35 Gift Ideas for Medical Students

If you have someone in your life in med school, this list will help you find the perfect gift for any occasion. From stress relievers to tools of the trade, you’re sure to find something they’ll love.

35 Gifts for Medical Students


So Much Truth: Funny Med School Student T-Shirt

Any medical student can tell you there’s not a truer statement. But, they can have fun with their status with this slim-fit tee. It’s available in black, navy, purple, heather blue, and dark heather. Solid colors are 100% cotton, and heather colors are a cotton/poly blend.

These tees are available in several sizes and are simple to care for.

medical gift pen

A Daily Reminder: Medical Gift Pen with Inspirational Quote

This is a pen they’ll treasure forever. The engraving reads, “Cure Sometimes, Treat Often, Comfort Always – Hippocrates”. It has a built-in light and a stylus tip that’s perfect for using on smart phones or tablets.

It arrives in a charming satin-lined keepsake box.

medinfo clipboard

Multi-Use Notes & Clipboard: Whitecoat MedInfo Clipboard Medical Edition

Hopefully, they’ll never get caught without knowing the answer again with this MedInfo clipboard. Made of lightweight aluminum, this clipboard is powder-coated black and will hold up to 15 sheets of paper on the outside of the board without a crease.

Important patient information can be stored inside. The included med notes make rounding on patients easier. They can glance at references such as injection sites, pain scale, basic laboratory values, and more.

Making it even more impressive, this clipboard will fold in half and easily fit inside their coat or scrub pocket.

suture practice kit

Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Suture Practice Kit for Suture Training

Only a med student would be thrilled with a gift like this. This complete suture practice kit comes with absolutely everything they need to master suturing all different types of lacerations. The kit includes a hegar needle holder, Adson forceps, suture scissors, a 3-pack of scalpel blades, and a 16-pack of suture thread.

Everything fits neatly inside the included carrying case. The suture pad is designed to replicate the 3 layers of human tissue including skin, fat, and muscle. It arrives with 14 wounds of 8 different types and has plenty of space for them to create their own.

Made of silicone, it measures 17 cm x 13 cm. It can be used over and over. They’re sure to gain confidence with this practice kit.

pen lights

Multi-functional Pen Light: Premium Pen Lights

This pen light is a must have for ear and throat exams. The package includes 2 lights including a yellow light and a white light. It uses a rechargeable lithium battery and can be charged using a USB cord.

It charges in 2 hours and will last up to 3 hours. Made of stainless steel, it’s incredibly sturdy and bright enough to use as a flashlight when needed.


Give Them the Best: 3M Littmann Diagnostic Stethoscope

Every med student needs a durable stethoscope. This quality diagnostic stethoscope by 3M Littmann makes a perfect gift. It comes in 12 different chest piece styles including rainbow and mirror, and you can choose between a 22″ or a 27″ length.

It has an ergonomic design and comes with a 7-year warranty. With 17 colors available such as raspberry and Caribbean blue, you’re sure to find their favorite.


A Sneak Peek: Med School Uncensored: The Insider’s Guide

This paperback gives pre-med students a sneak peek into the life of a med student. It includes tons of tips on how to get through admissions, pass exams, residency, and more. Written by Dr. Richard Beddingfield, a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, he includes all the things he wishes he had known prior to beginning med school.

This 288-page book also includes advice from other Ivy League med school graduates. Learning everything they can prior to beginning med school is sure to give them an advantage.

notebook medical history and physical

Notes at Their Fingertips: H&P Notebook – Medical History and Physical Notebook, 100 Medical Templates

Described as “designed for medical students, by medical students”, these medical history and physical notebooks contain 100 templates that are side by side and lay out in a 2-page view. Students can clearly see all of the info for their patient in one glance.

It also includes a reference sheet for medicine, common medical equations, lab values, a space for EKG results, and so much more. Each 8.5″ x 5.5″ notebook is designed with a plastic cover and perforated pages on a non-spiral wire bound and easily fits inside the pocket of their coat or scrubs.

pillow cover

For Their Apartment/Dorm: Funny Medical Pillow Cover

This fun pillow cover will add a little humor to their dorm or apartment. Made of 100% cotton linen, each cover measures 18″ square and has an invisible zipper. It’s also super easy to clean by just tossing it in the washing machine.

doctor bear plush

Paging Doctor Bear: Chantilly Lane Scrubs Bear Singing I’ll Be There Plush

This fun doctor bear arrives in green or pink scrubs. While ‘singing’ “I’ll Be There”, it’s mouth moves and its head sways to the music. Measuring 19″, this plush bear comes with 3 AA batteries and includes an on/off switch.

workbook medical terminology

Excellent Learning Aide: Student Workbook for Jones’ Comprehensive Medical Terminology

Learning the terminology is most definitely one of the toughest parts of med school. They’ll appreciate having this workbook featuring complex medical terms. The activities will help students study and master anatomy and physiology, medical vocabulary, pathological conditions, diagnostic techniques, treatments, procedures, and common abbreviations.

This 192-page workbook is sure to be a great help in their studies.

wine glass and coffee mug

Coffee Now-Wine Later: Before and After Patients Wine Glass and Coffee Mug

They’ll learn this sooner or later. This fun set comes with an 11 ounce coffee mug that reads “Before Patients” and a 15 ounce stemless wine glass that reads “After Patients”. They can choose to use the set or display them on a shelf.

They’re both dishwasher safe and guaranteed to last.


Comfy Med Socks: Hot Sox Women’s Novelty Occupation Casual Crew Socks

Designed to fit women’s shoe size 4-10.5, these fun socks are made of a cotton/poly/spandex blend. They make a perfect addition to a gift basket from home or as a stocking stuffer.

motivational stress balls

For Those Crazy Days: Pure Origins® “Keep Calm” Funny Motivational Stress Balls

Learning ways to alleviate stress is a must for med students. These fun colorful stress balls are a great gift reminder for them to take care of their mental health. This set of 4 has a different quote on each one that instructs them to keep calm and smile, squeeze, be awesome, and face palm and carry on.

coffee mug

Almost There: Wampumtuk Trust Me I’m Almost A Doctor Coffee Mug

Coffee lovers will appreciate this fun ceramic coffee mug. It’s printed on both sides and will hold 11 ounces. It’s also dishwasher and microwave safe.


Perfect for Rounds: Officemate Slim Clipboard Storage Box

These clipboards by Officemate are perfect for jotting down notes during rounds. Available in charcoal, translucent blue, and translucent purple, it features storage for papers and pens or pencils. The slim design has ergonomic hand grips making it easy to hold on to while writing.

water bottle

Keep Them Hydrated: Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

Make sure they stay hydrated and healthy with this 32-ounce sports bottle by Hydracy. It features a removable fruit infuser and a time line for keeping up with their intake. Each bottle comes with a sweat-proof insulating cover, and they’re made using BPA-free Eastman Tritan.

The metal ring latch ensures no leaking by securely sealing the flip top. Available in 10 colors including lava orange, sunny yellow, and aqua blue, it has easy-grip sides and a carry handle.


Jewelry for Her: AKTAP Medical Symbol Earrings

Made of sterling silver, these medical symbol earrings would make a great gift. They’re hypoallergenic and nickel-free. Any med student would love them.


This Hoodie Speaks the Truth: Medical School Student No Life Hoodie

When they’re finally able to ditch the scrubs on their day off, they’ll love this cozy hoodie. It comes in sizes small – 2x and is a perfect fit for men or women. They’re available in navy, royal blue, black, dark heather, and heather grey.

The solid colors are 100% cotton, and the heather colors are a cotton/poly mix. They’re simple to keep looking new. Just machine wash cold and dry using low heat.

lavender eye pillow

A Good Night’s Sleep: Happy Wraps Lavender Eye Pillow

It can be difficult to wind down after a busy day. These lavender eye pillows can help them relax and fall asleep faster. Made of satin-soft material, each eye pillow is filled with flax seeds to provide a weighted feel.

Lavender buds are also included to give it a soft relaxing scent. Each one measures 4″ x 8.5″, and they can be microwaved or frozen to relieve sinus pressure, tension, and headaches. Happy Wraps lavender eye pillows come in 9 colors including teal, silver, and pink.

med school survival kit

Tips & Tricks: The Med School Survival Kit: How To Breeze Through Med School While Crushing Your Exams

Kenneth Cole, M.D. believes med students can have it all. His 144-page paperback book gives tips on managing a social life while studying, breezing through exams, and going to class. He has tons of advice on writing their personal statement, getting in residency programs, studying efficiently, and much more.

anatomy coloring book

Relax and Learn: Netter’s Anatomy Coloring Book Updated Edition

They’ll be able to relax even more knowing they’re learning at the same time. This 392-page coloring book is a unique way to learn anatomy and have fun while doing it. Students can trace arteries, veins, and nerves.

By coloring and tracing illustrations throughout the book, they’ll be able to see parts of the anatomy in several different views. There are magnified illustrations along with dissected layers. The book also includes review tables and a quiz at the end of each section.

clever fox planner pro

Help Them Organize Their Busy Schedule: Clever Fox Planner PRO

Managing their schedule during med school can be so much easier with this Clever Fox Planner PRO. Students can start anytime of the year and fill in the months and dates themselves. Measuring 8.5″ x 11″, this planner is the perfect size to carry with them wherever they go.

It will help them determine their goals and incorporate steps to achieve those goals. It comes with a user guide to help them get started, 150 planner stickers, and 3 colorful ribbons to easily jump between sections.

Available in 8 colors including rose gold, blue, and mint green, this planner will help them get organized in no time.

foot massage roller

Therapy for Their Feet: TheraFlow Foot Massage Roller

After being on their feet for hours, this foot massage roller will be just what they need. It’s designed to target specific trigger points in the foot’s arch and heel. They can even massage both feet at the same time just by rolling it back and forth on the floor.

It’s light and portable making it perfect to keep in their bag for those long days.

book A physician´s first year

An Inside Look: The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year

This book by Dr. Matt McCarthy is an amazing in-depth look at his life as a first-year intern. Follow him as he encountered a frightening first night to finding a mentor with a second-year adviser. He takes you into patient’s rooms and doctors’ conferences all while showing you how he went from a terrified intern to a confident doctor.

An accident eventually made him switch places and become the patient. He explains how that experience molded him into the doctor he is today. This 336-page paperback shows how humor has a place in medicine.

It’s an ideal gift for any med school student.


Save Money & Eat Healthy: The Easy 30-Minute Cookbook: 100 Fast and Healthy Recipes for Busy People

It can be very tempting to eat fast food and easy meals when you’re life is so busy. This Easy 30-Minute Cookbook has 100 recipes that are fast and healthy making it an ideal gift for med students. This 170-page book is designed for any skill level and is perfect for students on a budget.

It also teaches them how to organize their kitchen, equipment and ingredients to have on hand, and much more. They’ll be delighted to find recipes such as Mixed Berry Pancake Muffins, Pesto Turkey Burgers, and Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad.

The book is divided into sections including recipes for ‘No Cook’, ‘One Pot’, ‘5-Ingredient’, and ‘Superfast (10-minute)’ meals.

essential oils gift set

Stay Healthy & Energized: Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Oils Gift Set

This set of essential oils is 100% pure therapeutic grade that can be used in diffusers, oil burners, humidifiers, and more. Made with all natural ingredients, they can also just be massaged into aching feet, legs, or wherever they need it.

Each oil has a unique benefit such as boosting their immune system or relieving stress. This set includes lavender, tea tree, orange, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemongrass. Each bottle is 10 ml. This makes a great gift for busy med students who need all the energy, stress relief, and immune boosting they can get.

espresso and cappuccino maker

Their New Best Friend: Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

It seems like a lot of people tend to discover coffee in college. If your med student is a cappuccino or espresso fan, they will fall in love with this Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker. It features a 15 bar pump system and a simple automatic milk frother.

The one-touch control panel lets them choose between an espresso, cappuccino, or a latte. The milk and water reservoirs are easy to remove and fill. It has a cord length of 26″ and is available in red, silver, and white.

travel pillow

For Those Power Naps: OSTRICHPILLOW GO Travel Pillow

Learning to grab power naps or sleep in on-call rooms is just part of med school. This high density memory foam pillow is perfect for keeping in their locker or bag. It’s designed to give 360-degree ergonomic neck support.

The outside features a viscolastic sleeve with Velcro closures that can be removed and washed when needed. A travel bag is also included. Sleeping is so much easier with your own pillow. This is a gift that will definitely be appreciated.

heart- torso and skeleton models

Study at Home: Evviva Sciences Human Heart, Torso and Skeleton Models

Studying anatomy with just a book isn’t always the most effective way for med students to learn. They’ll have a leg up with this set of three 3D anatomy models. The models depict a skeleton, torso, and heart.

Each model comes with a stable base that holds them upright. A 52-page guide is also included. Written by doctors, it contains detailed information on each model. This model set can be used throughout med school and taken with them wherever they go.

Tips for Choosing a Present

Study Aides

Study aides aren’t always readily available when needed which makes them a great gift idea for med students. There are plenty to choose from in this list. The 3-piece anatomy models, the suture practice kit, and the medical terminology workbook are all wonderful ideas they will definitely benefit from. The anatomy coloring book is also a great studying tool that can also serve as a stress reliever.

Relaxation Gifts

Med student and relaxing don’t exactly go together, but you can sure try to make sure they get in some relaxation when they can. The OSTRICHPILLOW is sure to be a hit. The essential oils kit, the lavender eye mask, and the rolling foot massager are also great ways to unwind after crazy days. Also, don’t forget the smiley stress balls.

Time/Money Management Gifts

Learning to balance time, money, and schoolwork can get pretty stressful. There are several gift ideas on this list that can help them get organized and save money.

The Clever Fox Planner PRO is a great way to get them started. The history and medical templates and the medical clipboard are both great ways to stay on top of things during rounds.

The Mr. Coffee may seem a little out there until you think about all the money they’ll save making their own cappuccinos or espressos instead of buying them every day.

The Hydracy water bottle and the 30-Minute Meals Cookbook are ideas that can help them stay healthy during this busy season of their life. The 3 books listed written by doctors also provide great insight and tips to save time and money.

Fun Med School Gifts

If you’re looking for something fun and simple for your med school student, there are a few things listed they’re sure to enjoy. The t-shirt and hoodie are comfy and fun. The coffee mug, throw pillow cover, and the socks are also great gift ideas.

Graduation or Special Occasion Gifts

The stethoscope is an ideal graduation gift. The pen light, scrubs bear, and inspirational quote pen are also wonderful presents they’re sure to enjoy.

If you want to learn more about the life of a med school student or if you’re hoping to find some more inspiration, the following websites are great resources.

Med Student’s Well-Being – AAMC

The Latest in Medical News – Medscape


Once you decide the type of gift you want to get your med school student, this list will make it easy to narrow it down. If you have a med school student gift idea that isn’t listed, be sure to comment below. Don’t forget to share with family and friends who could also benefit from this list.

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