25 cool and clever gifts for students returning in September

Including loads of £20 and under options
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    Whether they’re leaving home for the first time, off for their final year, or studying as a mature student, we’ve searched out the perfect gifts to send them on their way.

    From cool cookbooks to personalised laundry bags, there are so many thoughtful products available and they don’t have to cost a fortune.

    Best gifts for students


    We’ve tested out the MOB kitchen book- available for just £6! It’s the ultimate millennial cookbook whose ethos is cooking for 4 for under £10. Filled with beautiful photography, it really doesn’t feel like cooking from a budget cookbook. Students can wow their new mates with healthy and easy to make dishes, such as homemade butter chicken curry. In true student style, MOB Kitchen also doesn’t make any absurd store-cupboard assumptions – all that is expected is that you have salt, pepper, olive oil and a tenner.

    Storage solutions

    Another thing to think about is room storage. Ikea – being the king of cheap storage solutions – is full of clever hacks, such as how to organise a tiny student room and nine packing tips for starting university. We love their freestanding clothes racks, which may encourage tidiness (stranger things have happened!) and will definitely save you having to patch up a load of drill holes at the end of term.

    Sustainable gifts

    Today’s students are incredibly conscious of ethics and sustainability, so gifts such as reusable coffee cups, water bottles and recycled fabrics will always go down well. How about a laptop case made from upcycled wetsuits? Or invest in Supawell’s bamboo laptop stand, its beautiful ergonomic design means it will last a lifetime, plus it raises screen height to improve posture- great for when they’re doing those all-nighters at the kitchen table!

    Shop our edit of the best gifts for students

    So bye-bye boring pencil cases and hello on-trend thoughtful gifts. You can shop them all here now…