If any friend of yours deserves a good present, it’s most certainly your medical student buddy.
Medical school is one of the biggest challenges that one can face and a nice, well-thought-out gift will probably be met with much appreciation. Shining a little light into a med student’s life can give them the motivational boost they need to get through their tough exams.
We have put together a list of medical student gift ideas that ranges wildly from things they’ll find useful, to things that will keep them entertained in the little spare time they have and even to some that you wouldn’t expect to see on a gift idea list at all.
Gifts to Keep Medical Students Alive!
The lifestyles of medical students are notorious for the constant struggle with sleep deprivation. 24 hours are hardly enough to squeeze everything in, so a major concern for all students is staying energized.
And so, the first gift idea on this list is reserved for coffee makers. They’re the very source of the rejuvenating juice that medical students crave so much. Be thoughtful, though — medical students don’t usually have the time to deal with the whole coffee making process mechanically, so a good automatic coffee maker is the best decision. In the rare case that your medical student friend has taken coffee-making seriously and wants to stick to a more expert ritual, the coffee enthusiasts of Gizmodo may have a few ideas you’d like.
Next stop — a juicer. Buying juices can be costly or even not an option at all, if your friend ends up studying till late. So do the birthday boy or girl a favor, and get them a juicer. Choose wisely, though, as not all juicers are created equal. Fresh juices will keep medical students stuffed with vitamins, and with just a bit of the pulp back in the juice they can become their top choice for a fiber source on the go.
Gifts to Keep Medical Students Happy!
No list that covers happiness can go without mentioning Game of Thrones. We’ve just seen the beginning of season 4, but I assure you — everyone likes to look back to the earlier episodes of this main-character-killing, dragon-featuring TV series. The first three seasons are available on Blu-Ray and can be bought online.
If the medical student in question can’t make up their mind on what they want to watch, and are a bit queasy when it comes to bloody swords, a Netflix subscription is an alternative safe choice. They’ll get to watch whatever they want each days, and Netflix fits flexible budgets, too. At $7.99 per month it’s up to you whether you get them a month or a full year of TV time.
Number three on our list is a cheeky gift that will actually come in handy, and might even bring a smile on your medical student buddy’s face. Drumroll… a t-shirt explaining why they’re not coming to the party. Why not? But remember that the rule of thumb here is to choose a gift that shows how well you know them.
Gifts to Keep Medical Students Well-Equipped
Let’s start with the obvious, but often forgotten stethoscope. This is something every medical student should own, even if they don’t work closely with patients yet. Littmann Stethoscopes seem to be everyone’s favorite and for good reason, too — they are extremely well-built, lightweight, and reliable.
You can make this gift exceptionally impressive by engraving the stethoscope with a unique message. Personalized gear like this is bound to have a bigger impact that will last through the decades. Luckily, MediSave offers free engraving on its Littmann Stethoscopes.
Another “equipment” gift idea is scrubs, which are required when dealing with patients. Remember, that this is exciting time for every medical student and they want to look their best, so go for an attractive fit and a flattering print or pattern. One more thing to consider when shopping for scrubs is the color, as some practices or hospitals may have a color-coding system.
Exciting and Unexpected Gifts
There are a host of awesome gifts for the environmentalists among medical students.
If your friend has mentioned the U.N.’s recent orders to Japan to cease whaling, then supporting Sea Shepherd, the modern day pirates that have raised awareness about the problem, is probably their dream. This conservation society has fought a long battle with Japan’s whaling fleet. It has run its own TV show on Discovery and is staffed primarily by volunteers. Sea Shepherd offers a range of DVDs, clothes, and books in their webstore that will help them continue to fight for animal rights. Any of these will make for a thoughtful gift.
If instead (or in addition) your med student buddy is into new tech and style, then consider the Moto 360 - it’s a smartwatch from the future that everyone is buzzing about. It’s coming out soon, and I’m sure medical students will find it useful.
The one thing to always keep in mind when looking for a gift for medical students is to be considerate. Think about what they need and what they have. If the gift is planned for a big event, like a birthday or a graduation, it’s a good idea to coordinate things with other friends or family and invest together in something a bit more special.
Have any funny or touching stories about gifts you’ve given to your med student friends? Share them in the comments below.