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What to get my 20yo student uber cool brother

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TeddyMcardle Thu 13-Oct-11 13:17:08

He really is hard to buy for, I haven't got a clue what to get him, and a budget of no more than £30.
So he's 20, he's a student in Brighton, he's very fashion concious, umm.. he has a notepad laptop thing but he's not really into tech, he likes cooking, drinking with his friends, that kind of thing, I'm stumped as to what to get him though confused

Does anyone have any ideas?
Help would be greatly appreciated grin

girlywhirly Thu 13-Oct-11 13:51:14

If he likes cooking, what about a stainless steel casserole dish, I have one and it's terrifically versatile, can be used on the hob or in the oven, for stews, curries, bolognese, chilli etc. Depending on price you could afford a recipe book, possibly, or some dry ingredients like spices to go with it. Or a wide based saute pan with lid, great for all the above, and risottos.

Tesco direct and Argos have some within your budget, at between £20-25. (And they look good!)

Kveta Thu 13-Oct-11 18:55:41

I got my 20 year old brother an inflatable T. rex from the early learning centre grin

but if he's into cooking, then some nice ingredients in a hamper? or some kind of cooking utensil, as suggested - a cool knife would probably be a good gift, or a griddle pan - the kind of thing students don't tend to have kicking around shared houses!

babycham42 Thu 13-Oct-11 18:59:46

If he's in a shared house,a smoke alarm for his room.

storminabuttercup Thu 13-Oct-11 21:48:11

How about a foodie mag subscription?

stripeybump Thu 13-Oct-11 21:49:28

Watching as my little bro's bday next week - 23, a total dude - and you've just reminded me!

stripeybump Thu 13-Oct-11 21:50:32

How about a cool scarf? If he's a fashion fiend.

DioneTheDiabolist Thu 13-Oct-11 21:52:06

A Moleskein (sp?) notebook. Ernest Hemingway cool and totally expensive for what is essentially a jotter.

Thefoxsbrush Thu 13-Oct-11 21:55:21

What about a restaurant for some posh nosh he wouldn't usually be able to afford?

Boots have some quite nice food sets in their 3for2 deal - at his age he'll probs like the nando's or jamie Oliver sets.

NorkyPies Thu 13-Oct-11 21:57:59

A slick pocket torch. You can get very elegant (and expensive) ones.

TeddyMcardle Fri 14-Oct-11 18:09:34

Thanks for all the suggestions, lots of ideas, can now get shopping instead of tramping about online aimlessly grin

wingandprayer Fri 14-Oct-11 18:33:09

Really good earphones for his MP3 player?

chocoBOO Fri 14-Oct-11 18:37:23

Look at the Joseph Joseph range of kitchen gear. V smart if he's into cooking

TreacleChops Sun 16-Oct-11 21:23:42

what about some of those flavored oils or spice rack things that you can pick up in places like BHS or debenhams?!?!

I also a student and was living in student digs and if anyone bought me expensive utensils i'd be worried that they'd be used by some other suspecting flat mate or lost (like some of my stuff was)!!!

Also, if your Bro likes cooking, he'll probably enjoy using his old battered pots and pans and enjoy using the oils/ spices more!!!

gushofbloodtothefloor Sun 16-Oct-11 21:27:28

Take a look at this thread. Who wouldn't want one???

PastGrace Sun 16-Oct-11 22:23:35

My sister got me these before I went to uni - they are fab!

What about a bottle of wine and a set of wine glasses?

PastGrace Sun 16-Oct-11 22:29:55


No idea if this would work, but seems foodie and still a bit studenty, and quite sociable?

lilolilmanchester Mon 17-Oct-11 19:13:07

if he's a keen cook, he might have these, but if not either a wok, paella pan or hand blender might be useful.

Alternatively themed hampers, e.g mexican kits + mexican beer; Indian hamper with spices/sauces/naan/rice/beer; etc etc & download CDs of relevant music

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