Is there a beekeeper in your life that is due for a gift? We usually want to buy gifts for our loved ones based on their hobbies and interests, but unless you partake in that same hobby it can be difficult to know what to get.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of gifts for hobby beekeepers that any seasoned or aspiring beekeeper would love to get. From small gifts, to large ones, there’s something for every beekeeper here.
How to Find The Best Gifts for Hobby Beekeepers
Practical gifts are always great because everyone wants something they can actually use. Beekeeping supplies such as tools, protective clothing, books, and jars for honey would all be great practical gifts. Of course, if you are looking for a larger gift, any beekeeper would be overjoyed to receive a new beehive.
It’s also nice to give thoughtful gifts as well. Gifts that you know the recipient would like, but probably wouldn’t think to buy it for themselves. Thoughtful gifts are always a nice surprise. Thoughtful gifts for beekeepers include bee themed decor, honey cookbooks, and flowering plants and trees.
Gifts for beekeepers can vary in price from just a few dollars to several hundred dollars. Before shopping you may want to decide on how much you would like to spend on your gift. That way you can filter out items that are not in your price range.
Books and simple tools can cost $10 or less, but would certainly put a smile on any beekeeper’s face. If you would like to spend more on your gift, beekeeping suits and beehives are sure to be greatly appreciated by the recipient.
Best Gifts for Beekeepers
Beekeepers are always learning about their craft. That’s why books and magazines are great gifts for beekeepers. For beginners, Beekeeping for Beginners is a great guide book. It offers a step by step guide to teach any budding beekeeper all the fundamentals of beekeeping.
Another personal favorite is The Backyard Beekeeper. This book is has a ton of information and lovely photos throughout. The Beekeepers Bible is a highly popular book that both beginner and experienced beekeepers would love to own. It goes over everything from the history of beekeeping to how to care for bees, and how to use beeswax and honey.
Another cool gift for people who like reading is a magazine subscription. With a subscription, the recipient will receive a new magazine issue every month for a whole year. Bee Culture is a popular magazine for beekeepers. Just be aware, if you choose to gift a magazine subscription, it takes 6-10 weeks for the first issue to arrive. So, make sure you order ahead.
Beekeeping Tools and Supplies
Beekeeping tools and supplies are good gifts for hobby beekeepers because they are so practical. The only problem is, if you aren’t a beekeeper yourself, it’s hard to know what tools or supplies to get. To learn more about beekeeping supplies, see my post here. The good thing is that there is a variety of supplies in all price ranges, so you are sure to find something that will fit in your budget.
Bee suits are always useful to beekeepers, as they are used a lot. There are different suits for different beekeepers. Styles differ, such as a full suit or jacket. Some brands also have many different colors.
Of course, the ultimate gift you can get a beekeeper is a beehive. Any beekeeper would love to receive a brand new hive as a gift. There are different types of beehives, but you can figure out the kind to get by looking at their existing hives.
My personal favorite beehive right now is Hoover Hives. Not only are these hives gorgeous, they are also high quality and long lasting. For more information on Hoover Hives, see my full review here. Hoover Hives are available on Amazon, and from GalenaFarms.com.
I like to order from Galena Farms because of the great customer service and free shipping. Plus, if you use the coupon code COMPLETEBEEHIVES, you can get 5% off your order.
Novelty Gifts for Hobby Beekeepers
Novelty gifts for beekeepers are great too. These gifts are fun and thoughtful. And just because they are novelty items, does not mean that they are useless. Shirts, signs, and decor would be great gifts for beekeepers.
There are a lot of cool shirts for beekeepers that would be great gifts. The designs range from clever, to funny, to informational. There’s something any beekeeper would like.
Bee signs are popular gifts as well. They are cute, whimsical, and can be used either outdoors or indoors. A beekeeping sign would go particularly well with other bee themed decor, such as a door mat and throw pillows.
Getting gifts for hobby beekeepers can be a bit of a challenge if you are unfamiliar with beekeeping. However, there are a lot of useful and thoughtful gifts that they would enjoy. Practical gifts for hobby beekeepers include beehives, bee suits, and supplies. Novelty gifts like shirts and decor are good choices as well.
This article was originally published on September 20th, 2020 and was updated for today.