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9 Bloody-Awesome Gifts for Someone Going to London to Study

Here you are, suddenly browsing gifts for someone going to London. You only just found out that your best friend / child / grandchild / niece / nephew is going to study abroad in London—and it’s caught you quite off guard. Yes, it’s a long way, yes, you’ll worry about them, and, of course—you’ll miss them like crazy! 

But, you’re also incredibly happy for them, too. This is the trip of a lifetime, after all. Think Harry and Megan, Big Ben, Platform 9 ¾,  traveling on red buses, watching musicals on the West End, not to mention all of those cheap flights to mainland Europe. So, to send them on their way, why not treat them to thoughtful London gifts to help them make the most of their adventure?

Read on to find a comprehensive list of great gifts for someone going to London to study. From budget-friendly keepsakes to blow-the-budget backpacks, you’re sure to find something to mark this very study abroad trip!

9 great gifts for someone going to London for study abroad

1. Travel themed hanging photo display

photo display for someone going to london

This great little pack includes hemp rope, rainbow-colored wooden pegs and cardboard frames with a variety of cute travel-themed patterns for displaying photos. Your loved one can use the set to hang visible reminders of their nearest and dearest back home, or to show off snaps of the new places and friendly faces they’ve discovered in London.

2. Customizable leather passport holder

customizable passport for study abroad

Send your student traveler to London in style with this beautiful leather passport holder. Not only is it the perfect pouch for a passport, it also has three pockets that can be used to hold boarding passes, bank notes, and credit cards. It’s available in a wide range of wanderlust-inspired designs with tons of fun quotes to choose from—and you can even add customizable text to the front cover. The perfect example of both a sentimental and useful travel gift for a student studying abroad.

3. Moleskine Voyageur travel journal

voyageur travel notebook

This beautiful travel journal is available in brown or blue, and is of the same high quality that you’d expect from a Moleskine product. This is a great gift to give before your loved one heads off on their adventure, as it includes packing lists, to-do lists and budget pages, as well as lined pages for writing and a pocket in the cover to store souvenirs like tickets

4. Europe Scratch Off Travel Map 

europe scratch off map for study abroad

One of the many benefits of living in London is that flights to mainland Europe are short and cheap. As your loved one travels, they can scratch off the gold foil of the country they’ve visited, to make a lifelong memento of all the places they go to while they’re studying abroad. The map is 32.5 x 23.4 inches and comes in a sturdy cardboard tube for safe transport in a backpack or suitcase, making it one of the best gifts for someone traveling to Europe!

5. Polaroid pocket photo printer 

polaroid pocket photo printer for study abroad

Save your friend the trouble of finding a photo printer in London by giving them this pocket-sized photo printer. They simply download the app, transfer photos from their phone to the printer via bluetooth and select their favorite pictures from their study abroad trip to print. The printer uses zero-ink paper, meaning that they won’t need to buy expensive ink, and the paper is sticky-backed so that the photos can be conveniently stuck into a journal.

6. JBL Waterproof portable bluetooth speaker

portable speaker for study abroad

Make your friend the life of the party on the beaches of Ibiza or while doing morning yoga with friends in the Plaza Torre Eiffel! Everybody needs a portable speaker to bring their favorite tunes abroad with them, and your friend is no exception! And, at less than 7 inches long, it can be easily packed into a backpack for that next weekend getaway.

7. A stylish but high quality carry-on backpack 

cotopaxi daypack for study abroad

A huge part of any study abroad experience is traveling to other parts of your host country and, in this case, to other parts of Europe. The Cotopaxi 35 L backpack opens like a suitcase and has built-in compartments to keep all of the essentials organized, without the need for additional packing cubes. There’s also a hidden sleeve big enough to hold a laptop.

Pro tip: This pack is compliant for fitting not only in an overhead compartment, but also under an airline seat. This means you’re giving your loved one the gift of simple check in and budget airfares, too! We can’t get enough of London gift ideas like these.

8. Osprey 65 L backpack with wheels 

osprey backpack for study abroad

Similar to our carry-on study abroad backpack recommendation above, one of the best gifts for someone going to London to study abroad is a high-quality backpack. This 65L option from Osprey, from high-quality materials, padded straps, and a padded hip-belt, can be easily carried when necessary but also features two large, durable wheels. Perfect for when they’re bumming around the train station, waiting to travel to Paris and beyond!

What’s more, this Osprey backpack opens like a suitcase, making it easy to store and access contents quickly. For a quick airport experience, its loose straps can be tucked away into a zippered compartment to avoid getting caught up in conveyor belts. #TravelPro!

9. A water-resistant, classic trench coat

study abroad london trenchcoat rain jacket

The first thing you learn while studying abroad in London? It’s probably going to rain. A lot. Help your friend fit in with the locals and keep themselves warm and dry with this classic unisex trench coat from New York Rain. It’ll set you back a few dollars, but will prove to be a worthwhile investment that they never forget in the tube station or the back of a hack!

P.S. A mini travel umbrella would round out this gift perfectly.

Make your London gifts ones to remember!

Buy thoughtful gifts for someone going to London to let a loved one know how much you care for them and, when they’re far from home, it’s often a great reminder to them of the special people in their life.

Have you bought one of these gifts, or do you have other suggestions? Add them to the Comments section below. 

Authored by Kay Brown

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Kay is an international teacher, currently living in Yangon, Myanmar. She blogs about travel and expat life in El Salvador and South East Asia at Kaybee Travels.

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What’s the Perfect Travel Gift for a Student Studying Abroad?

Leaving the country is a momentous occasion that many citizens never get to experience. However, for a lucky few, visiting another country can be more than a week-long excursion. Some get to eat, breathe, and live in the other culture as an honorary local through study abroad programs. It’s a given that any young adult presented with the opportunity wants to remember their time abroad forever—and with the right travel gift for a student studying abroad, you can help them cherish the experience long after they return home.

How can you narrow down your options and find the best gift for someone studying abroad? Should you buy something that will be useful for their trip or a memory display?

Take a gander at this list which rounds out a wide array of options at various price points. Travelers come in all personalities, but our roundup is guaranteed to have something fun for each and everybody. 

What makes a great gift for someone studying abroad?

Maybe your student/friend likes to visit museums or go hiking over challenging landscapes. Don’t forget the traveler that lives for eating local cuisines and expanding the range of their palates. Whether it be paintings and sculptures or pasta and streusel, there’s a travel gift for a student studying abroad to commemorate the experience. 

A great gift should speak to that person in particular. It should be individual, relevant, and useful. Don’t think about the generic gifts placed by the checkout counter (unless of course, a flimsy umbrella in the bargain bin will make their heart sing!). Otherwise, dig deeper and go for a thoughtful, heartfelt gift. 

10 recommended travel gifts for a student studying abroad

1. Travel Neck Pouch Wallet with RFID Blocking

passport holder

If the student you’re shopping for celebrates practicality, this is the perfect gift for studying abroad! Not only will this passport holder keep all cards and documents centrally located, but it can also be worn around your neck and under layers of clothing. This mitigates the risk of being pickpocketed in crowded city streets and markets. As an added bonus, it is constructed from a material that shields your cards from radio waves and keeps your traveler safe from identity theft. 

2. Travel Adapter / Outlet

travel adapter for studying abroad

This is also a great gift for someone studying abroad. Maybe a practical and sturdy passport holder isn’t their thing. How about a universal outlet adapter and wall charger? Keeping devices charged and ready to go is of the utmost importance when traveling. Being able to capture memories, navigate new cities, translate languages, or just order takeout is easier in a technologically savvy world. Sure, a map and translating dictionary can offer assistance but wouldn’t a charged phone be less to carry? 

3. Leather Journal

leather travel journal for study abroad

Have a traveler that enjoys putting pen to paper? With high-quality paper and the absence of lines, this travel notebook makes the perfect medium for jotting notes or perfecting a sketch of a treasured building. Leather-bound and equipped with removable paper, the notebook can be refilled or repurposed as a photo album. 

4. Travel Bracelet

study abroad travel bracelet

Coming in just under the ~$25 mark, this is a GREAT option for a personalized gift. This gorgeous travel bracelet is a small but meaningful gift for someone studying abroad.

Wear it solo or stacked with more bracelets or even a watch. Either way, it’s a beautiful keepsake to be held onto for years to come. 

5. Canvas Weekender Bag

canvas weekender bag for study abroad

Running through airport terminals and catching shuttle buses is stressful. Couple that with bags falling and pulling on shoulders, and it’s a recipe for a tired, irritated traveler. That’s why this useful tote bag that slides over the luggage handle makes for a valuable gift for someone studying abroad. 

Forget heavy carry-ons and rushed power walking across the airport. Your student can stow valuables in this tote, pop them on top of their roller suitcase, and enjoy the stroll to their terminal. They’ll even have time to grab a coffee on the way!

6. Airbnb $50 Gift Card

airbnb gift card for study abroad

If experience outweighs sentiment, then try a gift card that affords your student to stay in adventurous lodging while studying abroad. Often, Airbnb offers more bang for your buck and unique dwellings when compared to the standard hotel suite. Who wouldn’t want to cozy up in a countryside cottage or a beach bungalow on a weekend off while studying abroad?

7. Beautiful World Map

world map study abroad wall art

For the traveler that’s been bitten by the wanderlust bug, try a gift that celebrates all of the places they’ve been. This attractive 3D world map allows for matching pin points to destinations, and includes pin so you can hang your favorite picture alongside it.

Upon closer inspection, this wall decor is labeled with distinct borders, prominent cities, and even bodies of water. Let them pair this with a gallery wall of all the study abroad photographs sure to make the journey home. 

8. GoPro Hero 7

go pro for study abroad

Ready for a splurge-worthy study abroad gift? Any adventure junkie will swoon over the features a GoPro boasts. Waterproof, mountable, and virtually indestructible, it can go anywhere. Take this diving, backpacking, or even skydiving. No matter the life-changing experience, GoPro can, well, go! It certainly ranks high on the list of perfect gifts for someone studying abroad. 

9. Kindle

kindle for study abroad students

Now, for the reader that couldn’t possibly depart without a small library to consume between flights and bus rides, try a Kindle. This handy gift cuts down on luggage weight and frees space for other must-haves. Then, when it’s time for a fresh read, a new download is only a wifi connection away. It couldn’t be more perfect for the traveler on the go. 

10. Personalized Bar Necklace

bar necklace custom for study abroad

Lastly, consider a stunning piece of jewelry to commemorate travels to a beautiful new country. These personalized bars can come engraved with geographic coordinates and names. Sleek and minimal, these are a timeless reminder of the adventures experienced while traveling abroad. 

Buy a thoughtful gift for someone studying abroad!

Now that you’ve had a chance to browse this list of gifts for someone studying abroad, go purchase the perfect one! Whether it be luggage, a journal, or a spectacular piece of keepsake jewelry, there’s a gift for everyone. 

After all, studying abroad is a monumental experience that changes the person forever, opening them up to new people, ways of life, and belief systems. That’s why even the smallest bit of support to foster that journey is so appreciated. Keep looking until you find the perfect travel gift for a student studying abroad!

Authored by Breanna Leslie

Breanna Leslie has been writing for nearly a decade. While earning a master’s degree in psychology, she wrote mostly in an academic and technical sense. Within the last two years, she has jumped into creative writing and has been published in a handful of publications. She has two toddlers, with another on the way, and has been branching out into the proofreading and editing world for the last year as a way to stay busy while staying at home with them.