About Us

Avison's is a small family business devoted to selling quality products that last, making them ultimately better for the environment.

We are a family business based in Upper Hutt, Wellington and have been helping customers with their home, fashion and gift requirements for over 20 years.

We take pride in our philosophy of working with New Zealand based wholesalers and manufacturers, stocking a wide range of quality products that last, making them ultimately better for the environment.

Our Stores

Visit us and you will find two stores; our flagship store Avison's Home & Giftware is where you will find a variety of handbags, wallets, scarves and body care, while at Avison's Living & Leisure you will find novelty gifts, wallets, travel bags, satchels and magazines. Both stores have a wide range of small furnishings, mirrors, clocks, lamps and wall art - ideal for today's apartment dwellers and home renovators.

Pop into our stores to fulfil your home & giftware requirements, we look forward to meeting you! 


Gayleen Avison originally started the business in 2001 selling a range of Antiques and Collectibles then slowly progressed into new products due to a change in demand. Now stocking locally and internationally made products selected with a focus of unique on trend designs in home and giftware.

Over the years Gayleen has been joined by husband Deane, daughter Nicole and son Ethan, who have all brought their own flair to the business. Today we are not just a 'bricks & mortar' business, we also sell selected products online through our website and have a variety of services available like our home styling service to help make your shopping experience a breeze. 

Giving Back

We really appreciate the support given to us by both the Upper Hutt and wider Wellington community throughout the years, so in recognition we have contributed back to the community by making donations to local schools, organisations and other charitable events. If you would like to approach us regarding any donations, please send an email to shop@avisons.co.nz and we will review your request. 


Over the years we have also been constantly making changes to reduce our Ecological footprint to help create a more sustainable and greener New Zealand. Steps we have taken so far include reducing the use of plastic packaging with the intention to eliminate it in the future, reducing power consumption by using efficient lighting and recycling our waste. In late 2017 we decided to expand our environmental health program by looking at the products we sell and the effect they have on the environment, making appropriate changes where possible to significantly reduce or eliminate the possibility of pollution.