Starting university is one of the most exciting times in a young academic’s life, and if you’re looking for a way to congratulate that student you know ahead of their big adventure, we’ve got you covered with everything from useful study essentials and must-have homeware to treats to get them prepared for those special moments to come.

Make their experience a little less daunting with the 8 best gift ideas for students that are guaranteed to help them take this next step with confidence.

University is about studying, right?

They’re sure to have a million things on their mind from setting up their student digs to living it large in Fresher's Week, so make sure they’re ready to study when lectures do start by buying them the new books they need. Whether they’re a fresher or returning for second or third year - starting a new academic year often calls for new textbooks, novels and notebooks. Ensure they don’t have to fight for the limited books in the library this term and grab them their own copy ready to scribble their notes into.

Whether you are looking for a thoughtful gift for your son or daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild, you are sure to make their life that little bit easier with one of our Waterstones gift cards or National Book Tokens. Alternatively, you could gift them an Amazon voucher, so they can buy stationery that will brighten their day every time they use it. Whether they would love a cute little notebook, star shaped post it notes, or a set of pastel highlighters - they can find it all on Amazon. With next day delivery available, an Amazon gift card is the perfect last minute gift as well.

Home Sweet Home

It can often be difficult flying the nest for the first time or just moving house between academic years. There is so much to think about, so much to buy, so little time and probably not a lot of money a student would be able to spend on turning their home into their personal palace. Why not help them out with a gift for their new home? With one of our IKEA vouchers, they will be able to hunt for just the right thing to fit their needs and their digs with affordable flatpack furniture, kitchen essentials, and funky home decor galore. Whether they are looking for a shelf to fit all those books, a little bedside table to keep their memories close, or a really comfy desk chair that takes the pain in the neck out of revising at home - they are sure to find just the thing at IKEA.

Terrific Tech 

One of the most important things they're going to need to get through their uni life is tech. If you’re looking for a gift that will really help them out, why not consider contributing towards new tech such as a shiny new laptop or iPad with one of our Currys PC World vouchers? A new laptop or phone will vastly improve their experience of studying, organising and socialising in a way nothing else can. With cash being a bit tight during uni, a contribution towards such a large investment will not only help them to study effectively but will allow them to stay in touch with their nearest and dearest from afar. By giving them the choice of what they spend their credit on, they can pick up the tech they really need and want and they are guaranteed to remember and use this gift for years to come.

Dress to Impress

Whether they are looking to stand out on that big night out, dazzle in an evening dress at a student ball, or rock the gym in a motivating new outfit, students always need new clothes. You can never go wrong with a Primark Gift Card. Send them on a hunt for the best bargains in the season's biggest styles and they can fill their wardrobes with fresh looks ready for all of those upcoming socials. Or, why not ping them a TK Maxx voucher? They'll be able to bag all of the biggest designer brands they're lusting over at affordable prices. If they are more into online shopping, or simply prefer to do their shopping from their sofa, an Asos voucher is sure to have them spoilt for choice when it comes to the hottest trends of the moment. Another gifting option that's sure to make their eyes light up is a JD Sports voucher. Whether they just can't get enough of their streetwear, or like to hit the gym in their spare time, help them to look and feel their best as they conquer those exercise classes or make the most of those uni sport societies. 

Keep 'em Eating Well!

If they’ve already got their clothes sorted out, there will be lots of new places and people to discover - they do say that you make your greatest mates at uni after all and where better to socialise and meet new people than over a pint or tasty meal in town? With a Greggs gift card, or a Caffè Nero gift card, tasty lunches and a lovely cuppa after long lectures will see them having the best time with their friends, especially when they don’t need to worry about paying! Or you could treat them to a delicious dinner with their new pals or that new special someone when you buy them a Pizza Express gift card.

There’s certainly going to be those days where they’d love nothing more than lying on the sofa watching Netflix, especially when they’re feeling ropey after a night out on the tiles. So why not treat them to a Just Eat gift card or Deliveroo gift voucher where they can choose between all of their favourite local and big brand eateries? They’re certain to be grateful for this gift when they’re unable to cook. It will definitely also come in handy for those days when they’re super skint and can’t afford a shop. 

You know how much they'd eat you out of house and home when they were living with you, so it’s always a good idea to help them out with their weekly shopping. We can assure you they'd far rather spend those precious funds on socialising than a boring food shop so why not grab them a Morrisons voucher or a Sainsbury’s gift card? Whether they're just discovering their own style of cooking, stocking up on their fave brands, or craving lots of comfort food away from home, these gift vouchers are sure to make their life that much easier and will make sure they stay full and ready to learn. 

Whether you are looking for uni gifts for new or returning students, these gift ideas are a sure fire way to help them along on their next great adventure.