Last minute present panic? Try these bee-friendly gifts
Just when you’ve ticked everyone off your Christmas gift list, there always seems to be that one friend that turns up with an unexpected present or the random mid-December gift card from the next-door neighbours.
Not that we’re ungrateful, but having to reciprocate in a rush is always stressful and it’s worth having a few go-to gifts in mind, just in case.
In honour of the general busy-bee-ness of this time of year, the Greenredeem team have decided all our last minute gifts will support our pollinating buddies. Maybe yours could too?
We've decided that all our last minute gifts will support our pollinating buddies. Could yours do so too?
Bee and insect hotel (£12)
This sturdy box is designed to house nesting bees and other beneficial garden bugs. Loose wood, bamboo tunnels and pine cones offer an assortment of nooks and crannies to tempt pollinators to set up home here.
The ‘hotel’ can free-stand or hang on a wall, so your gift recipient is sure to find a spot in their garden for this useful bee-friendly box.
Bee mix seed balls (£7)
The bees will be buzzing in delight when they encounter the Foxgloves, Cornflowers, Red Clover, Birdsfoot, Wild Marjoram, Viper’s Bugloss, Chamomile, Corn Marigold and Night-flowering Catchfly that grow up from these expertly created seed balls.
The special mix of clay and chilli naturally protects the seeds from ants, birds and slugs, so even the least green-fingered of your acquaintances will see beautiful results. They don’t even need to have their own outdoor patch, as the seed balls are ideal for scattering on wasteland and other neglected areas.
Single origin British honey (£7.50)
Thanks to the bees of Exmoor and the Cotwolds for this top-notch stuff. Fabulously delicious British honey, a healthy source of natural sugars and vitamins, with nothing added and nothing taken away.
We think this is an ideal last minute gift for a sweet-toothed friend.
Reusable beeswax food wraps (£10)
Eco-friendly pals will love a set of these naturally antibacterial, cling-film-and-foil-replacing beeswax food wraps. Perhaps you could get a set for yourself, while you’re at it?
To protect food with the wraps, use the warmth of your hands to mould the wrap over a bowl, plate or around a lunchtime sandwich. Remove your hands and the wrap cools within a few seconds, the wax firming up to form a seal keeping the freshness in and bacteria out.
Burt’s Bees moisturising gift set (£7)
Our skin needs extra protection from winter cold and centrally heated spaces, so this soothing and hydrating beeswax lip and hand salve kit is always going to be a welcome gift.
Beeswax candle gift set (£15.50)
These rolled honeycomb candles are made from natural beeswax with a cotton wick, so they’re kinder to indoor air quality than standard candles. Even better, they give off a subtle honey aroma.