Bees are essential to our world. They pollinate over 35 percent of our food crops and many of the crops required by livestock. Our food supply would crumble without them. And yet honeybees are endangered.

This holiday season you can help bees, shop local and provide something sweet and healthy for your friends and loved ones by supporting local beekeepers.

And we are lucky, because around Austin and Hill Country area we have many great beekeepers and bee products to choose from.

Here are some sweet gift-giving suggestions:

Local honey producers

Creamed honey and Comb honey – very special honey treats

Tours and Tastings – suit up for a real beekeeper experience or tasting

Candles made of clean burning beeswax

Even soap!

And if you get some honey for yourself, here is a resource for honey recipes from the National Honey Board.