Beekeeping is a well-known and time-honoured hobby, but it can be difficult to think of gifts for a friend or relative who is a beekeeper if you are not a beekeeper yourself. Luckily, there are several gift ideas for the beekeeper in your life, whether he is just beginning with this hobby or is a seasoned beekeeper. From books and magazines, to beekeeping tools, there is something for every beekeeper if you just know where to look.
Books About Beekeeping
Several good beekeeping books are available, including those for beginning beekeepers and those with advice for the experts. "ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture" is a reference book with current information on bees, beekeeping, beekeeping supplies, and much more. "First Lessons in Beekeeping" is an excellent resource recommended for beginning beekeepers. "Beekeeping for Dummies," like the other books in this popular series, is an informative and funny guide to everything related to beekeeping. "The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook," which focuses on honey production and harvesting, is a great reference for the more advanced beekeeper.
A smoker is a necessary tool for any beekeeper. It lets out a controlled amount of smoke that keeps the bees relaxed and docile while the beekeeper gathers honey. The smoke masks the guard bees' pheromones that warn the other bees that there is an invader near the hive. There are several models available, large or small, with cone-shaped, slanted nozzles or rounded ones. Ask the beekeeper in your life which model he prefers. You can buy smokers at many sporting goods and outdoor supply stores as well as on online sites for beekeeping enthusiasts.
The most popular magazine for beekeepers is "The American Bee Journal." This is a great gift for a beekeeper because this magazine is monthly and provides information and facts related to bees, honey production and beekeeping.
Another useful tool for a beekeeper is a good set of thick, leather gloves. The gloves help protect the beekeeper's hands while he is working with the beehive. These gloves do not have to be specifically designed for beekeeping, but should be flexible and comfortable. Ask a salesperson at your local sporting goods or outdoor supply store for the brand and style she recommends.
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