Doctorate Degree Gifts

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Doctorate Degree Gifts
Earning a Doctoral degree takes three to six years of hard work and commitment (graduation image by timur1970 from

Every year, thousands of Americans earn doctorate degrees, usually after three to six years of commitment, hard work and sacrifice. Whether the new doctor in your life has a doctorate in the arts or sciences or a doctor of medicine, law or dentistry, it's cause for celebration and gift giving. There are several gifts ideas new doctors are sure to enjoy, especially when they're related to their career speciality.

Personalised Items

Get personal. Get the grad something that shows off the new doctoral degree. Choose from items that can be printed, engraved, etched or embroidered with a personalised message like "Mary Doe, M.D." or "Joe Smith, D.D.S." Give personalised mugs, flasks, picture frames, throws, pen holders, key chains, T-shirts, mouse pads, jewellery, clocks, pens, money clips or trinket boxes. Consider an engraved flash drive, an etched glass pitcher or a personalised water globe, if you want to give something unique.

Degree-specific Items

Think significance. Choose a gift that's related to the grad's new degree. Consider a statue of Lady Justice for a new J.D. or a first-edition book of poetry for a new graduate with a Ph.D. in English literature. Choose anything with an image or quote of Albert Einstein for a Ph.D. in physics, but don't assume all Ph.D.'s with a concentration in psychology are fans of Sigmund Freud. Shop online and retail stores for T-shirts, bumper stickers or mugs printed with slogans like "Trust Me -- I'm a Doctor" and "PhinisheD".


Give the gift of giving. Those who earn doctorates after years of study and dedication are often highly committed to their fields. Make a donation to an appropriate cause on their behalf. Plant trees in a national forest for a Ph.D. in environmental science or conservation. Make a donation to a faith-based charity for a new doctor of divinity. Make a donation to a literacy or academic foundation for Ph.D.'s with concentrations in education.

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