What can you buy your new bestie when you hardly know them? Here are 20 gift ideas that everyone will love.
You’ve moved into your university halls - great! You’ve made loads of friends - awesome. But now it’s their birthday, and you need to buy them a present having known them for a couple of weeks - yikes! If the panic is starting to set in, and you realise you hardly know their favourite colour, let alone their interests and hobbies, then this is the gift guide for you.
Here is a list of easy-to-find thoughtful gifts that won’t break the bank. Let’s go.
Help your friend feel cosy as winter draws in.
2. Potted plant or cactus
Discover 10 plants that are impossible to kill, so when you’re out at lectures, in the club or training for your favourite sport, you won’t feel guilty leaving your plant baby home alone.
If you’ve only got a couple of quid, then this is the gift for you.
4. Fun socks
Take your wardrobe from day to night with fried eggs, dinosaurs or robots. Funky socks can jazz up any outfit.
Make your own DIY pick ‘n’ mix. Chocolate and sweets don’t usually make the cut when it comes to the weekly food shop, so this will be appreciated.
Buy a DIY cocktail shaker set, or take them out for a drink.
7. Nail varnish
Cute nails? Tick.
8. Novelty boxers
For those special nights out.
9. A bottle of their favourite alcohol
Suss out what they like to drink during your first weeks together, then pick up a whole litre of it.
Let them know you care with a homemade cake. Plus, you’ll make loads more friends when you share it out!
11. Giant cookie
Go to a local cookie shop and get a huge customised cookie. As it’s so big, you’ll probably get some too. Win, win.
Jazz up any outfit with some funky earrings.
13. Bath bombs
Make sure they have access to a bath before buying!
14. Wine glass
A personal wine glass will make your friend look like royalty amongst everyone else using plastic cups, mugs and stolen pint glasses from Wetherspoons.
15. Neon lights
Everyone wants some of these jazzy lights to turn their bedroom into a rave when night falls.
16. Framed photo
Easy as pie - print off a photo of you two at Boots and stick it in a frame.
17. University jumper
University jumpers can be pricey, which is why a lot of students graduate without ever owning one. But, it’s a lovely present that your friend can keep for years!
18. Escape room experience
Test your friendship by being trapped in a room for an hour together.
Practical gifts never get old. They won’t have to add shampoo and conditioner to their shopping list anymore!
20. A student kit
Pack paracetamol, Lemsip and condoms. They’ll thank you later.
Wondering what to buy your family, partner or dog this year? Check out all of our gift guides for inspiration.