A Student Sendoff Hamper

My youngest brother starts college next week, following four of five his older siblings off to University of Limerick. I was in first year in UL when Niall was born, and learned of his arrival by telephoning home from a payphone in Quinn’s pub. Twenty years later he’s off retracing my footsteps, but in a very different world. For starters he’ll find it difficult to find a payphone.

So, to send Niall off I got together some bits and pieces that every student needs to set him on the right track- a “Student Sendoff Hamper” if you will. I made one for my youngest sister when she went to UL four years ago, in nappy box (she’s graduating tomorrow, congratulations Grá) and the contents varied a bit, and since I originally wrote this post my other sister Niamh told me that she got one too 🙂 It’s a personal gift, made even moreso by the card that Ciarán made for his uncle.


He even drew in the lines
He even drew in the lines


What’s in a student sendoff hamper?

Decoration does’t matter, a box to carry the stuff into the house is what’s required, hence the thrown togetherness of the hamper below.
It contains things that will help my brother in student survival, you might spot some of the contents in the picture on the list below. Don’t try to fancy it up (although fancy is lovely) students need basics, noodles, readymade sauces etc.  Pick bits up over a couple of weeks and you won’t notice the cost of the very appreciated gift. Have fun making it.


Niall's Hamper
Niall’s Hamper

Pasta (lots)
Pasta Sauce
Pot Noodles
Washing up Liquid
Curry Sauce
Kitchen Spray
Shower gel
More Noodles
Tins of Beans
His favourite chocolate
A Bath towel
Toilet Paper
Juice (may be also used as a mixer)
Pasta Sauces

Other things that are useful to include:

A mug
A cereal bowl
A bathmat
One of those things that catches hair in the bath plughole
A sharp knife (student accommodation has the bluntest knives)
A bottle of their favourite alcohol (I owe you a pint Niall)
Cleaning products
A return bus ticket
A printed copy of the Bumbles of Rice Student Cooking Guide

Why not add to the excitement of heading off to college for the first time by making one for the new student in your life?

12 thoughts on “A Student Sendoff Hamper

  1. What a lovely idea! I just wish I knew somebody starting college so that I could get huge brownie points for this thoughtful gift 😉 I lived at home during college so didn’t get to live the pot-noodle life, but did have an erasmus year in Germany that involved a lot of ready-made pasta sauce from a then unheard of shop called Aldi…

  2. The Sharp knife received in my hamper( then a plastic bag) is still in use in Mams.. surived too many houses…. I may have to make a hamper now for him(to get in a few weeks) as couldn’t see you getting all the sisterly brownie points… you are welcome to create a moving hamper for me too if you wish 😀

  3. What a fantastic idea!! How thoughtful! It reminded me of the time me, some friends and my now Mister Husband, went on the river Shannon for a week. None of us thought to pack food. None! Our friend’s lovely mother sent us on our way with a box of food similar to your hamper. Seeing as how we were on the water for a week, we would have starved otherwise.

  4. Fab idea. It’s like a maxi version of the sani basket I made the little brother while imprisoned in the Rotunda! In fact I probably have some pads here if you want to ‘pimp it’!!?!

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