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What to Send in your Student Gift Parcel

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This month, My Parcel Delivery worked with The Independent’s “Student Life” section, to come up with advice on sending presents to uni students.

Here are some more handy hints and tips for putting together a student gift parcel and making sure the items you’ve chosen are safe to send!

Check the prohibited and restricted items lists

When you’re picking what to pop in your student care package, it’s worth having a look at our list of prohibited and restricted items to make sure they can be sent in the post by courier. Items marked as “prohibited” can’t be sent by a courier company, but items which are on the “restricted” list can be sent, although you won’t be given any compensation cover for loss or damage to these.

For example, if you’re planning to send things like toiletries, cosmetics or medicines, you may be better ordering them online and having them delivered directly from the shop to the student, rather than packaging them up yourself.

Student Food Hampers

As with toiletries, you need to be careful picking what to send, especially if you’re sending to a student outside the UK. Perishable foods and any liquids – including alcohol - can’t be sent via courier in the UK. If these items are must-haves in your hamper, you could order directly from a supermarket and have them delivered directly instead or via click and collect.


If you’ve got together a student food hamper of non-perishable items then we’d suggest using a next day delivery service, to make sure your food items arrive in super quick time.

Student Care Package Ideas

So far we’ve covered some of the items you can’t send by courier, now for some ideas on items you can include in your student gift parcel which we think students will appreciate:

  1. Books

    Whilst e-books may be more economic when it comes to saving space, there’s nothing quite like receiving a good old fashioned book. A student cook book will be useful addition to any student kitchen, and if you really want to help you can add your own culinary notes.

    You might think posting a book will be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here at My Parcel Delivery we can help you choose from a range of cheap parcel delivery services starting from just £2.79+VAT.

  2. Clothing Essentials

    Shared laundry facilities can be a nightmare, especially for any students who are used to mum and dad taking care of the washing at home. So a gift pack containing new underwear and socks could really make their day.

    Similarly, a parcel full of winter warmers will also be welcomed by any students whose accommodation is not so accommodating when it comes to keeping warm! Think slippers, fleeces, onesies and warm blankets.

Student postage for larger items

If you’re sending a large item to a student, perhaps a piece of furniture that they didn’t have the space to take to university themselves, or something that they left behind by accident, then there are couriers services which specialise in posting larger items.


To find out if you need to use a specialist service, you can check the weight and size limits for our most popular couriers on our large parcel delivery page. You will also need to ensure the item is packaged up securely (some couriers will only accept items packaged in a box). Remember to take your packaging size into account when entering your parcel weight and dimensions to get a delivery quote. Check out My Parcel Delivery’s packaging guidelines for some do’s and dont’s.


Be sure to read our full top 10 on The Independent website here: 10 handy items every university student will be grateful to receive this year.

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