What to Buy Your Son Before He Goes To University

November 25, 2013

What to Buy Your Son Before He Goes To University

It’s a very surreal moment when you realise that your son has reached the age where he’ll be going off to university. You’re very proud of his achievements, but you’re also aware that the years have flown by ever so quickly. It can often feel as though it was only moments ago when he took his first step and had his first day in school. Now the time has come for him to leave the safety net of the family home, it is nice to mark the occasion in some way.

You don’t want to end up being really embarrassing parents, but it can be a nice gesture to buy your beloved son a couple of presents before he departs. You could think about getting something practical, as well as a treat for doing so well in his studies thus far. Here are a few ideas to get your brain working:


Your lad will need to spend plenty of time on a laptop to get all of his work done, and he can also use it to stay in touch with you lot at home. Have a look on portable universe to check out the range of student friendly laptops; these reconditioned models would be plenty good enough for use in a degree course. It might be worth getting a prepaid internet dongle too, just in case he has trouble getting online in his new location.

Hp Laptop

Games console

Appeal to his age and get him the latest games console. If he is into gaming, it’s likely that he would sacrifice some of his student loan to buy one, so save him from leaving himself short and buy it as a present instead. He will be able to use it with his housemates when they don’t have enough cash left to hit the town so it will certainly come into use.



Make it easy for your son to visit home by helping him get a car if he doesn’t already have one. This can be a wonderful gift as he will be able to use it for years to come. A car can be really useful for a student at university as it will enable them to do their grocery shopping and move house when necessary.

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If you can’t stretch to buying a car, perhaps you could think about a smartphone instead. These devices can be ideal for students as it will let them pick up their emails, as well as make calls and texts. By covering their handset and charges for the next three years, you can be sure that they will stay in touch with you even when they get distracted by their new life away from home.

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Spending money

Finally, you could just give your son a bit of guilt-free spending money for the first couple of months of university. There are lots of events during Fresher’s Week and beyond that will encourage him to spend. If you gave him a bit of cash every couple of weeks, he wouldn’t need to miss out on the fun that everyone else is having (and he wouldn’t need to dip into a bank overdraft!).


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  • Reply Ashley James

    Thanks for this post. My daughter is leaving for uni next year and I didn’t really know what to give her but this has really helped.

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