A friend or relative just had great A level results? Awesome! Leverage our insider knowledge with this list of genius gift ideas for students starting university to send them off with a bang.
The trick with new students is not to give them too much, the basics are a good place to start. Try to steer away from gimmicky gifts, they will be abandoned quickly.
New students may be in halls in the first year and won’t need as much as when they are in a flat or shared accommodation. Our list starts by covering the basics.
Genius gift ideas for students starting university
Perfect for the vegetarian cook on a budget, and stuffed with delicious, easy, and accessible dishes that absolutely anyone can cook with the aim of feeding four people on a limited budget. Tuck in and save the planet.
This great basic backpack has a multi-compartment design to hold books, folders, accessories, pens, and other items. On the outside of the backpack, mesh pouches provide storage for water bottles and coffee cups.
Cooks Professional Nutriblend Premium Blender Smoothie Maker Juicer with Accessory Set and Free Recipe Book
Delicious smoothies and juices are only a whisk away. Comes with a recipe book to help you on your healthy eating journey.
Projection Alarm Clock, Mpow Digital Radio Alarm Clock with Dual Alarms, Adjustable Brightness for Screen and Projection, 4 Alarm Sounds, 9-Minute Snooze Function, Sleep Timer and FM Radio
Never miss a lecture with an alarm clock left permanently in the bedroom. This will mitigate the risk of a student’s mobile running out of power, or being left at the bottom of a bag. This popular alarm clock is very affordable, energy efficient and comes with a handy, optional night light. It also charges a mobile phone. A perfect little gift.
Pillows are very basic, and don’t really seem like one of our better gift ideas for students starting university. But think about it, would you like to sleep on pillows that a previous student has slobbered all over? Us neither, so try these affordable pillows from Silentnight.
There are many more sophisticated corkscrews on the market, but given the work load this will have we recommend a cheap and cheerful option like this one. Opens beer bottle tops as well. One of the perennial great gift ideas for students starting university.
It is a drag to cart loads of books around, so a Kindle reader will help students by keeping all their books in a digital format. This is the entry level model at an affordable price.
An old school physical diary that runs through the academic year, with a week per two pages. It comes in a variety of colours and in A6 size, but is also available in A5. A handy planning tool for those looming deadlines.
For the more discerning student….
Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB) – Space Grey (Latest Model)
Pretty much up there as top of the range from Apple. It is a beautiful, fast and effective piece of kit with a price tag to match. Not a laptop to be spilling coffee over.
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