Whether you're buying for a fresher or final year, these Christmas gifts are 1st class ideas for student digs.
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Whether you're helping them stuff the car full of essentials for the first time, or waving off a student for a second semester, when it comes to buying a gift for a uni student, sometimes it feels like you need a degree!
So, we've done our homework and rounded up some of our favourite student-friendly Christmas gifts that will help enrich their education, environment and even their eating habits.
Toasties can offer healthy, homemade food. They're great for students on a tight budget or without the time to spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Using handy ingredients, a delicious toasted sandwich can be prepared and enjoyed in just minutes. With this sandwich toaster, students can enjoy quick, easy and endless treat options-from sweet to savoury. It's perfect for a light lunch or quick snack.
From philly cheesesteak sandwiches, to halloumi and harissa toasties and even sesame prawn toast, these delicious recipes will give them plenty of inspiration to use their gift.
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Made in the Black Forest using the softest water springs in Europe and 47 Christmassy botanicals including cranberry, spruce and elderflower, this gift set makes a great present for a gin enthusiast. Alternatively, they make three perfect stocking fillers to accompany other small presents with each bottle containing a double serve of sloe, dry or barrel cut spirit.
University accomodation isn't renowned for being the most warm and cosy, and with students looking to keep their heating bills low, a hot water bottle can be a massive cost saver.
Yuyu, the world's first long hot water bottle is 81cm, comes in various colourways and fabrics including cashmere and Japanese cotton and with an adjustable strap can allieviate menstral cramping and lower back pain from sitting in a library or lecture hall for up to 6 hours. Through popular demand, their body bottles (pictured above) are slightly shorter, but wider to cover the stomach and back area and also include a handy pocket, ideal for a sprig of lavender or a handkerchief with some essential oils to ensure students get a good night's sleep!
Gifting to an environmentally-conscious student? The bottle is made from natural rubber and requires less than a kettle's worth of water to fill up!
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This wonderful novelty desk tidy from Wild and Wolf is the perfect addition to any student desk space. Inspired by the items it is designed to hold, this upside-down oversized thimble can hold anything from paint brushes to sewing scissors for those studying creative arts - and of course all the usual stationery suspects such as pens, pencils and rulers! As they say, clean house, clean mind. Buy it on Amazon here.
As well as an organised workspace, there are many other ways to improve mental health at university and in the home.
For students who are lacking a bit of culinary flair, a little spice can go a long way. Inspired by food truck, this street food sauce sampler set from Wilko brings the flavours from a variety of mobile restaurants. Foodies and adventurous eaters alike will enjoy the range of flavours of the BBQ sauces, hot sauces and spicy wing sauces.
Ideal for even the smallest of spaces, this black laundry hamper from Dunelm has been designed from felt and offers a generous 45 litre capacity with practical handles for ease of transporting around a student flat or laundrette.
As well as this basket, a heated clothes airer is a perfect purchase for students to effectively carry out their domestic duties.
This nifty device from Livescribe delivers the traditional benefits of pen and paper along with the reassurance of a dictaphone which can transcribe those all-important handwritten notes into searchable copy, ensuring students never miss a word during lectures. Plus notes can be sent directly to their mobile via the free app whenever the pen and the device are paired.
Allow students to express their style with a Colors pod coffee machine. Colors has a unique and compact design with three interchangeable coloured back panels included with each machine.
With over 40 coffee creations to be made at the fraction of the cost of a shop-bought coffee, you can ensure that they will be alert for those early lectures and able to complete all nighters for those all-important deadlines. Plus with a two-year guarantee, this machine will be the gift that keeps on giving!
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This mini Frida plant pot depicts Frida Kahlo's iconic face, with fluttery lashes and signature brows, adding both colour and culture to the otherwise blank canvas that student accomodation can be.
It is officially licensed by the Frida Kahlo corporation which represents "...a female role model, a strong woman that transcends and overcomes barriers of culture, time and society with her unique and iconic personality and encourage[s] the world to think and to be different.' And if that isn't girl power goals, we don't know what is?
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