What to get student for Christmas?

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BringOnTheScience Sat 09-Nov-19 16:30:59

I'm not often stumped for gift ideas, but I am genuinely flummoxed by what to get DC1 for Christmas.
First year at uni. In furnished uni flat, so they got everything practical needed for that.
All hobbies fully equipped.
Travelling by train, so can't be bulky.
Zero interest in what's fashionable.
Important gig tickets for favourite band already bought themselves.
Has a decent backpack already grin

Any ideas?
What are you getting for yours?

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sleepismysuperpower1 Sat 09-Nov-19 16:42:40

have they got a good laptop?

aibutohavethisusername Sat 09-Nov-19 16:45:36

Are any of these ideas of use?


Avihoot Sat 09-Nov-19 16:45:37

Something luxury like some sheepskin slippers maybe? I dont know if it is still true about student flats but I always picture them as not very well insulated.

Lunde Sat 09-Nov-19 16:47:54

Amazon giftcard

BringOnTheScience Sat 09-Nov-19 17:11:14

Thank you all
Laptop is less than a year old.
The thread (which I'm on) is ideas for one going to uni - DC1 is already there & fully kitted out.

Amazon card is OK, but it's not exactly personal. Granny will be giving a cheque.

I'm genuinely stumped.

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ritzbiscuits Sat 09-Nov-19 17:12:09

Student cookbook? It's often easy to waste money when you don't know how to cook the basics.


Mychitchatdays Sat 09-Nov-19 17:13:58

A stress ball 😂😂 maybe a few if they have to do group work.

orangeisnotmycolour Sat 09-Nov-19 17:15:14

Fluffy socks
iTunes voucher
Hot chocolate

AvenueQ Sat 09-Nov-19 17:16:44

Bluetooth speaker?
Diffuser for nice smells?

Teachermaths Sat 09-Nov-19 17:17:32

I loved getting the essentials but nice versions, like decent toothbrush, underwear etc. Sounds boring but saved me spending on it.

Is there anything in their university city they might want tickets for?

A supermarket voucher for their nearest shop with the caveat they are to enjoy themselves and buy nice stuff for a week.

Books if they read for pleasure? A kindle as smaller?

ErrolTheDragon Sat 09-Nov-19 18:31:04

Have you asked him if there's something he's realised would be useful?

Mine wanted Bluetooth headphones and actually did mention slippers though in the event she got those herself.

ErrolTheDragon Sat 09-Nov-19 18:33:09

She's 3rd year now though so I'm really struggling to think of anything else now!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 09-Nov-19 18:34:39

Has a decent backpack already 😀😀

A few giftcards as a smallish present? Wagamama, Starbucks, Sainsbury’s, cinema etc

ragged Sat 09-Nov-19 18:40:33

DS will want something for his car.
DD will want her music streaming subs paid up for next year.
We're not very exciting us.

avocadoincident Sat 09-Nov-19 18:45:05

How about a monthly food delivery of goodies and alcohol

avocadoincident Sat 09-Nov-19 18:46:16

A bike

Fairy light for room

Vouchers for an airline

Festival ticket of their choice

HunnyMummy1993 Sat 09-Nov-19 18:48:32

Noise cancelling headphones?

sendsummer Sat 09-Nov-19 18:50:09

Subscription for Spotify or Apple music or Netflix or gift card for cinema?

Wizzbangpop Sat 09-Nov-19 18:50:28

Little luxuries which they wouldn't normally get themselves

Nice pen for lectures, nice diary / calendar for deadlines
Nice smellies
Gift voucher for a supermarket shop
Money for a haircut or beauty
Has she got a uni hoodie yet?
DVD box sets

HerRoyalNotness Sat 09-Nov-19 18:52:50

A warm dressing gown for the cold. Or an extra fleecy blanket

Hefzi Sat 09-Nov-19 18:53:56

Books from their reading lists?!

motherstongue Sat 09-Nov-19 19:04:53

My DS, who drank an inordinate amount of Hot Chocolate during his 1st year at Uni got a Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser for his birthday during the summer which he took back with him to Uni. It has been in constant use and is also loved by his flatmates. Rediculously extravagant and, yes, a bit of a luxury item at £99 but he really didn't need or want anything.

olympicfan Sat 09-Nov-19 20:13:10

I was asked last year to send my favourite recipe and a fun photo to a family friend as they were making a cookbook for their DD 21st birthday using a photo book website.

I was the DD's first teacher and her mum worked as a LSA in my class for a while. It was a pleasure to do this and a nice idea to make something personal and useful. So if you can combine useful recipes with photos of family and friends it would make a lovely personal gift.

BringOnTheScience Sat 09-Nov-19 20:25:33

Ooh... I think @motherstongue has done it! DC1 hates tea & coffee so hot choc is their only hot drink. smile

There are some brilliant ideas on this thread. Let's keep it going for all the other Uni DCs. smile

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