Dec 11, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Is there a special medical student in your life? Wondering what to get them? Our advice? Think practical and fun—at the same time.

Let’s take a closer look at the best gift ideas for that special medical student in your life.

1.  Espresso Machine

Short of gifting sleep to any medical student, the gift of caffeine is one that just about every medical student appreciates. Get one of the easier, do-it-yourself at-home versions that don’t take a ton of time, or have a steep learning curve to operate.

If they’re not that into espresso, get them a 4-pot coffee maker or a travel French press. Voila! Coffee!

2. Personalized Mug

More on the coffee theme here.

Granted, you can drink tea, coffee, or anything else you might want from a personalized mug, but the beauty of it is that it’s theirs.

Get creative. Make it cute. Make it personalized. Use “Dr.” in the inscription. Use your imagination and make someone’s day with a cute mug. It will be sure to lift any medical student’s spirits in the morning.

If your medical student doesn’t have time for a steaming mug in the morning, consider ordering them a personalized travel mug. Even better.

3. Engraved Pen

Here’s why: future doctors need to practice their signatures when they write prescriptions. Nothing says medical authority and holiday cheer more than an engraved pen.

You can go high-end or low-end here, depending on personality.

Even if written prescriptions are going the way of electronic ones, an engraved pen is still a nice gift and a keepsake of their medical school years.

4.  Gift Card for a 24-hour restaurant

Although gift cards aren’t the most creative gifts, a free meal at a 24-hour diner is sure-to-please, especially after an especially long or tortuous shift. Starbucks, VISA, or American Express gift cards are also nice.

Remember this: med students always appreciate a meal that they neither have to prepare or pay for.

It’s a win for you and a win for them. Go for it.

5. Engraved Stethoscope

A personalized stethoscope is an exceptionally nice gift for the holidays. It’s not going to collect dust. It’s not going to get stored and never used. It’s useful, thoughtful, and inspiring.

6. Portable Charger for long shifts

Medical students spend a long time on shifts and a long time using technology. Battery-life doesn’t always last on a 12-24 hour shift.

Embrace a medical student’s reality with the ultimate gift: a portable charger. It will get used more than you think.

7. Slow Cooker

Among one of the strangest—and most widely-touted—investments for medical students? The slow cooker. Medical students are busy and they often don’t have the time to cook.

Save the medical student in your life some serious time and money and get them a slow cooker—also called a crock-pot—for the holidays.

If the medical student in your life can throw in some easy ingredients, you’ll feed them for a week at a time.

‘Tis the season. Make the medical student in your life feel extra special with any of these gifts, and remember: anything that makes their lives easier is a good thing. Medical school is hard.




Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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