The small Cotswold company with a big heart and even bigger ideas.
We are 18 years old this year!
We were established in 2002 when we developed a popular range attractive yet practical garden gifts. The business originally partnered with Alan Titchmarsh to create Gifts for Gardeners which included everything from useful garden tools, to gardeners’ mugs, and clever problem-solving products such as our famous folding secateurs. Our first Gift of the Year award was in 2010 for our ‘Birds Away Kit’. This range continues today as our ‘Heritage’ collection of garden gifts.
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 became a real hit with our customers and soon expanded to the range which we see today which consists of nearly 50 different ‘Gift in a Tin’ ideas.
Our ‘Gift in a Tin’ collection is a range of gifts for children of differing ages and includes retro-type activities to encourage younger ones to put aside modern phones and technology and return to the skills of playing, building and learning. Most of our products 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 our range. We have been ‘Gift of the Year’ winners in 2011 (Make your own Insect House), 2012 (Train Set in a Tin), 2014 (Car Journey Games) and 2018 (Natural History Museum Amazing Dinosaur Model Kit range). In addition, Farm in a Tin was the Progressive Preschool Award Winner in 2014.
2020 sees the launch of 4 new Gift in a Tin, namely; Build a Bee Hotel, Lorenzo the Llama, Football in a Tin, and Butterfly and Bee Suncatcher Kit. Build a Build Hotel is a finalist in the 2020 Gift of the Year competition.
In 2019 we also launched of ‘Gifts for Grown Ups’ collection and we have been amazed by the success of the first 7 products with many of them far exceeding all our expectations. There are 4 new additions to this collection for February 2020 and more to arrive later in the year.
We are all looking forward to a very exciting year working with all our valued customers…