10 Christmas gift ideas students will love
While a fridge full of food and a warm house are a Christmas miracle in their own right for a university student, here are ten brilliant gift ideas too...
1. Personalised photo gifts
University means lots of photos of nights out, new mates and cherished memories; the perfect adornment for a mug, phone case or wall in your room at university.
Definitely a gift that feels personal!
God forbid the internet goes down in your flat or house, a good old fashioned board or strategy game could tide you over for an evening of entertainment. They're interactive, fun and a creative way to further get to know your new housemates and friends (including which of them have a dangerous competitive streak you should never awaken).
Plus, they don't involve looking at a screen; sweet relief for your eyes if you've been studying all day.
Yes, you would have rolled your eyes if you were given a jumper or socks a few years ago for Christmas.
But having lived in shared university housing – and rationing the heating to keep the bills down – a thick, woolly jumper or thermals will come in handy (especially for those 9am lectures in January).
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4. Fancy toiletries
Luxurious, sweet-smelling goodies like soaps, creams and styling products will make a nice change from the basic stuff you've been sharing with housemates.
They're a simple, comforting pick-me-up when you're feeling a bit low, or can put a spring in your step if you're getting ready for a special night out.
5. Coffee machine (and thermos)
Another gift idea to make those early mornings and long lectures a bit more bearable. A fancy coffee machine can save you money on takeaway coffees if you simply can't function without your morning macchiato.
Aa cheaper, more flexible alternative could be a prepaid card for Starbucks or Costa to keep you perky for a week or two.
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6. Laptop or tablet
A laptop is an absolute university essential to complete assignments, without the hassle of trawling your campus IT facilities looking for a spare computer. It’s one of the essential start-of-term purchases you might not have picked up.
It also gives you more flexibility over how you work, meaning you can get to know your local area's trendiest coffee-shops, while catching up on your lecture notes at the same time.
Similarly, a tablet can be a lighter alternative for taking on to campus and making notes in lectures.
7. Student cookbooks
There are plenty of recipe books for quick and easy meals, with readily available ingredients you won't need to hunt around for. In fact, just a handful of reliable, student budget-friendly recipes will save both your stomach and wallet from going empty.
They'll taste yummy too!
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8. Snack box subscription
For study snacks that don’t come from a vending machine, a healthy snacks box subscription can save you crashing from a sugar-overload. Instead, these will keep you alert and focused on studying (rather than your gurgling stomach) until dinner.
Normally you can personalise what you receive in a pack (and how often you get them), so you can get more of the snacks you enjoy most, while still getting to try new things – after all, that's what university is all about!
9. Streaming TV subscription
A streaming subscription like Netflix or Amazon Prime can be dangerous when you have essays to write. However, in moderation, they can be an excellent incentive to get your work out the way.
When you're in the depths of exam season, a big night out can leave you in no fit state to get back on the books the following day. Play it safe: stick to a few weeks of quiet nights in with a new show to binge on instead.
10. Smartphone projector
And rather than everyone crowd round a single tiny laptop screen, you can create your own movie theatre in your halls with one of these nifty tools.
A smartphone projector can project whatever is streaming from your phone – perfect for either streaming a film from Netflix, or going down a YouTube rabbit hole.
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