Exchange Student Welcome

10 Perfect Welcome Gifts for Exchange Students

Welcome gifts for exchange students are much easier to dream up of—and find—than you might think. Keep in mind that the new student is coming from abroad to live with complete strangers in a foreign, unfamiliar country. To that end, a warm and thoughtful welcome gift can go a long way.

Here is a great list of welcome gifts for exchange students that even the most culture-shocked of students would enjoy receiving. Make them feel at home with any of these thoughtful presents!

The best welcome gifts for exchange students

1. Phone Camera Lens Kit

Phone Camera Lens Kit, 9 in 1 Zoom Universal Telephoto Lens

Who doesn’t love taking pictures?

This easy to carry phone camera kit lens is one great gift choice as welcome gifts for exchange students. They will love how this little tool can transform a simple older phone camera into something more magical! You will surely love the capabilities that come with this kit!

2. Sour Patch Kids (& other candy)

SOUR PATCH KIDS Candy, Original Flavor, 1 Family Size Bag

This Sour Patch Kids candy together with other candies is perfect to fill goodie bags, gift baskets, or treat jars as welcome gifts for exchange students. No matter what country you live in one thing is for sure; sweets are always delicious! Welcome him or her with this tasty treat!

3. New Headphones

JBL TUNE 700BT - Wireless Over-Ear Headphones - White

Wireless options are becoming more and more popular. This JBL Tune wireless over-ear headphone is a very useful welcome gift for foreign exchange student, and can be quite handy even if someone already has a pair of headset. They can leave one at their school locker or in their backpack!

4. Set of Notebooks

Rifle Paper Co. Lively Floral Stitched Notebooks, Set of 3 Lined

These lively floral stitched notebooks are a nice treat or gifts for a student exchange programs, who loves stationeries. Beautiful colours and well made. Perfect size for note taking and fits in a small purse just fine without adding a lot of extra weight.

Gorgeous, perfect for your purpose!

5. Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera with Fuji Instant Film (40 Sheets) & Accessories Bundle Includes Case, Filters, Album, Lens, and More

Looking for gifts for exchange student programs, that’s sure to put a smile on their faces?

A camera is a cool gift idea because they can take photos of all the different things they see or the people they meet. Plus, this camera feature will get those compliments all the time and bring them nothing but smiles.

6. Trader Joe’s Seasoning Kit

Trader Joe's Spice Seasoning Variety Set - 7 Flavors

Since exchange students will be far away from their family, this Traders Joe’s seasoning kit will be a great welcoming gift so that they not miss home-cooked meals. Few things make a foreign exchange student feel instantly at home than having a meal cooked that they are used to, and preparing their favorite food or meal can be an ideal way to put them at ease.

7. A Pair of Toms

TOMS Women's Classic Canvas Slip-On Shoe

These easy to slip in pair of Toms are gaining popularity among young and women. This could be one of the nice welcome gifts for exchange students. These Toms are casual, comfortable, and somewhat more age-appropriate for them. One of its advantages is that it can be worn even without socks, so it’s a big win for quick errands. 

8. Netflix Subscription

Netflix Gift Cards - Email Delivery

I think Netflix Gift Cards is one of the best ideas as welcome gifts for exchange students. Nowadays everyone is in love with technology especially students. They might get bored or homesick because of the new environment; this will be an alternative entertainment for them. I’m sure your beloved will totally enjoy this kind of gift.

9. Your Location as a Necklace

Lucky Feather State Necklace 14K Gold-Dipped Pendant on Adjustable

Don’t forget that sentimental gifts can go a long way. Welcome students from exchange programs with a gift that will remind them of home or her new country, like this state necklace from Amazon. The charm looks so dainty and they will receive tons of compliments with this necklace for sure.

10. Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug

Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Flask with Flex Sip Lid - Multiple Sizes & Colors

This would be cool gifts for exchange students. Welcome them with a Hydro Flask Travel Coffee Mugs and make them feel special in the new country. When presented with such a feel-good gift, the recipient of this mug is sure to feel special. Very classic design with different colors – you may even be tempted to get one for yourself!

What cool gifts for exchange students did we miss? 

We hope the variety of gifts we have suggested will work for you or at least get you an idea. If this gives you your own ideas for perfect welcome gifts for exchange students to make them feel more welcome, secure, and accepted – then we’ve done our job!

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