Tuesday, March 11, 2014
All this week I will be posting a gift guide once a day. I hope they help you with everyone who is on your list. Check out yesterday’s post on gift ideas for your best friend here.
Part #2: Your Significant Other Who is Fascinated by Bees.
A gift certificate to The Honey Exchange in Portland, where your beloved can find everything bee-related from wonderful smelling beeswax candles from Overland Honey to Bee Playing Cards.
Chocolates with Maine honey from Black Dinah Chocolatiers. The 8 Piece Dark Chocolate collection has honey infused truffles - Bees & Flowers, $15.75.
Books about bees. The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum or The Beekeeper's Handbook 4th edition by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitable. (both available at The Honey Exchange or on Amazon) offer great introductions to beekeeping while also providing fascinating information about the behavior of bees for non-beekeepers. $25 - 30 each.
Bee Lessons by beekeeper Howard Scott! The book describes honeybee behavior in 42 lessons and what we can learn from them. It is a life's little lessons book based on the natural world. Lesson 34: Hanging Out on hot nights, bees hang out. They drape over the hive entrance and crawl up the front. They rest from their work. They listen to the night sounds. They flex their bodies. They buzz in contentment. They catch the balmy breeze of a hot summer’s night. After a hard day’s work, it’s good to relax. $5
Enroll him or her in beginner bee school (a great idea for someone considering taking on beekeeping in the next year or two), $90 or go together for $130.
A hive (best to get assembled the first time around). Bee Pride in Lebanon, Maine carries woodenware made in Maine by Humble Abodes, estimate $125 – 175. Consider getting a kit if available (comes with gloves, additional boxes and boards, tools), $175 – 200.
Pollinator mix from Ernst Conservation Seeds (the largest producer and distributor of native wildflower seeds in eastern North America), $50.
A bench from which to watch the bees in the garden. Bench in the picture is by Eric Ritter, a Maine craftsman, estimate $2100. (photo by Winky Lewis)
Take your love to Kentucky next July for the Eastern Apicultural Society’s 2014 Conference. There will be workshops, demonstrations, vendors selling beekeeping supplies, hive openings…a bee lover’s paradise.
Slip a "We're going on a trip" note into his or her new travel bag(s) from Portland Trading Company, $295 and up.
Sharon Kitchens is a neo-homesteader learning the ins and outs of country living by luck and pluck and a lot of expert advice. She writes about bees for The Huffington Post and stuff she loves on her personal blog, deliciousmusings.com.
When she is not writing, she enjoys edible gardening, reading books on food and/or thinking about food, hanging out by her beehives and patiently tracking down her chickens in the woods behind her old farmhouse.
In her blog, Sharon profiles farm families, reports on farm-based education and internships, conducts Q&A's with master beekeepers, offers tips on picking a CSA, and much more.