35 Gifts for Physical Therapy Students

November 20, 2023 408 views
35 Gifts for Physical Therapy Students

Physical therapy students have to juggle a lot – hours of studying anatomy, understanding complex mobility issues, and mastering the art of patient care – a real roller coaster ride! It’s no wonder they don’t get much time (or energy!) for anything else. So why not make them feel special with a thoughtful gift? Whether it’s a birthday, the end of term, or any other special occasion, here are 35 gift ideas to make a PT student’s day.

#1. Physiology Flashcards

People study differently, some from their notes and jottings, some with bulky textbooks, and some from flashcards. Flashcards are one of the ways so many of us learned while growing up; the message passed in the flashcards tends to stick, so let’s see how this would help.

These handy little tools are perfect for turning downtime into productive study sessions. The fact that it’s pocket-sized means it can be taken anywhere, anytime. They can easily flip through them while on a coffee break, commuting, or waiting for their next class.

I recommend getting the ones that include detailed diagrams and the color-coded ones – they really help visualize the information.

#2. Ergonomic Backpack

Books, laptops, and equipment – they all weigh a ton, and carrying them around all day isn’t easy, especially for a physical therapy student who needs their strength for their practice. I know the strain it puts on the shoulders and back all too well. An ergonomic backpack is my go-to solution.

These backpacks are designed with the user’s comfort in mind, distributing weight evenly across the shoulders and back. They also usually come with several compartments for better organization. Look for one that’s water-resistant and has a dedicated laptop compartment for that extra bit of protection. It’s a gift that combines practicality, comfort, and style – every PT student’s dream!

#3. Lab Coat

If they don’t already have one, consider getting your PT student a lab coat. It’s not just for the ‘white coat effect’ but a staple in any healthcare professional’s wardrobe.

While not really a requirement in all schools, having one for practicals and clinics is always good. Plus, it makes them look and feel like a professional! Every time you see them in their lab coat, you can say a joke or two about a mad scientist and watch them roll their eyes.

#4. Massage Roller

Oh, the relief a massage roller can bring! After a long day of working on patients or studying for exams, those tense muscles just scream for some relief. A massage roller might be the perfect answer. It’s compact and portable, meaning they can carry it to school or clinic and use it for a quick muscle relaxation session whenever needed.

I personally love the ones that come with different textured surfaces so they can customize the massage experience. Plus, it’s also a super practical way to understand muscle anatomy and the art of massage therapy – a real two-in-one gift.

#5. Renpho Power Massage Gun

If you really want to gift them something special, I would say this is it. The Renpho Power Massage Gun may look small, but packs a powerful punch. I’ve seen it in action, and trust me when I say it’s a game-changer. It uses percussion therapy to target deep tissues and relieve muscle soreness, stiffness, and tension.

The battery life is impressive, and it comes with multiple attachments for different types of massage techniques. Super quiet – perfect for those late-night study sessions.

#6. ThumbSaver Massage Tool

As a PT student, they’ll be giving a lot of massages, and trust me, it can take a toll on the fingers and thumbs. That’s where the ThumbSaver comes in.

It’s designed to reduce the stress on the thumb and hand while performing deep tissue work. It fits comfortably in the hand, offering a firm grip, and the tip is just the right size for trigger point therapy. It’s durable, easy to clean, and compact enough to carry around.

#7. Comfortable Sneakers

If there’s one thing PT students are known for, it’s being on their feet all day long. Walking around the clinic, assisting patients, or even studying requires a lot of standing and walking.

That’s why I’d suggest getting them a pair of lightweight and breathable running shoes to keep them agile in the “lab.” Go for one with a thick cushioned sole that will give them maximum comfort when they’re on their feet all day long. Trust me, they’ll thank you every step of the way!

#8. Foot Massage Slippers

These might just be the most comfortable slippers ever! Honestly, I would wear them all day if I could. It’s perfect not only for PT students but for anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet.

They come with massage nodes and acupressure points that target specific areas of the foot to promote relaxation, improve blood circulation, and relieve pain. It’s like getting a mini foot massage while walking around – what’s not to love?

#9. Therapy Ball

A therapy ball or exercise ball, whatever you choose to call it, is a fantastic tool for physical therapy students. They can use it for core-strengthening exercises, balance training, and even as a desk chair for better posture.

It’s also great for a quick break from studying – stretching or bouncing on it can help increase blood flow and energy levels. I’d suggest getting one in a bright color to add some fun to their workspace.

#10. Maze Balance Board

Looking for something fun and interactive? This maze balance board ticks all the boxes. It’s a great way to get their body moving while strengthening muscles, improving coordination, and challenging the brain at the same time.

The board is designed so that you stand on it and tilt it in different directions to navigate a ball through a maze. Sounds simple, right? But trust me, it can be a real workout.

Plus, it gives them a chance to experience firsthand the kind of balance exercises they’ll likely be prescribing to their future patients. A gift that’s fun, practical, and beneficial to their studies? I’d say that’s a win!

#11. Weighted Cooling Blanket

Balancing the demands of a hectic study schedule and the need for quality sleep can be quite a challenge. A weighted cooling blanket is a whole different kind of comfort!

This blanket uses deep touch pressure to simulate a gentle hug, which can help to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. The cooling feature, on the other hand, ensures they don’t overheat, making it perfect for all-year-round use.

It’s like giving the gift of restful sleep and rejuvenation, which is something they’d definitely appreciate.

#12. Weighted Eye Mask

Speaking of sleep, a weighted eye mask is another gift that can help them unwind and get some quality shut-eye. The weight of the mask, combined with a soft and comfortable fabric, creates gentle pressure around the eyes, relaxing and relieving tension.

The one I’m recommending is infused with lavender, known for its calming and soothing aromatherapy benefits. It’s like getting a mini spa treatment every time they put it on – how luxurious!

#13. Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

If the weighted cooling blanket and the eye mask aren’t enough to help them relax and drift off into a deep slumber, then this next gift idea might just do the trick. A deep sleep pillow spray is a natural way to help calm the mind and prepare the body for a restful night’s sleep.

Made with essential oils, it has a calming scent that can help soothe the mind, body, and soul for a peaceful sleep. I personally love using this before bed, and I’m sure your PT student will appreciate it, too.

#14. Heated Neck Wrap

Relaxation, relaxation, relaxation – can you tell it’s one of the most important things for physical therapy students?

A heated neck wrap is another gift idea that combines warmth and comfort to help ease stress and tension. It is designed to fit snugly around the neck, providing warmth and comfort to soothe sore muscles. The controller has four heat levels and is machine washable – a win-win gift, I’d say!

#15. Doctor of Physical Therapy Necklace

This one’s a little more sentimental, but it’s perfect for the PT student about to graduate and become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. It’s a simple but elegant necklace they can wear proudly, showing their hard work and accomplishment.

I love the ones with a small caduceus charm – it’s a traditional symbol of medicine and healing. Don’t you think it would look great with their white coat?

#16. Personalized PT Bracelet

If you’re looking for a more personalized jewelry gift, a PT bracelet with their name or a meaningful message engraved on it would be perfect. Adding a dumbbell or a small anatomical figure charm would make it even more special.

I would suggest going for stainless steel – durable and won’t tarnish easily, perfect for everyday wear—a constant reminder of their passion and dedication to physical therapy.

#17. Physical Therapy Keychain

Every one of us carries keys around, so why not give them a PT-themed keychain? An inspirational quote, a motivational message, or even a simple “Physical Therapist in Training” would make a great addition to their keyring.

It’s not something special or extravagant, but they’ll love the thought behind it. Every time they reach for their keys, it will remind them of their journey towards becoming a physical therapy professional.

#18. Personalized Planner

With a jam-packed schedule, physical therapy students need a planner to keep track of their classes, clinical rotations, and study sessions. Personally, I find that having a personalized planner adds a special touch and motivation to stay organized.

But why get them a generic planner when you can personalize it just for them? You could add their name, a motivational quote, or even a funny PT-related pun to make them smile every time they use it.

#19. Office Desk Organizer

As a student, it’s easy for papers, notes, and supplies to pile up on their desk. Help them stay organized and focused with an office desk organizer. With compartments for pens, paper clips, and sticky notes, it’s a small yet practical gift that can make a big difference in their study space.

They’ll learn the importance of tidying their workspace, which will come in handy once they start working as physical therapists. And if you ask me, the professionalism and aesthetic appeal of a well-organized desk are unmatched.

#20. Bone Shape Pen

This one’s a fun and creative gift idea! A bone-shaped pen – a great way to keep track of notes and to-do lists. It’s perfect for medical students who want to add a bit of creativity to their school supplies.

The pen is designed to mimic the shape of a human bone, with its smooth edges and realistic details. It’s a small gift, but it will surely make their day much brighter.

#21. Physical Therapist Jokes Book

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Well, it’s true! And what better way to lighten up a PT student’s long days than with some physical therapist jokes?

I haven’t met a physical therapist who doesn’t have a great sense of humor, and this book will surely bring some laughs to their day. And hey, it might even help them de-stress and improve their mood before a big exam or presentation.

#22. Anatomy Coloring Book

Anatomy can be a tough subject, with so many complicated terms and structures to remember. But what if you could make it fun and colorful? The anatomy coloring book is an excellent way for PT students to learn while getting creative.

These books use the power of visual learning to help students better retain information. By coloring in different parts of the body, students can learn about their shapes, functions, and relationships in a hands-on and engaging way.

#23. Doctor of Physical Therapy Business Card Holder

As PT students, they’ll soon be entering the professional world. What’s better than getting them a business card holder to help them start off on the right foot?

Every office of a professional I’ve been to has had a business card holder on their desk. It’s a simple yet essential item that shows professionalism and organization. Plus, it makes a great first impression when networking or meeting potential employers.

The one I’ve seen recently is designed specifically for doctors of physical therapy, with a caduceus emblem and “DPT” written on it. It’s sleek, sturdy, and practical.

#24. Physical Therapist Wood Sign

Wooden signs have become quite popular in the decor world, and I think it’s a great trend. This “Physical Therapist” sign made of wood is perfect for adding some personality to their future clinic or office.

It’s simple yet elegant, with the words carved into a rustic piece of wood. It would look great as a wall decoration in a study room. Sometimes, the little things make a space feel more like home.

#25. Anatomy Posters

The human body is the bible for the physical therapist – they have to know every muscle, tendon, and ligament, like the back of their hand. But let’s be honest, anatomy can be a bit dry and boring. That’s where these beautifully illustrated posters come in handy. Not only do they provide a visual aid for studying, but they also make great room decorations.

And I would definitely trust a physical therapist who has a giant anatomy poster hanging on their wall!

#26. Personalized Bobblehead Figure

When trying to spice up a study desk, nothing does it better than a bobblehead figure. It’s a fun, playful gift that adds personality and charm to any workspace.

Imagine the laughter when they unbox this gift and see a mini version of themselves in their future physical therapist attire. Besides being a cool decor piece, it’s also a reminder of how far they’ve come and what lies ahead.

#27. Physical Therapist Figure Made of Copper

One more idea to add a touch of motivation to their study desk – a handcrafted copper figure of a physical therapist. It’s a small but meaningful gift that symbolizes the perseverance and dedication required to become a physical therapist.

The copper gives it a rustic, vintage look that adds character and style to any space. I personally find it to be a great conversation piece. The figure would look fantastic on a bookshelf, study desk, or in their future physical therapy clinic.

#28. Waterfall Fountain

Another decor item that doubles as a stress reliever. I found this one pretty unique – a mini waterfall fountain that fits perfectly on any desk. It’s great for keeping background noise at bay and bringing in some sense of serenity to the study area.

As they work, the soothing sound of water can help them stay focused and prevent burnout.

#29. Wall Clock

Time is money, and this is especially true for physical therapists, as they charge per hour. Why not gift them a wall clock with a twist?

There are many options available, but my favorite is the wooden one, which has different massaging techniques instead of numbers. It’s a humorous yet functional piece that’s sure to make them smile every time they check the time. Or you could go for a more professional and sleek option, with a clock that has “Physical Therapist” written in elegant typography.

#30. Candle – You Make the World a Better Place

Having a candle-lit study session can be quite therapeutic and calming. Candles are known to reduce stress and anxiety, which is much needed during the hectic life of a PT student.

I suggest going for a scented candle, something that smells fresh and rejuvenating, like eucalyptus or lavender. The added bonus? The candle comes in a beautiful holder with the quote, “You Make the World a Better Place” written on it. I’d love to receive such a thoughtful gift, and I’m sure any PT student would, too.

#31. Funny Mug

There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee or tea to get through long study sessions. And what better way to enjoy it than in a mug that makes them smile?

I’ve seen many funny mugs around, but my favorite has to be the “World’s Okayest Physical Therapist” one. It’s a lighthearted way to remind them that perfection isn’t always necessary and that it’s okay to have some fun along the way. I’m sure it’ll become their go-to mug during those stressful exam periods.

#32. Physical Therapy Metal Water Bottle

They definitely know how important it is to stay hydrated, but sometimes, they get so caught up in studying that they forget to drink enough water. A metal water bottle, especially one designed for physical therapists, would be a practical and useful gift.

It’s durable, eco-friendly, and has a sleek design with the caduceus emblem and “PT” written on it. It keeps their water cold for hours, so they can stay refreshed and focused wherever they go.

#33. Physical Therapy Wine Glass

I know, I know, alcohol and studying don’t usually go together. But sometimes, a glass of wine after a long, chaotic day is just what a doctor needs.

I love how this wine glass has “Good Day,” “Bad Day,” and “Don’t Even Ask” marked at different levels. So they could pour themselves a glass depending on how their day was. It’s a cute and comical gift that I’m sure any PT student would appreciate.

#34. Digital Goniometer

“Measure twice, cut once.” Well, in physical therapy, it’s more like “measure twice, treat effectively.” A digital goniometer is a handy tool for accurately measuring joint range of motion. It’s also great for tracking progress over time.

This gift may not seem very exciting, but trust me – it’s an essential tool for a PT student. And the fact that it’s digital makes it even better – no more reading of a protractor and estimating angles.

#35. Physical Therapist T-Shirt

I’ve listed a t-shirt as the last gift idea because it’s such a versatile and practical gift. We all need and wear T-shirts, but I think I have the perfect one for a PT student. It’s a simple black T-shirt with “Super Physical Therapist” written in bold red. Superman may have his cape, but I think a physical therapist has superpowers, too.

They’re constantly making a positive impact on people’s lives, and this shirt is a fun way to recognize and appreciate that. Trust me; they’ll make people laugh and strike up conversations wherever they go.

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