Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Medical School Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine's Day is coming up soon, and even the medical students in your life need some love. Actually, if you believe the reports, medical students are much more depressed than the average population, so they probably need the love more than most. As you may recall from my past effort in this area Practical Gifts For Medical Students: A Holiday Gift Guide, I like getting gifts as much as the next guy, but I prefer a practical gift, one that I will use at least on a monthly basis. Not only are such gifts longer-lasting and more useful, but it reminds me of the person who gave it to me everytime I use it. The memory helps stir positive feelings in me, and helps sustain the connection I have with that person. Then again, a box of chocolates also helps me stay connected with the gift giver as their "gift" is always by my, um, side? 

Anyway, giving flowers or jewelry is quite common during Valentine's Day, and I won't discourage anyone from pursuing those items if they have a good idea in mind of what they want to give. However, if you are looking for particular items that are more tied into medical school, I found a few you might like. Some are practical, some are not, but hopefully all intriguing. 

For Her:
I cannot begin to explain how money these Apple iPod shuffles are. Girls love the size, the style, and the colors. They are especially good for the ladies who like to hit the gym or jog outside. Basically, it's "cute" and that's all that matters. For the medical connection, well... you could always load them up with Goljan USMLE Step 1 podcasts and study in style. 

She spends long hours in the library studying, and sometimes even after hours. She might as well have good light to study with, right? A book light can definitely be quite helpful, either late at night or in other dark areas like a plane. To be honest, I have never given one as a gift, but I have owned one and found it to be useful at times. Again, the "itty bitty" part scores major 'cute' points, I think. Then again, I'm a guy, so I don't always get 'cute' *shrugs*

 I know next to nothing about women's shoes. But, I do know a certain subset of girls will go wild over the *perfect* pair shoes. To the degree that they'll buy the shoes first, and then find a dress to match. I don't quite get that, so if you explain that to me, that'd be fabulous. Still, I get shoes in general, and shoes still matter in a hospital, so if you can find a girl a pair of shoes that are comfortable in the hospital and look cute, you got a winner there. 

Also, while everyone knows chocolate is a common gift, I personally happen to like jelly beans. More flavors, more colors, fat-free, and just a lil bit more fun, IMHO. Plus, they're Ronald Reagan approved. Medical school connection? Uhh... contains all the essential flavors? =P

Jelly Belly Valentine's Day

For Him:

It is a bit of a stretch to tie a Wii into medicine, but the Wall Street Journal Health Blog recently noted that some surgeons have been using the Wii for training (Surgeons Hone Skills On Nintendo Wii), so... there ya go. If there's still any doubt whether this is practical, perhaps add in a Wii Fit as well just so you know you're getting some exercise out of it. And, while I threw this in the "For Him" section, obviously this makes a great gift for anyone. 

You know, I was gonna come up with a long list here, but frankly, most guys I think would be happy with a plain ol' gift card. Heck, I was happy playing with the wrapping paper when I was 5, and still am now. On a more serious note, I think any medical student, guy or girl, would be happy with a gift card because they could simply use it to buy textbooks and other study materials of their choosing online. Not the most romantic thought in the world, but certainly quite practical. 

If you still have no idea what you want to give that special someone, check out Amazon's Valentine's Day Gift Central: 


  1. I appreciate the labor you have put in developing this blog. Nice and informative.

  2. hello...nice gift features you got there.



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