Top 10 Gifts for Medical Students


Your pride and joy is frantically gearing up to begin medical school in a few months. Needless to say, you want to show your support. Finding gifts for medical students can be tough. They seem to be a naturally well-equipped bunch. However, after wracking my brain (and even consulting Mrs. Survivor DO) I have come up with a list of ideas that will be both fun to give as well as useful gifts for medical students.

See also: Unique Holiday Gifts for Medical Students and Residents

1. Feed them!

What was my best investment of medical school? It wasn’t a book. It wasn’t an iPad. It was my freakin’ $35 Crock-Pot. Medical students are busy people. The temptation is to say “I’m working my ass off, I deserve to eat out, I just don’t have the time to cook”. My solution is the Crock-Pot. Not only does it save you money but it also saves you from turning into a fatty by eating out all the time. Mine is a 3.5 qt bad boy like this one. It is just the right size for about 4 days of meals for a single person. Look up a recipe on Throw in some ingredients and 4-8 hours later you have your meals for a week. This cannot be beat! What to eat for breakfast? Take in on the go with a single-serve blender.


2. Help them study!

One of the most serendipitous things that happened to me during medical school happened during my second year. I had a spare 22 inch flat screen television I didn’t know what to do with (#firstworldproblems). I decided to begin using it as a computer monitor and it opened up a veritable utopia of studying for me. Now I could look at a PowerPoint or other electronic resource and type notes into a Word file or make electronic flashcards at the same time! You will find dozens of ways to use the extra real estate not to mention it is just nice to look at! I have had great luck with Vizio for my HDTVs and use a 22 inch similar to this one for my monitor. Alternatively you could get a dedicated large screen computer monitor like this ViewSonic, however, the cost difference is typically negligible to add the functionality of having a full-fledged TV.

3. Keep them awake!

contigo autosealMed students and doctors with their coffee. It is a long running joke but it is one with a lot of truth behind it. Most of us can’t officially start our day until we have a warm cup o’ joe in our hands. The solution? The Keurig. At first I saw little benefit to the single-cup coffee maker, however, I VERY rarely need to make more than one cup of coffee before heading out the door and the Keurig does it simply and efficiently with no mess. I have found the investment worth it. To cut down on cost and waste you can utilize the re-useable K-cup. I am a bit of a klutz (I know, great trait in a surgeon) and have to thank my in-laws for getting me the Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug. This is bar none the best travel mug ever. It keeps my coffee warm for literally hours (my record is 6!) and is spill-proof (seriously, watch the videos)! Not even I can make a mess with this thing!

4. Entertain them!

I have recently been “cutting the cord” (it’s not just for OB/Gyn anymore!) and must say I wish I had done it much sooner. Right now I am living off of a high-speed internet connection and have eliminated cable completely. I have not missed it one bit. For entertainment I would highly recommend the Roku player. I have had absolutely zero issues and it seamlessly streams to my television. I would suggest a subscription to Netflix, Hulu + and/or Amazon Prime. Of the three Amazon Prime is my favorite, it has PLENTY of content and is combined with free two-day shipping from Amazon! Start by signing up for Amazon Student for free!

5. Make them stylish!

You should be proud of your student’s acceptance to medical school. This is a big deal and they worked hard to get there! Let them show their colors with a school logo hoodie. It will probably be their most popular article of clothing over the next 4 years!


6. Make them relax!

Half the battle of medical school is keeping sane. Obtaining the right balance between studies and social life is important but nearly impossible because it is a constantly shifting target. Regardless, EVERYONE needs to do something but study. One of the best gifts for medical students is something that will encourage them to keep participating in a hobby. Perhaps a ski pass or gift certificate to a yoga studio. Whatever floats their boat as long as it gets them away from the books!

7. Keep them in shape!

Sticking with the theme above, exercise is one of the best ways for a medical student to blow off steam after a long day of classes and get prepared to spend the evening studying. Most medical schools will have access to a gym but I prefer working out at home. The Bowflex Selectech adjustable dumbbells are a great product that take up very little space. Combine these with p90x and you have the equipment you need to stay in shape at home. Mrs. Survivor DO prefers pilates using the reformer (yes it is REALLY called that!) and Jackie.

8. Keep them in the black!

amazon-gift-cardSometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Medical school is full of hidden expenses. Whether it be club dues, a review book that is suddenly crucial to passing the next test or just a well deserved trip to the movies there is always something popping up. is my go-to website for just about everything. If you can’t find it there then you don’t need it. They offer gift cards that arrive either electronically or the next day in the mail at no additional cost. Of course, cash is always an option as well.

9. Help them feel like a doc!

You may be disappointed with my list to this point. Yeah, this is all good stuff but you want a gift for medical students. Shouldn’t it be related to medicine!? Fact is, the way most medical schools form their curriculum the first two years are very similar to undergraduate. Medical students don’t need any of the stuff they will be using in the hospital quite yet. There is one exception. Most schools require the student to have a stethoscope for one reason or another. The Littmann Cardiology III is the standard (although probably overkill).

10. Give them the little things!

Still looking for some ideas? I always hate the feeling of getting nitpicked for little items. Get your medical student a gift basket of things they will need in a pinch. The Pilot G2 is the most ballin’ disposable pen out there. Trauma shears come in handy. The Otterbox Defender has saved my phone from certain death almost daily. I look at my Skagen watch hundreds of times throughout the day (most of them just because it’s sexy!). With a little imagination you can surely keep your student in stock with the items they will need from time to time.

These are some great potential gifts for medical students. I have used each of these products almost daily and would not recommend them if I didn’t think they would help lead to success in medical school and life. What is the most important gift? You’re continued support! Tough times are ahead, make sure you check in every once and awhile to help keep your new medical student sane!


Top 10 Gifts for Medical Students — 47 Comments

  1. Agreed on all counts. The crock-pot is pure gold – mine’s kept me fed for two years and counting, currently serving as my chef while I study for Step 1. Possibly the best investment for a medical student, at least early on.

    As far as caffeine goes, Foosh energy mints (or equivalent) are great for keeping the breath fresh, and the mind somewhat functional.

  2. Great blog and great post – all practical and unique suggestions! One thing I’ve recommended to readers of my blog (Medical Student Gift Guide) is a call bag. It doesn’t need to be a fancy leather doctor’s bag (these are likely to get messed up and are a little old school for what most folks need) – just a good sturdy duffel with space for a blanket, toiletries, books, etc. I like the North Face Base Camp. Thanks, and keep it up!

  3. Hey very nice website!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find a lot of useful information here in the post, we need develop more strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  4. I just want to tell you that I am new to blogging and actually enjoyed your blog. Likely I’m likely to bookmark your site . You amazingly have beneficial writings. Many thanks for sharing your webpage.

  5. Thank you for posting great informations. Your webpage is so great. I am stunned at the important points that you have on this web site. It explains how properly you perceive this topic. I Bookmarked this page and will return for more posts. I discovered simply the info I currently explored almost everywhere and just could not come across. What a great site.

  6. Great ¡V I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related info ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, web site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task..

  7. Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem together with your site in internet explorer, might test this… IE still is the marketplace chief and a large portion of people will omit your wonderful writing due to this problem.

  8. I think this is one of the most significant information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The web site style is ideal, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  9. I got what you mean , regards for posting .Woh I am delighted to find this website through google. “Delay is preferable to error.” by Thomas Jefferson.

  10. I do accept as true with all of the ideas you have introduced for your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are very short for starters. Could you please lengthen them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

  11. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  12. Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  13. Usually I don’t learn article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.

  14. I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my site :).

  15. The camera can make the brightest of scenes appearto be it turned out taken during an eclipse. These guides allow you to practice when you are readyand possess the time and energy to do so. Instead of enjoying karaoke parties,you are able to always make music that will create your own personalsong, by plugging it into your TV sets.

  16. Real great information can be found on web site. “I don’t know what will be used in the next world war, but the 4th will be fought with stones.” by Albert Einstein.

  17. hi!,I like your writing so so much! proportion we communicate more approximately your article on AOL? I require an expert in this space to unravel my problem. Maybe that’s you! Looking ahead to peer you.

  18. What i don’t understood is in fact how you are not actually a lot more neatly-preferred than you may be right now. You’re very intelligent. You realize therefore considerably in the case of this subject, produced me personally consider it from so many numerous angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be interested unless it is one thing to accomplish with Woman gaga! Your individual stuffs nice. At all times maintain it up!

  19. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an impatience over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

  20. You are my inspiration , I have few blogs and sometimes run out from to brand.I believe this website has got some very fantastic information for everyone. “The fewer the words, the better the prayer.” by Martin Luther.

  21. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such fantastic info being shared freely out there.

  22. I really enjoy reading through on this internet site, it contains good articles. “Don’t put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.” by Miguel de Cervantes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *