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There's no denying the amount of effort, sacrifice, and money required to attend medical school. Because the medical student in your life is probably overworked, they're more than deserving of an awesome present, especially if you're celebrating the end of a school year. Maybe they need gear to get through the work day or things to help them unwind once their shift is over.
To help you narrow down your selection, here are the best gifts for a medical student.
FuzzyLoonDesigns Straight Outta Night Shift Water Bottle
Besides the absolutely funny phrase, "straight outta night shift," this mega water bottle will come in handy for helping your future doctor keep track of their own health. The 34-ounce, BPA-free bottle can be customized with the recipient’s name on the front and the markings on the back indicate when it’s time to take a few sips. The wide mouth makes this bottle easy to clean and the cap is attached with a strap, so no need to worry about losing it or it falling off.
HandcraftedAffairs White Coat Hanger
The white coat ceremony is a major moment for all medical students. So of course your student needs a personalized hanger for that momentous occasion. This personalized Etsy find can be customized in a few ways. Choose the color (black, walnut, natural, or white) and the recipient's name, school, and specialty. It's such a thoughtful, sentimental gift, but with a wallet-friendly price.
Core Meditation Trainer
The hours of work and studying can stress even the most zen person. So a gift and subscription to the Core Meditation Trainer will be extremely appreciated. The small device is used with guided meditations via an app and can sense a user's stress levels and also emit vibrations to encourage focused breathing. Opt for a purchase that includes access to basic meditations or go for the premium, which has more than 300 meditations, as well as guided breathing and soundscapes.
Modern Picnic Luncher Tote
Instead of a shapeless or downright unattractive lunch bag, Modern Picnic has an option that combines the usefulness of an insulated interior but with the look of a chic handbag. Made of vegan leather, the inside holds a meal or several snacks and has slots for cutlery. You can even add a monogram to the pocket flap so your recipient feels extra special.
Folio Creations The Hippocratic Oath Art Print
A good counterpoint to that fancy framed medical degree: a modern print of the Hippocratic Oath, the mantra that doctors live and practice by. This version is done in cool high-contrast type, in one of 60 colors to go with their apartment, home, or office wall art. Besides being a cool decoration, on long and frustrating nights, this print can serve as a reminder of why they chose such a grueling and sometimes thankless profession.
Kendal All-in-One Foot Spa Bath
Anyone who's on their feet all day can use the relief of a foot massager. This option from Kendal comes in two different colors and has great, useful functions. There are the massage rollers that soothe aching feet and heels, the soothing bubbles, and the heating function keeps the water at a relaxing temperature. This is one gift your medical student can get use out of on a daily basis.
Mouth Happy and Healthy Snack Kit
Send a care package to your student who probably needs a little something salty, sweet, or crunchy. This kit from Mouth has tons of yumminess in a single box, including organic peanut butter cups, turmeric ginger tea, dried fruit, and more. They’ll think of you whenever they reach for a snack during break time or a late night.
Philips SmartSleep Sleep & Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp
Long hours, early mornings, and late nights that turn into early mornings can throw anyone’s schedule off. Philips SmartSleep is a small electronic gadget that can be stashed on even the tiniest bedside table, but it sure does a lot. The light therapy lamp and alarm clock includes natural sounds and white noise to aide in a peaceful night’s rest. In the morning, the lamp simulates natural sunlight.
Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer with 12-Cup Carafe
Who wouldn’t appreciate a great cup of coffee? And any medical student probably needs a cup, or three. This Hamilton Beach coffee maker gives the option to brew an entire pot (up to 12 cups) or a single serve 14 ounces. Features include an auto shutoff after two hours and the maker can be programmed to brew a cup at a designated time because there’s nothing better than waking up to the smell of caffeine.
Evrpur Men's Gray Jogger Scrub Pants
Scrubs are the go-to uniform for many and they actually come in a variety. Not just the colors, but the cuts as well. These feature a stylish tapered cut that’s wearable for work, but also pretty stylish for non-medical duties. The material is moisture wicking and has tons of easy access pockets. With an elastic waist band and close to 10 percent spandex, these are built for comfortable wear.
Wisdompro Genuine Leather Pocket Protector Pen Holder
No, pocket protectors weren’t just for the nerdy kids in a high school show. These are actually pretty useful items for someone who’s writing and taking notes on the go. Made of genuine leather, the holder attaches to shirts or lab coats and can hold pens or markers. The durable material means not having to worry about ink stains leaking through. Between the leather and double stitched design, this is a product that will hold up for a while under daily use.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2
While your medical student is taking care of everyone else, they also need to practice a bit of self care. Samsung’s Galaxy watch is sleek, has a customizable band and face, and more importantly, tracks a lot of important health functions. In addition to tracking steps and sleep patterns, the watch alerts a user if their heart rate spikes or drops. Also, if the recipient uses Samsung Pay, they can use the watch to check out at select retailers.
Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 Dotted Hardcover Notebook
A medical student’s learning doesn’t just happen at the desk—especially in the later years, they’re studying on-site and taking notes. This fan-favorite notebook comes in 15 colors and features a hardcover to make it easy to write on the go, perforated pages, a handy pocket to tuck in other papers or receipts, and an elastic to keep it open or closed. Pair it with an elegant ballpoint pen with a stylus so they can go seamlessly from working on paper to working on a touchscreen.
3M Littman Cardiology IV 27" Diagnostic Stethoscope
A major tool for many students and new doctors is a stethoscope—and they can be quite expensive! Save your medical student that cost by purchasing a solid one from a reputable brand. This option from 3M provides quality sound whether working on an adult or pediatric patient. Make the stethoscope really stand out by adding personalization to the head or tube. Not only are you saving your student from having to buy an expensive item, but you can show them you really care by adding a few personal touches.
HoAoOo Lanyard and Retractable Badge Reel
Though this may seem like a basic gift, it’s actually a handy item that will get used frequently. The retractable badge holder can secure any identification. Extending just over 26 inches, this allows your doctor in training to have his or her ID accessible at all times, but still secure. The material is sturdy and it can be worn around the neck, attached to a belt or shirt, or clipped to a bag.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. This guide for medical students is based on useful, top-rated products and even input from her former roommate, who's a nurse. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.