Buying a gift for a medical student? Here are a few gift ideas that range from practical to fun.
Tough to beat cold, hard cash.
- Art from the Street Anatomy Store
They have some really cool pieces of art related to anatomy and medicine. You can find a great poster to hang up next to a desk they will be sitting at all the time.
- Nice Pens
Even though I use my laptop to take notes in class, I still write a lot. Having a nice pen actually makes a difference. I love these Pilot G-2 pens I picked up at Costco.
This can be a thoughtful gift for a medical student, especially if they are just starting school. I am no expert on stethoscopes but the general consensus is that Littman stethoscopes are the way to go. I have a Littman Classic II S.E. Stethoscope and it works great.
I love Amazon gift cards because I can use them to buy books for school, and if I want to buy something else (music, movies, games etc.) they have an enormous selection.
- Web Hosting
I love blogging. It gives me the opportunity to hone my writing ability, but more importantly to express myself as I venture through medical school. Owning my own domain and paying for web hosting ensures I have complete control over my website. I use HostMonster for hosting and have no complaints.
- Smartphone or iTouch
- A Vacation
This may take some coordination with the medical student but would be well appreciated. Many travel sites have vacation packages and Living Social has a bunch of short getaways.
- Any gift that shows you know them well
Medical students are people too. They have interests outside of medicine and school. If you know them well enough, you should be able to find them a gift that reflects the rest of their identity. They will appreciate a thoughtful gift that demonstrates that you recognize they have a life outside of medical school too.
I hope you find a great gift for the special medical student in your life!
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