Ultimate Guide to Graduation Gifts for Health Professionals
After countless years of encouraging your friend/sibling/child/significant other through school, it’s graduation day! As you’re getting ready to celebrate this important milestone, here’s a gift guide with fun and useful items they’ll appreciate.
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Pediatric reflex hammer
Great for the future pediatrician (or anyone else that’s a child at heart)! Different than the usual bland reflex hammer, this kid-friendly version comes in a variety of shapes. You can choose from a Giraffe, a Dinosaur, and others.
Surgeon USB Drive
Another creative and silly way to give your loved one something they will use without having to resort to the typical, boring USB.
It’s probably been some time since your medical student had the free time to read for leisure. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi has been getting phenomenal reviews by readers and is worth checking out. Other recommended books that may interest those in medicine (and even those that aren’t) include: Complications and Better (one of my all-time favorite books) by Atul Gwande.
Anyone with an iphone is all too familiar with a draining battery. This is most probably an even more common occurrence with long shifts at the hospital and clinic, where there may not be enough time (or space) to keep your device plugged in the entire time. A portable iphone charger has been my lifesaver during clinical rotations and I’m not quite sure how I survived this long without one. They come in a variety of colors/designs/shapes and range significantly in price depending on how fancy of a charger you’re in the market for. I recommend the Ban.do Portable Charger (they have some of the cutest designs I’ve seen). Other similar products include: these and this (for those wanting something more basic)
Let’s be honest; everyone loves receiving packages. And with the wide variety of monthly subscription boxes available (like this box perfect for a coffee addict or this subscription service for the beauty/skincare fan--male or female in your life) you’re likely to find something that your graduate will enjoy. The best part of these is that there’s a lot of variation of plans and pricing so it’s easier to find something that fits your budget (and tastes).
Stethoscope shopping can be overwhelming and there a little of different models out there that run fairly expensive. The 3m Littmann Classic II SE and the 3m Littmann Classic III are generally safe bets with great reviews and cult followings. Some companies (like the ones linked above) come with complimentary engraving, which is worth it for those of us with the tendency to misplace things all too often.
People tend to feel strongly about these - they either love them or hate them. Just like most other high-tech products, these vary in price significantly depending on how fancy you want them. All come with some type of step-tracker (which is useful to see just how much walking you’ve done during your hospital shift) and the ability to sync data using either a computer/phone. Fitbit and Jawbone are two of the most popular companies with products that are commonly used.
Splurge - more expensive than $100
With so many apps, medical and not, on the market, this gift can be utilized by anyone, regardless of whether they’re incoming medical students, residents, attendings, et cetera. Accessing the internet and medical apps on a portable device makes looking up information much easier and the ability to purchase and store ipad friendly versions of textbooks allows for a less cluttered white coat. Hospitals and offices sometimes also have the option of allowing access to records and charts via iPad, which is also extremely useful for getting work done away from the office.
A definite upgrade from a backpack as one transitions into the professional world. A quality messenger bag allows for utility while also giving a polished, put-together look. I highly recommend Madewell for their durability and style (love this women’s leather tote - 2 day shipping with Amazon!) and Filson Fabric and Leather Messenger Bag (for the fashionable male). These also come in various designs, colors, sizes and Madewell allows you to monogram the totes, as well.
Dr. Anjum Bokhari is a current OBGYN resident who loves trying new foods and traveling around the world. You can follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/abokhari89/?hl=en