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Since opening in 1994, Alligator Pear has attracted customers from all over the county, winning Gift Shop of the Year for the South of England not once not twice but an amazing three times!


Bursting with gorgeous goodies throughout eight fantastic rooms, it is a destination store for home accessories, elegant jewellery, inspirational gifts and much, much more!


You will find presents for grown ups and kids alike, and not forgetting Alligator Pear also has a stunning collection of home furnishings with an eclectic mix of stylish wall clocks, beautiful frames, cosy cushions and other decorative accessories. 


The store is open seven days a week so if you are ever in the area please pop in to say hello. You will be spoilt for choice! 

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Maggie is the owner who started the business after joining Debenhams as a graduate trainee and training as a buyer/manager for several years. After setting up a much smaller operation in Walton on the Hill nearly 25 years ago, never did she imagine that after 20 years in Tadworth would it blossom into the successful and much loved Alligator Pear. As well as a passion for the shop, Maggie enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.



Our Manager Jenni has joined us from Fenwicks Kingston. She brings to us a wealth of knowledge and experience having been buyer/manager of cards, cookshop and gifts over many years. Jenni always has a smile on her face, she loves everything product related and along with Maggie is in charge of buying. Many of the 'gin' related products have been selected by Jen! On her days off she enjoys socialising with friends and drinking gin!



Angie is our Operations Manager and one of the longest standing team members. Angie is still as passionate about Alligator Pear as the day she started. Previously a manager for Whittards she has many years of customer service experience and is a firm favourite with our Alligator Pear customers. Angie loves attending the buying fairs and selecting new product. Out of work Angie enjoys long walks and afternoon teas!




Marzena is our head visual merchandiser having moved to us from that role at Debenhams and is in charge of creating our beautiful window and shop displays. Marzena is also our behind the scenes technology guru and helps upload all our gorgeous products onto our till system! When Marzena is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, arts & crafts and is a keen photographer.

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Lindsay is another of our visual merchandisers who previously worked as a junior buyer at Confetti and has experience in costume jewellery buying. Lindsay is in charge of our fashion & accessories room which she has a real passion for. Lindsay loves organising events for the shop and keeps our customers up to date with newsletters and social media posts. Out of work she enjoys family time, biscuits and karaoke!

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Lin is one of our retail assistants who enjoys helping make the shop look beautiful. This includes the front courtyard where she maintains our gorgeous plants and flowers. Lin has also just helped launch our successful range of fresh flower planters. In her spare time Lin enjoys gardening and upcycling furniture. 



Our retail assistant Pat loves to make sure our children's room is tidy and fully stocked with lots of toys, books and fun activities for children. Always a friendly face at the till and happy to help. On her days off Pat spends time with her young grandchildren and enjoys catching up with friends.



Annie another of our retail assistants is fantastic at helping with our visual displays and ensuring the shop is tidy and well stocked. Out of work Annie enjoys cooking, walking her dog and spending time with her family.



Chloe is our youngest member of the team and is our weekend retail assistant. Chloe loves to see all the new stock arriving and helps with deliveries and assisting customers. When Chloe is not working she is busy studying, she loves fashion and spending time with friends.

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Most of you will know our wee Scottish girl Trisha. Our retail assistant Trish loves nothing more than having a laugh with customers and making them feel welcome, she also loves beautifully gift wrapping products for you. Out of work Trish loves walking her dogs and talking!

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Our lovely retail assistant Ruth is in charge of our reading glasses selection. Something she has a great eye for! Ruth is brilliant with customers and is always so happy. She is also queen of tea! When Ruth is not working she spends time with her grandchildren and loves hosting dinner parties.

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Julie is our card guru retail assistant and ensures we have a fantastic selection of cards available for all occasions. If you're looking for the perfect card then Julie is your go to girl! When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her young grandchildren and baking delicious cakes.



“If you cannot find that 'something special' at Alligator Pear then you are looking for the impossible!”


“Beautiful things for every occasion. I can send my husband to buy me gifts, knowing I will always love them.”


“Best shop of its kind for miles around. I can always find that 'special gift' in a welcoming & friendly atmosphere”


“The shop is a treat... I never leave empty handed!.”



“Alligator Pear is an Aladdin's Cave - a real gem! I always find that unique, perfect gift ... and something for me!”


“When you think you have seen it all, there is another room and more surprises around the corner.”