Five of the Best Student Gadgets

Well it is nearly time to send your teenagers off to university and many parents are either happy or sad to see their babies go. How will they cope with the demands of study, feeding themselves and generally living independently for the first time without the help of their nearest and dearest? With these student inspired gadgets, you can rest assured that university life will be all they hope for.

This combination wide-slot toaster, egg cooker and meat warmer will perform each function separately or all at once for a 4-minute breakfast sandwich. Features include a 2 slice plastic housing toaster, 1200w electronic variable toaster with browning control, wide slots for toast, muffins, croissants and bagels, crumb tray, toast lift facility, warming tray for heating pre cooked meats, steamer tray for hard boiling eggs and egg poaching tray for muffin size cooked eggs. Available from www.tefal.co.uk

Now you do not have to label your food any more or have to fit locks on the communal fridge! This silver mini fridge has a capacity of 4 litres which means it can store up to 6 regular size cans. The size is height – 28, width – 19cm and depth – 26cm. Power mains operated so no batteries required, stand it next to your bed for convenience or by your work station. Available from www.amazon.co.uk

Never miss another lecture again! Using all the standard settings, you can set the clock and alarm on Clocky as usual, but just wait for the result! Once it’s time and the alarm begins to sound, Clocky flies off your bedside table and scampers around your bedroom floor with all the manic energy of a kid on colourings. And it won’t pipe down until you’ve kicked off the covers, discovered its hiding place and turned it off manually. Genius. Buy from www.gizoo.co.uk

Go ultra retro with this Pac-Man shaped bottle opener. Ergonomic, practical and definitely cool. Cheap and cheerful to give as a practical gift, all students need a bottle opener and best of all, the Pac-Man bottle opener is magnetic, so just stick him to the front of your fridge and he will never get lost. Visit www.monsterstuff.co.uk for more information.

There is no question that the iPad is a fantastic addition to any home and the FridgePad is the perfect solution to put it in the heart of the home for everyday use. A quick check of your emails when getting the milk out of the fridge for your morning coffee, and a check of the weather and traffic before leaving the house. No need to miss your favourite television programme when preparing dinner and easily accessible for checking recipes. Buy from www.currys.co.uk