25 cool and clever gifts for students returning in September

Including loads of £20 and under options

gifts for students

Welcome to woman&home’s online shopping guides, where we reveal where to buy the most popular and top-rated products. This guide is about student gifts, but you may also be interested in our edits of where to buy mood boosting plants online,summer sandals under £50 (opens in new tab), or where to buy reusable face masks (opens in new tab).

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

Cookbooks

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 (opens in new tab) and nine packing tips for starting university. (opens in new tab) 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...

Personalised leopard print laundry bag, £18.99, Solesmith at Not on the high street

Personalised leopard print laundry bag, £18.99, Solesmith at Not on the high street

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Keep cup, £18, Urban Outfitters

Keep cup, £18, Urban Outfitters

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Desk lamp, £12, homeessentials.co.uk

Desk lamp, £12, homeessentials.co.uk

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Banana plant, £14, bloomboxclub.com

Banana plant, £14, bloomboxclub.com

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Mug, £12.50, Oliver Bonas

Mug, £12.50, Oliver Bonas

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Reversible plant pot bags, £15, Betty & Molly at Etsy

Reversible plant pot bags, £15, Betty & Molly at Etsy

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Coffee grinder, £19.99, Zara Home

Coffee grinder, £19.99, Zara Home

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Cotton mix bedding set, £17.50 - £29.50, M&S

Cotton mix bedding set, £17.50 - £29.50, M&S

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14L Organic cotton backpack (fits 13 inch laptop_Sleeve), £99, Sandqvist at La Redoute

14L Organic cotton backpack (fits 13 inch laptop_Sleeve), £99, Sandqvist at La Redoute

VIEW NOW: 14L Organic cotton backpack (fits 13 inch laptop_Sleeve), £99, Sandqvist at La Redoute

Photo frame, £12, Matalan

Photo frame, £12, Matalan

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Mob kitchen cook book £6, amazon.co.uk

Mob kitchen cook book £6, amazon.co.uk

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Mob kitchen cook book £6, amazon.co.uk

Mob kitchen cook book £6, amazon.co.uk

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Refillable water bottle, £17.49, John Lewis & Partners

Refillable water bottle, £17.49, John Lewis & Partners

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Dressing gown, £24.99, H&M

Dressing gown, £24.99, H&M

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Pyjama set, £48, cyberjammies

Pyjama set, £48, cyberjammies

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Pyjama set, £48, cyberjammies

Pyjama set, £48, cyberjammies

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Alarm clock, £20, Habitat

Alarm clock, £20, Habitat

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Personalised planner, from £21.99, papier.com

Personalised planner, from £21.99, papier.com

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Bamboo laptop stand, £55, supawell.com

Bamboo laptop stand, £55, supawell.com

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Holographic makeup organiser, £29.99, beautify.co.uk

Holographic makeup organiser, £29.99, beautify.co.uk

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Blanket, £100, Urban Outfitters

Blanket, £100, Urban Outfitters

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Blanket, £100, Urban Outfitters

Blanket, £100, Urban Outfitters

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Clothes rack, £45, Ikea

Clothes rack, £45, Ikea

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7 piece cookware set, £45, Ikea

7 piece cookware set, £45, Ikea

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Upcycled wetsuit laptop case, £39.65, Nalubags at Etsy

Upcycled wetsuit laptop case, £39.65, Nalubags at Etsy

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Sandwich toaster & toastie maker, £25, Breville at Amazon.co.uk

Sandwich toaster & toastie maker, £25, Breville at Amazon.co.uk

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Set of 3 drawers, £7, Paperchase

Set of 3 drawers, £7, Paperchase

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Striped duvet set, £19.99, H&M

Striped duvet set, £19.99, H&M

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Hannah Hughes is Group Fashion Editor at Future Publishing. Her work appears in woman&home, Woman, Woman's Own, and Woman's Weekly magazines.

She is a fashion creative with over fifteen years of solid experience in editorial, commercial, and celebrity styling. She has an in-depth knowledge of the luxury, mid and high-street fashion sectors, which she developed over a decade spent as Fashion Director at some of the UK's most widely read women's magazines, including You Magazine and Look Magazine.