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18 Great Med School Graduation Gift Ideas (+1 to Avoid)

Looking for the right gift idea for a new doctor? After countless exams, late nights and stress associated with medical school completion, your graduate will greatly appreciate a thoughtful gift. We’ve researched over 350 different ideas and narrowed them down to 18 for every type of MD. You might also consider our list of gift ideas for a nurse.

Make a real statement with this one pound crystal display featuring 3D laser a brain etching inside. It’s a lifelong gift he or she can keep at home or in the office.
Entertaining guests as an MD would not be complete without a set of cool anatomy coasters. These fun conversation starters are a great way to liven up a party, adding some extra personality the home.
A thoughtful gift idea for your med school graduate, this custom engraved pen and case is a keepsake that will be treasured. Specially designed for doctors with the universally recognized caduceus symbol, it gets rave reviews from buys who appreciate the high quality rosewood construction.
This high quality mahogany frame comes complete with a PH-neutral mat board that will keep your grad’s diploma fresh for years to come. Will look great in the doctor’s office. Comes in a variety of sizes.
If you’re looking for the perfect present for your girlfriend or wife, consider this DNA-shaped ring made from sterling silver. Has the appeal of a normal understated ring, but to those who are truly bio nerds it’s another level of delight.
Handmade by an artist in New Jersey, this pewter finish vase is meticulously crafted to resemble the human heart. A unique idea for your graduating boyfriend or girlfriend, this vase will remain a home conversation piece for years to come.
Medical Supplies Tie
Doctors need to strike the right balance of formal and approachable, and this tie fits that bill perfectly. We love the quality of the design. Great for residency and beyond.
This lovely rose gold-colored necklace includes a little stethoscope and a personalized heart charm with her intitial. Comes with a gift box for easy wrapping.
Graduation Card
A gift isn’t complete without a card. The front of the card reads “For a Special Medical School Graduate.” The interior includes a thoughtful message about the importance of being a medical professional. A nice alternative to a generic graduation card he or she is sure to appreciate.
Fifty-Six Other Essays on How to Be the World's Best Doctor
While you learn a great deal in medical school about diseases and the human body, these alone do not make a great doctor. In Kill as Few Patients as Possible: And Fifty-Six Other Essays on How to Be the World’s Best Doctor, Dr. Oscar London’s 30 years of practice is brought to life through witty observations and humor. The perfect graduation book.
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year
Another great book idea for new doctors, A Physician’s First Year is a first-person account of the trials and tribulations of an intern at New York Hospital. It’s book about the challenge of idealism facing the reality of real world medical practice – and a guide of sorts to keeping one’s sanity and growing as a person through it all.
Graduation from med school is only the beginning! If he or she is planning an internship/residency in the surgical field, then consider this must-read book by a former intern who’s walked the walk…and lived to tell about it.
This quality heart-shaped stethoscope mug will brighten his or her day for years to come. New doctor schedules can be especially taxing and warrant plenty of coffee and tea. Personalize it with his or her name.
Scrubs Cargo Pants
Help your doctor look his or her best with a new pair of scrub pants. These cargo scrubs are great for carrying small notebooks, pens, and other medical supplies. Compared to typical scrubs, these come in a variety of sizes and colors for the perfect personal fit.
Give the gift of relaxation. After a long shift treating patients, doctors will appreciate the reprieve a massage pillow offers. This Shiatsu model gets rave reviews from users for its ability to untie knots in the neck and relieve tension.
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Bose QuietComfort
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. With Bose noise cancellation technology, you can get surprisingly close to silent bliss. Whether relaxing after a busy day or in between shifts at the hospital, your med school grad will greatly appreciate a pair. Also great for air or train travel.
Doctor-Shaped Flash Drive
This fun doctor-shaped flash drive is a great little practical keepsake. In a profession that often takes itself very seriously, it’s always healthy to add some play and humor! Children will love it too.
Laboratory Shot Glasses
Help your med school graduate celebrate in style with these fun shot classes from ThinkGeek. Complete with mixing pipettes, it’s the perfect gift to spice up a graduation party.

What should you avoid giving a new medical school graduate? We recommend any dense books related to anatomy or science that were likely covered in school.

Know more graduates? You might also be interested in our law school and MBA graduation gift ideas.