Instead of getting your medical-field friends the mugs with corny doctor jokes on them or sets of tie-dyed scrubs, make your gift original and fun. Work is a big part of medical professionals’ lives, so a gift related to their field that’s quirky and random is sure to bring a smile to their faces. Check out some of the great things you could be getting your friends or loved ones.
Gift: Petri Dish Plush Giant Microbes
Price: $7.99 – $12.99
Yep. This exists. You can actually purchase viruses and diseases in plush form. The price comes with one dish of three microbes, so choose wisely. The semi-creepy selection includes Ebola, Flesh Eating Disease, Salmonella, and the common cold. These would be perfect for the virologist in your life.
Gift: LPN Sterling Silver Charm
Seller: charms4you on Etsy
If you know any proud, women nurses, they’re probably really proud of their profession. This gift would allow them to show their love for their work in a cute and quirky way. This is something original that a woman could wear in her daily life and really appreciate.
Gift: Stethoscope Tag
Seller: kinkak on Etsy
Give the gift of medical flair — this Etsy seller will create tags with initials, names, and other designs, all surrounded by Swarovski rhinestones. This is a cute way to personalize a stethoscope and lighten up the clinic or hospital atmosphere.
Gift: Personalized Doctor and Dentist Ornaments
Seller: Miles Kimball
Customized Christmas ornaments always add a genuine touch to a Christmas tree. Give your friend or family member this personalized ornament portraying the person’s professional life in a quirky, cute way.
Gift: Bacon and Cupcake Dental Floss
Mint is so last year. Flossing is even more fun when you can taste bacon or cupcakes while doing it! Giving this to a dentist would not only make them laugh — it would potentially give him or her the inspiration to give awesome floss flavors to patients!
Gift: Doctor’s Orders Candy Bouquet
Seller: Candy Blast
Every woman loves chocolate, and when you throw in medical humor, you have a winner. Get her this awesome, filled-to-the-brim basket, complete with “Chocolate First Aid” (which are essentially bandage-shaped chocolates) and an array of Russell Stover, Toblerone, Lindt, and other chocolates.
Gift: Battlefield Messenger Medic Bag
Seller: Rothco on Amazon
At about half the size of a common messenger bag, this cool medical bag is perfect for carrying around books and smaller supplies. Medical professionals who are into that vintage vibe will love this gift.
Gift: Jed Eye Chart iPhone Case
Seller: David Schwen on Society6
If you happen to know an optometrist who loves Star Wars, this is the ultimate gift. This eye chart iPhone 4(s) case exhibits both a love for optometry and a love for one of the greatest movie series of all time.
Gift: Silly Hound Wine Holder
Seller: Sundog Co.
Any veterinarians who enjoy a glass of wine every now and then would get a kick out of this quirky dog bottle holder. Why get a silly holder shaped like a dog and made from recycled scrap metal? A better question is: why not?
Gift: Vintage Medical Stone Coaster Set
Seller: thepaintedlily on Etsy
Medical professionals might want to add a subtle touch to their home that represents their professional passions. Why not give them a vintage coaster set? They take about a week or two to be made, so if you want them, order them fast!
Gift: Syringe USB Flash Drive
Seller: X-treme Geek
Medical professionals can remain in their element even when they’re just trying to open documents on their computers. This awesome 4G flash drive is perfect for medical (and computer) geeks out there.
Gift: Color Blind Clock
This is a great, spunky clock that medical professionals appreciate and friends will love. It serves as a giant color blind test, but it also has the clock numbers 12, 3, 6, and 9 listed. Can you find them?
Don’t settle for a gift that’s typical or expected. When all else fails, get something fun and entertaining! People always appreciate thought behind their presents, and these examples would be a great way to put a smile on some medical professionals’ faces.