Thanks to spiking rates when it comes to heart issues and diseases, cardiologists are some of the most important professionals in the medical industry. And that means you might be pretty close to your cardiologist.
Remembering them during the holidays is a way to say thank you for all they’ve done. Whether you’ve spent hours in their waiting room for a loved one or they saved your life by preventing a heart attack, they deserve some recognition.
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- Cardiologist "Thank You" Gifts for Any Time of Year
- Holiday and Birthday Gift Ideas for Cardiologists
If you’re brainstorming thank you, birthday, or holiday gifts, we’ve got a great list of ideas. And if you want to mix and match small gifts that go from funny to practical, that’s okay too. Take a look at our list and get inspired!
Cardiologist Thank You Gifts for Any Time of Year
Finding gifts for doctors is a little challenging. There are tried and true options, like stethoscopes or coffee machines. But if you’d like to try something different, here are some gifts your cardiologist will love.
1. Bluetooth speakers
Lots of cardiologists conduct high-stress operations. Knowing that your patient’s life rests in your hands is a stressful thing. And that’s especially true when it’s time to conduct open-heart surgery or open a blocked artery.
Many surgeons, including cardiologists, often play music in the operating room to help with this. Music has been proven to increase focus. And a relaxed, focused cardiologist is prone to great results.
However, switching through playlists and adjusting volume dials isn’t convenient mid-surgery. What’s the solution? Bluetooth! Today, lots of Bluetooth speakers take verbal commands, so you can skip songs, choose a playlist, and turn it up or down just by speaking. This is a great and practical gift for any cardiologist whose hands are tied up mid-surgery.
No one knows the importance of heart health better than your cardiologist. But sometimes it’s hard for cardiologists to take time for themselves. With such a demanding position, it’s not surprising they’re incredibly busy. By the time they finish their intense shifts, they might not have the energy to do much.
That’s where a Fitbit comes in handy. It helps track exercise throughout the day and gives users a benchmark. Lots of walking around the hospital means your cardiologist might reach their golden number of steps just by working. If that’s the case, there’s no need for them to stress out about fitting more exercise in when they get home.
3. Leather briefcase
Briefcases come in all materials and styles. You can adjust to fit your budget and their needs, of course. A sleek leather briefcase is a classic gift, but it may or may not be practical. Your cardiologist might carry lots of items to work: a laptop, a travel mug, a spare pair of scrubs, medical equipment… the list goes on.
If that’s true for your cardiologist, consider a sturdy canvas tote bag. But if they prefer to travel in minimalist style, a leather briefcase is a timeless addition to their wardrobe that could last their entire career.
4. Smart mugs
You know about travel mugs. They’re a great way to keep your drinks cold or hot, especially if they’re thermally insulated. If your cardiologist loves taking iced tea or hot coffee to work with them, it makes the perfect gift. Why not step it up a notch with a smart mug?
Some companies now offer these technological marvels. They keep the liquid inside at the perfect temperature for several hours. For instance, your cardiologist might pour themselves a cup of hot coffee. They forget about it and go right into surgery. That cup of coffee will still be hot when they get out!
It works better than an insulated thermos because of the precise temperature control. And if it’s a drink that might spoil otherwise, a smart mug is a great idea.
5. Anatomical necklace
Jewelry is a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe. But bracelets and rings might not be great options for a cardiologist. They have to take them off before surgery to sanitize their hands and put on medical gloves. A necklace, then, might be a classy choice.
Anatomical necklaces range from cheap trinkets to lovely works of art, and you can decide what works best with your cardiologist’s sense of style. Consider an anatomically correct heart for an on-the-nose option. As any cardiologist knows, it looks very different than a Valentine’s Day heart!
6. Hand cream
To keep germs away, cardiologists have to sanitize their hands often. This means lots of washing and hand sanitizer, which can dry out the skin very quickly. This is especially true in the winter months when the heat is cranked high.
The solution? Hand cream. Your cardiologist can rehydrate their skin after every hand washing.
Holiday and Birthday Gift Ideas for Cardiologists
A special gift can brighten anyone’s holidays or birthday. These gifts are thoughtful and fun, perfect for making anyone’s day more special, including your cardiologist.
7. Coffee gift basket
You’ve seen all sorts of gift baskets—variety baskets, fruit baskets, chocolate-themed baskets. It’s a classic gift to give. But when it comes to a cardiologist, they might love their morning cup of coffee. Thanks to late hours, a lack of energy, and many people’s fondness for it, coffee is many a cardiologist’s lifeblood.
You can put together your own gift basket inexpensively. And you don’t have to limit yourself to coffee. There are specialty syrups, coffee mugs, grinders, and novelty blends that can all be included in a cute wicker basket.
Due to the physical stresses of their profession, your cardiologist may be holding some tension in their muscles. With a busy schedule and little time to visit a massage therapist or chiropractor, a massage could help soothe their knotted muscles. Even if they don’t have a problem, it can be very relaxing after a long day.
You can get them a gift certificate for a massage that’s perfect for soothing the spine after a day on their feet.
9. Aromatherapy gift set
Who doesn’t love the soothing scent of lavender or the sharp notes of citrus oils? Many people love using basic aromatherapy in their daily lives. This could take the form of floral sachets or essential oils. These are often expensive, though. If you’re planning to splurge on a gift, this would be it. Some companies offer gift sets, but you can easily compile your own as well.
Make sure to check before you buy. Some companies don’t have strict quality standards in place. That means that their essential oils can be used only externally, and your cardiologist might not know that. Some high-quality brands can be taken internally, with proper education and supervision. Other companies only offer oils that are meant to be sniffed occasionally, not for any real purpose.
Make sure you know what your gift can be used for, and communicate that appropriately. If it’s not clear, many companies offer chat support options that let you voice your concerns and questions before you purchase.
10. Laboratory shot glasses
Does your cardiologist like to sample and indulge on the weekends? Then these shot glasses will make a fun gift. There are different kinds, but most laboratory-themed ones are fashioned like chemical beakers.
Depending on your cardiologist’s education and specialization, these could be a funny gift. If your cardiologist wouldn’t use a shot glass, there are plenty of medical-themed wine glasses, too.
11. Salon gift cards
A day at the salon might be just what your cardiologist needs. Of course, you can customize gift cards. Maybe they’d like to go to a fun workout class, to a massage therapist, or somewhere else. But if you’d like to treat them to a day at the salon, pick a set amount.
That way, they can choose whatever services they’d like. Maybe they’ve been dreaming of a manicure, or want to go with a bold new hair color.
12. Eye pillows
A little catnap can sometimes keep your cardiologist going on a long day. Getting a full amount of sleep might be hard. But they can still catch up between appointments, and that’s what eye pillows are good for!
It’s challenging for some people to sleep during the day. The noise, the lighting… weighted eye pillows might help. The gentle pressure is relaxing, and they block out all light. If your cardiologist can find a quiet, cozy corner of their office, they can put your new gift to work.
Showing Support to Your Cardiologist
Thriving in the medical profession is very difficult. On a given day, your cardiologist might save someone’s life. On that same day, they may gently have to tell someone to start end-of-life planning. It’s a challenging career, but an incredibly rewarding one.
That being said, some days and seasons are pretty tough. Showing your appreciation with a thoughtful gift is a great pick-me-up and will show your cardiologist that their work is appreciated.