Gifts For Beekeepers (Everyday & Unique Ideas)

Updated on November 10th, 2021

There are dozens of potential gifts for beekeepers in your life ranging from relatively inexpensive tools and books to top of the line equipment. And there are plenty of items that beekeepers might not think to buy themselves but would love receiving.

Beginning beekeepers are sure to appreciate receiving gifts that lower their upfront costs. Established beekeepers may need to replace aging or broken items.

In this article, we cover all kinds of items that can make fantastic gifts for a beekeeper.

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It’s the holiday season! Check out our gift ideas for a beekeeper you know… or for yourself! In addition to standard beekeeping supplies, we’ve included some unique items you may not have considered.

Books

Beekeeping books make great gifts for beekeepers of every level.

Our Favorite Beekeeping Books For Beginners

The Beekeeper’s Handbook

This has been our #1 book since we started beekeeping. It’s not just for beginners.

Beekeeping for dummies

Possibly the most recommended book for beginning beekeepers. Don’t be a dummy.

The Backyard Beekeeper

The Backyard Beekeeper is geared toward the small hobby beekeeper with limited space nearby .

Our Favorite Books For Advanced Beekeepers

Beekeeper’s Problem Solver

A great book for diagnosing and solving problems from a well-respected author.

The Practical Beekeeper

This three volume book series focuses on the alternative of treatment fee beekeeping.

Honey Bee Biology And Beekeeping

This is one of the more expensive books. It is written like a textbook for a college level course.

See our article 11 Best Beekeeping Books for more information on the books listed above and some others that make great gifts for beekeepers.


Protective Gear

Beekeepers may vary in the amount of protective clothing they wear while tending to their hives.

Experienced beekeepers with mild-mannered hives often wear little or no protection. But even those beekeepers should have protective clothing for times when they run into a testy colony that gets overly defensive.

Some beekeepers keep a variety of gear for different situations: a bee jacket for quick inspections when the bees are calm; a full suit for heavy work days when the bees may be more agitated, an so on.

We recommend that everyone wear a veil, at minimum, to protect their face and eyes. Veils can be part of a jacket/suit or a separate item.

Beekeeping Suits And Jackets

Beekeeping suits and jackets should fit comfortably and provide plenty of room for movement. They should have elastic or velcro closures at all openings (wrist, ankles, and waist) to keep bees out.

Mann Lake is a major supplier of beekeeping equipment. We have used their Economy Bee Jacket for many years. It is a bit heavy to wear in very hot weather but we think it’s a great value. This is a very good jacket for a beginning beekeeper. The hood can be replaced if needed.


If the beekeeper in your life works in hot weather and does NOT have a ventilated suit or jacket, consider these items from Ultra Breeze. Ultra Breeze suits are more expensive than the economy clothing above but receive consistently high ratings.

Ultra Breeze Beekeeping Jacket With Veil

Ultra Breeze Beekeeping Suit With Veil


For something a little different, how about a beekeeping suit or jacket that is NOT WHITE. Natural Apiary beekeeping clothing is also available pink, camouflage, or khaki. Some of their product lines are ventilated.

Natural Apiary Apiarist Beekeeping Suit With Veil

Natural Apiary Zephyros Protect 3 Layer Ventilated Jacket Suit


Veils And Gloves

Natural Cotton Medium / Large Professional Beekeepers Hat

Humble Bee 210 Polycotton Beekeeping Veil, Standard


Cowhide gloves are generally the thickest and thus provide the best protection. However, that thickness also makes them harder to work with. Goatskin gloves are thinner and easier to work with but provide less protection.

Long, ventilated gauntlets protect wrists and forearms and ventilation is nice to have in the hot summer.

Unlike beekeeping suits and jackets, gloves should fit snugly.

Natural Apiary Cowhide Gloves With Ventilated Sleeves

Natural Apiary Goatskin Gloves With Ventilated Sleeves


Beekeeping Tools

Every beekeeper needs a smoker and a hive tool. We recommend having more than one of each. Some tools can break at the most inopportune time. Tools can be easily misplaced. Your beekeeper may appreciate having some spares on hand.

Smoker And Standard Tools

VIVO Stainless Steel Bee Smoker

Kinglake J Hook Hive Tool

Kinglake Standard Hive Tool

These are other hive tools that beekeepers may not have think to buy for themselves but they will love to have.

Multifunction Hive Scraper Tool

KINGLAKE Polished Hive Scraper

Pocket Stainless Steel Max Hive Tool


Miscellaneous Beekeeping Equipment

Stainless Steel Frame Perch

We keep a frame holder in the apiary so it’s always available during hive inspections.

Mann Lake Hive Carrier

A 10-frame box full of honey can be quite heavy. Save a beekeeper’s back with a hive carrier.

Swarm
Commander

Help your beekeeper catch free swarms of bees to grow her apiary. We’ve used it with great success.

Ratchet Tie Down Straps

Ratchet straps are great for keep covers on hives or for moving multiple boxes.

Mann Lake Double Sieve

Backyard beekeepers can strain large pieces of wax and more to process honey.

Muck
Boots

We love our Muck Boots for beekeeping and all-around work outdoors.

Unique And Different Gift Ideas For Beekeepers

For beekeeping gift ideas unrelated to beekeeping tasks, check out the items below. Many of these items can be found on sites such as Etsy. They may not be mass produced and may only be available in limited quantities.

Stainless Steel Beehive and Bees on a Branch

From Axismetalfabrication

Stainless steel beehive and bees on E

This handmade design is 15″ high and 12″ wide. It would look great by any bee yard or garden.

Personalized Bee
Print Apron

From WeaselandStoatLtd

Personalized apron on Etsy

Your beekeeper may welcome wearing this handmade apron while bottling a return gift of honey for you.

Personalized Metal
Bee Sign

From GoodVibesMetal

Personalize metal bee sign on Etsy

Let visitors know exactly whose apiary they are in with a beautiful handmade metal sign.

Beekeeper
T-Shirts

From RusticSunflowerApprl

Beekeeper t shirt on Etsy

This is a great tee shirt for a beekeeper with a sense of humor. It’s available in 10 colors.

Honey Bee
Coasters

From LazerLizardDesigns

Honey bee coasters on Etsy

After a hot day in the bee yard, your beekeeper can set an ice cold drink down on a made-to-order bee coaster.

Mighty Mead Complete Equipment & Ingredient Kit

From SundryBrew

Mighty Mead Kit on Etsy

This Complete equipment and Ingredient kit contains everything you need to make one-half Gallon of Mead!