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Top 10 holiday gifts for doctors and med students in 2021

The DO searched the internet and found 10 great gift ideas, ranging from personalized doctor bobbleheads to a home foot spa and a thought-provoking memoir.


It’s time to start getting together gifts for the holiday season once again, and this year we’ve hunted down the best picks for doctors and medical students, whether you are shopping for friends and family or putting your own wish list together. The 10 great gift ideas below range from personalized doctor bobbleheads to a home foot spa and a thought-provoking memoir. The gifts range in price to give you plenty of options, and include picks for everyone from the fashion-focused to the coffee-obsessed to the kid at heart.

1. Custom doctor bobblehead: Using a photo sent in by the customer, Bobblehead Craft makes custom bobbleheads for doctors. Options include a doctor with a stethoscope, a doc carrying medicine and a superhero doctor. It’s perfect for a new desk decoration.

2. Footbath spa: Although everyone can benefit from a little self-care, this HoMedics Bubble Spa Elite Footbath with Heat Boost is especially nice for doctors and med students who are worn out from being on their feet all day. The pedicure center includes a pedicure brush and pumice stone to exfoliate, giving its user soft, relaxed feet that will feel pampered and rejuvenated.

3. Anatomy cookie cutters: Everyone loves holiday cookies, and this year, you can gift this anatomy cookie cutter set, to change it up from the typical stars and gingerbread men. The set includes ear, brain, heart and skeleton head cookie cutters and comes in various sizes. Even better, by purchasing these, you’ll also be helping to support a small business on Etsy.


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4. Stethoscope heart dangle charm: Your more fashion-conscious loved one will appreciate this delicate silver charm that they can add to their Pandora charm bracelet. If they’ve recently graduated from medical school, you can consider gifting a graduation cap charm as well.

5. Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation: This memoir covers the two-year residency done by Sandeep Jauhar, MD, at a New York hospital, where he experienced many days of doubt and sleep deprivation. Receiving an overall 3.72/5 stars from 328 reviews on Goodreads, it’s an inside look at the residency experience and will likely pull at the heartstrings of those who have gone through a similar circumstance and guide those who are getting ready for their own residencies.

6. Dr. Loading … mug: Got a loved one who’s graduating medical school or still in the process of becoming a doctor? Gift them this mug, which can be personalized with their name, to keep them motivated and serve as a reminder of what they are working toward every time they pour another cup of coffee during yet another late night.

7. Medical crew socks: It can be a challenge for doctors and students to show off their own sense of style and personality in the workplace. These medical socks, which come in black, gray and turquoise, showcase animated doctor necessities and can brighten up any outfit, bringing a smile to patients’ faces.

8. A journal for stress relief, gratitude, productivity or organization: A targeted journal can be a great gift to support your loved one’s wellness. Some great options include this gratitude journal, productivity journal, anti-anxiety journal and wellness journal.

9. Mini board games: With the constant flow of tasks that doctors and medical students have on their plates every day, it’s important for them to find a moment during the day to enjoy themselves too. These mini Monopoly and Operation games are easy to play on-the-go. Each is less commitment than the original size game and is a stress-free way to enjoy a short break in the day. Both would also make for a fun, conversation-starting desk decoration.

10. #DO Proud fabric face mask: The AOA store features this face mask, along with a #DOProud coffee mug and badge holder, so your loved one can show off their appreciation and love for their profession daily.

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