We’ve got the ultimate guide of the best gifts for med students that will delight any recipient. Whether for holiday, graduation, or just ‘cuz for all their hard studying, this list of ideas will cover them all!
Don’t forget the MDs in your life! Start with this list of the best gifts for doctors.
In a hurry? Here are our favorites among the best gifts for med students:
1. Prescription Bottle Coffee Mug
An RX for coffee is likely the most practical prescription that’s ever been written! Now your med school friends will think of you every morning! This coffee mug looks small, but it holds up to 12 ounces of coffee.. the best medicine of all! This is a really funny gift for medical students and we think it can make even the most serious among them crack a smile!
2. Heart Art Decal
We love this cool, high-quality heart art decal that can be used both indoors and outdoors. The biggest problem will be deciding where to put it!
The decal can be safely put on cars, trucks, laptops, and basically any other smooth and flat surfaces. The decal lasts for about 5-7 years, which means you’ll be giving a gift that will made the recipient think of you for years to come! This is among our favorites of gifts for medical students and future doctors.
3. Prescription Can Coolie
Just what the doctor ordered! We couldn’t resist adding this to our best gifts for medical students, as every med student deserves to let loose every once and awhile. These make both useful as well as funny gifts for medical students!
4. Pandemic Board Game
Well, this game hits a little close to home. Now that we’ve dealt with COVID-19, this game is an especially relevant gift for med students today! This is an awesome gift for med students who enjoy hosting or who are especially social, as minimum 2-4 players are needed to play!
5. Suture Practice Kit
This is a practical suture kit for med students, making it a great gift for med students entering surgical rotations. This 27-piece kit comes with sutures, needles, and a high-quality suture pad that is life-like and mimics the 3 layers of anatomy – skin, fat, and muscle.
6. Stethoscope Necklace
Here’s another dainty necklace that makes wonderful gifts for med students and even gifts for nursing students alike! With tons of design options as well as colors ranging from silver, gold, and rose gold, you will likely be able to find a necklace that she’ll love.
7. A Comfortable Pair of Sneakers
Read our Detailed Review: Allbirds Tree Runners Review
Allbirds has been all the hotness right now for their extremely comfortable sneakers made from all-natural ingredients like eucalyptus trees, Merino wool, castor beans, and other earthy resources. These sneakers have been ranked among the top picks for healthcare professionals who are on their feet all day and we’re owners of these sneakers ourselves! Your favorite med school student will think of you each time he/she slips these on for years to come, as these sneakers are machine-washable and can last for years! We like the Tree Dashers and the Tree Runners styles.
Similarly, the Allbirds Tree Dashers consistently ranks among our favorite shoes for medical professionals and was featured in our Best Shoes for Doctors list for this year!
8. Comfy Socks
While you’re at it, go ahead and throw in a pair of ridiculously soft wool socks to match with the Allbirds sneakers. The Allbirds Trino Sprinters are specifically designed to be worn with the Allbirds Tree Dashers for a perfect fit. Like other Allbirds products, the list of materials used to create these socks are from natural or recycled sources.
9. Anatomy Coloring Book
Easy coloring and interactive study, anyone who is learning anatomy can benefit from this low-stress method of learning. This makes it on our best gifts for medical students and anyone else whose studies involve human anatomy (we’ve also got some awesome MCAT study books if your recipient needs more resources!) These coloring books can be useful gifts for premed students as well!
10. Physiology Coloring Book
The topics for this coloring book cover the spread of 2 page, allowing students to focus on the specific physiology topic being presented. This is a very useful gift for medical students, as it’s likely they will need to be studying this in great lengths.. and why not enjoy it while you’re doing it?
11. Microbiology Coloring Book
Students learn about virus, bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and multicellular parasites through this text / coloring illustrations combo. This makes our list of gifts for medical students because it offers an opportunity to learn through planned and meaningful sequence while also allowing med students to de-stress with an activity that is proven to help calm the nervous system. This is also a helpful gift for premed students, as they’ll be taking this class as well to get prepared for med school.
12. Eye Chart Tie
This fun tie is sure to kick off some easy small talk. May be best for opticians.. But I’m sure it can make a great gift for medical students in any practice.
13. Syringe Highlighter Pens
These lifelike syringe-shaped highlighters are sure to be a fun way for students to get through boring text. You can choose between two sets of colors, and will receive 6 syringe highlighter pens. These are the bestsellers among the best gifts for medical students, as they are both fun in their design but also serve as a useful gift for medical students.
14. EKG Print Women’s Socks
Delight the women you know in the medical community with these fun EKG print comfy women’s socks. These socks are low-cut ankle socks, so they make for a useful gift for medical students, since socks are a necessary staple in the doctor’s wardrobe. These socks come in one size, meaning you don’t have to worry whether it will fit the recipient since it can stretch to make up for larger or wider feet.
15. Bone Pens
Ballpoint pens shaped as human bones? Yes, please! These pens are fun and practical and surprisingly easy to write with.
16. Almost a Doctor – Coffee Mug
Your medical school loved one will never want to drink out of an ordinary mug again. Or, rather, until he gets an actual doctor mug! Medical school graduation comes up faster than you’d think, so be sure to get this gift for the med student in your life before they actually are a doctor.
17. Kill As Few Patients As Possible
This book is an all-time favorite in the medical community. Dr. Oscar London’s writing is both witty and hilarious and makes a great gift for medical students who enjoy reading.
18. Anatomy Poster
What med student wouldn’t want to decorate their walls with the human anatomy? This poster comes laminated (or not, depending on your preference) and measures out to be 20×26 inches. What’s a better gift for med students than something they’ll have to look at every day and think of you?!
19. Serotonin Molecule Necklace
This organic chemistry jewelry is for all science lovers. This serotonin molecule necklace promotes happiness and well-being. This makes a great gift for the female medical students in your life and serves as a nice reminder to be happy. These dainty necklaces come in 4 different styles, Carbon Black, Gold Tone, Rose Gold Tone, and Silver Tone.
Rosa Vila has a line of molecule necklaces that are all fun and unique, including a molecule necklace for caffeine and wine! This is an awesome gift for medical students who enjoy medical-inspired jewelry.
20. The Year They Tried To Kill Me
This book highlights of the trials and tribulations of internship with a fresh and humorous perspective. New doctors can benefit from knowing their struggles are relatable. If this doesn’t trip your trigger, don’t forget to check out our list of the 13 best books for doctors!
21. Stethoscope Heart Art
Med students can add a fun artistic touch to their computers or other furniture. This decal applies easily but also comes off without leaving any sticky residue. It’s made for a mac book but could easily be applied to other smooth, flat surfaces as well!
22. Left and Right Brain Computer Sleeve
Brilliant colors on a fun design that can help protect your computer, you may want to buy one of these for yourself as well. The left and right brain-inspired gifts are bestsellers among our best gifts for medical students. The design is beautiful but also informative for the complexity of the brain.
23. Left and Right Brain Wireless Keyboard
Purchased along with the L/R brain computer sleeve or independently, this colorful keyboard can help inspire your long sessions typing away on the computer.
24. The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First year
Written by Matt McCarthy, this memoir of a first year as a physician gives you a genuine glimpse at the making of a doctor. This is a book that will provide relatable experiences that a medical student or new doctor can find shared meaning in. This is a wonderful gift for medical students who love reading.
25. Band-Aid Sticky Notes
These band aid inspired sticky notes make it fun to label and bookmark everything! This is one of the best gifts for med students because we know they love studying!
26. Human Organ Lunch Box
This human organ lunch box will make the recipient’s peers laugh with delight! This also makes a great gift for actual EMTs that you may have in your life but also makes great gifts for medical students!
27. Luxury Pen
Not really medical-school related, but this luxury pen makes a great gift for any student or professional who is going to be spending their time writing.
28. Laboratory Shot Glasses
These are great gifts for your nerdy med school friends that let loose in their own weird way! Gift your med student friend these shot glasses and they will forever be the lift of the party! This set of 4 beaker shot glasses also come with 4 faux-eye droppers that can be used for mixing.
29. Chemist’s Spice Rack
This “chemist” spice rack is a great gift for any mad scientist in the kitchen. Or, really, anyone who geeks out over science.
30. Bone Socks
This is a silly and fun gift for any medical student or worker. These bone-designed socks are a great addition to any wardrobe.
31. OrganATTACK! Tabletop Card Game
A great game for future doctors (but that does not require real medical knowledge).
Boxed in a faux medical journal, OrganATTACK is a fun game for participants from 2-6 players and can be a fun gift for future doctors to play with their fellow classmates. The premise of the game is to remove all the organs of your opponents’, which can be done through affliction cards that target specific organs as well as wild cards that can target any organ. This is a hilarious game to gift to your medical student friends but requires little actual medical knowledge, meaning it’s fun for all to play!
32. First Aid Sticky Notes
Peel-and-Heal! First Aid-themed sticky notes booklet
“Peel and heal!” Anyone will smile when using these first aid sticky notes. We couldn’t resist adding this to our list of best gifts for medical students.
33. Brain Specimen Coasters
This puts a unique spin on your general run-of-the-mill coasters. Med students will love this gift! Each coaster on its own is just a slice of the brain and you must stack all 10 coasters on top of each other to get a full view of the brain.
Rubber feet underneath the glass coasters ensure that surfaces are not scratched underneath them. This is the perfect gift for med students who enjoy entertaining and take pride in the maintenance of their home.
34. Heart Shaped EKG Badge Reels
Your medical friends are sure to receive compliments on this heart-shaped EKG badge reels. These EKG badge reels serve as a great gift for anyone in the medical field, as they are a great attention to detail that patients and co-workers can appreciate.
35. Brain Ice Cube Mold
This brain-shaped mold can be used for ice cubes, chocolate, and soap and is a super fun medical school gift! These are great gifts for any medical students who appreciate DIY crafts. I think this would also make for some awesome Halloween-inspired parties!
36. Anatomy Models Bundle
Everyone loves mini models. This gift will help med students gain a deeper understanding of how organs and systems interact.
37. Giant Microbe Plush Toy
These Giantmicrobe Plush White Blood Cells are adorable and a fun way to celebrate being a doctor (and actually knowing what a white blood cell is). These cute little white blood cell plush toys are about 6 inches tall and come with googly eyes These toys are a fun gift for medical students, as they can serve as decoration in his or her own home as well as a way to break the ice if they are working with any younger patients who may not know what white blood cells are.
38. Liquid Timer (3-pack)
I remember being fascinated by these kinds of toys when I was a kid. The squishy, colored liquid inside drops down without any need for electricity or power. These repetitive drips falling help to calm nerves and relieve stress and agitation. The anxiety-relief of these handy little toys is also good for calming patients who may suffer from Autism, ADHD, as well as OCD. These are great medical gifts for anyone who may spend time with children or need a little me-time themselves.
39. Funny Doctor Mug
The “Please Do Not Confuse Your Google Search With My Medical Degree” mugs are awesome med gifts that every medical student and doctor can relate to. The mug has printing on both sides, meaning both doctor as well as patient can enjoy the message. This can serve as a good warning message to patients to steer clear of WebMD! This also makes a funny gift for doctors who have already spent some time dealing with these patient interactions!
40. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Alright, this book may not necessarily scream out “med school gift” but hear me out here. This is a great book for anyone who is focused on a goal (ahem, passing med school classes) and may need a reminder on how to prioritize his or her f*cks. This is a great book for anyone, including med students, as it encourages everyone to prioritize what they care about and forget about the rest. We all could use this book by Mark Manson.
41. Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
This visual exploration book is enough to make any science nerd geek out. Theodor Gray has put together another of his masterful visual books which represent the 118 elements in never-before-seen images. Each element gets its own 2-page spread, covering images from the actual element itself as well as what is made of the element. There is a ton of information stuffed into this beautifully-designed book that will keep a med student entertained for hours! This makes a great gift for medical students and doctors!
42. RX Flask
This is a comical gift for med students that is a play on a prescription! Holds up to 8 oz of liquid.
This prescription flask is a good gift for medical students who enjoy getting out every once and awhile. The flask is pretty large, holding 8 ounces but still manages to fit in the pocket. This is a comical gift for med students, but should not be considered “high quality” by any means. This flask may not make it out of med school, but it’s a fun gift idea and will bring plenty of joy while it lasts.
43. Scented Candle Set
Being able to unwind and relax after a long day of classes, studying, and daily life is an extremely underrated activity, especially for med students. These scented candle sets make great gifts for medical students because they are both a practical gift as well as one that feels luxurious and calming at the end of the day. This set comes with 4 candles, each with a burning time of up to 30 hours! That’s the possibility of 120 hours of use from this single gift. Not that enjoying good smells is inherently a feminine quality, but this makes an especially good gift for female doctors or medical students.
44. Bath Bombs
Speaking of relaxation, what about this set of bath bombs as a gift for med students who love a good bath and glass of wine. This may seem a bit more on the feminine side, but is definitely worth considering for med students who enjoy treating themselves every once and awhile.
45. Doctor Wars Hospital Game
This fun hospital-themed board game is sure to be a hit at the next party your medical friend throws. There are certainly plenty of inside jokes for those who work in medicine such as doctors and nurses, but there is absolutely no medical knowledge needed to play this game, so you can rest assured that any business or communication majors can still keep up!
46. Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game
Gift this meducational board game that is going to take med students through buliding enzymes, hormones, and receptors!
Cytosis is a fun educational board game that helps students learn cell biology. This is technically what they call a “meducational” board game, so this one may be more fun to play with those who are looking to learn interesting facts about enzymes, hormones, receptors, and more. This is a great gift for future doctors who want to blow some steam with their classmates and friends.
47. Healthy Snacks Care Package for Medical Students
Hopefully med students have moved beyond their ramen noodle college days. If you’re looking to gift a medical student, why not share a healthier snack that you know they’ll enjoy? There is a decent mix in here that it can accommodate to those who enjoy junk food as well as health nuts. This is a lovely care package for medical students or even those working towards medical school.
48. Leather journal gift set
This is certainly a luxurious journal, made of 100% buffalo leather, featuring a hidden pen loop and bookmark. This leather is extremely soft and the interior paper is a lovely, creamy off-white. This is the perfect diary that can also be taken on trips, as it is very lightweight and easy to pack. This makes a unique medical gift for the deep-thinkers of our time.
49. mcSquares Reusable Dry Erase Sticky Notes
These are some fun “sticky” note way to stay organized. These squares clean off like a dry erase board and they stick to any shiny surface as if they were magnets. These make great gifts for medical students because they are practical and fun to use. They can be used to organize storage items, keep track of lists on the fridge, or even to study last-minute notes.
They are reusable for up to 2,000 washes and are good for the environment, too!
50. mcSquares Sticky To-Do Lists
Here’s another great gift for medical students by mcSquares. Everyone needs help keeping track of their to-do lists and these are fun erasable white-board stickies that can be slapped right on the fridge. There’s no excuse, now, to “forget” to do something for the week!
51. Portage proRounds Medical Notebook
Here’s a simple medical notebook for those who are in clinicals. This little notebook fits right in your white coat pocket! These notebooks are created by medical professionals and have all the information per page for med students to stay organized as they go from patient to patient. This is a really thoughtful gift for medical students, as it shows that you care about the work that they do.
52. Human Anatomy Apron
This human anatomy apron is a fun gift for medical students who enjoy throwing it down in the kitchen. This unisex apron is durable and comfy and the design will be appreciated by medical professionals.
53. Dr. Scrubz Bear
This is a super cute graduation gift for medical students or even just a “just because” gift that is thoughtful. This little plush bear comes wearing a matching set of teal scrubs and looks just like a real doctor!
54. Doctor “Scrubs” Bear Outfit
Here is a cute gift for a medical student who has a child or a future doctor who is expecting. This scrubs outfit fits the 14″ and 18″ Build-a-Bear models.
55. Doctor Gift Bag
Okay, so this isn’t necessarily a gift, but why not complete the medical gift theme with this cute stethoscope “You’re The Best!” gift bag. This is a medium size and is made of paper, so it’s better for the environment!
56. White Coat Wine Bag
This white coat wine bag makes the best gifts for wine students who love wine or hosting friends! Simply gift this around a nice bottle of wine and you’ll be #1 in the recipient’s books!
57. Herschel Backpack
We love Herschel backpacks, and this Little America backpack by Herschel is among our favorites. This backpack comes in a variety of sizes, but will definitely fit the med student’s books as well as laptop for class. You can choose among a huge variety of color schemes to fit the med student in your life.
58. Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker
59. Weighted Blanket
A weighted blanket makes a great Christmas gift for medical students who can appreciate it during the winter months. Outside of the winter, this blanket will still be able to get some use and the med student in your life will appreciate it!
What does every medical student need?
Every med student needs basic supplies including a stethoscope, pens/highlighters, a computer, scrubs, backpack, and basic living supplies. In this list, you can find a lot of practical gifts for medical students that meet these basic necessities for medical school.
What can you give someone starting medical school?
For first year medical students, a great gift includes a new notebook, backpack, pens, coffee mug, or watch.
Where else to find great med school gifts? We like this holiday gift guide by The Do if you’re shopping for seasonal gifts. Also, if you have an Etsy account, you can spend hours browsing personalized graduation gifts for med students.
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