Back to school gifts for university students
As the summer winds down it’s nearly term time again for university students around the country.
If you’ve got children, nieces and nephews or grandchildren heading off to Uni this September and want to get them a little something, we’ve got great ideas to help send them on their way!
Instead of money
Ask any student what they’d love to receive as a gift and there’s a good chance they might say money! University tuition and living costs are higher than ever, and most students don’t have much pocket change to spare. There’s rarely a time money won’t be gratefully received.
That said, money isn’t always the most exciting gift to give when you want to do something a little more personal. This is where gift cards come in – they help put money towards something specific rather than leaving it to be spent on club nights and takeaways.
Look to their lifestyle for inspiration. For students, some of their biggest expenses are travel and food – a gift card to buy some train tickets to visit home or to do their weekly shop is a great way to show you care and also contribute something you know they’ll use.
Amazon vouchers, bookstore vouchers, restaurant vouchers and department store vouchers are all incredibly useful gifts for students heading back into the academic year.
Whether they’re moving into a student flat with friends or staying in campus accommodation, a few home comforts help make all the difference. Soft pillows, throw blankets, candles and prints are just a few examples of things that can help them spruce up their space that they likely don’t have in the budget to buy themselves.
Picture frames, bean bags, clocks and a nice set of wine glasses are other gifts that can strike just the right chord.
Think about winter too – most students try to keep the heating down to save money. Warm slippers, soft bathrobes, fluffy towels, hot water bottles and electric blankets are practical and can help them feel cosy away from the family home.
Tech and school supplies
Pens, notebooks and backpacks are all classic hallmarks of the school year, and still just as necessary when students get to university too. Patterned notebooks, sets of pens, calendars, planners and book bags can all come in handy – shops like Paperchase, John Lewis, Urban Outfitters and Scribbler all carry student-approved styles.
Students today spend most of their time working on the computer, so tech gifts are another great shout. Do they need a printer or scanner?
Other gifts like a new mouse or keyboard for their desktop computer, laptop lock, tablet and computer case can all come in handy. A set of good headphones is another much-coveted accessory for the average uni student.
Do you have any ideas for back to school gifts? Let us know in the comments below!
Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor
Latest posts by Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor (see all)
- Clever uses for cling film - August 23, 2019
- Keep learning with the best Open University courses - August 22, 2019
- How dating online can expand your options - August 21, 2019
- Should Bake Off feature more silver bakers? - August 20, 2019
- Grown-up burger recipes for National Burger Day! - August 20, 2019
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!