A Look At Our Top Picks Of The Best Gifts For Beekeepers

Beekeeper with smoker controlling beeyard and bees

Finding gifts for beekeepers can be tricky. Having a bee-lover in your life can make gift-giving season easier in some ways because you know what their passion is and can almost guarantee that something bee themed will be a hit. This can help to narrow down your gift search while also showing that you know the person and care about their interests.

On the other hand, if you yourself don't know anything about bees, then picking the right gift can be a daunting task. You may not be sure what items they have, what items they want, where to find them, how much they cost, or other critical information. Fortunately, this article is here to help. We’ve scoured the internet for the best in all bee-themed gifts, from apparel to household items, to beekeeping equipment and apiary supplies, foodstuff, experiences, and some outside-the-hive ideas you may have never even considered.

Gifts for Beekeepers FAQs

 

​Are these gifts for professional beekeepers?

​This list will provide potential gift ideas for all levels of bee enthusiasts. It has several suggestions that will appeal more to experienced keepers and others that may appeal more to novices. However, many of these gifts can be appreciated by bee lovers of all stripes.

 

​What types of occasions are these gifts appropriate for?

​These gifts can work for many different occasions and are not holiday-specific. Some examples could be birthdays, Christmas, Chanaka, romantic anniversaries, professional anniversaries, and graduations or other achievements. You also don’t always need a reason to give a gift—just do it because you want to make someone in your life happy!

 

​Where can I find gifts for beekeepers?

​All of the products in this list are available online and should be accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Many can be found in stores as well, but the goal of this list is to provide gift ideas for everyone, regardless of their geographic location.

How We Reviewed

​Our team has scoured the web for the best bee-themed presents, tools, and activities for you to give to the beekeeper in your life. We looked at the pros and cons of each potential gift, its price, where you can find it, and warranty options. Most importantly we looked at who the gift is right for.

Overall Price Range of Gifts for Beekeepers

beekeeper working on beehive with bees

Gifts for beekeepers can run the gamut of pricing, from cost-free options to super-premium technical equipment. We encourage you to pick an option that works best for your particular financial situation, and that sends the right message to the receiver—and remember, as with all gifts it’s the thought that counts, not the price tag.

What We Reviewed

The Beekeeper’s Bible

The Beekeeper’s Bible

Features

​As the name implies, The Beekeeper’s Bible is a must have for any apiarist, making it one of the top gifts for beekeepers. It is full of recipes, advice, history and other fundamentals of the craft.

It may be slightly better suited toward newer keepers than veterans, if only because the longer someone has been actively beekeeping, the more likely they are to have a copy already. If they don’t own one yet, even the most seasoned of keepers will be able to find new facts and tips in the bible.

​Pros

  • ​A fundamental text in the genre
  • ​Readable and interesting for many levels

​Cons

  • ​Experienced beekeepers may already have one
  • ​More applicable to newer beekeepers

Price

The Beekeepers Bible tends to retail between $20-$26 for new copies. There are also plenty of used copies available online, many of them for much cheaper.

​Where to Buy?

​Amazon features both new and used versions from a variety of sellers. Other retailers include Barnes and Noble, Target, and various online bookstores.

Swarm Commander Spray Lure

Features

​This handy little spray can help to lure bee swarms to wherever the “commander” wants. It contains a combination of essential oils that act similarly to natural bee pheromones, attracting bees to its scent.

Swarm Lure / Swarm Commander Swarm Lure 2oz Bottle

​Pros

  • ​Useful for drawing in new bees
  • ​Can help to control bees

​Cons

  • ​Questionable effectiveness
  • ​High price for a small amount of product

Price

​Swarm Commander retails for about $30 for a 2 oz spray bottle. There are other sizes and forms of Swarm Commander available as well, which may work better for some consumers.

​Where to Buy?

​Swarm Commander is sold through Amazon, Mann Lake, and through their own website. It is also available through a number of peer-to-peer retail sites like eBay.

“Bee Happy” Mug

Features

​Tending the apiary can be exhausting work, and this clever mug is a cute way to refuel with coffee, tea, or whatever beverage you choose. This mug is durable and 100% microwave safe. You can even pair the mug with honey lavender tea for stress relief (available from Yogi Tea on Amazon). The seller, Candid Awe, offers mugs in a variety of themes, so while you are browsing you may find a gift for a friend with a different hobby.

Don't Worry Bee Happy Mug, Funny mug, Ceramic mug, White, Coffee, Coffe cup, printing mug, gift mug

​Pros

  • ​Beautiful craftsmanship
  • ​Appropriate for all types of users

​Cons

  • ​Long shipping time
  • ​Shipping costs

Price

​The “All Hives Matter” mug sells for $14.99, plus shipping and handling.

​Where to Buy?

​The “All Hives Matter” mug is available on Amazon from the seller Candid Awe.

Beekeeper’s Suit

Features

​All keepers can use an extra suit. Not only can theirs get dirty, used, and beat up, but it also never hurts to have extras around for when company comes over. Keepers get to take their friends and family out to see the bees while also keeping them safe and comfortable.

Professional-grade Bee suits, Beekeeper suits, Beekeeping Suits - Eco-Keeper (X Large)

​Pros

  • ​Lightweight
  • ​Easy to store
  • ​Easy to take on and off

​Cons

  • ​Cheaper suits can be less effective
  • ​The best suits can be exceptionally expensive

Price

Beekeepers’ suits can fall within a wide range of prices. However, the cheapest options tend to go for as little as $25. High-end options can go for more than $200.

​Where to Buy?

​Amazon carries more than a dozen different suit options, and specialty shops like Glory Bee and Mann Lake also carry a variety of options.

Bee Raw Honey Flight

Features

Of course, every bee lover also loves honey, but these connoisseurs can be picky, and you don’t want to give them any old grocery store honey. Instead, the Bee Raw Honey Flight allows you to choose nine varieties of different kinds of honey from their list of over twenty unique honey options.

Flavors include Washington Buckwheat, Maine Blueberry, Oregon Maple Blossom and more. The honey is meticulously handcrafted by Bee Raw and beautifully packaged in unique vials and an oak box that makes for a truly beautiful gift presentation.

Bee Raw Honey Flight

​Pros

  • ​Customizable flavors
  • ​Aesthetic value

​Cons

  • ​Small amounts of each honey
  • ​High cost

Price

​The Bee Raw Nine Varietal Honey Flight prices at $74 plus shipping and handling. There are rare honey options available from Bee Raw as well, but those are more expensive.

​Where to Buy?

​The Nine Varietal Honey Flight is available exclusively through the Bee Raw website.

Donate to a Bee-related Charity

Features

During giving seasons, many people selflessly like to request that instead of giving material gifts, friends make donations to charity in their name. If you want to honor this request while still showing the recipient that you know them and care about their interests, consider donating to one of the many charity or non-profit organizations that support bees and bee-related causes.

There are actually hundreds of different organizations that accept donations to promote bee welfare—from environmental advocacy groups to responsible honey farming advocates, sanctuaries, research groups and more. This includes larger groups like Greenpeace and the Environmental Justice Foundation, as well as smaller, more bee-specific groups like Avaaz, Friends of Honeybees, or the Center for Honeybee Research.

handing out money

​Pros

  • ​Serves the greater good
  • ​Shows you care about the receiver’s cause

​Cons

  • ​Can feel less personal
  • ​Less beneficial to the receiver directly

Price

​Another pro of donating to charities is that the cost is completely customizable. Most organizations will let you donate as much or as little as you like, making this an excellent option for people for whom cost is of particular concern.

​Where to Buy?

​Visit the websites of any of the organizations above or search for your own bee-related charity. There are literally hundreds, so picking the right one can be daunting. If this worries you, consider picking a cause local to the receiver, or go with a larger name that you know and trust.

Beekeeper-Themed Shirts

Features

​Custom T-Shirt platform Spreadshirt features a wide variety of shirts from multiple designers, and they have hundreds of beekeeping-related shirts. While that may seem like a lot of shirts, you truly have no idea before you begin scrolling through their wide selection of T’s. The variety in colors, styles, and senses of humor allow the gift giver to find a shirt that is exactly right for the recipient’s sensibilities.

Beekeeper T-Shirt

​Pros

  • ​Many styles
  • ​Inexpensive

​Cons

  • ​Can’t protect you from bees!

Price

​Given that the shirts on Spreadshirt are produced by independent designers, the cost of any given shirt can vary. In general, shirts on the site tend to run from $15-$30, slightly more expensive than the average t-shirt, but fairly reasonable compared to other custom clothing outlets.

​Where to Buy?

​All shirts are available in the Spreadshirt online store.

The Beekeeper’s Journal

Features

​The Beekeeper’s Journal is a helpful companion for any beekeeper, allowing them to chart their progress, record their thoughts, and ensure that they have a record that they can reference later on. It includes helpful tips, quotes, and beautiful illustrations that can enhance the experience and keep keepers motivated.

The Beekeeper's Journal: An Illustrated Register for Your Beekeeping Adventures

​Pros

  • ​Helpful gift for beekeepers of all levels
  • ​Creates a record for later reference
  • ​Inexpensive

​Cons

  • ​Advanced users may prefer a more “serious” record

Price

The Beekeeper’s Journal costs around $15 new, depending on the retailer.

​Coupons and Deals

​A $1.50 coupon is available at checkout on Amazon.

Where to Buy?

​Amazon carries new copies of The Beekeeper’s Journal. Plus, it provides links to several outlets that carry used copies.

The Basic Beekeeping Starter Kit

Features

​For the special person in your life who has always wanted to get into beekeeping, this complete starter kit will give them all the equipment they need. It contains one painted frame and ten wooden frames to start building your hive. It also includes gear such as protective leather gloves and a bee veil. Don't worry, it comes completely assembled and is suitable for those that struggle with Ikea furniture.

​Pros

  • ​Made in the United States
  • ​User-friendly

​Cons

  • ​Not for experienced beekeepers who already have equipment
  • ​Very expensive

Price

The Basic Beekeeping Starter Kit comes at a $195.95 on Amazon (at a $27 discount). This is an ideal present when you want to wow your bee lover.

Where to Buy?

​The Basic Beekeeping Starter Kit is available through U.S. based brand Mann Lake. You can purchase the kit on their website or on Amazon from a variety of sellers.

​Warranty

​A manufacturer's warranty is available upon request.

​Coupons and Deals

​The kit comes with free shipping on Amazon.

Help in the Apiary

Features

Not all gifts for beekeepers cost money. The gift that most people really want is quality time with their loved ones, and the gift that many beekeepers really need is another pair of hands. Instead of buying something for your apiarist, consider donating a specific number of hours of your personal labor for them to do with as they please.

This solution is not only free but has the added benefit of helping to bring you and your beekeeper closer. You get to spend time together while enjoying their interest with them. Watch out, though: You may start to love beekeeping too!

people helping in the bee apiary

​Pros

  • ​Free
  • ​Personal time together
  • ​You get to learn about bees too!

​Cons

  • ​May appear “cheap.”
  • ​Time-consuming
  • ​More applicable to professional beekeepers than to many hobbyists.

Price

​The best part about helping in the apiary is that it costs nothing but your time. This is one of the gifts for beekeepers that truly fits any budget!

​The Verdict

beekeeper looking at beehive frame with bees

​This article can’t tell you which of these items is the right gift for your special apiarist; it can only give you a variety of potential gifts for beekeepers that are suitable for a range of budgets, experience levels, and personal styles. Simple gifts such as mugs and t-shirts are suitable for any level of beekeeper. Other gifts such as the honey flight and beekeeping suit require a little more knowledge of the recipient's tastes. Pick the one that shows the recipient that you not only care about them but that you care about their interests and passions. BEE creative!

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