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10 Stocking Stuffers for Students

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens and College Students (2023)

'Tis the season to spread cheer, and what better way to do that than with stocking stuffers that your university students will find useful and appreciate? They've outgrown the plastic rubbish now, and will appreciate gifts that make life on campus a little bit better.

Fireplace decorated for Christmas with stockings hung either side

One of the best parts of Christmas for me is watching my grown-up children's excitement as they pile into our bedroom and open their stockings on Christmas morning.

The bonus of having grown-up children now is that they make a stocking for me too! I love seeing how well they know me, with the thoughtful little gifts they know I'd like.

Decorated Christmas Tree with wrapped presents underneath


Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Students

Here's our recommended list of fun little stocking stuffer ideas that will put a smile on the face of your teen, young adult, college or university students.

Multipack of post it notes and marker arrows for note taking

1. Funky stationery

Add a touch of practicality to their stockings with useful stationery. Think bright pens, notebooks, revision cards and sticky notes to make revision easier and their study sessions a little more enjoyable.

Stack of fun 'rude' customised notebooks on a bookshelf with climbing plant

For that extra sense of humour, you could buy your student one of these fun unique notebooks from

They only deliver to the UK, or you can contact their US store for delivery there.

2. Energy-boosting snacks

Fuel your student's late night study sessions with a stash of energy-boosting snacks instead of sugar and chocolate. Cereal bars, nuts, protein balls and maybe a packet of dried fruit are good alternatives - because who can resist a sweet treat during a study break?

Check out our suggestions for more healthy treats here.

Multipack of health fruit and nut snack bars

3. Member Resources Bundle Surprise

Add a little magic with our FromHighSchooltoUni Member Resources Bundles. It's the gift that keeps on giving, providing them with valuable resources to help them succeed at university.

Set of downloadable resources for University students

4. For The Sweet Teeth

Who doesn’t love chocolate? I know that my children will have usually eaten half of their supply of stocking sweets before our traditional Christmas brunch. Click on the image below to stuff M&M's in their stockings.

Party packs of M&M bags - chocolate and peanut snacks

5. Keep Calm & Carry On

Does your student suffer from anxiety, stress, or just lost their mojo recently, and they need a bit of a boost? Try these products to keep them calm and happy.

Head massaging tool

6. Scratching Your Head?

Name one student who hasn’t always secretly wanted one of these gadgets ! A scalp massager for deep tingling relaxation, stress relief, and improved blood circulation to get those neurons firing again!

Scalp massager tool with storage bag and hair ties

From reducing product build-up and removing dead skin cells to stimulating hair growth by improving circulation, a regular scalp massage routine will boost the health of their scalp and hair.

7. Like Putty In Your Hands

Made from latex-free silicone, therapeutic putty is used to strengthen the muscles of the hand and forearm, by stretching it, pinching it, kneading, squeezing and separating.

Tub of sensory therapy putty to help stress or concentration

Particularly helpful for hand or wrist injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome from constant typing on a laptop?), ADHD (to help concentrate in the classroom or as a fidget tool when completing assignments), or as a stress reliever to soothe your muscles and calm the mind.

8. How Are You Doin’?

Front cover of healthy coping colouring book and journal

Nobody gives you a handbook in the birthing room and says, “here’s how to deal with every situation your child will face”. So how do you know what to say when your kids are feeling low or are experiencing mental health issues?

Written by a specialist in adolescent mental health and emotional wellbeing, this book is full of activities, questions, colouring, and journalling pages, to write and reflect, read snippets of wisdom and advice, as well as sketch or colour to reduce stress.

You can follow the author pooky on X (formerly Twitter) @PookyH or on youtube where she releases new mental health videos every Tuesday and Friday.

9. Skip To My Lou

Or in my case, if jumping up and down, and especially now with the cold weather, “skip to the loo”!

Skipping is one of the best fat-burning exercises to melt off the extra pounds once the Christmas goodies have settled around your waist.

This tangle-free adjustable skipping rope is the perfect size to stuff into a stocking and is a great portable exercise tool that your student can take to university and practice anywhere.

A skipping rope

Get a jumpstart on this activity by following an expert by downloading her guide 10 steps to Get You Started with JumpRope. (no affiliation, just getting you started!)

10. The Ultimate Guide to University

OK, I may be a little biased, but this book is THE best stuffer to slide into your student’s stocking! It’s more than just a book – it’s a friend, a mentor, a coach and a cheerleader!

The expert guidance in this book will help you navigate the ups and downs of university life, whether you are preparing for departure, on or off campus, and will take students step-by-step through the practical, real-life things they will discover at university.

Get your copy here!

Front cover of book From High School to Uni - the essential guide for students heading to university

There you have it - your guide to stocking stuffers to make this Christmas unforgettable for your student. And if all else fails, throw in a few gift cards which all students appreciate!

Happy gifting! 🎁🎄

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