Christmas is right around the corner and, if you’re like me, you’re already stressing over what you’re going to get everyone. You will eventually think of something for your mom, or your grandma, or your brother, or your fifth cousin whose name you drew out of the hat this year. But what about your friend who’s a pharmacist? Whether your friend is a long-time pharmacist, fresh out of pharmacy school, or still in pharmacy school, buying a gift that showcases their profession can be tricky. This is where I can help.

Here are a few things you can buy a pharmacist as a gift:

  • If you’re looking for a fun gift, I recommend the Prescription Coffee Mug sold on Amazon and made by BigMouth Inc. This is a normal-sized coffee cup designed to look like a bottle of prescription drugs. Can you imagine the look on your friend’s face when they unwrap this? Priceless!
  • Another gift that would make them laugh would be Prescription Pill Bottle-Shaped Shot Glasses, also sold on Amazon and made by BigMouth Inc. These shot glasses hold 2 ounces of liquid and would turn some heads at a party.
  • Maybe you want to get something for your pharmacist friend that’s useful, like a handy resource book for pharmacists and pharmacist students. This book is called “First Time Pharmacist: Everything You Didn’t Learn in School or On-The-Job Training” by Richard Waithe, PharmD. This book, which helps you prevent misfills, deal with the workload, understand insurance issues, and much more, is available on Amazon.
  • Another useful gift idea is a personalized travel mug that your friend can carry soup, coffee, hot chocolate, or whatever they want in. You can splurge and buy them the Yeti brand travel mug or you can purchase a cheaper look-alike travel mug from Walmart.
  • How about something unique? I found a vintage apothecary shoppe sign on that can be personalized with your friends name to make it theirs alone. It is made to order, and it ships fairly quickly to be handmade (just 5-7 business days!)
  • For your female pharmacist friend: Etsy has prescription pill bottle earrings. They sound kind of ugly at first, but they’re actually very cute and have great reviews. As of right now, they’re $9.95 a pair. They are hypoallergenic, perfect for sensitive ears, and nickel-free. Each pair is crafted to order by the seller.
  • For the male pharmacist friend (who’s also a big nerd): A microorganism necktie sold on Etsy. This tie is covered in a design showcasing the tetrahymena molecule, a common fixture in scientific research. I can assure you that he will get compliments on the days he wears it to work.
  • If you’re trying to find something a bit more sentimental, take a look at a trinket box on Amazon that is in the shape of a classic pharmacist’s mortar and pestle. The one I found is handmade by expert metal handcrafters at Objet d’ Art. It has hand-applied Austrian crystal and European lacquers. Another plus: this gift comes sort-of wrapped in a beautiful box with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Want to buy them something simple that they will use every single day? Get them a pack of nice, good-quality pens. Most people (as in, people who aren’t in the medical field) would laugh at you for buying pens as a gift. But not pharmacists. They’re more liable to hug you if you gave them those coveted writing utensils. Any person associated with healthcare will tell you how prized pens are in that environment.
  • A Christmas tree ornament is a tried-and-true Christmas gift idea. Luckily for you, companies seem to make ornaments for everything, including pharmacists. As a matter of fact, they have pharmacist ornaments on Amazon for about $10.
  • Still stumped? You can never go wrong with a t-shirt. Check out websites like Cafe Press and Pinterest to find t-shirts related to anything you can think of,even t-shirts for pharmacists. One t-shirt I saw on Cafe Press said, “Pharmacist: We can’t fix stupid, but we can medicate it.” (As you can see, this would be the perfect gift if your pharmacist friend is also the sarcastic one.)

Are you still not sure what to buy a pharmacist as a gift? Check more gift ideas for pharmacists or just ask them! Sometimes, it’s best to ask what someone would like to have instead of spending your money on something they end up not being crazy about. After reading a few reviews and comments, I can tell you a few things pharmacists from around the country recommend you buying for them as gifts. One pharmacist recommended buying your loved one that’s in the pharmaceutical business a tote bag. He said that they always have things to carry, so they might as well do it in style. Another recommended a Starbucks gift card, which you could never go wrong with. One even mentioned a check to pay off their student loans. Whichever you choose, your friend will love it and appreciate the sentiment. Happy shopping!

Published by Calida Jenkins