Top 5 Gifts for Medical & Nursing Students

Top 5 holiday gifts for medical and nursing students.
May 14, 2020
2 minutes

Both doctors and nurses spend their careers helping and caring for people in a significant way. For that, we say thank you!

Graduation of medical school and nursing school is a time to celebrate and is a major milestone on the way to residency and a career practicing medicine. Inspired by our 13 Things Every Graduating Medical Student Should Own post, we summarized the top 5 gift ideas for nursing and medical students. Although nurses have a shorter residency, these gift ideas are very relevant for their first full time shifts.


  1. Something engraved "MD"
  2. Cardiology stethoscope
  3. Coffee maker
  4. Sleep mask
  5. Scrubs or shoes

Learn why these gift ideas great for students.

1. Something embroidered or engraved with "MD".

After years of intense studying, medical and nursing students deserve this! Nothing says you made it like having a stethoscope, lab coat, or scrubs personalized with "your name + MD or relevant title". If engraving scrubs, be sure to check if their hospital has any uniform requirements. Check out or for embroidery and engraving services.

Emproidered lab coat gift idea
Embroidered lab coat is a gift to remember.

2. Cardiology stethoscope.

Because it is common for a clinician to keep the same stethoscope through their residency and career, having a cardiology-grade stethoscope will ensure the highest quality of heart sounds for a long time.

Medical student stethoscope
AI-Powered CORE Digital Stethoscope with noise cancellation

3. Fancy coffee maker.

A from cold brew to espresso, all graduating students appreciate a good cup of coffee. A programmable coffee maker is a great gift because it is probably not the first thing on a graduating student's shopping list and is extremely helpful when working long shifts.

Coffee maker for medical students
Coffee is essential when working overnight shifts.

4. Sleep mask.

A good sleep mask is a useful low-cost gift idea because it will help residents that work overnight shifts get quality sleep during the day. A sleep mask is more cost-effective than blackout curtains!

sleep mask gift
Sleep mask helps students sleep during the day

5. Comfortable scrubs and shoes.

Welcome to a new life of living in scrubs! Because shifts in the hospital are long and unpredictable, having really comfortable scrubs and shoes are non-negotiable. Clothes are a tricky gift to purchase for somebody, so maybe get a gift card to a preferred medical supply store.

scrubs for medical student gift
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