Sassy Students Cooking Guide & Survival Kit Giveaway



It's that time again when students head back to University or set off for University for the first time.

I remember it well. The nerves and excitement of packing up all my things ready to start a new life away from home. My mum was great at getting me everything I needed and sharing what she could spare from the kitchen and linen cupboard.

Before I left home, she taught me how to make a cheese sauce from scratch using the roux method and how to make a fruit loaf cake, then set me off on my way to explore the world.

I have to admit like many students I had to learn everything as I went including how to cook, and what I needed to get me through the term.

Today I have a great Student Survival Kit from Kitcentric to give away and a student cooking kit guide to share with you, but first I'll give you a laugh and share a photo of my matriculation card with you.

I've covered up the year. Sharing a photo of me with all the curly hair (before hair straighteners were popular), is enough embarrassment for one day.






Essential Kitchen Kit


Here is my guide to the basics a student will need if they are planning to cook for themselves and their friends at uni. 

Supermarkets, bargain shops and charity shops sell good basic products, but do invest in a couple of good quality knives. A good sharp knife is important for kitchen safety as well as chopping skills. It's also worth asking friends and family if they have any spare kitchen essentials.

If you are feeling flush, a sandwich maker, electric hand whisk and a blender are all really useful bits of kitchen kit, but they aren't essential.  

Print out my checklist and you're good to go.





KITCENTRIC STUDENT KITS


Kitcentric sell a great range of student survival kits (and kits for other occasions) that make a great gift. The student survival kits start at £30 and they are providing one of the ultimate kits worth £210 for one lucky reader.

What did I think of the Ultimate Kit?


The contents of the ultimate kit are all really good quality including a rather swish pair of noise cancelling (rather essential in a student flat), bluetooth headphones from Sony and a really expensive looking pen and mechanical pencil set for jotting down notes in lectures.

There is also a photo frame for them to take a photo of their loved ones with them, which is a rather nice touch and a door hanging laundry bag, which is something most parents would probably not think of  packing. It's practical and space-saving.

The cookbook and life skills book are really useful and full of tips for young people heading out into the world on their own for the first time. 

And it feels like Christmas unwrapping each of the gifts individually wrapped up in bright yellow tissue paper. It was all rather exciting!



Mini Kit £30


  • Life Skills | Stuff You Should Already Know By Now: by Julia Laflin
  • Fast, Cheap, Healthy, Student Eats | The best tried and tested recipes for students: by Rachel Phipps
  • Box of 80 Clipper Fair Trade tea bags
  • Clipper Seriously Velvety Instant Hot Chocolate (350g)
  • Jar of Clipper Clipper Everyday Organic Coffee (100g)


Classic Kit £65


  • Life Skills | Stuff You Should Already Know By Now: by Julia Laflin
  • Fast, Cheap, Healthy, Student Eats | The best tried and tested recipes for students: by Rachel Phipps
  • Box of 80 Clipper Fair Trade tea bags
  • Clipper Seriously Velvety Instant Hot Chocolate (350g)
  • Jar of Clipper Clipper Everyday Organic Coffee (100g)
  • Door Hanging Laundry Bag
  • Photo frame
  • Lamy pen and pencil set

Ultimate Kit £210


  • Life Skills | Stuff You Should Already Know By Now: by Julia Laflin
  • Fast, Cheap, Healthy, Student Eats | The best tried and tested recipes for students: by Rachel Phipps
  • Box of 80 Clipper Fair Trade tea bags
  • Clipper Seriously Velvety Instant Hot Chocolate (350g)
  • Jar of Clipper Clipper Everyday Organic Coffee (100g)
  • Door Hanging Laundry Bag
  • Single Portrait Photo Frame - Dark Wood Effect
  • Lamy pen and pencil set
  • Sony WH-CH700N Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth NFC Over-Ear Headphones with Mic/Remote, Blue. Enjoy your music without the wires and block out unwanted external sound with Sony's CH700N headphones. They connect to your smart device via Bluetooth or NFC for a wonderful wireless listen, while Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancellation lets you get fully immersed in your sounds without distraction. You can take phone calls and interact with your phone's virtual assistant with ease, and they offer up to 35 hours of supremely comfortable listening.
  • Yeti 20oz Tumbler: keep your drinks as cold or as hot as you like



GIVEAWAY


To win an ultimate student survival kit from Kitcentric worth £210 follow these instructions.

  1. Leave a comment telling me who you would give this set to.
  2. Enter via the rafflecopter box below
  3. Extra entries are available
  4. This giveaway is open to readers age 16 and over who live in the UK.
  5. Giveaway closes on 19 August 2018
  6. Good Luck!


Terms and conditions: The winner will be chosen from all eligible entries using Rafflecopter and Kitcentric will send the prize directly out to the winner. I will notify the winner then pass their details on to Kitcentric so they can post out the prize. I will delete all emails with the winner's details once the brand have sent out the prize. You can read more about how I protect your personal details in my privacy policy.


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6 Piece Lunchbox Set from Addis - closes 30 August 2018
Healthy Living Bundle from Indigo Herbs  - closes 8 September 2018


Easy vegetarian and vegan recipes


For simple recipes, visit my recipe index which contains hundreds of easy vegetarian and vegan recipes divided into categories with free printable recipes.

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Disclosure: Kitcentric sent me out a review copy of the kit to try and are keeping one aside for the winner. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

238 comments

  1. I would give this to my daughter, Vikki, off to uni in Leicester.

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  2. I would give this to my 18YO son who will be going to uni in Oct. He is so clueless in the kitchen he had to be taught how to 'make' a Pot Noodle by his 15YO sister.

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  3. Jennifer CollinsonSunday, 05 August, 2018

    I'd give this to my younger brother who's studying nursing. So proud of hos hard he's working!

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  4. I'd give this to my son who loves to cook and learn

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  5. To my daughter who is going to Cardiff University

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  6. I'd give this to my daughter so she can invite her American friends for dinner after they invited her to "Friendsgiving" last year.

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  7. Great prize for my son who is starting uni in September, also he is on his way to being vegan in the near future!

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  8. My niece is heading to uni soon and I plan to send her off with a copy of my own recipe book (currently 5 in the world!) and this would be wonderful to go with it!

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  9. Definitely one for my brother!

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  10. Oh this looks great and my daughter, who's off to Uni at Dundee, needs all the help she can get. The life skills book would be a godsend - All brains and no common sense.

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  11. Michelle CheesemanMonday, 06 August, 2018

    A fab selection of goodies! I would give this to my Nephew who is off to Uni in September!

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  12. Hello! I would love to win this brilliant prize for my partner's daughter, she is off to Bristol University in September for the first time and she has worked so hard for it!

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  13. love your student photo - your curly hair is gorgeous. I wish I had a photo of my first curry as a student - I think it all stuck to the wooden spoon when I took it out of the saucepan! the life skills book sounds useful - I probably could do with some tips from it even now :-)

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  14. I would give this to my son, most of his equipment got borrowed and ruined last year so he could do with new things!

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  15. I would give it to my younger brother who is about to start at the University of Aberdeen in 2 months

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  16. William CritchlowSaturday, 11 August, 2018

    My Nephew would love this kit

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  17. I would give this to my bestie who is just starting uni this year and has noooo idea what's about to hit him. I think he can make beans on toast lol

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  18. Myb Granddaughter who is starting University of Cardiff this year

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  19. I'd give this to my cousin who is off to uni this year...she nearly died last year and we didn't think she would get to uni and we are so unbelievabley proud of her

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  20. My stepson who is away from home for the first time!

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  21. Angelika BarczynskaSaturday, 11 August, 2018

    I’d give this kit to myself haha getting through uni by myself would be much easier

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  22. Would give it to Gary wilson

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  23. Fab prize would give to daughter studying to be a paramedic

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  24. Lovely prize

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  25. I'd split this and give it to different people heading to university this year.

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  26. I'd give it to my little sister, who's just started Uni

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  27. I would give this to my little brother to motivate him as he returns to his studies!

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  28. My best friend who will be entering her final year of university! This survival pack would be great to keep her going.

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  29. my son paul whos in his 2nd year doing history at Bangor uni

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  30. I would give this to our 18yo who will hopefully be going out flatting next year. Such a brilliant idea!

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  31. I've got 18 year old twins, so I might have to spilt it between them both.

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  32. I'll give this to my younger sister who 's starting Uni this year, taking up nursing. She's very compassionate, always ready to lend a helping hand and very much hard-working.

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  33. I would give to my lovely niece Erin who just got word she is going to Ulster University x

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  34. My niece will be off to uni next year

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  35. My little sister who is at uni in London .

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  36. My nephew is going to university this year, so this kit would be great for him.

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  37. I could use this to survive on :)

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  38. I would have to get it for my brother.

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  39. A friends child that has word weekends for years so they could go to UNI

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  40. I'd give it to my little sister who's off to college soon, i might cry lol

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  41. Love to give this to my nephew joining freshers this year.

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  42. My son just starting his 3rd year at Aberdeen University

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  43. My best friends' son who is off to Cardiff University. He needs all the help he can get!!!

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  44. For meeeeeee! Off to uni this September. Will help student life again!

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  45. This would be really useful for my grandaughter

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  46. i would give it to my niece, the list is really handy!

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  47. For myself I'm off to university this year to study psychology. I'm excited and nervous and it's hard to get good advice about this stuff. Thanks

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  48. would be given to one of my nephews who have just started Uni

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  49. To my nephew who is at university

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  50. Our friend's lovely daughter will be starting Uni in September, hopefully at Cambridge!!!

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  51. To my cousin, she starts university this September :)

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  52. I'll pass it on my nephew, who'll soon be going to Bristol uni - I'm sure he'll appreciate it.

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  53. I'd give it to my cousin who is due to start university this year!

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  54. Perfect for My 19 year old son

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  55. I'd actually be keeping this for myself as i'll be returning to uni in September! What first year taught me was that noodles were a godsend and that i really should have prepared more for moving into halls as i made a fair few trips to ikea throughout term, Oops...

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  56. This prize is so good, it would have to be split up between my friends.

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  57. I would give this to myself as I have worked hard and need a hand getting the supplies ! aha :)

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  58. I would give this to my son who is at uni

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  59. id give to my step daughter going to liverpool uni

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  60. I would give it to my cousin who is studying to be a social worker :)

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  61. Would give this to my two lovely a level students from this year - Sally and Tom. They aren’t going to the same place but are practically joined at the hip so I’m sure they’d find a way to split it!! Having tasted his cakes this year I’d recommend that Tom get the recipe book,and Sally wouldn’t be able to resist the stationery :) Still waiting on results but I have utmost faith in them as they’ve just worked SO HARD this year! And they’re both off to continue studying Maths which is just fab ❤️

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  62. Margaret Clarkson
    My daughter who is quite good at cooking but I still feel she has more to learn before she goes to University.

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  63. Would be perfect for my daughter who is starting Portsmouth Uni in September. Has lots of things to get :-)

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  64. I would give it to one of my family friends for her to take to uni next year

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  65. I would give this to Ross as he could really do with help!

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  66. I'd give this to my niece who is just deciding where she wants to go

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  67. I would give it to my nephew Richard who is at BHX Uni

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  68. I would give it to my niece, it would be perfect.

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  69. I would give this to my som

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  70. This is so incredibly helpful! I'd give this to my cousin who's going to uni soon, wish I had something like this for myself!

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  71. This would be great for my daughter in her 2nd year!

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  72. Probably for my cousin, who is about to go back to university. He always needs bits and pieces.

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  73. I would give this to my nephew who is starting uni x

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  74. My friend who's heading back for her final year soon.

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  75. It would be for our eldest who plans to go to uni.

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  76. I would give this to my daughter, soon to embark on a new chapter at uni.

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  77. Would give this as a present to a friends daughter who is off to uni!

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  78. I would give the set to my younger brother, he is a student soon.

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  79. perfect for my daughter! she would love this

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  80. Michelle FergusonMonday, 13 August, 2018

    I would give this to my nephew

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  81. I would give this kit to my eldest daughter if I won.

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  82. I would gift it to my younger brother

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  83. If I win this I'd give it to my daughter to take back to uni with her. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  84. my baby who's not a baby anymore

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  85. To my cousin

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  86. My sister is off to uni soon so I would give this to her!

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  87. My grandson this would be perfect for him, its such a great idea I might just make up a box for him just like it, thanks for the insperation

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  88. It'd be for one of my son's who is about to leave home for Uni

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  89. My teenage daughter who's in her last year of school so she'l be having her exams soon x

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  90. My daughter Jessica, perfect for her to take to Uni

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  91. I would give the prize to my daughter whose starting uni in September.

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  92. it will be my niece Eden who would get this, going into a major year!

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  93. I am Nathan and I will give this to my Nephew for start of term

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  94. I would give this to my sister, as she starts university soon and I know this is something I would have been so thankful for when I started university!!

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  95. What a brilliant idea! I'd give this to my friend's son who is off to Portsmouth Uni in September

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  96. I would definitely give this to my son because he needs all the help he can get

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  97. My daughter Nicola would be the happy recipient of this

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  98. I would give this to my youngest son who is studying at Reading University I am unable to help him financially as I am disabled, so this would bring me so much joy to win this for him.

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  99. I'd give it to my niece who is off to Uni in September

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  100. I'd gift this to a friends daughter whose of to London in September.

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  101. Perfect for my friends daughter x

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  102. I would give it to my Son

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  103. I am a student so this would be perfect for myself!

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  104. for my lovely daughter who is going to art college in Sept

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  105. Could I gift this to myself? I'm starting uni soon!

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  106. I would give it to my nephew who will miss his home comforts and up till now thinks that fairies replenish the kitchen cupboards!

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  107. I would keep it for myself as I start uni in September

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  108. My teenage son who is waiting for results!

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  109. my granddaughter who is at university

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  110. For my best friends daughter who will be doing her first exams this year x

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  111. I would give this to my son's girlfriend.

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  112. Can I keep it myself , I started a degree in jan and almost finished first year ! As a single mum and 36 I deserve a chance to win hehe x

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  113. my nephew is going to uni in september

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  114. Leave me a comment telling me who you will give this kit to if you win.

    to my son David

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  115. Perfect for my brother who's doing a teaching degree

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  116. I would give it to my son as he's off to Uni in 3 weeks. Thanks for your list of things to get as we were starting to panic as to what he needs.

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  117. My daughter

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  118. My neighbor is off to uni would be a great surprise

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  119. I would give his to my nephew, who is off to uni in september

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  120. I would give it to my nephew who's going to Glasgow uni this year....wish I had had it when I was at uni

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  121. If I won the kit, I would give it to my sister who is currently a student!

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  122. I'd give it to my cousin who starts university in September.

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  123. I would give this to my daughter

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  124. My sons best mate is off to Nottingham uni in September so I’d pass it on to him

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  125. My son could use this kit.

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  126. I'd give it to my son Matt who is off to Sussex Uni next month and needs all the help he can get with cooking !

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  127. My son would love this to go back to college in style. Thanks (Ruth Wollerton)

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  128. It would go to my beautiful niece for her studys.

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  129. This would be for my best friends daughter, her mum died suddenly aged 53 in March. She continued with her A Levels and managed to get the grades she needed

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  130. My daughter - she's going back to uni to re-train

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  131. I would give this to my son off to Edinburgh Uni

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  132. I would give it to my son Adam who's off to uni again in September so that he may eat something other than pot noodles this year

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  133. I would love to win this for my son who is off to live in London. He is only 17 but is going a year early to study Dance at Rambert. It is quite hard going paying for a flat and getting him everything he needs to be independent so this bundle would be fantastic for him.

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  134. to my nephew jake who is starting uni soon

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  135. My sister as she has just secured a place at Liverpool university!

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  136. I'd give it to...me...as I'm a student! :-/

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  137. I would give to my daughter chloe who is studying nursing at university

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  138. I would give this to my sister

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  139. My eldest Grandson Alexas he will be leaving home to study this September

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  140. I'd give it to my youngest son who starts his A2's in September

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  141. I would give it to my son who is just starting his 2nd year at uni

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  142. I'd love this for my Son Kris, who recently turned 18 and got his A levels results yesterday and already started an apprenticeship this week. This is a great gift and would be a nice surprise.

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  143. my comment didn't save for some reason, so here it goes again. I'd love this for my son Kris who recently turned 18, got his A levels yesterday and already started an apprenticeships. It's a great gift and would be really nice surprise. thank you

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  144. this would be great for my daughter x

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  145. This would be gifted to my daughter. She isn't off to uni but at 16 she would really benefit from the books and items in the box. It would be great to try the student recipes out together and a book about life skills could only be a positive thing for her to read

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  146. My stepson is heading off to Uni to study physics in October, so this would be perfect for him!

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  147. For my daughter or son who are both off to university

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  148. I would give to myself because I am poor and go back to uni in September :)

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  149. ooo yes please! This would be fantastic for my SIL.

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  150. Charlene MerrallFriday, 17 August, 2018

    I would give it to my friend who is off to Uni

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  151. I would give it to my nephew who is going off to university very soon. Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES :o)

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  152. I would give it my son Cameron who is going into 2nd year at Dundee Univeristy...infact it’s the school of Art.

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  153. My nephew, who has given everyone a big "up yours" (in his own words) as he was the hardest person I know to get to do his work, but has managed to get his first choice University place and shocked us all.

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  154. Would be for my daughter. The checklist is also brilliant. Ensures the essentials aren't missed off

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  155. To my lovely niece! (Jacqui Rushton)

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  156. I would give this to my nephew who is at Sheffield Uni

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  157. I’d give this to my son, Lewis. He’d love it!

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  158. I would give this to my youngest son, such a great idea - love the lists too

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  159. I’d love to give this to my sister she is off to university to become a paediatric nurse!

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  160. To my sister who is a very sassy student!

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  161. My friend's daughter

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  162. Id give it to one of my cousins who are due to start uni this year

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  163. My cousins daughter as it would be a lovely gift for her

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  164. I would give this to my cousin

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    1. I would give this to my little brother it's such a fantastic idea good luck all 🍀

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  165. My niece who has just started University

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  166. I'd gift this to my son who would make great use of it. I'm currently teaching him how to cook so he'll be ready for uni.

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  167. I would give it to my son he's off to Portsmouth university, I am giving him a doorstop as well, as you don't make friends with a closed door!!!

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  168. I’d give This to my little sister, super proud of her getting an A

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