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Monday, December 17, 2012

Stocking Stuffers for Beekeepers

I saw this on Facebook and thought it might be useful for some of you out there.  Here's a convenient list of stocking stuffers for Beekeepers:


What I would add to her list:

  • A box of Ziploc sandwich bags:  great for carrying wax scrapings, etc. back from the beehive
  • Rubber bands - the giant kind - for holding comb into frames that is catty-whumpus and you want to straighten out.
  • Bee Christmas ornaments - I now have a small collection, the latest of which is a metal honeybee that my sister bought for me at a craft fair
  • Molds for soap, lotion bars, or candles
  • an 8"square baking pan - if you enter wax blocks in honey contests, you can never have enough of these since you almost need to use a new one each time
  • Permanent magic markers - innumerable uses
  • Bee related magnets for your car 
  • Any bee item from Etsy
  • Small jars of someone else's honey - always fun to taste and compare - although most beekeepers will always think their own is the best
  • A subscription to a bee magazine
  • A propane grill lighter - great for lighting smokers
  • A honeybee cookie cutter

1 comment:

  1. I second Rusty's suggestion for hive tools. One can never have too many, and it's nice to get a new one that's not all propolized.


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