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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

Keith L. Martin | December 5, 2019 | Contributor Information

20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's time to start your shopping.

But what do you get for a physician? Whether it's a colleague you work with or your own doctor, you're in a unique position to understand the daily grind of medicine and to choose that special something to make his or her day a little better.

Here are some suggestions that tap into physicians' various hobbies and interests. We've grouped them into different categories, starting with food and wine, and including technology, fitness, the great outdoors, and other areas. These gift selections were reviewed and suggested by a diverse panel of doctors, ranging in age and gender.

(Editor's Note: Medscape and WebMD do not endorse any of the products on this list nor do they receive financial compensation from the companies that manufacture them. Links to items are for information purposes only and are not to be considered promotional.)

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Coravin Wine Preservation System

This unique device allows wine lovers to pour and enjoy their favorite glass of wine without pulling the cork. Coravin's Model Two helps protect wine from oxidation and includes a carry case to take the system on the go. So no more having to drink the whole bottle to keep the taste pristine… unless you want to. Starting price: $350

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Anova Culinary Sous Vide

Sous vide is French for "under vacuum." It's a technique used in some of the finest restaurants to cook food with precise temperature to achieve perfect doneness each time. In this case, you vacuum-seal food and then cook it in a water bath of a specific temperature. This device helps you maintain that temperature by connecting it to the pot and monitoring progress. The Anova model works with an app, providing not just recipes but also the ability to control the device via smartphone. Starting price: $99

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Meal Service Subscriptions

Preparing meals can be a challenge for anyone working in healthcare, with long hours and little energy to shop at the end of the day. Consider a gift card for one of the many meal delivery plans available, including Plated, Blue Apron, and Hello Fresh. All of the food you need to prepare a full meal (or multiple meals) arrives fresh to your door in a box. Doctors can select their recipes, day of delivery, and other options to accommodate their schedule. Gift cards come in various denominations

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler

For the busy doctor who can't get away to taste world-class cuisine, here's a chance to emulate it at home. This set includes 16 natural sea salts, from Fleur de Sel, originating in France, to Pele Red Hawaiian. Sea salt, which has become increasingly popular, is said to retain more nutrients and minerals than regular salt. The sampler offers foodies an opportunity to try a little first before deciding on their favorite blend. Starting price: $26

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Winc Wine Club Membership

It's hard to know what kind of wine to buy for most people, but luckily there's help. If you buy a physician a monthly membership to Winc, after completing a six-question survey, the company will send four bottles each month based on their preferences. Recipients then rate the wines to refine future shipments, and they may send back ones they don't like. Gift givers can decide to skip a month's offering or cancel at any time. Gift cards come in various denominations

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Nespresso VertuoPlus

Sure, every doctor's lounge or break room has a coffee maker, but if a doc can't run out to a coffee shop for an espresso, bring the coffee shop to them. The VertuoPlus offers five brewing sizes and can accommodate an Aeroccino3 milk frother as well. Coffee lovers can also subscribe to their favorite capsules, which get delivered monthly to their office. Starting price: $116

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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The Mirror

Being a physician means that finding time for the gym can be tough. But with The Mirror, the gym comes to them. When not in use, it is either a standalone or wall-mounted mirror. When turned on, the embedded camera and speaker deliver workouts ranging from cardio to boxing, streamed from a New York City studio. The monthly subscription gives you live, on-demand workouts to make exercising available 24 hours a day. Starting price: $1495

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Backslash Fit Smart Mat

Rolling up and storing a yoga mat can sometimes be as difficult as folding a fitted sheet. This non-slip smart mat features three easy steps to go from exercise to out-the-door. It also pairs with a skill on Amazon Alexa to walk the user through various yoga poses that change daily. Starting price: $90

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Trucker's Friend Demolition and Multitool

Whether camping or simply working in the backyard, this tool will come in handy for the outdoors doctor. Designed by professional truck drivers, the tool combines an axe, hammer, nail puller, lever, and pry bar with a power grip for multiple uses in a lightweight package. You can cut branches, pry loose nails, chip away packed ice, and more. Starting price: $50

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Smart Garden 3

Working in healthcare doesn't leave a lot of time to tend to the garden. Those with a green thumb can place the Smart Garden 3, a self-growing garden, in their home or office. The kit comes with plant capsules and an LED lighting system to grow anything from edible basil to beautiful pansies. And don't worry about skipping watering duties, as the Smart Garden comes with a water tank to hold enough H2O for 3 weeks. Starting price: $100

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Roku Streaming Stick+

There are a lot of streaming devices on the marketplace, including the Amazon Fire Stick and Apple TV. One advantage of the Roku is its portability (you can take it to a conference) and ease of use. Your favorite physician can rearrange the menu easily, putting often-watched networks front and center just like on a smartphone. Starting price: $50

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Kindle Paperwhite

There will always be those who prefer the feel of paper or stuffing a paperback in their bag, but Amazon's Kindle makes it easy to go electronic. The newest Kindle Paperwhite, released earlier this year, comes with 8GB or 32GB storage for magazines, books, and other media. The device is also waterproof and can store audio books as well. For those who want a larger screen and more features, the Kindle Oasis features an adjustable light, light sensors, and automatic rotating page orientation. Starting price: $130

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

Want to block out noise on a plane or simply enjoy high-quality sound? These Bose headphones let you do both. With a battery life of up to 20 hours, these headphones also feature the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, enabling access to millions of songs, podcasts, audio books, and more, simply by asking. Starting price: $350

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Oculus Quest VR Headset

The gamer physician probably has a space set up with a gaming chair and a wide-screen TV. With the Oculus Quest, any space can be game central. This high-tech virtual-reality headset allows access to dozens of games and also comes with Oculus Guardian, a system that remembers the gamer's playspace to help avoid nearby objects when in-game. Starting price: $399

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Ember Smart Mug

Keeping a cup of coffee hot can be a problem when on rounds or going back and forth to see patients. The Ember Smart Mug allows the user to set a temperature and keeps the beverage hot for up to 90 minutes. On the go and not near your mug? No problem. Just use the app to set a temperature and get notified when the mug is ready. Starting price: $100

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Divoom Tivoo Max Smart-Pixel-Art Bluetooth Speaker

This one's for the doctor who likes great sound for music, podcasts, or to use with Alexa or Siri but who also has a creative side. This high-end Bluetooth speaker has a 256 programmable LED screen that teams with an app so the user can create their own images. From text to pre-programmed art to their own art and animation, doctors can display their artistic side. Starting price: $46

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Funny Medical Mugs

Looking for something inexpensive that will provide a good chuckle on tough days? Nothing says "cheer up" like a mug, whether used for coffee or to hold pens. Café Press has a large selection of mugs for doctors in any specialty, as long as they enjoy humor. Starting price: $3

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Art History Heroes

If the pressures of daily medical practice mean your favorite doctor can't get to the art gallery to see their preferred artist, do the next best thing: Bring the artist to them. From Vincent van Gogh to Claude Monet to Frida Kahlo, these art figurines not only come with a miniature reproduction of one of the artist's masterpieces, but they also have a secret fun feature for each artist, like glowing in the dark or special accessories. Starting price: $29

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Spawish Gift Cards

Life as a physician can be challenging, and sometimes a little pampering is in order. Give your favorite doctor a gift card for Spawish, a nationwide network of hair and nail salons and spas and resorts. Gift card recipients can go online to find a Spawish location near them for a service of their choice, whether at home or on the road. Gift cards come in various denominations

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20 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Doctors

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Medelita Gift Cards

Lab coats and scrubs can take a beating during daily practice. Medelita offers a variety of lab coats and scrubs for men and women working in healthcare. Don't know the doctor's size or whether he or she wants embroidery? Consider a gift card and let your recipient decide. Gift cards come in various denominations

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