25 Best Welcome Gifts for Foreign Exchange Students

Traveling away from a home to a totally new environment in another country can be tough despite the excitement that comes with the milestone. It’s not easy for both the foreign exchange student and their host. Gifts are the best way to break the ice. Usually, both parties ought to get each other one or a couple. If you will be hosting a student from a different country, you want them to feel welcome, comfortable, and at home living with you. In this article, I will be discussing several presents you can give to welcome the students. Read on and find some of the most amazing gifting ideas. Get them a present they will actually use.

1. Board games

Getting your guest student a board game is an amazing way to break the ice. You could, for instance, get Catan Family Board Game. Catan is a strategy game that will only take them a few minutes to learn, and you could spend the entire period exploring the numerous tournaments and landscapes in the game and limitless outcomes. Playing with the students will make them feel more welcome and comfortable around you. Besides, playing with you and other family members will be a great way for them to unwind after busy days at school, trust me, they will look forward to coming home to interact not only with you but also with everyone else living with you.

2. Luggage tag and Passport Cover set

They probably have had a hard time trying to pick their luggage from a load of other travelers” luggage. Get them a luggage tag and passport cover, both with their name on them. The presentation will be more meaningful and will assure them that they wouldn’t have to go through the same trouble they might have gone through, the next time they are traveling. The set is a timeless present that they will use for as long as they are traveling. You will save them a lot of trouble, and they will know you care.

3. Comfortable socks

After a long flight, your guest student might be experiencing jet lag. Anything that could make them feel more comfortable is a great idea. Get them a pair or several of them. CelerSport Ankle socks are a perfect present which the student can wear indoors and outdoors. They are ideal for sporting activities, and besides, the set has six pairs which they can wear for every activity. The socks are super soft and absorbent and will keep their feet protected and pampered. Getting the socks is a simple yet very noble gesture.

4. Scientific Calculator

Show them you are concerned about their studies by getting them the latest scientific calculator. A calculator will help them solve issues more efficiently and effectively. They will love it. They will probably need it beyond academics as professionals. It would be even better if you got them one of the latest scientific calculators like the Texas Instruments 84 plus Calculator with graphing capabilities. We all know math is not everyone’s cup of coffee. A present that can help them have an easy time with math is more than perfect.

5. A digital camera

The student will be your guest for some time. Let them know that you are ready to make new memories with them. Help them capture every great moment or place by getting them a high-definition digital camera. No one leaves their home country to another country to stay indoors all the time. The Canon HD Digital camera has built-in Wi-Fi which they can use to transfer and share images and videos. It’s easy to use, and they will learn fast if they have never used one before.

6. An Adapter

Save them the trouble of draining their devices. Give your guest an adapter to keep all their devices charged. The Universal Travel Power adapter will help them charge up to four devices at a go. They can bring it to school and use it while in the house. It can be horrifying being away from home and not being able to connect with your loved ones. The adapter is compatible with several or most devices. They will love it.

7. Anti-theft laptop bag

Matein Anti-theft travel laptop backpack is a perfect present for your guest student. The bag has a USB port which they can use to charge their phone on the go. It has two spacious pockets for holding the laptop and its material is water-resistant. Besides the two larger compartments, it has additional pockets where they can place their chargers, books, pens, and other necessities. It has padded straps that are very comfortable and efficient for carrying the weight of the bag.

8. Wireless noise-proof headphones

It can be hard to concentrate on your studies with noise coming from every corner. You can get the students Hybrid Active Noise-Proof Headphones to help them study efficiently without getting interrupted. The Headset is perfect for listening to music via Bluetooth during leisure time. They can use them when on a train or bus to and from school or anytime they need to cancel external noise from children, vehicles, and music.  The headphones can last up to two hours, ideal to last them throughout the ride.

9. Coffee and an instant coffee maker

Coffee is one of the most efficient and healthy beverages for students. Students need more energy and concentration to stay focused even after long hours of studying. You can make them a cup of your favorite coffee on arrival and get them an instant coffee maker and Starbucks Flavored coffee to last them long enough. With a coffee maker, they can make their coffee anytime they need it without feeling much of a bother to anyone in the house. Besides, you could show them how to make delicious coffee, a skill they will never forget, and can bring the Keurig Single-Serve Mini coffee maker everywhere they go.

10. Portable Soda Can size Projector

As a student, they will be making numerous presentations throughout their academics. It can be terrifying to fail an exam you had prepared for because your device couldn’t work during the presentation. Getting them an ANXONIT small Soda can-sized projector will help the students prepare on time and keep practicing on their own. Besides they can keep it for other functions when they finally get employed to make presentations. This projector can fit anywhere, even in the back of their backpack.

11. Amazon Echo Dot Device

The Amazon Echo dot Device is compatible with Alexa and can help the student in a couple of things. They can play their favorite songs via Bluetooth or smart apps. It’s simple to install and use, and they can control activities in their room using their voice. Besides, it’s a nice way to stay up to date with all their routines and schedules by setting them up using the Alexa app. The echo dot is a small yet very efficient device, not only for fun but also for making things much easier at home.

12. Personalized insulated Tumbler

Get them an insulated JOBOSI tumbler with their name on it. You can also include a special message on it to let them know that you care about them and are excited to have them around. The tumbler is safe for holding drinks for human consumption, does not rust, or transfer flavors of different beverages. They can use it for coffee, water, soda, or any drinks of their choice. It has double insulation which keeps cold drinks cold for up to nine hours and hot ones hot for up to three hours. It comes with straws which makes it ideal to use when traveling. The lids seal tightly to prevent spilling, and it’s easy to clean. In case they are leaving home in a hurry, they could bring their coffee to school, or take it on their way there.

13. Amazon Gift Card

You are meeting the exchange student for the first time, and you may not know what they prefer or like. It’s, however, nice to get them a gift anyway. The best present you could get them is an Amazon gift card. They can go to the store and pick whatever item they like or what they might be needing the most at that moment. The good thing is that you can allocate the card any amount you are willing to spend on presents. They can, therefore, get as much as the gift card can afford.

14. Comfy Bed Sheets

By the time your guest student arrives home, they will be tired and looking forward to taking some rest. Get them a pair of beautiful and soft, Comfy bed sheets. It can be uncomfortable to spend a night elsewhere but home, but giving your guests new bed sheets will make them more comfortable. The sheets come with pillowcases and fit the mattress perfectly. Remember, quality sleep is essential for students. They can keep them for long, as the sheets don’t shrink after a couple of washes.

15. A snuggly soft Blanket

If you are looking for a gift that your guest can use in all seasons, you can get them an Amazon basics Microminks Sherpa Blanket. They will enjoy using it in bed or as a throw on the couch when it’s cold. The blanket is soft and lightweight, so they will sleep comfortably without feeling any weight. They will have an easy time cleaning it as it is machine washable.

16. Candles with a homesick scent

Regardless of their age, students studying abroad, and away from home are bound to feel homesick. Let them know it’s all right to miss home and that you will be there to give them a new home away from home. Aromascape has numerous scents, unlike most homesick candles that have scents from particular locations. They can use it as long as they stay with you for any time they miss home.

17. Electronic toothbrush

If you are looking for a present that will simplify the student’s daily routine, a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush is more than perfect. The toothbrush is more efficient in cleaning teeth and plaque removal. Some days they might have to rush to get to an early class. Get them a toothbrush that can clean them up fast without compromising the health of their teeth. It will save them money and lots of time. Let them have a safe brushing experience, healthy gum, and clean teeth. Give them a beautiful smile, literally.

18. Toiletry bag

Traveling from home might have been stressful and exciting at the same time. The student might have been traveling for the first time to another country. They might have forgotten to bring their grooming kit with them. Let them know you have their back by getting them a Toiletry shave bag which is small and ideal to have all the essential items for grooming as well as toiletries.

19. A nice wristwatch

Timex Unisex Wrist Watch is a nice present to give to a student. It has nylon straps that they can adjust depending on their wrist size. They can wear it everywhere, except when swimming and taking a shower. It will give them the sophistication that comes with wearing a nice wristwatch, giving them more confidence.

20. Comfy pants

No feeling beats that of wearing soft comfy pants after a stressful day at work or school. Get them a pair or two they can wear around the house and feel relaxed. Make sure the pants are made of cotton and have a fleece lining to keep them warm and cozy. They will look great in it, feel relaxed and comfortable, and stay warm.

21. A hydro flask

A student might have to stay at school for long hours. Remind them to always stay hydrated by getting them a Hydrology stainless steel water bottle. They keep the contents ice cold or hot for up to 48 hours. This way, they can have their drinks at the desired temperatures any time of the day. They can use the bottle for sports both at college and in other sporting activities like hiking and other outdoor activities. They will love the bottle, as it is sweat-proof and anti-slip properties.

22. Phone, Key, and wallet finder

At some point in our lives, we all misplace keys, phones, or wallets. This can be totally inconveniencing, especially when you are trying to catch the bus, drive for an exam or run errands urgently because you will have to stop and find the key/phone/ or wallet. Losing these items can cost a student a lot, as they can miss the bus to school, get in late for an exam or miss crucial conversations and updates sent via the phone. Get Esky 80db item locator. They can use it to find their items within a 100fts distance range.

23. Versatile casual-business laptop bag

Not everyone likes carrying a backpack. A casual-business laptop bag is an ideal gift to a student as they can use it to carry their machine to interviews or work while having that casual-bussinessy look. The Kenneth Cole Columbia Leather laptop bag is the best. It’s waterproof, and as with most leather products, it is durable and will have it long after they are done with studies. Besides, they can slide in a few books and pens without looking bulky. The bag comes with a strong strap to support the weight of the contents and is padded to make it more comfortable to carry around.

24. A  Mandala Leather-covered journal

Help them keep a record of every moment they spend in their now new home. The student can use the journal to write down new memories or their experience the entire period they will be living with you. They can also use it to record moments when they miss home. A journal will help them overcome any sad emotions of being away from home that they might not feel comfortable sharing with you. They probably will get busy with school and might forget about the small things that make them happy. With a journal, that will not happen. You can buy the one with a leather cover which is much safer in case of spills. Some memories are worth keeping forever, and studying in a foreign country is one of them. One with a leather cover will secure the memories for a lifetime.

25. A tropical fruit blender

A blender makes a wonderful gift. They can use it to make fresh fruit juices and smoothies. The idea is to get something small they can carry in their backpack. They won’t have to leave it when they travel back home. Having a blender is a nice way to start exploring different kinds of fruits they might not have back home. A Tenswall Portable blender is a perfect size for a student, easily portable, and makes single-serving smoothies, shakes, and juices.