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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Pre-Med Students

Now that it’s the holidays, it’s time to put away the chemistry flashcards and focus on what really matters: shopping! Whether you’re out battling the crazy crowds or preserving your sanity by doing it online, don’t forget to pick up a little something for your premed friends who have been there with and for you through thick and thin. These gifts will either strengthen your friendships or make your friends question it – either way, you’ll leave a lasting impression!

Bone Pens with Femur, Spine, Tibia and Fibula – $6

Are any of your friends budding Atul Gawandes? (That’s the famed American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher.) If so, make sure that they never suffer from writer’s block by giving them a Bone Pen. Make no bones about it, this is a perfect stocking stuffer!

Bone Pens


The Human Organ for Transplant lunchbox is perfect for your aspiring surgeon friend who will be spending the rest of their lives rounding on patients at 4:00 in the morning. Whoever you get this give for will know you put your heart into it. Available from Wayfair.

Human Organ For Transplant Lunch Cooler


Gray’s Anatomy Purse (for the ladies) – $59

Every group of friends has a fashionista or two. If it’s a gal, tell her that Louis Vuitton bags are so yesterday and that the new ‘It Bag’ is the Gray’s Anatomy Book Purse.

Gray's Anatomy Handbag


Eye Chart Tie (for the guys) – $48

For the guy in your life, nothing says, GQ like an Eye Chart Tie. It also works for friends who are aspiring ophthalmologists. Made by It’s Thoughtful. And it really is. Anybody can see that.

Eye Chart Tie

X-Ray Oven Mitt – $23

Hopefully you have at least one pre-med friend who likes to relieve stress by cooking up a storm. If so, the best way to make sure you’re always on the invite list is to give an X-Ray Oven Mitt.

X-Ray Vision Oven Mitt

Syringe Highlighters – $5

This is the perfect gift for . . . yourself! During your premed and medical school years, you will go through about 4000 highlighters. Rather than using the same generic-looking ones day in and day out, try Syringe Highlighters. When you think that you don’t have the energy to highlight one more word in your biology textbook, just look at these highlighters for inspiration.

Syringe Highlighters


Did we miss any great pre-med or medical student gift ideas? Contact us and we can consider adding them to our next gift guide. In the meantime, happy holidays!
Also, be sure to check out The 2020 Pre-Med Holiday Gift Guide, too.

Ziggy Yoediono MD

Dr. Yoediono was a Duke University pre-major advisor, and an adcom member for Duke University School of Medicine, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program. Today, he is an Associate Director of Advising at MedSchoolCoach.

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