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7 Tips to Finding the Best Gifts for Doctors, Stat!

Doctors cure ailments and perform surgical miracles, sometimes in rapid-fire ER rooms, and then move right on to help the next patient. What pressure! Gift shopping may not be a code-red emergency, but it sure feels like that holiday shopping lists needs urgent attention. If you have an MD in your life (and you want a cure for the what-to-buy blues), we're on call with the best gift ideas for doctors.

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Specialty Please

A day in the life of a doctor will look very different between a pediatrician in a local practice and a heart surgeon at a hospital. Consider the type of doctor, their routine, and what gear they may bring to work — an on-call doctor in the ER will need a bag with essentials (like spare clothes and deodorant.) Or ask the doctor in your life about a typical work day.


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Scrub Free

Think on ways to make home feel laid-back, comfy, and separate from the operating room. Once your doctor is back at home, he or she may want nothing to do with those scrubs. Luxe pajamas? Check.


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Prescription For

A tongue-in-cheek gift for the doctor in your life could play on a prescription theme. What does your doctor need a prescription for? The crux of your gift could help “cure” the ailment. If your doc needs more me-time, then think on an experience gift (like a day of pampering) for your hardworking MD.


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Long Hours

Think on practical gifts for medical doctors that make it easier to work through a double shift. You could help feed your doctor, with a stylish cooler packed with lunch gear or snacky foods. Because even when hunger strikes, no one wants to eat hospital food!


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Artsy Anatomy

Does your doctor geek out on his profession? Does he like indie art, or does he always pick up a concert poster at shows? A browse online and you’ll find collections of artsy medical prints. If you’re shopping gift ideas for a doctor you love, (your better half), you could even look into an anatomy print that features the heart.


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Medical Save

First comes medical school, then comes residency, then comes a whole lot of school debt to pay back. The best gifts for new doctors include ways to save money after all that schooling — even a grownup piggy bank with a starting stash of cash from mom and dad.


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Not For Patients

Thank you gifts for your personal doctor may feel right, but many doctors feel uncomfortable accepting gifts from patients as a question of ethics. Stick to doctors gifts for friends, family, and co-workers.


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