Gifts for the Bee Lover
Know a bee lover or a beekeeper? We are just beginning our journey into keeping bees (our first hive will be started this upcoming spring!) and I have been gathering up bee related items for the past two years in preparation for it. It has been a journey, and a little encouragement from friends and family can go a long way. So many people try to convince you to not keep bees, which can be good in ways and frustrating in others! Gift some bee goodness to your bee loving family this year!
Are you having trouble finding legit beekeeping equipment online? You're not alone. It's not easy figuring out where to purchase from and which company to trust! I look at the hive kits on Amazon and start feeling anxious. For whatever reason, they just don't look legitimate enough to me. Thankfully, I've taken a few bee courses and every time, they give you catalogs for bee supply companies. Score! Check out Dadant, Glory Bee, and Betterbee!
- This gift idea can go so many different ways! Whether you want to make candles, gift candles, or even gift the supplies so recipient can make candles themselves, I think candles can make a really great gift. Especially for someone who will be creating their own beeswax soon! I searched high and low for this pinecone candle mold and was just not having any luck. For whatever reason, this candle shape went viral on Instagram and Pinterest this past year (weird, right? and I am also extremely attracted to it). And guess what! You can buy the mold! Why purchase the candle when you can just make your own over and over and over again. So fun! This website also has a ton of super creative candle molds as well. And don't forget the beeswax!
- Okay, so maybe you don't know someone who keeps bees but just wants to help save bees and take care of them! Gifting packets of wildflowers is always a great idea. My personal favorite seed supply company is Botanical Interests. They have a really great message, organic seed selection, and even the packaging is pretty. The vintage artwork is just phenomenal! They have an entire section on their website dedicated to pollinators that you should check out! How cute would this be gifted with some gardening tools as well?
- If you're wanting to get serious, you could always gift a hive kit or even just some beekeeping tools! If you're not sure what exactly to purchase to get started, check out my blog post on beginner beekeeping supplies.
- This one is for the kiddos! I was also having some trouble finding a bee suit that could fit Tad. I think a lot of people are afraid of having their kids join in with beekeeping, but I know that my hands-on babe will want to at least be near me when it comes to caring for our bees. And I want him to learn as well! A bee suit will keep your tiny helper protected. I am so glad I found this option from Betterbee!
- How cute would it be to gift a new beekeeper honey jars and custom honey labels?! Oh my gosh, I would probably cry if someone made this for me! You can find so many adorable honey jars here.
- I would probably get in trouble if I didn't plug our own products! Ha! Our flour sack towels always make a great gift for anyone in your life, and we have lots of botanical, bee, and even a moth design!
- I love this book, 100 Plants to Feed the Bees! It is so helpful for anyone wanting to put some love out for the pollinators, especially native bees, butterflies, and moths. Definitely grab a copy if you need help figuring out what to plant in your native habitat.
- When I first started learning about bees, their history, and biology, I grabbed a copy of this book at our local library. I loved it so much that I ended up purchasing it days later! It is my number one go-to for bee information and has excellent photographs and detailed history. I really love it! If you'd just like to know more about the history of human-to-bee interaction and even the different types of bees around the world, grab The Bee: A Natural History.
- How cute is this carved wooden sign from Magnolia Roots Co? My sweet friend from Instagram, Folk + Co, wrote the poem and it was made into this ornament! Perfect for any pollinator supporter.