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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.
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.
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.
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 patients. 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.
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.
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 late night.
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.
A must for a variety of medical students and professionals, this clipboard has the standard features, but in a way more convenient design. It includes all the useful info on blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate, but the board nixes the clunky oversized design. It folds to conveniently fit in the pocket of scrubs. It weighs less than 10 ounces and the base is smooth and sturdy to write on.
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.
Whether the student in your life drinks a lot of coffee on the go, wants to be more eco-friendly, or both, this adorable cup is the answer. Holding a solid 16 ounces, the cup folds up to just two inches in height. The lid is leakproof and the cup comes with a heat-resistant sleeve so you don’t have to worry about burning your fingers when carrying a hot beverage.
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.
Did you know there were such things as stethoscope charms? Well, the medical student in your life surely did and now you do as well. The charms attach to the stethoscope for a more personalized feel and this one from Charmed includes the recipient’s birth stone. Buy one or a few to stack and they even sell monogrammed charms.
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 you don’t have to worry about the 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.
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.
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 as a senior MD is interacting with a patient. Generally, medical students prefer paper notebooks to keep all their learnings in one place, and one that’s small enough to fit in a pocket or small bag is the handiest of all. This fan-favorite notebook (it has more than 1,000 positive reviews!) 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.
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.