pollen.
Beeswax are natural air purifiers that release negative ions into the air to cleanse the air while they burn. These melts have no additives or any other ingredients.
11. Harvesting Starter Kit
I bought a bucket harvesting kit when I scored my first harvest. This small kit has everything you need to extract beautiful golden honey.
The kit includes the following pieces of equipment:
- Food grade 5-gallon bucket
- Honey gate valve
- Stainless steel honey strainer
- Uncapping knife
- Uncapping fork
The bucket is so great. It makes it easy to transport and its wide lid will help you avoid any unnecessary spillages. There’s a lot to love about this little kit. I still use it even though I produce more honey now.
12. 2-Frame Extractor
Another essential part of harvesting is extracting! And most extractors are EXPENSIVE.
But, this is the same hand crank extractor I bought before I harvested my first honey. I still use it, too!
- It’s Easy To Clean – The stainless steel tank can easily be cleaned using warm soapy water after every use since the components come apart very easily.
- Amazing 2 Frames Design – The 2 solid baskets inside allows to hold 2 frames at once; fits shallow, medium, and deep frames.
- Fixed Point – The fixed point in the support leg makes the machine more stable and user can fix the honey machine easily.
- Anti-Corrosion & Anti-Rust Material – The barrel and inner frame uses food grade 304 steel, safe and healthy. The holder adopts 201 steel, which is not easy to rust and can be used outdoors.
- Honey Gate – From the bottom of the tank, allows the honey to flow when opening into a container or settling tank ready for filtering and bottling.
This little extractor is a great way to help one get started extracting.
The Advanced Beekeeper
This beek is the one who has been doing it for years and years and starting to become an expert. Their hives are starting to produce lots of honey and they may even be talking about expanding their hive yard!
The following are the best gifts for the beekeeper that is advanced.
13. Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment Book
This is a great DIY book for learning to craft equipment tailored to particular climate and set up. It allows the builder to save time and money by building equipment.
14. Bear Bottles for Honey
The advanced keeper might be needing extra bottles for selling honey. These little bears are super popular and a good size for honey.
Therefore, these make amazing gifts for keepers who can stock up and never run out of containers.
15. Mann Lake Complete Queen Rearing
For the advanced ADVANCED keeper, this Queen rearing kit allows the keeper to raise their own Queens. And even sell them to others. It eliminates the process of grafting by having the queen lay directly in the cell cup.
This would also be a great gift for the beekeeping mentor as well.
For the Beekeeping Mentor
If you help new and upcoming beekeepers get started, guess what. You’re a mentor!
So, I’ve included some gifts for keepers who are just that. If you’re wondering why you need a mentor, check out this post:
16. Queen Marking Tool
Marking Queens makes it so easier to spot these beauties. These colorful pens allows for careful marking in different colors to keep track of all the different Queens.
17. Bucket Boss Tool Bucket
Not your typical piece of beekeeping equipment, this bucket boss will help keep tools all in one place. Check out all the compartments and space in the bucket.
Also, you have to love the handle!
18. Beekeeper’s Art Print
For the mentor who adores beautiful bee art. Help your mentor decorate their space with this unframed piece.
Among the best gifts for the beekeeper, is beehive health products. Here are a few products that are always good to have on hand.
19. Mann Lake Bee Pro Pollen Patty
Provide pollen for the bees before they have it in nature. These Ultra bee patties are ready to feed when you need it. Here’s some more great things about them:
- Made with essential oils (Pro Health)
- Healthier, stronger bees and a complete amino acid profile
- Beneficial vitamins, lipids and minerals
- Available in 40-pound size
You can set these right inside the inner covers on a warmish day for bee enjoyment.
20. Mann Lake Apivar Mite Strips
Keeping those mites under control is important. These Apivar Mite Strips are easy to use and very recommended.
- Kills up to 99% of mites in one application.
- Amitraz is continuously released over a six week period when the bees come into contact with the strips.
- Proven to be safe and effective.
- Leave no significant residues in the hive.
- Use one strip per 5 frames of bees.
21. Oxalic Acid
Many beekeeping resources recommend using oxalic acid for parasite control. It can be very effective in control when applied certain times of the year.
If you need assistance in learning about using oxalic acid, consult with your local beekeeping resources and mentor.
Other Beekeeper Gifts
22. Beekeeping T-Shirts
I have compiled a grouping of 30+ cute and comfy t-shirts and sweatshirts perfect for any beekeeper. You’ve got to check it out. These are the best gifts for the beekeeper so they can show their love of beekeeping.
23. Queen Bee Mug
A cute way to incorporate the love of bees in the coffee cup cabinet. It makes a perfect gift.
Lots of ideas for presents for bee lovers
I hope this list of best gifts for the beekeeper has helped you to shop for some beekeeping supplies or beekeeping resources. If you still didn’t see the perfect gift, use these links and continue shopping around. There’s a ton of ideas out there! I just chose a few to get you started.
~ Much Love ~
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