This post is a collection of the best gifts you can give someone graduating from medical school.
What is a good gift for someone graduating from medical school?
If this is your question today, then you’re in luck. I’ve got exactly what you need.
First of all, congratulations to the celebrant! What a feat!
After all the years of studying, applications, early mornings, late nights, tests upon tests, rotations, etc, your graduating loved one deserves a special gift that shows them just how significant this accomplishment is.
I am very confident that I can help you find the right gift to do just that.
As you might know, my husband is a medical doctor.
We have been together since before he entered residency so I am closely familiar with what his needs were after medical school and what things he found to be most useful and meaningful during the journey.
That being said, I have put together a list of 33 things that will make awesome graduation gifts for the new MD or DO.
First, some tips about giving gifts to a med school graduate
When you are first coming up with a gift idea, I recommend thinking of something sentimental (that captures and honors their path to and through medical school) and/or something useful (that will make their upcoming years as a medical resident easier and more efficient).
To make the gift extra special, you should also:
- Try and find out if and what residency program they matched into.
This will help you customize the gift to the specific career path that they plan on entering.
For example, if they plan on going into cardiology, snagging that cutting edge digital stethoscope that I have listed below becomes crucial. If they’re going into psychiatry, on the other hand, a top-of-the-line stethoscope is not so important, get it?
- If giving a personalized gift, find out if they graduated from an MD (Medical Doctor) program or a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) program.
This will allow you to use the right accreditations and address them accurately.
- If all else fails, give cash or a check.
After all those expensive years of med school education behind them and more years of residency ahead, a little financial freedom afforded by a money gift would be much appreciated.
Now, on to the gift ideas…
33 Medical School Graduation Gifts
The following graduation gifts for doctors are listed in the following categories and order:
- Funny & Unique Gift Ideas
- Sentimental Gifts
- Useful Gifts
- Personalized Gift Ideas
FUNNY & UNIQUE GIFTS FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL GRADUATES
Are you on the hunt for a gift that no one else will be giving the graduate? Something fun and light that will get a chuckle from everyone?
The following gift ideas will do the trick.
Blue Scrub Wine Bag
This is a perfect gift idea for a medical school graduation party.
Dress any bottle of wine up with this adorable blue scrub gift bag. The best thing about it are the meticulous details; the stethoscope, otoscope, syringe and capsules really pop against the blue felt material.
Also- isn't the blue scrub cap on the top of the wine bottle the cutest!!?
"Med School Survivor" Cotton T-Shirt
A shirt like this, with a witty statement, is an easy gift to mark this special occasion. These shirts are 100% preshrunk cotton.
Custom Bobblehead (Hand-Sculpted!)
Turn their photo into a 100% handmade bobblehead figurine that looks just like them. It can get as detailed as a custom inscription on a t-shirt or their name on their white coat!
They will love putting this on their desk during residency or in their office.
A Medical-Themed Adult Coloring Book
The road to becoming a doctor is paved with all sorts of challenges. One strategy for stress and anxiety management that I highly recommend is adult coloring.
This Doctor Life Coloring Book allows them to vent and release pent-up emotions by coloring pages that hilariously relate to the challenges that they're experiencing. They'll be grateful for the opportunity to unwind and release pent-up emotions.
(And don't forget to add some good colored pencils).
Handmade Doctor Card
In the situations where a card is appropriate (like for mailing) or is being added, this handmade card is a unique find.
The card is embellished with a tie, buttons, stethoscope, band-aid, syringe, pen and a pill pack in the pocket. The details are amazing! And you have the option to customize the shirt colors.
Super DO Pin
"Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear a white coat".
For a budget-friendly, yet unique gift idea that they probably won't have, this Super-DO enamel pin is a perfect adornment for their white coat or scrubs.
Anatomic Brain Coasters
Celebrate your psych- or neurologically focused graduate with theseBrain Specimen Coasters!
Each coaster in the pack of 10 features a different slice of the brain and when they are stacked together, it completes a full brain!
SENTIMENTAL MED SCHOOL GRAD GIFTS
How about a gift loaded with meaning and symbolism?
Capture the significance of this accomplishment with these gifts that celebrate the journey.
'Then and Now' Graduation Picture Frame
This is a perfect sentimental gift for a medical school graduate that you've known since childhood so that they can see how far they have come. (A perfect gift idea for the graduate's mom & dad).
This frame features spaces for 2 photos- one for a "first day of school" picture from their childhood and the other for their medical school graduation picture.
The words below the photos read "Our Graduate Then And Now".
Personalized White Coat Hanger
A quintessential symbol for medical doctors is the white coat. So with that being said, this personalized coat hanger is a very symbolic gift.
This wooden hanger can be customized with a specific name and you can pick a character or photo for the badge under the hook of the hanger.
Hippocratic Oath Print
The Hippocratic Oath is an oath of ethics historically taken by MDs while DOs take the Osteopathic Oath.
This unframed, antique-style poster print of The Hippocratic Oath (the modern version re-written by Louis Lasagna in 1964) is the perfect gift for graduating doctors.
Stethoscope Cross Necklace
For your Christian med school grad, this jewelry gift is perfect.
This necklace of a stethoscope draped across a cross is made of 100% sterling silver and acknowledges God's role in their life and career path.
"It's A Beautiful Day to Save Lives" Sweatshirt
This "It's A Beautiful Day To Save Lives" sweatshirt is a daily dose of optimism to remind them of why they began this difficult (but important) venture.
It will keep them cozy and hopefully, every time they wear it, they'll think of you!
Graduation Keepsake Box
Forever commemorate their journey through medical school with this memory box.
The Vault Keepsake Box organizes school keepsakes from diplomas, tassels, awards and class rings to other keepsakes of the experience like photos and documents.
'PLAYING DOCTOR' - a memoir about medical training
Playing Doctor is an insightful memoir full of laugh-out-loud tales and inspiring anecdotes from the author John Lawrence’s medical training.
There's just something so cathartic about reading an expereience similar to yours. So, for the graduate that likes to read, I recommend that you gift both Part One: Medical School (Stumbling Through With Amnesia) and Part Two: Residency: Blundering Along With Imposter Syndrome.
USEFUL GIFT IDEAS
One important way to congratulate a new doctor on the completion of medical school, while preparing them for their next step, is to gift them something that they can use to enhance their everyday life in this new career.
Digital Stethoscope, Littmann CORE
Every doctor needs a stethoscope and every new modern-day doctor needs a digital one!
The Littmann Digital stethoschope is an investment into your med school graduate's career and they will know it as soon as they see it- it's that high quality.
My husband loves this tool and continues to use it in his practice because it amplifies heart sounds and cancels out background noise. This version also comes with software that can visualize and share heart sounds digitally!
Convertible Backpack / Shoulder Bag / Laptop Case
A lot of people like to recommend gifting one of those retro leather doctor bags and while they are totally fashionable and classic, are they really realistic in this day and age?
A versatile and roomy bag with laptop compartment like this one is much more useful and typical for the modern medical school graduate. They can use it as a backpack, shoulder bag and messenger bag, making it really 3 bags in one. It's also got lots of pockets while remaining lightweight.
Meal Delivery Service
It's a known fact that medical residents live extremely hectic lives.
To help them out and ensure that they stay well fed with adequate nutrition, gift them a meal subscription service like Dinnerly (the most cost-effective option).
Comfortable, Slip Resistant Work Shoes
Crocs like these are very popular for healthcare workers because they are lightweight and comfortable to help them get through long shifts on their feet. Also, they are slip resistant for fast and efficient movement and easy to clean for easy maintenance!
I highly recommend FIGS scrubs. They were my husband's favorite scrubs during residency and continue to be his go-to in his current career.
The tailored fit gives them a modern and polished look. The soft, moisture-wicking fabric makes them comfortable. And they are very durable and functional, with deep pockets and interior pockets for efficient storage.
Meditation & Sleep Tools
The path to doctorhood is very well known to push candidates to their limits in terms of mental health. It's thoughtful to give something that helps your loved one cope with stress.
Headspace is a popular meditation, sleep and relaxation app that brings unique audio content to users, in order to tackle anxiety, stress, insomnia and boost happiness.
Pour-Over Coffee Maker
What would this list be if we didn't have a coffee related gift on it? Come on- get real!
For the coffee-loving medical professional, this manual pour over coffee maker allows them to brew an excellent cup of coffee in minutes.
Plus- it looks very classy- for a touch of sophistication in the everyday routine.
Portable Personal Blender
We haven't forgotten about those who prefer to drink something other than coffee!
Personal blenders are all the rage because they offer a convenient way for busy people (read: new doctors) to get some yummy nutrition on the go. From personal experience, I can tell you that the BlendJet 2 is both powerful and convenient.
Insulated Lunch Bag
For long days (and nights) away from home, this large insulated lunch bag lets them carry 2-3 adult sized meal prep containers at the desired temperature. It also has the capacity for several drinks as well as utensils and accessories.
Give them a hand with a tool that does a multitude of things at once.
With a smart watch like this Apple Watch, they can stay connected to loved ones even when they don't have their phone accessible. They can also listen to music, podcasts and informational audiobooks. They can even track their health with different sensors (including an ECG)!
PERSONALIZED MEDICAL SCHOOL GRADUATION GIFTS
For a gift that is uniquely them, pick something personalizable.
The following gift ideas for med school graduation are still fun, useful and meaningful- they just have the added benefit of being customizable so that your graduate feels extra special.
Customized Apple Watch Band
Speaking of the Apple Watch, if they have one or plan to gift one, check out these customizable silicone bands! The fact that they are silicone is perfect for someone entering medical practice because they are sturdy, easy to clean and lightweight.
It can be laser engraved with any name or design, including the really adorable ECG/heart/stethoscope design you see in the picture.
Personalized Crowned Doctor Mug
This mug of a doctor in a white coat and a crown, holding a stethoscope is one of my favorite medical school graduation gifts for her.
You can personalize the look of the doctor on this mug as well as the name and quote.
Handwriting Engraved Watch
This is my favorite personalized medical school graduation gifts for him.
This men's watch is engraved with an inscription of your handwritten note. Write something like "So proud of you" and he can keep it close to his person and close to his heart at all times.
Personalized Leather Travel Tumbler
These vegan leather travel mugs can be engraved with anything you wish and as much text as you want. Not only is it a special gift, it's also useful for insulating cold or hot drinks for hours.
Custom Caricature Printed Socks
Now this is a gift that will stand out from the crowd!
Customize these socks with the face of your graduate on a cartoon doctor body.
Leather Catch-All Tray
A perfect medical school graduation gift idea that'll last a lifetime!
This genuine leather tray is hand-crafted and personalized with their name, graduation year, and emblem.
It's the perfect home or office catchall for their keys, phone, jewelry, or pens.
Customized Badge Reel
Personalize their work gear by sending over a design or picture of your choice to be added to this badge reel.
Doctors Office Decor
Gift a clever and beautiful design that symbolizes the new chapter in their life. This piece of artwork portrays the doctors specialty in a floral and vintage style - gorgeous for an office!
Bespoke Doctor Mug
Do you just want to send a fun gift to let them know that you are proud of their new status as an MD or DO?
This handmade 16 oz mug can be customized with a uniform complete with name, photo, elements and accessories and ships with gift wrapping and a note.
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