The Twins Gift Company was launched after identical twin Karen bought Lindsey a `Pearls in the Pod` necklace, the idea of a one stop shop for Twins was born and a few months later the dream became a reality when The Twins Gift Company opened for business.
We were on our way down to London as volunteers for the Department of Twin Research, when I presented the 'Pearls in a Pod' necklace to Lindsey. She was thrilled, in fact a tear came to her eye! When the hugs and hankies had been dealt with, we then started thinking about the absence in the market for gifts specifically designed with twins in mind. We had both only seen twins newborn gifts, our minds started thinking of ideas for twins.
Following on with our discussions with the Department of Twin Research, we decided to jointly host a Midlands Area Twin Lunch Party in Northamptonshire in September 2011. We saw this as an ideal opportunity for the twin volunteers to meet up outside of London, and for the Twin Gift Company to launch their range of products.
The Lunch was held in a marquee and included a Panel Discussion on “Twin Relationships and Identity” with guest speakers:
Sue Mortimer – Author of “Mine’s a Double – The Twins Book” and mother of young twins and
Lesley Taylor – identical twin, Methodist Minister and author of MEd dissertation “Identical Twins: Separate Lives”
We were delighted to welcome `Special Guests' Jennifer Wilson and Kathleen Millns, separated at birth and recently reunited on ITV’s “Long Lost Family” to discuss their reunion.
It was a wonderful event with over 200 twins present, the laughter and tears reverberated around the marquee, as anecdotes about twins were heard. Jennifer Wilson and Kathleen Millns regaled us with details of their reunion and life after finding each other. If you would like to see photographs from this event please look on our gallery page.
Lindsey and I have been volunteers at the Department of Twin Research since its conception in 1992, we have thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie we have shared with our fellow twins. It is a delight to spend time at the unit with the staff of the research department and we have discovered many interesting facts relating to twins. Laughter is never very far away and we feel privileged to be able to contribute to the research.
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or would just like to find out more, please visit the Department of Twin research website at www.twinsuk.ac.uk/ . The department now has a database of over 12,000 twins but they are always delighted to hear from new twins.
Our primary objective at The Twins Gift Company is to offer a range of unique and stylish gifts which are suitable for twins of all ages and all occasions, including Newborn Gifts, Christenings, 18th, 21st, 40th, 50th Birthdays and Christmas. Many of our gifts make wonderful presents for mothers of twins and grandmothers. We also stock our own design of twin greeting cards – The Twins Gift Company range of cards have been designed for twins by twins; we do hope you will find them amusing and poignant.
We hope you agree that our exclusive gifts are beautiful in their own right and we are thrilled to be working alongside artists who have embraced the twin concept. They have enabled us to provide a distinctive and creative selection of elegant gifts. Although many of our gifts have been carefully selected with twins in mind, they have also been bought as general gifts for all occasions.
We have been thrilled by the response we have received so far and wish to thank all our customers for their support and encouragement. We do hope you enjoy browsing our website and please keep forwarding suggestions and ideas, we love to hear from you.