Gifts for Medical Students- Practical and Fun Gift Ideas for Med Students

by Steve on February 23, 2012

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.

- Stethoscope

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.

- Amazon Gift Card

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 little pricey but a smartphone or iTouch can be really useful for a medical student. The amount of helpful medical apps is astounding.

- 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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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Allison February 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

Great post! I personally cannot *write* without my pilot precise V5 pens in extra fine. What is it about pilot??

Just a personal question, but do you have a black stethoscope or did you get a colored one? I’m leaning towards a colored one but I don’t want to seem unprofessional. But not a problem if I go into peds, of course.

2 Steve February 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

My stethoscope is a dark blue and doesn’t seem to stand out much. Unless it is hot pink I don’t think color is going to matter, but that may depend on the attending I guess. I say go with whatever feels right for you!

3 medaholic February 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Thanks for the the linkback Steve. Great work on the blog since I last checked!

4 Aaron May 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

All I use are Pilot G-2 pens and mechanical pencils, they are the best! Your blog is great. I have enjoyed reading it.

5 Vanessa May 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

Thanks for giving a shout out to the Street Anatomy Store!

6 Matt May 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

Nice post, Steve. You’ve got some great ideas on here. One thing I’ve featured on my blog (Medical Student Gift Guide) is a call bag. It doesn’t need to be an old school doctor’s bag; a good sturdy duffel with plenty of space to store a blanket, toiletries, and books will do the trick. I like the North Face Base Camp. Just a thought. Click on my name to visit my site. Thanks again!

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