Cute and quirky bee gifts for the bee-lover in your life
Your bee-loving friends will be buzzing (sorry!) if you treat them to one of these adorable bee-themed gifts
If you have a loved one who is mad about bees, why not treat them to a thoughtful gift which reflects their love for the bumblebees and honeybees which buzz around our gardens, parks and countryside during the summer months? In fact, if you've reached this page, we're guessing that's your plan!
So read on for our round-up of the best bee-themed gifts available to buy in the UK right now. We've got ideas for everyone - whether they're passionate about wildlife or just fans of a cute motif - and gifts ranging from notebooks to earrings to water bottles. Scroll down to start getting your bee gift inspiration!
Best bee-themed gifts in buy in 2023
Sophie Allport bees mug
We're big fans of Sophie Allport's sophisticated but super-cute designs, and this stoneware mug is no exception. Featuring an illustrated bee pattern topped with a stylish dark blue rim, the mug has a rounded shape that's just perfect for wrapping your hands around - plus, it's dishwasher and microwave safe. And if you love the design, the good news is that it's part of a whole bee-themed range - check it out for matching crockery, kitchenware and homeware, including a teapot and milk jug if you fancy a whole tea set!
Cath Kidston Bee Lunch Tote
Keep lunch fresh on the go with this sunny yellow bee-patterned tote from queen of modern vintage Cath Kidston. Specially designed for carrying food and drinks, it boasts a tough, wipe-clean oilcloth exterior and an insulated foil lining, and zips across the top for security.
Bee Beaded Coasters Set of Four
A unique coaster set makes a fab housewarming gift, and this colourful beaded bee design from Oliver Bonas certainly fits the bill. Handmade using glass beads in trendy coral, sage green, yellow and blue, each of the four coasters features a central bee motif with gold detailing - just the job for jazzing up a coffee table.
Bumblebee 750ml Chilly's Bottle
Chilly's insulated bottles have played a major role in transforming reusable water bottles from gym bag kit to must-have fashion accessory, with their aesthetically-pleasing shape and wide range of colours and patterns. They have now partnered with Emma Bridgewater to create a selection of flasks bearing the iconic English homeware brand's signature designs - including bees! Each bottle comes in a pretty matching box, which is handy for gift wrapping.
Bee Awesome planter with soil and wildflower seeds
Not only does this 'Bee Awesome' ceramic planter by Devon-based maker So Close feature a cute bee illustration, it also comes with soil and wildflower seeds included so you can fill it with flowers to attract the real thing to your garden, balcony, or windowsill. Read our guide to bee-friendly gardens for more ideas on turning your garden into a haven for bees!
Bee Lover Hamper
The ultimate treat for bee fans, the Bee Lovers Hamper from Marks & Spencer is packed with goodies inspired by their favourite insect, including a mug, coaster, embroidered cushion and appliqué felt decoration. It all comes in a jute-cotton blend gift bag, which is also decorated with - you guessed it! - bees, and you can also add a personal message for the recipient.
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Dotty Bee Lunch Bag
This clever lunch bag consists of two insulated sections which open and close independently, so you can separate food, drinks and snacks however you want - it's so handy for preventing heavier items like soft drinks from squashing your sandwiches. The strong but soft carry handles are a lovely touch, too. The bee pattern is cute bee pattern makes this a great gift choice for a child or teen as well as an adult.
If your brain is buzzing with ideas (sorry!), here's the perfect place to jot them down! This bee notebook by Quick Witted Coconut is available with a green, pink, sky blue or white background, and inside you'll find 96 crisp lined pages waiting to be filled. The 90gsm paper is thick enough to use with a fountain pen, with a 50# offset lending it a slightly textured finish. As for eco credentials, the notebook is printed using chlorine-free ink and the acid-free paper stock is sourced from a Forest Stewardship Council-certified supplier.
Bee Happy Cup With Straw
Enjoy a drink on the go with this uplifting, colourful travel cup from Paperchase. Great as an outdoor-friendly option for picnics, beach trips or just hanging out in the garden, the reusable cup comes with a matching straw. For more travel cups, check out our favourite reusable mugs.
These gold-plated pendant earrings, with delicate bee and honeycomb charms, make for a quirky gift for any bee-lover. Each set is handmade by Stoke-on-Trent maker Lyn Noakes, so you'll know the pair you buy will be a true one-of-a-kind.