Thoughtful Medical Gifts

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Thoughtful Medical Gifts
A gift tailored to a person's profession shows you care. (Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

If a person you care about is in the health care field or is studying to become a medical professional, show your support by honouring his work with a gift. Whether it's a birthday gift, holiday gift or a job-related gift, a person in the medical field or still in school deserves a thoughtful gift to show him that his hard work is appreciated.

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For this seemingly nonstop career, a medical professional may use caffeine as a constant ally. Give her a mug that's been personalised with her name, her place of employ, her job title (e.g. "World's Best Doctor") or a picture of herself or her family as a reminder that she's cared about.

Leather Bag

Doctors, nurses and medical students alike may appreciate receiving a black, leather bag to hold medical equipment, books or papers. It can also be used as a briefcase or as a purse to carry personal items. In addition to the traditional doctor bag, there are doctor-bag-inspired travel bags, fashion bags and matching wallets. For a more original gift, purchase a vintage or antique doctor bag at an antique shop.


Wearing jewellery can show a person's dedication to his chosen field. You can purchase a necklace with the caduceus or other medical symbol in gold or silver. There are also custom rings available that feature medical crests, and many can be personalised with names and post-nominal letters of academic degrees.

Art and Sculptures

She can decorate her home or office in homages to her profession with wall hangings and sculptures. Buy a sculpture plaque of the caduceus or of the face of the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. Or you could buy an original or print of medically themed art. Norman Rockwell often featured medical themes in his paintings.


There are a myriad of lenses one can look at the medical profession with; subsequently, there are many subjects that one can explore. A person still in school may be interested in medical or nursing school survival tips, or the history of medicine and healing. A person interested in medical oddities might love reading about strange medical cases.

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