Eight great King’s gifts for that special someone in your life


Looking for that last minute gift for a special someone? From top reads to stylish sports gear, your King’s community has you covered this Christmas. 

For the fiction lover


Rachel Edwards (French with English, 1996) was named as one of The Observer’s ‘promising British first-time novelists’. Her debut novel Darling has received rave reviews since its publication this summer. Charting the relationship between a black British woman and her white stepdaughter, Darling is a psychological thriller that opens on the day of the Brexit vote. Described as ‘dark, provocative and refreshing’ Darling is impossible to put down.

For the indie rocker

Combat Sports

Justin Hayward Young (History, 2010) aka Jay Jay Pistolet is lead singer of The Vaccines whose fourth album, Combat Sports, was released this year to critical acclaim. The band’s guitar-driven brand of indie rock might just be the perfect antidote to the never-ending Christmas tunes come the day itself!


For the fearless

The Discomfort Zone

…or those that want to be! The Discomfort Zone: How to Get What You Want by Living Fearlessly is the first book by Cosmopolitan editor Farrah Storr (French & English, 2001). Farrah has plenty of experience to draw from and her book has been on the ‘must read’ lists of some of the most influential women out there. If you’ve got a friend who’s looking to make things happen in 2019, this is the one for them!


For the current affairs junkie

The Economist

With stories on political change, economic upset and the shifting centres of power, The Economist covers much more than just the economy. A subscription makes the perfect gift for anyone seeking clear thinking in uncertain times. Alumni also get a 10 per cent discount.

For the dapper dresser


Do you have someone in your life who likes to cut a dash? These gold cufflinks from the King’s Student Union may be just the thing for that fancy New Year’s Eve party you’re heading to.

For the gym bunny

Gym bag

Alumni memberships at King’s gyms start at just £17.99 a month, but if the fitness fanatic in your life already has a favourite workout spot, why not gift them this stylish King’s gym bag to carry their kit around in?

For the art lover


Prints of three beautiful watercolours of Guy’s and St Thomas’ are now available Contemporary Watercolours. The perfect gift for a nostalgic alumna or alumnus who’d like to have a piece of their history on the wall. 20 per cent of royalties come back to King’s to support our research and teaching.

For the friend who has everything


…but is always losing their brolly. Beau Nuage is an umbrella company set up by two King’s alumni, Antoine Gros (Mathematics, 2013) and Aurélien Rinaldi (Mathematics with Management and Finance, 2013). The pair joined the King’s20 Accelerator programme in 2016 to help them launch a stylish new umbrella with a self-drying cover. No more forgetting your brolly leant against a wall to dry. Simply pop it in its case and put it straight back in your bag. Best of all, King’s alumni get a 25 per cent discount!

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