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About Us

Personalizing your experience!​

Established in 1980, Apple Box Toys has been serving customers with the best variety of nostalgic wood products and unique hand painted personalizing!  

We are experiencing kids who grew up with us now purchasing for their kids, & sharing childhood memories when they would visit us at our original location in San Diego!  We are so blessed, and honored to serve our Apple Box Families for 2 generations!  Some even have saved their personalized item from 30 years ago!  Super cool that they would call us the "neatest little wooden toy shop in San Diego".  Check it out our new site and start shopping today!


Meet the Tribe


Neil & Melinda

Tribal Leaders

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Shop Policy

In today’s online shopping market, we believe that honesty is the best policy. That’s why we designed the most generous, fair and transparent store policy for our customers. Read the following sections to find out more about how we ship and return/exchange merchandise.


Meet&Greet  - Schedule a Pick Up

We are currently popping up shop in different locations of San Diego!  Come visit, play & stay awhile!  If it's a gift you need right away and don't have time to wait for it to be shipped...come see us!  We can also organize a place to meet&greet you for pick up!!! Contact us!


Meet&Greet  -  Schedule a Pick Up

Liberty Public Market
2820 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego, CA 92106

Contact us to place an order & schedule a Pick Up

Text 619.992.4305


Meet&Greet - Schedule a Pick up

Kyoto Gift & Food

1727 Sweetwater Road, Suite 101

National City, CA 91950

Contact us to place an order & schedule a Pick Up

Text 619.992.4305


Meet&Greet - Schedule a Pick Up

Clairemont Meet Up

Meet Up TBD as per conversation with us :)

Contact us to place an order & schedule a Pick Up

Text 619.992.4305


Creative Space

Grossmont Public Market

5500 Grossmont Center

La Mesa, CA 91942

Contact us to place an order & schedule a Pick Up

Text 619.992.4305


Give us a Shout

San Diego, California

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Return Policy

We want you to be happy with your purchase! If you're not completely satisfied, you can return your item within 30 days.

Please follow the instructions below to return your item.

  • Your return must be in sellable condition.  Open, used and/or personalized merchandise cannot be returned.

  • Shipping and/or handling charges cannot be refunded.

  • Damaged and/or defective merchandise from an online order cannot be returned to the store.

  • If you have received damaged or defective merchandise, or need to make an exchange, please call 1-619-230-1818 or email us prior to returning the item.  


Prayers needed please

Save Apple Box Toys!

In October 2018, we had to move out of our original location of 38 years, the lease holders of the land have plans on building hotels on that property.  So of course, we moved out of the brick&mortar and moved onto poppin' up shop in different areas of San Diego.  We love that kids who grew up with us recognize us at our pop ups and continue a tradition for their children with personalized wood products.  It is an honor to be considered as their family.  We love when they share childhood memories with us!  Since moving out of our brick&mortar location, we have had some unexpected tax debt that rose up that we aren't able to pay on the daily.  We are on a payment schedule with the California Tax Board, every Friday until 2020, $150 is due or until we can pay off the entire debt.  We are humbly asking for any amount that our family & friends are able to bless us with.  The debt that was accumulated is about $13,000.  It is a very heavy amount for us, we really would like to stay in business, and we need funding to pay off this debt, so that we can continue poppin' up shop & reaching different communities.  I have been seeking and applying for different positions to be able to lighten the burden...And at the same time we want to continue to homeschool and raise our P*Tribe.  Prayerfully consider coming along side us in building relationships and building our small family business. Thank you in advance! We love you! 

Our Venmo Account is @applebox under the name Apple Box Toys. 

Please send us an email if you have any questions or prayer requests



Marc, Shine, Jeremiah,

Praise, Heaven, & Isaac

As of May 1, 2019:

We have received $3600!  Thank you for your support Apple Box Family!

As of December 31, 2019:

We were able to pay off some of the tax debt, we are so grateful and thankful for all our Apple Box Family & Friends for the emotional and financial support this past year.  Looking forward to paying off the remaining $7,000 in 2020.

As of July 1, 2020:

Due to COVID19, the California Tax Board gave us some relief on our tax debt, we were put on hold until August 1, 2020.  The payment due will resume at that time.  We continue to do business as usual considering the current situation.  Looking forward to paying off the balance of $5,400.  Thank you to all that have supported us with prayers and blessings!

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