About Us


My first job after University was working for an agricultural aid agency in Canberra where I organised the travel for consultants to third world countries.

This job inspired me to travel myself.  My first overseas adventure was to Zimbabwe and an 8 week overland camping trip through Africa.  After this adventure I worked and lived in London for a further two years and took every opportunity I could to travel through Europe & other parts of Africa and the Middle East.

When my working holiday visa expired I returned to Merimbula to be closer to family.  For the past 23 years I have owned and operated a Travel Agency & continued to travel extensively.

As a side line to my travel agency I established a retail shop (The Travel House) but it was purely travel related items such as suitcases & travel accessories. 

The need to evolve with the emergence of COVID 19 led to Home & Away Gifts.

Much of my inspiration for Home & Away Gifts comes from the joy of colour and a love of travel.

I try to source unique products that are not only useful but also a pleasure to look at.  Many of the products are hand made either here in Australia or from overseas.

I hope you enjoy as much as I do.