Surgical technologists spend most of their days in the hospital operating room (OR). They’re on the front lines of life-threatening emergencies, acting amongst the doctor’s team of professionals. They’re a key part of the success of every operation, whether routine or unexpected.
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- Gifts for New Surgical Tech Grads
- Practical Gifts for Surgical Technologists
- Fun "Thank You" Gifts for Surgical Technologists
Surgical techs are pros at anticipating the needs of patients, but they might not have the same time to spend on themselves. Life in the operating room is fast-paced, and these are high-stress positions that demand a lot of mental and physical energy, long hours, and challenging studies.
If you have a new or veteran surgical tech in your life, treat them to one of these gifts below to let them know you’re thinking of them.
Gifts for New Surgical Tech Grads
Like all medical professionals, surgical techs undergo a lot of schooling to prepare for a career in medicine. As the right-hand for doctors and surgeons, surgical techs need a medical degree as well as clinical experience.
Reward the recent grad in your life with one of these useful gifts below. They’re perfect for anyone starting a new career in medicine.
Since surgical techs are a part of the patient care team, they usually need their own stethoscope to keep track of vitals and other information. Choosing a high-quality, sleek stethoscope prepares your recent grad for the hours of clinical training ahead.
2. Insulated coffee mug or thermos
Coffee is a must when working in a fast-paced hospital. Especially since your surgical tech likely has hours and hours of clinical hours ahead, coffee is a real lifesaver when energy levels are low.
Since emergencies are common, surgical techs don’t always have the luxury of sipping their coffee leisurely while it’s warm. That’s why an insulated mug or thermos is perfect for ensuring their cup of joe tastes perfect no matter how long it takes to drink!
There’s no such thing as having too many scrubs. Choosing a high-quality, durable pair of scrubs that are built to last is a great new surgical tech gift for graduates.
These are something they’ll be wearing every day, so make sure they’re both comfortable and professional. For extra fun, have them embroidered.
4. An athletic jacket
If you’ve ever been in a hospital, you already know how chilly they sometimes are. A light athletic jacket is perfect for throwing over scrubs while in the hospital.
Choosing a high-quality style that’s great for after-work hours as well for a versatile gift.
Practical Gifts for Surgical Technologists
Some of the most practical gifts for surgical technologists are similar to gifts for doctors. Anything that helps get through long shifts and late nights is a good idea! Try these ideas below on for size.
5. A good book
Reading about the experiences of others in the medical profession is a great way to remember why one got into healthcare in the first place.
Learning about new medical technologies, strategies, and ways to care for patients is always welcome. This is a practical gift your loved one is sure to turn to again and again.
6. Comfortable shoes
With long hours spent on their feet, a good pair of shoes is a must. If you’ve ever experienced ill-fitting shoes that aren’t designed for long-term wear, you know what a pain this can be.
Gifting a pair of comfy shoes designed for medical professionals is a thoughtful gift.
7. Compression socks
Speaking of good shoes, another complimentary gift is compression socks. When you spend a lot of time on your feet, aching legs are inevitable.
When running to the OR, compression socks ensure your lower legs and ankles have proper blood flow. This is a gamechanger for surgical techs!
8. Weekender bag
A small weekender bag is a unique idea for the surgical tech in your life. For both new and experienced techs, late nights, or even overnights in the hospital aren’t uncommon.
Having a simple weekender bag to throw in essentials, clothes, and toiletries make these late nights much less stressful. This is a gift that’ll get a lot of use!
Fun "Thank You" Gifts for Surgical Technologists
If you’ve recently had a successful surgery, why not thank the individuals that made this experience as easy as possible? While it’s common to thank your doctor, surgical technologists are often overlooked. Thanking them individually with these fun ideas below shows you notice all of their hard work.
9. Thank you note
The first "thank you" gift is also the simplest. Writing a heartfelt thank you card for your doctor and their team is always appreciated. Choose a card and write your own message.
Let them know what an impact they made on your health, and give an update about your progress. These little gestures mean the world to healthcare professionals! They make the long nights and endless shifts worth it.
10. Coffee gift card
Everyone loves a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Because we don’t always have time in the morning to make the perfect brew, treat your surgical tech to something from their favorite coffee shop.
A small gift card is all you need to give them a warm, comforting latte or other drink of their choosing. It might be simple, but it’s always a favorite.
If you have a Peet's Coffee near you, here's a $25 gift card that would be perfect.
11. Baked goods
Who doesn’t love sweets? Offering a tray or selection of baked goods like cookies, brownies, or candy is a kind way to say "thank you" to your surgical tech. You can keep it small and personal or give a larger selection for the entire team.
12. Hand cream
Another easy way to say "thank you" is with nice hand cream. Surgical techs, like other medical professionals, are constantly washing their hands.
The cool, dry air of the OR isn’t always kind to our skin. Hand cream is a great way to restore moisture, so this is a gift that is sure to get a lot of use throughout every shift.
Tech Gifts for Surgical Technologists
Finally, tech gifts are always fun and exciting. Surgical technologists know more than anyone just how much technology helps us lead a better life. It’s also a great tool for living a happy and healthy life.
13. Fitness tracker
With so many hours spent on their feet each day, it’s interesting to track just how many steps were traveled or calories were spent.
A fitness tracker puts the power in your surgical tech’s hands. From monitoring their heart rate to tracking their stress, this is a great health tool any medical professional would appreciate.
14. Streaming service
Sometimes it’s important to unwind a bit, especially after a stressful day. Since surgical techs literally deal with life and death on a regular basis, gifting a streaming service subscription helps them escape reality for a little while.
Better yet, they can take these services on the go with their smartphone or another device.
We like Amazon Music Unlimited.
15. Noise-canceling headphones or earbuds
Another way surgical techs unwind or unplug from the world is through noise-canceling headphones or earbuds. Plugging into a video, tv show, or music during downtime while at the hospital makes relaxing much easier.
Surgical techs need all the help they can get when it comes to finding some quiet. These are also perfect for sleeping during overnight hospital shifts.
16. Digital pen
Finally, a unique tech gift for surgical techs is a digital pen. Digital pens make it possible to transfer notes, statistics, and drawings to a digital format with just a click of a button.
They pair with most smartphones and other devices, making patient data tracking much easier.
Treat the Surgical Tech in Your Life
Surgical techs put in long hours, late nights, and years of education to become the staples of every OR in modern hospitals. They’re a vital part of the surgeon’s team, and they advocate for patient health and wellness in everything they do.
Treat those who choose a selfless career path of helping others to these gift ideas above. These are things they’ll use, whether it allows them to unwind or work more effectively.
The surgical tech in your life is used to making difficult decisions. You can take one off their shoulders if you start end-of-life planning for yourself. Considering your own advanced care and needs helps medical professionals like surgical techs shine brightly within their roles. Your health is the most valuable asset you have.