Gifts from the Hive

| 11/13/2014 10:08:00 AM

Tags: beehives, beeswax, honey bees, Jennifer Ford, New York,

A fun part of beekeeping is using the products of your beehives to put together creative, practical, and thoughtful gifts for friends and family.

First, let’s talk about honey. In and of itself, a jar of honey makes a fine gift. But, if you want to jazz it up a little, think about creative jars and bottles you can use. One of our favorites for gift giving is a “Muth Jar” of honey. It is a very pretty bottle, with a “vintage” feel. With a nice bow, it makes a great gift. You can also attach a nice looking honey dipper to make it even more special. Also, think about pairing the honey with other items such as: tea and a nice mug, a homemade loaf of bread, or cheese and crackers. Baked good made with your own honey are also a welcome gift. Bread, cookies, and other desserts can be made ahead of time, and frozen until you are ready to give them as gifts. Honey can also be used to make flavored “creamed” honeys that many people enjoy. I have also sometimes included a honey – themed cookbook with a jar of honey.

Beeswax can be used to make a wide variety of candles. I try to give different types of candles as gifts on different years. Some years I might give taper candles, another year I made tree candles, and this year I bought a mold to make pillar candles with a fern design. Again, the candles could also be paired with other items such as candle holders, decorative matches, and candle snuffers to make a nice gift set. Votive candles are very simple to make, and there are many types of votive holders out there to make each gift unique.

You could also try your hand at making beauty products with beeswax. One year I made beeswax lip balm using a kit. It was quick, easy, and made enough lip balm for all of my friends and family. There are also many recipes online for hand salves, lotions, soaps and bath products using honey and/or beeswax.

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