31 Best Medical School Graduation Gifts: Unique And Thoughtful Gift Ideas (2021)

  • BY Editorial Staff
  • May 3, 2021
31 Best Medical School Graduation Gifts: Unique And Thoughtful Gift Ideas (2021)

Medical students work long and hard to graduate in their chosen profession.

Spoil the new graduate with an amazing medical school graduation gift.

Whether an MD or DO, it’s best to give practical and thoughtful gifts upon completion of their degree.

While finding a gift for a nurse might be a simple task, finding the perfect gift for a medical school graduate might be a bit more challenging.

We hope our list of these 30 fun and thoughtful gift ideas provides you with a good starting point in your gift-giving journey for that special and hard-working graduate.

Top 31 Medical School Graduation Gifts For Med School Grads

1. You Are Braver, Stronger, Smarter Plaque

your are braver, stronger canvas

$52.95 $42.95

Whether graduating from a medical college or with a nursing degree, give her something special that will continue to encourage her to follow her dreams. This makes an ideal gift from parents to the new graduate that will remind her that her dreams are worth fighting for, no matter how big! A thoughtful and beautiful gift that she can hang in her new office or keep on her official doctor’s desk.

2. Graduation Photo Desktop Plaque

Graduation Photo Desktop Plaque - gifts for medical school graduates

$29.95 $24.95

Dreaming is believing and for those who believe, the future is theirs! Don’t ever let that new grad forget their dreams become their reality. Celebrate that special new graduate in your life with a one-of-a-kind, personalized plaque. This will be an extra special gift for those going through their doctor’s graduation and getting their white coats. A beautiful graduation gift for those going into the medical profession.

3. Congratulations Custom Name Pillow

$34.95 $27.95

With this congratulations custom name pillow, let your favorite student know that they are at the head of the class. Personalized with a name, graduation year, and school, this eye-catching cushion design pops. Stuffed with fluff, it‘s a huggable and lovable present they will surely adore!

4. Stethoscope Necklace

Stethoscope Necklace - medical school graduation gifts


Stethoscopes are a universal symbol of doctors and nurses everywhere. This unique and dainty necklace is available in either sterling silver, gold, or rose gold. A beautiful gift that anyone in any medical professional would appreciate. A simple and minimalist style that any new graduate in your life is sure to love. A beautiful gift for anyone going through their white coat ceremony and even premed students before their graduation.

5. Because Patients Glass

Because Patients Glass


While doctors and nurses generally really appreciate their patients, sometimes they can bring a bit of stress. Whether things didn’t turn out as planned or the patient themselves is difficult, this wine glass says it all! This custom gift makes a great nurse graduation gift for her when nothing else seems to get the message across. It also makes a great gift for those finishing med school for their residencies.

6. Professional Lab Coat

Professional Lab Coat - graduation gift ideas for doctors


Make sure your favorite new graduate is prepped and ready to go with this professional white lab coat. A thoughtful gift for all kinds of medical students to ensure they are dressed for the part. No matter what kind of doctor they went to school to become, they are most likely going to require a professional lab coat on the job. Become their favorite gift-giver with this appropriate gift.

7. Stethoscope

Stethoscope - medical school graduation gifts


When someone graduates from medical or nursing school, there are a few essentials that they need. High-quality pens, a white lab coat, and of course, a stethoscope. Wear the staff of Hermes proudly with this dual-sided stethoscope. Perfect for checking both adults and children of all shapes and sizes. This essential piece of equipment is suitable for comfort for both the patients and the doctors wearing them.

8. Scrub Top

Scrub Top - medical school graduation gifts


While not all doctors and practitioners wear scrub tops, this gift makes the perfect addition to any professional attire. Lightweight, stretchy, moisture-wicking, and of course, comfortable! That is what really matters when it comes to wearing scrub tops and scrub pants when working in the healthcare field. Available in standard navy blue or black and a wide range of sizes to accommodate a range of individuals and work environments.

9. Funny Doctor Mug

Funny Doctor Mug


This funny is sure to house many cups of coffee to get your new graduate through many, many long shifts at the hospital. The perfect gift for those going into any medical profession.

10. Briefcase

Briefcase - medical residency graduation gifts


Designed for the stylish, female, medical professional, this briefcase can carry all of her essentials. Big enough to fit a 17” laptop and filled with all sorts of pockets to carry all of her other necessities. Available in a wide variety of colors to suit her style and taste. The base even includes protective metal feet so she’ll never have to worry about putting her bag on a dirty surface.

11. Personalized Pen Set

Personalized Pen Set - graduation gift ideas for doctors


Graduation with a doctorate degree would not be complete without a personalized pen set. This unique set can be customized with the new doctor’s name on the pens themselves and their position (example: Head of Cardiology) on the outside of the pen case. High-quality pens of any kind make great gifts for doctors, whether they are doctors of pharmacy or podiatry, you can never go wrong with high-quality pens.

12. Doctor Coat Hanger

Doctor Coat Hanger - graduation gifts for medical students


You might have seen similar hangers for weddings, but these doctor coat hangers have so much more meaning. This hanger makes the perfect accompaniment for a white coat ceremony for graduating med students. The metal part of the hanger spells out the doctor’s name while the staff of Hermes is centered on the top of the hanger. These also make for great photo opportunities for new MD or DO grads.

13. Scrub Jacket

Scrub Jacket - graduation gift ideas for doctors


For those newly graduating doctors that might not wear a white coat on a regular basis, this scrub jacket makes the perfect gift. Whether graduating from nursing school or calling themselves doctor, this scrub jacket is an everyday essential for any healthcare professional. Comfortable and stylish, new grads can keep all of their essentials close. A thoughtful graduation gift idea for anyone going into the medical profession.

14. Tumbler

Tumbler - graduation gifts for medical students


Most medical school graduates are going to need a lot of coffee. This is especially true for those working in the ER, delivering babies, or working in surgery. Many of these professions require long hours and come with a lack of sleep. What better way to help keep the new grad awake than to gift them this stainless steel tumbler for keeping their coffee extra hot during those long shifts.

15. Hot Lights, Cold Steel

Hot Lights, Cold Steel - gifts for medical school graduates


Do you have a new graduate in your life who has just finished school to become a surgeon? This book will make a perfect gift for a budding new surgeon. Filled with real life stories that will keep them at the edge of their seats. From stories of saving people’s lives and the ones that they lost, this book is one that every new graduate in your life should read!

16. Heart Specimen Coasters

Heart Specimen Coasters - gifts for medical school graduates


Put them together and they make a full heart. Take them apart and they are dissections of what makes the body run. These coasters make a great gift for those just finishing up residency graduation. With six coasters, this makes a great gift for when they actually have time to have people over to celebrate their new position or to use under a glass of wine after a long shift.

17. Espresso Machine

Espresso Machine - graduation gifts for medical students


All healthcare workers run on caffeine and passion. Help them to make their job a little bit easier with this 4 cup espresso maker. Perfect for starting out their morning or making it through an extra-long shift. A thoughtful gift that they can drink straight or use to make a wide variety of flavored coffee drinks. This also makes a unique gift for nurses who work long shifts.

18. Human Organ Lunch Box

Human Organ Lunch Box - graduation gift for doctor


While healthcare is serious business, help make it a bit more fun with this human organ lunch box. It will be time to transplant that lunch right into their tummy with this funny gift for any new DO. The perfect size for fitting all the lunchtime essentials like sandwiches, an iced coffee, or snacks to fuel their energy during a long shift (or an organ in case of emergencies).

19. The Year They Tried to Kill Me

The Year They Tried to Kill Me - gifts for med school students


It’s always nice to hear from others in the profession and their experiences. The Year They Tried To Kill Me is all about surviving a surgical internship. The story of how one man was able to make it through a gruelling surgical residency by taking it one day and one patient at a time. Through being sleep deprived, working brutal hours, and dealing with less than ideal patients.

20. Kill as Few Patients as Possible

Kill as Few Patients as Possible - graduation gift for doctor


What does it take to be the world’s best doctor? Find out with these fifty plus essays on what it really takes to be a good doctor. All of the dos and don’ts of how to interact with patients, co-workers, and when to hire a lawyer. A great gift for medical students that might still have time to read. A thoughtful gift to give a sister upon her graduation.

21. Apple Watch

Apple Watch - medical residency graduation gifts


Say congratulations with a medical school graduation gift of an Apple watch. As a new MD, life gets really busy. Make sure they are able to keep track of all the important things and stay in touch with all the important people in their life with this high-tech watch. Easily track metrics like blood oxygen, heart rate, blood pressure, and time actually slept with this amazing device.

22. SpaFinder Gift Card

SpaFinder Gift Card - medical school graduation gifts


After how many long years of school and endless nights staying up late to study, new medical school grads could certainly use some pampering. Redeemable for any dollar amount, find a spa close to them where they can get a facial, massage, or any other spa service to refresh them before they head off to their next residency. This makes a great gift for a new grad going into medicine.

23. Massage Pillow

Massage Pillow - graduation gift for doctor


If your new grad can’t find time to go get a massage, then this neck and back massager is the next best thing. A thoughtful gift that they can use between a double shift for a quick refresh or to use after a long shift in the ER. Perfect for relieving sore muscles due to lack of sleep or relieving stress after dealing with a difficult patient or procedure.

24. Work Shoes

Work Shoes - medical residency graduation gifts


While these shoes might not be a “sexy” or cool gift, it certainly is a practical present. These high-quality shoes are perfect for graduating doctors or those just finishing up nursing school. Made from real leather and a memory foam insole, you simply can’t go wrong with this useful gift. The perfect gift for someone who is on their feet all day or night.

25. Medical Leather Bag

Medical Leather Bag - graduation gift for doctor


Searching for the perfect medical school graduation gift from parents for the new doctor in the family? This classic leather bag is reminiscent of the traditional leather bags of the doctors that would make house calls. Whether used as a briefcase or just as a carry-all bag, this traditional medical bag will certainly make your new grad feel like a real doctor in no time.

26. Heart Vase

Heart Vase - gifts for medical school graduates


Opt for something a little different with this one-of-a-kind home of office decor piece. Perfect for a brand new MD or a cardiology doctor or nurse, this vase will look great at home or in their official office. Whether they want to stick real flowers in their or a few sprigs of their favorite fake flowers, this beautiful vase will be able to accommodate.

27. Calm Gift Card

Calm Gift Card - graduation gifts for medical students


Help your new grad to keep grounded and their head in the game with this Calm application. The benefits of mindfulness and meditation have been studied for many years and the benefits are well known. Using guided meditations can lead to better focus, less stress, and reduced anxiety. Give a graduation gift that can be truly life changing with the gift of Calm.

28. Online Yoga Class

Online Yoga Class - medical residency graduation gifts


Practicing yoga is right up there with the health benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Be sure your new graduate not only keeps their stress levels in check but also stays in shape with this yoga on demand subscription. Whether they have 5 minutes or a whole hour, make sure your med students are able to take some time to themselves now and then.

29. Band Aid Compression Socks

Band Aid Compression Socks - medical residency graduation gifts


Being on your feet all day can really lead to a lot of health issues. Make sure your new grad is well taken care of with these funny and comfortable band-aid socks. Whether they are graduating from nursing school, as a physician assistant, or straight up MD, any new grad would get a kick out of these comical socks. The perfect addition to any medical uniform.

30. Doctor-Shaped Flash Drive

Doctor-Shaped Flash Drive - graduation gifts for medical students


Doctors need to be sure that they have all of their important documents all in one spot. Searching for a medical residency graduation gift for a new doctor? This also makes a great gift for those that are still in school medical and are still working on their coursework. This adorable little flash drive can hold 8GB of data and makes an affordable gift to give.

31. Wine Preservation System

Wine Preservation System - gifts for medical school graduates


After a long day, your new grad might need to unwind with a glass of wine. Make sure they get the best tasting wine possible with this wine preservation system. This allows them to enjoy all of the natural flavors of a bottle of wine without the worry of oxidation. The perfect gift to give along with a wine bottle of their favorite flavor.

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Final Thoughts

What is the best medical school graduation gift to give to those premed students or those just finishing up their residencies?

Many of these gifts work well to give to those graduating from any medical profession.

Whether nursing, MD, nurse practitioners, and even veterinarians, these personalized gifts are thoughtful and meaningful.

From silly socks and high-tech gadgets to several coffee-themed gift ideas, you are sure to find something on our list of med school gift ideas for your new grad.



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