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16 Great Gift Ideas for a Psychology Major (+2 to Avoid)

Psychology is an intriguing discipline of study providing the psychology major with valuable knowledge and insight as well as life skills. This list of gifts has ideas to suit all personalities, some fun and some sensible, to celebrate the psychology major in your life. Whether your looking for current students or graduates, we have something for you.

I Get Pysched for Psychology Mug

The perfect idea for an enthusiastic psych major, this cheery and colorful mug will put him or her in a good mood each morning before classes.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Dr. Oliver Sacks details some of the most amazing, out-there neurological conditions you could imagine — from mistaking one’s wife for a hat to strange violet behavior that are completely out of character. And in doing so, helps the reader understand the amazing complexity of the human mind. A classic must-read for psychology students.

Famous Psychologist Tote Bag

This fun tote bag features famous men on one side and women on the other. From Mary Ainsworth to B.F. Skinner, it’s an all-star cast nicely printed on this attractive tote.

Human Brain Art Print

This set of three 8.5″ x 8.5″ watercolor prints depicting the human brain add a touch of artistic sophistication to any room. The prints are high quality and packed well to ensure they arrive in pristine condition.

Casecrown Campus Horizontal Messenger Bag

This sturdy messenger style bag is perfect for study and travel. There is a padded interior section with elastic closure for your laptop (13”) as well as secure pockets on the front, back, side and inside for your phone, pens, notebook, charger, mouse, tablet, papers and other supplies. The bag is made of canvas and has an adjustable shoulder strap with padding and comes in black, brown, charcoal grey, and Palo Alto green.

Forever Jung T-Shirt

Ah, forever Jung. The 100% preshrunk cotton, available in 14 colors is a relaxed, comfortable shirt for anyone who is a fan of psychology, especially fans of Carl Jung, the founder of the school of analytical psychology.

Frozen Brain Ice Cube Tray

Brains! This silicone mold is ideal for the psychology major who loves a bit of fun or the zombie lover. Jello, chocolate, or ice brains will certainly be a talking point at your next party.

Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals

Help your psychology major find his or her career calling with this excellent book that helps students see the many possibilities that exist. Contains practical advice on topics ranging from the GRE to various sub-disciplines.

Freudian Sips

Sigmund Freud – does he need an introduction? What’s a Freudian Sip? According to this amusing coffee mug it is when you say one thing but mean your mother! Those in the know will get the subtle humor not only on the mug, but also on its gift box.

HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations

HYPERtheticals are 50 conversation starters for philosophers and thinkers. The cards pose hypothetical questions where there is no “right” answer. Guaranteed to make you think, it’s how you think, not what you think that matters in exploring these thought-provoking questions.

Miquelrius Flexible Black Leather Cover Notebook

This beautiful notebook is handmade in Spain and features a recycled European leather cover and an elastic band to mark your page. Inside there are 600 pages of quality, ruled note paper, perfect for lectures, journaling or field notes.


Psychopoly is the psychology based version of the classic Monopoly. Property cards belong to famous historical psychologists and the hand sculpted, pewter playing pieces include Maslow’s pyramid, Freud’s couch, an antipsychotic bottle, the Psi symbol, a lab rat and a brain. Perhaps not a game for everybody, but will definitely be entertaining and educational for psychology majors.

CollegeBox Snack Package

Is your psychology major miles away? Imagine opening a box to find snack size packs of your favorite sweet and salty snacks as well as candy. Treats include Goldfish Crackers, Oreos, Chex Mix as well as nuts, popcorn, cookies, pretzels and Airheads. Something for everyone or just one.

Little Giants Toy Genius - Freud

This Sigmund Freud figurine is a fun addition to your desk. Three inches tall, he’s your larger than life alter ego.

SunShine Day Psi Symbol Pendant

This gorgeous pendant features psi, the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet and a commonly recognized symbol of psychology and psychiatry. Behind the symbol is a silhouette of a head with cogs for gears in a steampunk style. A special piece for any psychology or psychiatry student.

The Power of Habit

This fascinating scientifically-grounded review helps us better understand why behaviors are formed and how they can be changed. Filled with real life examples ranging from the NFL to the behavior of rats, author Charles Duhigg strings together a cutting-edge account of human behavior.

Now that we’ve reviewed some awesome gifts, what should you avoid giving?

1. The DSM manual. Every psychology major owns this.
2. I Love Psychology bumper sticker. Psychologists are not literal people.