Last minute student stocking fillers

Christmas is but minutes away, but you've probably not even started the shopping, have you? Well, here's our guide to a few must-haves for the student in your life...

For students, Christmas in itself is a miracle. Sure, there’s the stress of looming January exams, semester two deadlines and unwelcomed question-fire from grandparents, but there’s more than a month’s worth of lie-ins. Similarly, there’s important things like remembering the nativity, devoting time to relatives and helping lay the table, but shining most brightly... there are gifts.

Yes, Christmas is the miraculous time of year for us students where the little negative signs in our bank accounts don’t really matter as lengthy wish lists turn into very real belongings before our eyes, through the magic of Santa. It’s the one day of the year where our adulthood independence retracts and forgotten childhood inhibitions take over. (I’ll admit to still putting a mince pie and a whisky out for Santa.)

The sheer novelty of gifts and gadgets materialising into our possessions without having to budget, barter or skimp on food supplies brings such delight to those of us living life ‘on the edge’ of our overdraft limits. For months, we’ve been making wishlists on our iPhones, doodling presents on our lecture notes and procrastinating our way through the weekend by compiling ideas for ourselves from each and every relative. Parents, take note; Nanas, listen up; aunties and uncles, get in on this; Santa, you might as well get involved: here’s the lowdown of stocking fillers that will score certified student smiles.

Luckies' World Scratch Map, £14.95, Nerd Supply.

Now you don’t even have to open your mouth to show off about the adventures of your gap-yahh.

Topshop Cocktail Challenge, £7, Topshop

‘Cocktail’ and ‘challenge’ in the same title? Sounds like a wonderful idea for the weekend.

London Undercover Beans on Toast Umbrella, £26, London Undercover

Thanks to London Undercover, you can display the extent of your culinary skills to the public. Us students make a mean beans on toast.

Initial Alphabet Make Up Bag, £17, available at Not on the Highstreet

Those living in girls-only student digs know how easy it is to ‘misplace’ your favourite blush or mascara. Initital make-up bags for each and ever housemate is the ultimate solution.

'Make The Most of Your Time on Earth', £19.99, available at Urban Outfitters

Perfect procrastination whilst you’re whiling away the hours with your dissertation. Come deadline day, you’’ll be full of ideas.

Heal's Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, £6, Heal's

All you need to add is an egg? Hello, baked goods.

Markus Lupfer Knit Hat, £55, Whistles

Ideal for wearing in or out of ice-cold student houses. Brr, 4 jumpers, 3 pairs of socks, 2 duvets and we’re still cold.

Personalised Wooden iPhone 4 Cover, £32, available at Not on the Highstreet

Score style cudos with a personalised wooden iPhone cover. What would yours say?

Grow Your Own Snowman, £5, Accessorize

With deadlines and dissertations and electricity bills, it’s easy to grow up too fast. Revive your youth and watch the magic snowman grow!

Cambridge Satchel Company Metallic Satchel, £125, Cambridge Satchel Company

Add Christmas sparkle to your stocking with Cambridge Satchel Company’s metallic satchels. Perfect for jazzing up a student wardrobe all year round.

i paper Student Subscription, £32, available online

Now you never have to miss an issue. £32 for the year: the gift that gives and gives.

Cupcake Handwarmers, £5, River Island

Wind-tunnels, freezer boxes, student houses, call them what you will, handwarmers are essential.

Brewmaker Best of British Beer Kit, £22, Wilkinson

You knew that bathtub would come in handy for something. Cue pint, after pint, after pint.

Topshop Ermine French Slippers, £14, Topshop

Practical and adorable, Topshop’s ‘Oui Non’ slippers are the perfect gift for girls.

3D Nail Rock Frou Frou Candy Jewels, £5.99, available at Misguided

You haven’t got long left before you have to grow up and be a real adult. Make the most of childish novelty whilst it’s still acceptable.

90s TV Trivia Game, £5, Topman

Kenan & Kel, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Ah, nostalgia.

Archie Grand 'Teachers I Met and Liked' Notebook, £8, Archie Grand

Lecture notes never looked so good, thanks to Archie Grand’s notebooks.

London Travelcard Cushion, £28, available at Not on the High Street

Student houses might be a tumbling pile of crap, but the décor doesn’t have to be all bad.

USB Fridge, £13, available at Amazon

…So when work is done, you’ve got that ice cold pint to reward yourself with.

Jelly Alcoshots Mould, £3.99, River Island

Jelly shots make a house party. Spend semester two making your way through the recipe book.

Oxfam Teach a Teacher, £27, Oxfam

Think, reflect, and give something back. Oxfam Unwrapped give as great, thoughtful gifts.

Suck UK Cooking Guide Kitchen Apron, £14.95, Nerd Supply

Aha, so that’s how you cook a steak. Traditional recipe books are outdated.

Urban Outfitters Touch Screen Gloves, £12, Urban Outfitters

As most know, gloves and iPhones are the most irritating combination. Not anymore. Tap, tap, tap, with toasty fingers.

Like & Dislike Stamps, £10, Paperchase

As offspring of the digital revolution, these are the perfect stocking fillers.

Urbanears Headphones, £50, available at Urban Outfitters

Be it Sigur Ros or SBTRKT,  Urbanears make for excellent listening.

 

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