Ten brilliant med school graduation gifts

June 24, 2016

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Graduation is such a special opportunity to pause and celebrate a med student’s great achievements before they move onto the next stage of their career. Whether a family member or friend, you want to help them remember this moment – but it’s hard to find the perfect gift. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of our top choices!

Gifts ideas for your graduate

Art FoilA poster

When you’ve studied for so long, it’s great to have a visual reminder of all your achievements. A poster is a perfect way to celebrate your graduate’s success (and it’s easy to put up even in a small rented room). You can get this Gold Foil Gray’s Anatomy print here.


Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 13.36.50A stethoscope

Every newly qualified physician is going to need a sturdy stethoscope to get them through their residency. You may prefer to buy them a voucher if you aren’t sure what they’re specialising in (for instance, trainee cardiologists might like something more detailed than an ER doctor).


normal_sea-buckthorn-berry-hand-creamHand cream

Rigorous hand washing is important for all health professionals but has the annoying side effect of leaving you with dry, cracked hands. A really good hand cream will counteract this as well as relaxing your tired medic’s hands after a long day on the wards.



Travel mug

Getting your new medic friend a lovely mug will help them to smile even when they’re sipping a lukewarm cuppa they desperately wish was a hot one. This mug is for sale here.




As a sweet little gift for a friend on their graduation, buy them a notepad or pack of notepads that gives a nod towards their new profession. These ones are available here.



Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 11.30.47An achievement journal

For something that’s a bit more substantial, your new medic friend can log all of their amazing achievements in a journal like this. It will carve out some time every day for them to reflect on how brilliantly they’re doing.



il_570xN.826807094_m7qsA print

To a health professional, medicine is beautiful – but it might not be to your housemates! Thankfully there is plenty of art available that touches on someone’s new medical skills without being a giant skeleton in the corner of the room. This one, for instance, is a subtle print of the vocal cords.


aroma-906137_960_720A spa day

Graduation is a celebration of your fantastic time at university, but unfortunately, the hard work is far from over. Meanwhile, give the gift of relaxation with a spa or pamper day at a local hotel or resort.


Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 11.28.55A coffee subscription

Coffee is going to become the elixir of life when you’re starting out in the world of healthcare, but that’s no excuse to live on cheap hospital-style coffee at home. Treat your graduate to a coffee subscription they will enjoy 24/7.


Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 11.52.34A good pair of shoes

Last but definitely not least, health professionals spend a huge amount of time on their feet (nurses walk approximately 5 miles per shift!). To do so comfortably and safely, they need to invest in a decent pair of shoes. Why not take them on a shopping spree?




Whatever you pick, your friend or family member will be truly honoured to share their special day with you.
Congratulations to all med school graduates!



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