10 amazing cheap gifts for university students for under £10

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Buying cheap gifts for university students is a complete joy! They are such a unique group of people. They are living away from home for the first time and so they are adjusting to a whole new way of life. This requires a lot of ‘things’ that they simply didn’t need when they were living at home with good old Mum and Dad. They also love having a laugh and have a whole new group of friends to share their new toys with!

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I’ve been a Mum of a student for just over a year now. I thought it was time that I shared my ideas for the top 10 cheap gifts for university students.

All of these cost under £10 so they are within the reach of siblings and friends as well. Some are as little as £3 so you don’t need to break the bank to buy these cheap gifts for university students!


10 amazing cheap gifts for university students

# 1 – Jeremy Corbyn – Mug & Coaster Gift Set

The way that the under 25s engaged with the political process in this year’s general election was heartening. It’s no secret that many of them voted Labour because they were inspired by Jeremy Corbyn. He became the star of social media during the campaign. So, they may appreciate a mug to commemorate their first ever vote!

Storage is at a premium in any student accommodation and  I don’t think I’m divulging any secrets here when I say that students like to spend a fair amount of time in bed! Things like headphones, glasses and smartphones are needed close by but have a tendency to go missing.  A soft bedside caddy will not cause any injuries when they hit their knee against it as the leap out of bed to rush to a lecture but will keep these precious items close at hand.


# 3 – Pack of scratch-off stickers

A handy little pack of scratch off stickers turns any plain piece of paper into a fantastic student game sheet. It can be based on food, Netflix series to watch, films, drinks, local places to visit, the possibilities are endless. At the start of term, everyone writes down some ideas and then covers them with a sticker. Then, when everyone is at a loose end on a Saturday night, nominate one person to scratch off the sticker and reveal the evening’s entertainment.

# 4 – ‘Old School’ Magnetic Bookmark

Most of us Mums and Dads are considered ‘old school’ by our offspring so why not join in with it? Despite the reliance on the web for study, there is still such a thing as a book that is made out of paper and what better book mark to give your student kids.

# 5 Beyond Baked Beans Budget: A Student Cookbook

I just love the title of this book. Every parent knows that sinking feeling when you have to prepare a meal and have no idea what to make. Well, students experience a similar feeling and resort to Pot Noodles and baked beans. That’s why us parents are always convinced that they are going to starve to death and frantically look for signs of weight loss when they come home! This book should give them a little inspiration.

YouTube is a treasure-trove of ideas for quick recipes suitable for students. This video has had thousands of views and quite like the idea of some of the recipes myself although things do get a bit messy!

# 6 – Spider Catcher

Moving out of the family home means having to deal with spider issues all by yourself. This can be a bit challenging! I am not a big fan of spiders but don’t see why they should have to pay the price for my phobia so I would rather be able to humanely move them out of my immediate environment. This spider catcher will gently remove spiders, moths and daddy longlegs from any student digs with the minimum of fuss (no glass tumblers and pieces of card required) and with no loss of life!

# 7 – Toasty Tong

There are several life lessons that we all impart to our offspring that we hope will enable them to survive into adulthood. Things like not putting a plastic bag over your head and not turning on the light switch with wet hands. Right up there with the essential life lessons is ‘Don’t try to get your toast out of the toaster with a metal knife’ which is sound advice but leaves you hunting around the kitchen for a plastic implement to complete the task. Leave this handy little tool next to the toaster in the student digs and you’ve fulfilled your parental duty in preventing electrocutions.

# 8 – Vacuum Insulated Tumbler 

There are few students who can afford to pick up an expensive take-out coffee every morning on the way to their first lecture. They are also acutely aware of the problems that single use drinks containers such as plastic disposable coffee cups can cause the environment. Re-usable vacuum insulated tumblers are ideal for keeping your morning cuppa hot.

# 9 – Room spray

Students halls of residence and shared houses do not always smell the best! They can smell of a combination of stale cooking and dirty laundry. If it is not your own cooking and dirty laundry that is causing the smell it can be a little annoying. However, none of us want our student offspring to be breathing in artificial chemicals all the time. So, I was delighted to discover a lovely company called Bubble Off who sell all-natural room sprays. I got one for my daughter when she first moved into halls and it smells divine.

# 10 – F in Exams: The Best Test Paper Blunders

Any one who has ever taken an exam will have written something stupid! By the time you get to university, you will have taken many exams and have probably written many stupid things. This very funny book lets you know that you are not alone!

So there are our top cheap gifts for university students. If you have any other ideas I’d love to hear about them.

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  14 comments for “10 amazing cheap gifts for university students for under £10

  1. November 16, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I love these ideas! The organiser for the bed is genius. I know my son will live on pasta and pesto, plus a lot of cereals and toast when he goes away, so the cookbook is genius. I’ll be back to check this post in a couple of years!
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  2. November 21, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I still have the cookbook my day bought for me when I left home, it has a very special place in my heart. I love that scratch board idea, such fun and the toasty tongs I could use myself! #TweensTeensBeyond
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  3. November 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Oh you made me laugh with the room spray! I’m not sure whether this is a problem for girls rooms, but I remember the STENCH of my brother’s dorm rooms in college! Great list- I also like the vacuum tumbler idea! All very affordable too!
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  4. November 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I love these ideas and so economical too. I especially liked the air freshener. I think all students must have it.

  5. November 21, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Love these ideas. Think I need a bedside caddy!

  6. November 23, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Excellent ideas, all of them. Actually I can think of some adults who could use a spider catcher … ha ha! #tweensteensbeyond

  7. November 23, 2017 at 7:42 am

    the spider catcher would be a good idea for my mother, then she could just pop it out the window, we don’t do gifts anymore for our kids, they prefer the money, they have a few standard toiletries and gadgets just so they have something to open in the morning, but they spend xmas with their girlfriends and families these days #tweenteensbeyond
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  8. November 24, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I needed that spider catcher when I went to uni, my bestie and I shared a house and we were left to fend for ourselves with those cheeky, scary spiders #tweensteensbeyond
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  9. November 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I’m rather thinking I might add a few of these things to my Christmas List. Do you see what I’m doing here Sharon? Giving you faith that we shall remain young forever!! Because I want a bedside caddy, a toast tong and a tumbler. I just need your reassurance that these things will still be under a tenner when Lily goes off. And I have no doubt that a room spray it perfectly necessary for all. 😉 #tweensteensbeyond

  10. November 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I must order a Corbin mug for he elses immediately!! …..and maybe one of those toast thingamajigs for home!! Fab ideas!! #tweensteensbeyond
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  11. November 28, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Some great ideas here Sharon, the bedside organiser, toasty tongs and room spray all get my vote. #TweensTeensBeyond
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  12. December 2, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I personally need the spider catcher. The cookbook sounds great and the room spray is a v good idea – I was shocked at how revolting uni accommodation smells even on Arrivals day!!
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