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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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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