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5 amazing gifts that won’t shrink your student loan.

gift ideas for students, kettle mag
Written by Nigel Simpkins

Receiving a present is better than giving one. There, I’ve said it. I know everyone says otherwise but deep down, we all know this to be true. But here’s the rub – people tend to buy gifts similar to the ones that they’ve received, so if you’ve ever bought your friend a crappy present, you can bet your lunch money that they’ll have given you something crappy in return.

So if you want to receive something amazing, you have invest a little time and effort and actually give something amazing. Luckily, that something amazing doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Here are some ideas for amazing gifts that won’t bust your student loan.

A personalised photo mug

Yep, nothing says friendship more than sticking yours and your bestie’s mug on… um…  a mug. Now, every time they take a sip of refreshing tea/coffee/gin, they will be thinking of you. £7.99 from
personalised mug

A chocolate igloo with chocolate penguins

For that chocolate lover in your life. Buy this as a gift for your friend and not only will they love you forever but you can guarantee to get something fabulous in return. £8.99 from
chocolate penguins

Awesome socks

These badboys are perfect for blokes. Guys seem to get at least one pair of socks each Christmas and they are generally terrible. However, with 9 amazing styles to choose from, you can be certain that he’ll love at least one of them :o) £12.99 from

Mutts Nuts socks


There’s always that tricky friend who seems to have everything and is impossible to buy for. So how about the SmartFan – simply plug it into your smart phone and enjoy the refreshing breeze. Perfect for the beach, clubs, commuting and for cooling off pot noodles.


Retro mini game console

Plug this beauty into your TV and enjoy up to 200 awesome, retro video games. Fun for you, fun for your friend and great for nights in when you’ve had a little too much prosecco.
£7.99 from
retro games console

With a little bit of thought and research, you can find great gifts for very little money. If you buy any of the gifts above, you’ll be sure to get something delightful in return.