Between the EU and the US, there are over 800,000 active beekeepers producing 000’s of tons of honey for those of us with a sweet tooth. Most of these beekeepers are classed as hobbyists and along with the even bigger population of bee lovers, there is plenty of buzz in the industry.
We’ve put together this guide with some of the Internets finest bee-themed gifts to get you on their golden side. Some of these gifts are specifically targeted at beekeepers, whilst others are for bee fans around the world. As always, we’ve tried to include a range of practical and novelty gift items at a variety of price points, so there’s sure to be something that fits the bill.
Best Gifts for Bee Lovers
Here is a round-up of the best gift for bee lovers and enthusiasts from across the web.
Bee Kind T-Shirt
Be kind to your friends with this ‘Bee Kind’ t-shirt, featuring a fun bee illustration and printed on 100% cotton t-shirts. Choose from a variety of base colors and fits for both men and women, including slim, classic, v-neck, scoop neck, and long sleeve.
Handmade Bee Ring
This tiny silver bee ring is a beautiful gift for a bee-loving woman. These rings look nice by themselves, or you can wear multiple rings for a miniature colony. There are also earrings to match from the same store so that’s next year’s present sorted already. The band is unisex measuring 6mm wide and 1.2mm thick, there are also other styles available.
Wooden Bee Coasters
This set of 4 wooden bee coasters make exquisite table decorations as well as providing protection against hot drinks and stains, a double whammy. They are 3.5″ in diameter and come with a personalized holder engraved with the name of your recipient. These would make a perfect housewarming gift for a bee lover.
Bee Happy Sweatshirt
This soft women’s sweatshirt is un-bee-lievably cute and makes the perfect addition to any wardrobe, bee fanatic or not. The fun Bee Happy slogan is sure to spread joy and it’s printed on a relaxed fit sweater made from 80% cotton.
Bee “Tea for One” Teapot
This teapot from the English Tableware Company will take pride of place on the breakfast table of any bee lover and is just one product out of their Bee Happy kitchenware range which also includes mugs, butter dishes, over gloves, condiment holders, and more. Help kick start their collection and bring a ray of sunshine into any home. The best part about this teapot is the lid with embossed honeycomb pattern and a bee shaped knob.
Honeycomb Bee Welcome Sign
This decorative sign is perfect for welcoming guests to your home or bee farm. The unique honeycomb shape has been carefully cut from steel and powder coated to prevent it from rusting. There are 24 different color finishes to choose from and 4 sizes from 18″ up to 36″ if you really want to give your visitors a warm welcome.
Honey Bee Sterling Silver Necklace
This handcrafted necklace is for the bumblebee fans amongst us. The sterling silver necklace makes a lovely little gift for someone special and being very small and lightweight makes it perfect for everyday use.
Best Gifts for Bee Keepers
If you’re buying for someone who is a bee keeper, you might want to check out the below ideas to sweeten them up. These would be great for both a professional or hobby beekeeper.
This beekeeper cap baseball cap is perfect for dads, uncles or siblings, you could even get one each and have your own swarm. It has an adjustable strap that will fit head sizes between 52-55cm and at the front is a curved visor and embroidered design.
Time is Honey Clock
You know what they say – time is honey! Any beekeeper will adore this clock design that was made especially for beekeepers. Make it unique with customizable hand colors and the choice between bamboo, white or black edges depending upon what your recipient will like.
Collins Beekeeper’s Bible
The Collins Beekeeper Bible is one of the oldest and most respected resources in the industry and a must-have for all bee keepers. This complete guide has over 400 pages and touches on everything from caring for bees to honey recipes. The book also contains enticing photography and step by step illustrations to make everything easy to follow. If your recipient doesn’t already have this in their personal library, then now is the time to snap it up.
HunterBee Beekeeping Starter Kit
This starter kit from HunterBee has the basic tools a newbie would need to get started which makes a perfect gift for new beekeepers aspiring to own their own colony. The set of 10 tools includes a beehive smoker, frame gripper, horsehair tail brush and more. Once they are up and running they can add a brood chamber and feeders ready for the nectar,
Ventilated Beekeeping Suit with Veil
When things start to get a bit more serious at the hives, a professional-grade beekeeping suit is an essential piece of kit. These can be pricey so putting it on a gift list is never a bad idea. For ultimate protection and durability, it needs to be well ventilated and made from premium materials. This one is widely considered to be the best in the business, combining great airflow with comfort and protection. Don’t skimp on this present!
Funny Bee Gifts
If you’re buying for someone with a big sense of humor, then you might want to opt for one of these funny gifts that will bring a smile to your recipient.
‘I’m a Keeper’ T-Shirt
A classic beekeeping pun deserves to be featured on a t-shirt, and that’s just what we have here. Choose from over 15 base colours although we think the black looks best. This is a unisex shirt available with different neck shapes and fits so it’s suitable for keeper in your life.
Grumble Bee Phone Case
This would make a great present for a bee lover known to be a little grumpy from time to time. Choose the size to fit your recipient’s phone with sizes to fit both Android and iPhones.
We all know that candles make great gifts, but this tongue-in-cheek design will definitely give your bee-loving recipient a little smile. It’s made from 100% pure soy wax which means it’s sustainable and suitable for vegans. There are over 50 scents to choose from, but we’re a big fan of the banana bread scent.
Gifts That Help Save Bees
Bees are essential to our lives as they are vital in pollination of 90% of the worlds food but due to pesticides and destruction of their natural habitats, the bee population is on decline.
Fortunately, there’s a growing number of individuals and organizations helping raise the issue and promote action. If you’re buying for someone who is passionate about the issue, here are a few gifts that help save the bees.
Note: Whilst some organizations will promote organic or raw honey as a good way to help the bees, we have not included any honey here as according to The Ecologist, the best way to help is by not eating honey at all.
Save the Bees Wildflower Mix
This handcrafted packet of wildflower seeds contains 19 varieties of annual and perennial wildflower seeds including Milkweed, Poppy, and Lupine. This is the perfect practical gift for someone who is passionate about taking action to increase the bee population because according to the WWF, planting nectar-rich plants is the best way to help save the bees at home.
50 Ways to Save the Bees Book
This brand new paperback book released in 2021 contains over 130 pages of ways that everyday people can help save the bees. Suggestions are all easy-to-follow and vary from keeping your yard dark at night to buying ethical honey. The paperback book is written by best-selling author Sally Coulthard who has written several books about the countryside from native bees to hedgehogs. The book is illustrated throughout making it a perfect easy-going gift.
This is a gift to help save the bees in your own garden by giving them some 5-star treatment in hope that they will do some much-needed pollination in return. Solitary bees don’t live in hives or make honey, they usually nest in hollow tubes or wood and are the number one pollinator in the garden, just outdoing the humble honey bee. A bee hotel is made from a variety of wood, bamboo, and pine cones, all housed in a cute wooden house, this is the ideal place for nesting and laying eggs.