20 perfect Christmas gifts for online and part-time students…
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a rather large festive event coming up in a month. If you’re finding it difficult to pick out the right gift for the online and part-time student in your life, don’t panic! We’re here to help.
Here are our 20 perfect Christmas gifts…
1. Pens and notepads
Everyone needs pens, but students need them more than most! Whether they’ll be used for making lecturecast notes, assignment first-drafts or just jotting down ideas for their next discussion, you can’t really go wrong with stationery.
2. A calendar
A planner, organiser or calendar might seem like the sort of practical present your grandma would buy for you, but online and part-time students have to keep track of so many deadlines that having one place to write everything down can really be a godsend.
3. A photo frame
An easy yet personal gift for anyone, a photo frame is great for keeping a treasured family photo close by, or for that all-important graduation day photo. An engraved or custom-made design will add an extra individual touch!
4. A desk organiser
This is another ‘practical but personal’ present. Over the duration of a degree course, it’s really common to accumulate a multitude of pens, sticky notes, papers and more. There’s nothing more distracting when you’re trying to read or write than a cluttered workspace!
5. A USB flash drive
With so many students working entirely on computers or laptops these days, storage systems are becoming more important. A USB flash drive allows students to transfer work from one machine to another, or just back-up their precious assignments and notes.
6. A tablet
Perfect for working or reading on the go, a tablet can allow a student to make the most of a commute or even a lengthy wait for a dentist appointment. There are many models available on the market these days, suitable for any budget.
7. A tablet case
If your student already has a tablet, a protective case is the perfect present; available in a range of colours and designs, they allow students to use their tablet while they commute or travel without being afraid of breaking it.
Whether they’re listening to online lectures or just a playlist of inspiring music to help them write their assignments, a high-quality and comfortable pair of headphones is essential for an online student. Getting a set with a built-in mic can be a great help for webinar contributions.
9. A backup power source
When you’re making use of every spare moment, it’s very easy to forget to charge a laptop or tablet. A backup power source or spare charger ensures that your student can finish that important assignment on time, without a last-minute scramble for a place to plug in.
10. A business card holder
Many students want to achieve a qualification to get ahead in their career. And although it might seem a little old-fashioned, business cards are still a useful tool for networking and climbing the career ladder after graduation.
11. Coffee/coffee maker
It’s a bit of a cliché, but most students end up burning the midnight oil at least once during their studies. Some nice coffee, or a coffee maker if you fancy pushing the boat out, will give your student a much-needed caffeine boost.
12. Food or snacks
Who doesn’t love food!? And when you’re working hard on an assignment, snacks are essential. A hamper or gift box of your student’s favourite nibbles will go down a storm this Christmas.
13. Champagne/sparkling wine
Assuming your student isn’t teetotal, a bottle of fizz for celebrating a good grade or completing a tricky module is a great no-fuss present. And if you want to spend a bit more, you could always purchase that top shelf bottle as an extra incentive to reach graduation day. If your student doesn’t drink alcohol, a bottle of their favourite cordial will do just as well.
14. Recipe books
If you’ve got a student who’s a keen cook, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to make a complicated meal; therefore, a recipe book focusing on speedy meals and quick treats is sure to be a hit.
15. A slow cooker
Just because an online and part-time student has limited time, this doesn’t mean that they can’t eat delicious meals as well. A slow cooker can help students to create cheap and easy family meals that can be ready in time for dinner.
16. Grammar or academic writing textbooks
With so many assignments to write, a guide to grammar and punctuation is an invaluable resource for many students. Whether it’s used to check how to properly use a semicolon or to revise the Harvard referencing system, it’ll quickly become a favourite (OK, maybe not their favourite, but definitely an essential).
17. A magazine subscription
While most online and part-time students don’t have a lot of spare time for reading, magazines are perfect for dipping in and out of. If you can find a magazine that’s also about their chosen subject, they’ll be learning at the same time too!
18. A back massager
Backaches are sometimes an unfortunate side-effect of long hours sitting down reading or writing. Back massagers can help to ease out those tired muscles and keep a student going just that little bit longer.
19. Pampering gifts
After all the stress of a big assignment deadline, there’s nothing like a spa day or a day out doing something physical to help a frazzled student relax. Pick something like paintball for a sporty student, or a wine tasting for the more ‘sophisticated’ student.
20. Your time
Juggling part-time study with a career and a family often means that the most precious gift a student can receive is a helping hand. An offer to babysit, cook a meal or just do a few loads of laundry is sure to be gratefully received.