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. The business originally partnered with Alan Titchmarsh to create Gifts for Gardeners including everything from garden tools to gardeners’ mugs and unique problem-solving products such as our famous folding secateurs, still with us today. 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 soon became a real hit with customers and expanded to the range which we see today which consists of nearly 50 designs. 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 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). 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 & Bee Suncatcher Kit. ‘Build a Build Hotel’ was highly commended in the 2020 Gift of the Year competition.
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)
We are all looking forward to a very exciting year working with all our valued customers…