The small Cotswold company with a big heart and even bigger ideas.
Apples to Pears is 18 years old this year! We were established in 2002 when we initially developed a popular range of attractive and practical garden gifts some of which are still with us today such as our famous folding secateurs. The business originally partnered with Alan Titchmarsh to create Gifts for Gardeners including everything from garden tools to gardeners’ mugs.
Today Apples to Pears is best known for its multi-award-winning ‘Gift in a Tin’ collection. The clever gift tins originally started life as part of our garden collection but soon became a real hit with customers and expanded to the extensive range which we see today. The collection is suited for children of differing ages and includes many old-fashioned activities that encourage younger ones to put aside modern phones and technology and return to the skills of playing, building and learning. We also encourage parents and grandparents to share the experience with their children – this is invaluable time together!
We are delighted that the charm and desirability of our fabulous gifts has been recognised by the Giftware Association which has regularly awarded the range. We are proud to have been ‘Gift of the Year’ winners over many years including:
· Make your own Insect House (2011)
· Train Set in a Tin (2012)
· Car Journey Games (2014)
· Natural History Museum Amazing Dinosaur Model Kit range (2018)
· Travel Dog and Wolf ‘Em Down (2020)
· Build a Bee Hotel (Highly Commended 2020)
· Farm in a Tin was also the Progressive Preschool Award Winner in 2014.
2020 has already seen the launch of 4 new Gift in a Tin, namely; Build a Bee Hotel, Lorenzo the Llama, Football in a Tin, and Butterfly & Bee Suncatcher Kit. More designs will be launched in the Autumn.
The latest addition to our range has been our ‘Gifts for Grown Ups’ collection which now consists of 11 unique gift ideas, all packed in tins and we have been amazed by the success. Two products (Travel Dog and Wolf ‘Em Down) won the pet gift category for Gift of the Year in Feb 2020.
Our small but dedicated team is headed up by Mark Wash and Sally Granger (Joint MD’s) and Sarah Lane as Sales Director. See our wonderful image (from left to right: Mark Wash (Joint MD - Creative), Jamie Snell (Sales & Marketing Executive), Debbie Thwaite (Operations Manager), Bethan Fuller (Marketing Executive), Sarah Lane (Sales Director), Ashley Varney (Sales Executive), Janis Stickland (Customer Service Manager), Sasha Anderson (Accounts Assistant) , Sally Granger (Joint MD – Financial)
Whilst 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for us all, we remain on call to support our valued customers as they return to business and wish you all well.