With more students opting for distance learning courses than ever before, and universities racing to expand their online teaching opportunities, it’s the opportune time for you to inspire and reward your remote students with virtual gifts. 

Giving them experiences which make them feel included in the plethora of communities at university, be that their subject, societies or the students’ union, will also greatly benefit the wellbeing of distance learners. To make this business a little simpler for you, we have compiled this complete guide to gifting remote students - packed with ideas which are guaranteed to make them feel just as if they were on campus, so they’re not missing out! 

1. No Lonely Lunch

Going out for lunch after a lecture or grabbing a cuppa with friends after a long trip to the library is one of those things that’ll really perk up a busy or stressful day. Not only is the change of scenery great for letting those new thoughts settle, but a quick break turns into a great time with some vitalising coffee or comforting sausage rolls. With an incentive to go out for lunch, especially when  money might be a bit tight, even remote students can have a great time during their lunch break. Whether they crave a frothy hot drink, or a hearty snack, a Caffe Nero gift card is sure to cater to their needs. Alternatively, they might like a traditional bake, a sweet pick-me-up, or a vegan lunch treat, which is why our Greggs gift cards are so popular with students. Perfect for a cup on the go, our Starbucks gift cards are another virtual option which are guaranteed to make their day-to-day life that much sweeter.

2. No Desolate Dining

Many of the best memories during university are made at restaurants, giggling with friends, dazzling the company and enjoying mouth-watering menus. Why should distance learners have to miss out on this? Of course, they shouldn’t, so why not treat them to a Zizzi voucher, a Pizza Express voucher? With lots of restaurants across the country, these in-demand chains are never far away. Another popular choice is the Restaurant Card, which gives them a choice between their favourite brands, including Ask Italian and Las Iguanas. Whatever you choose, this gift idea is sure to create lasting memories and make them feel part of a community. 

3. No Empty Evenings

Most students would say that going out for an evening’s entertainment together is one of the core experiences university life is all about. Distance learning can make this really hard, so why not give the gift of an exciting evening ahead? It can work wonders to have something to look forward to after a hard day’s work, and on top of this extra motivation, an event is sure to enrich the studying experience and give remote students a sense of community. With their wide range of events on offer, a Ticketmaster voucher is guaranteed to sort the perfect evening for them. Whether they are looking for an unforgettable concert, a nostalgic musical or live comedy to leave them in stitches, a Ticketmaster gift card will be just the thing. Alternatively, if they are craving a night at the West End, experiencing the latest productions, there is no better gift than a Theatre Tokens gift card! Of course, they might also want to be the star of the show themselves, so a karaoke night at home with friends would make them feel just like on campus - and with a Singa gift card, you could give them just that experience.

4. No Capped Connections

Of course, our laptops, PCs and phones now have a massive impact on students and the way they learn and access resources, but for remote students this becomes even more important. A good video camera or microphone for virtual meetings & events can make all the difference for the distance learning experience, so why not treat them to tech? Especially when the money is a bit tight during their studies, any contribution towards up-to-date tech could enable remote students to invest in the device best suited for their needs, so a Currys PC World voucher or an Argos gift card could be a great, motivating gift. Alternatively, if  they are looking for tech accessories or the latest laptop models at low prices, they are sure to find a great fit with an Amazon gift card.

5. No Failed Fitness

Gyms hugely benefit student welfare on campus, so fuelling a remote student’s fitness goals should do just the same. Since gyms might be harder to reach or more expensive to students who are not on campus, an added incentive could make or break their resolution to keep up their fitness journey during their studies. So why not send them a Sports Direct voucher, or a Decathlon voucher? Whether they are looking for core gear for their favourite sport, or smart gadgets to help them track their progress, they are guaranteed to find the perfect motivating gift at these expert retailers. Alternatively, they might enjoy new sports outfits, so a JD Sports voucher or a Foot Locker gift card would be perfect for them.

Whichever of these gifts you opt for, you are guaranteed to make them feel like they are included in the university community, motivated in their own goals and looked after in their wellbeing. Ping them one of our gift cards now!