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Top 10 holiday gifts for doctors and med students in 2019

Whether you’re shopping for the DOs and medical students in your life or putting your own wish list together, we have you covered.


It’s that time of year again! Whether you’re shopping for the DOs and medical students in your life or putting your own wish list together, we have you covered.

The DO scoured the internet for the hottest gifts for doctors and med students in 2019. Show DO pride, indulge a coffee habit, foster a green thumb and relieve stress with the following presents.


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1. The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

$13.39, hardcover

Widely acclaimed nonfiction author Bill Bryson, who wrote “A Walk in the Woods,” and “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” turns his attention to the human body and its 37.2 trillion cells in his latest book. “Bryson takes us on a body-part-by-body-part tour, with chapters devoted to the brain, the guts and the skin and hair,” writes A.J. Jacobs in a glowing New York Times review of the book. “Each chapter weaves together history, anecdotes, expert interviews and vocabulary lessons.” At this writing, The Body had a 4.3/5 rating on Goodreads.


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2. Future doctor sweatshirt


This sweatshirt puts the DO in doctor! The med student in your life will love this fun way to show their DO pride. A small business from Los Angeles sells these sweatshirts on Etsy.


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3. Nike Air Zoom Pulse shoes

After conducting product testing at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, Nike created a shoe especially designed for health care workers. The Nike Air Zoom Pulse is a laceless sneaker with grab loops at the heel and tongue, so it’s easy to pull on and off one-handed, but still has a secure fit. The shoe also features an easy-to-clean exterior and slip-resistant soles. It will go on sale starting on Dec. 7 at select stores and Nike.com; all profits from shoe sales will go to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.


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4. A self-watering planter

$34-$74, depending on size, plus $7.95 shipping

A great gift for DOs with green thumbs, these self-watering planters from the MOMA Design Store take the guesswork out of watering plants and are aesthetically pleasing to boot.

5. DO coffee mug


DOs and med students who love coffee or tea will enjoy this DO-centric mug and the opportunity to reflect on their profession while enjoying their morning joe.


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6. Death Wish Coffee

$19.96 for a pound of ground coffee

Coffee: It’s the fuel that powers so many doctors and med students through late nights, early mornings, study sessions and busy days. For those times when your favorite coffee-loving DO needs an extra boost, Death Wish Coffee has double the strength of regular coffee. It’s made from a blend of Arabica beans and robusta beans, which contain more caffeine, and it’s also slow-roasted for maximum strength. Death Wish Coffee is made from fair-trade and organic coffee beans.


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7. Doctor Wars hospital card game


In this hospital-themed card game, players get points as they treat patients and discharge them from the hospital. While players aren’t required to have medical knowledge to play, the game is peppered with inside jokes for those who work in medicine.

8. Anatomy coasters


Made from flexible mousepad material, these coasters feature illustrations of the spine, the bones of the hand, the skull, the brain, the anatomical heart and the ribcage.


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9. Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Kit


This affordable hand cream set features creams made with natural ingredients like sweet almond oil, aloe vera and botanical oils. The set includes a pair of cotton gloves to help lock moisture in.

10. A coloring book

The adult coloring book craze of the 2010s may have peaked, but coloring remains a calming, low-stakes activity that can reduce stress by redirecting your attention away from your problems and toward simple coloring tasks—choosing flower colors, filling in tiny dots—that you’re completing in the present moment. Here are three fun options:

  • Shown above, The Anatomy Coloring Book, $20.99, features 162 two-page spreads with figures that were hand-drawn specifically for coloring and interactive study.
  • Psychiatrist Jonathan Terry, DO, recently designed and published a capybara-themed coloring book, $11.99, which features images of and facts about capybaras, the adorable South American rodents. Proceeds from book sales will fund community mental health education, services and resources.
  • Learn more about yoga, another stress-relieving activity, with The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book, $14.85.

Bonus: DOs looking to show off their AOA pride can purchase gear through the AOA store, including T-shirts, caps and baby onesies for the littlest DO fan in your life. Visit the collection here.

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One comment

  1. Rita Smith

    What a great article! I’m especially excited about the coloring books in #10. Getting some of these for the whole family.

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