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16 best gifts for university students

The fun and practical gifts to help uni students along in their new chapter 

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Sophie Bates
Commerce Writer
Updated: September 7, 2023
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On the hunt for the perfect gift for a university student? Whether the student in your life recently flew the nest or is kicking off their new term in the coming months, why not treat them to a fun or practical gift that will make their experience even better? 

From student cookbooks to hangover care packages and cosy blanket hoodies, scroll on to shop the edit of the best gifts for university students that they're guaranteed to love.

What are the best brands for student gifts? 

If you want to ensure your gift arrives on time before the student in your life flies the nest, Amazon is the best option thanks to its super speedy delivery. Etsy and Not On The High Street are great options for personalised and unique gifts that can be treasured forever, while John Lewis, M&S are trusty brands for practical gifts that will see them through their university years. 

How we chose the best gifts for university students

  • Price: We've selected a range of price points for our chosen gifts to suit all budgets. 
  • Practicality: While some of the gifts in the edit are more practical than others, all of the products listed will come in useful for students, and most will last way beyond their university years. 
  • Trusted brands: All of the brands in the edit are ones that the HELLO! team swear by, so they should all be of good quality. 

 Shop the best gifts for university students

the hungry student cook book

Written with students in mind, Charlotte Pike's cookbook is filled with over 150 easy and cheap recipes - so you can relax knowing they're not living only off microwave meals! 

happiness stationery bundle

University can be a challenging time, so why not offer some words of encouragement with this happiness bundle. It's filled with all the stationery needed to get off to a productive start to the term, and it can be personalised for a special touch. 

john lewis plants

This plant bundle contains a succulent, a Sansevieria plant and a Ficus plant - all of which come in stylish ceramic pots. The plants require very little care, so they can liven up even the most forgetful plant lover's uni room.

Blanket hoodies are a must-have for cold winter months, particularly for students who want to save on their electric bill. This oversized hoodie from blanket has racked up over 3,000 five-star ratings on Amazon - and it looks so cosy! 

personalised notebook

Treat a new student to a customised notebook. The sturdy notepad has secure binding, and you can add their name and special message for an extra personalised touch. 

hangover cure kit

Hangovers are inevitable for new university students - but you can help them along with this novelty hangover kit. It comes with a hydration sachet, makeup remover, eye patches, mints and more.

student hacks book

This genius book is filled with hacks for university students to make their experience that bit easier. From hangover tricks to revision tips, it's a handy manual to see new students on their way. 

drinking games

Drinking games are a must for breaking the ice with your flatmates during Fresher's week, and this set is filled with 12 of the best games to get the party going including Beer Pong, Never Have I Ever, and Flip Cup. 

lazy frying pan

This handy frying pan is a must for all lazy students. It has five sections, so you can throw everything in at once for the quickest way to cook. 

electric blanket

It's always a great idea to have an electric blanket on hand for the colder months. This heated throw from Lakeland is super cost-efficient, has a digital control with six settings, and can switch off automatically after one or nine hours. 

one pound meals

Being a student often means living on very little spare money, more so now than ever. Miguel Barclay's One Pound Meals cookbook offers exactly what it says - fresh and fast meals that will cost you just £1 to make. 

string lights

Moving into university halls is the first experience of living away for most students, so it's important to make the accommodation feel like home. These LED string lights come with clips for hanging photos, making a cute decoration to display their favourite memories. 

frank green desk buddy set

This sleek set comes with a reusable ceramic water bottle and a reusable cup with a push-button lid - perfect for equipping the student in your life for those long days in the library. 

papier diary

Papier has a great selection of academic diaries to get organised for the new term, and we love that they're customisable.

Practical and stylish, a laptop case is must for any students that need to carry their laptops to and from class. 

portable phone charger amazon

A portable charger is a saviour for long library days and big nights out – and Amazon's version is smalling enough for tucking away in any bag. 

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