The small Cotswold company with a big heart and even bigger ideas
Apples to Pears was first established in 2002 with its roots firmly in gardening products. Earning itself an enviable reputation for producing attractive yet practical garden gifts the business originally partnered with Alan Titchmarsh to create Gifts for Gardeners which included everything from useful garden tools, and creative problem-solving products such as our famous folding secateurs and the 2010 Gift of the Year award-winning ‘Birds Away Kit’.
Today Apples to Pears is best known for its multi-award-winning Gift in a Tin. The creative Gift of a Tin brand consists of charming gift ideas which can be built, crafted, played-with, or used when travelling or in the garden. We are delighted that the charm and desirability of these fabulous gifts has been recognised by the industry body, the Giftware Association which has regularly awarded our range with prestigious accolades including Gift of the Year winners in 2011, 2012 and 2014 for respectively; Make your own Insect House, Train Set in a Tin, and Car Journey Games and also Highly Commended or shortlisted products in every year from 2012 to 2016 respectively; Travel Dog, Paint like an Egyptian, Farm in a Tin, Castle in a Tin, and Make your own Wooden Bunting. In addition, Farm in a Tin was the Progressive Preschool Award Winner in 2014.
With licenses for BBC Earth Springwatch, Apples to Pears has also seen popularity for the Springwatch Bird and Bat Box Gift Kits. These brilliant create and make bird and bat box ranges have been designed to be personalised for Mums, Dads and Grandparents and were Highly Commended by the Giftware Association in 2016.
A new license for Apples to Pears from the Natural History Museum has seen great demand for our Dippy the Diplodocus and Tyrannosaurus Rex model sets. These amazing building kits have inspired people of all ages to create their very own model dinosaurs! All sales of these products help support the Natural History Museum and its scientists, who are leading research into the past, present and future of our planet.