Are you on the hunt for the PERFECT occupational therapist gift ideas for yourself or favorite OT friend?
The great news is you’ve stumbled upon what you are looking for. 🙂
These ideas are FUN, fresh, useful, and some a little silly.
Whether that be for a birthday, holiday, graduation, or special occasion, we have got you covered!
Here is a list of the 18 TOP rated and reviewed gift ideas to surprise your OT buddy.
When you are out in the field working with clients, comfy shoes are a MUST!
It’s one of the most needed wardrobe items (besides the ever-so-comfy scrubs). 🙂
These particular shoes are an OT favorite because of the cloud foam liner.
You literally feel like you are walking on clouds because the shoe is extremely lightweight.
If you are working with kids, this is a GREAT tool to help them cope with stress, anxiety, and anger.
These are common emotions a child unfortunately goes through when they feel like they are looked at or treated “differently” among the masses.
Even though we all have our own special abilities, this workbook comes in handy to positively show a kid how to navigate their emotions.
Plus, it is wonderful to know that you (their OT therapist) are helping them to feel self confident and independent.
Handy Herbert Handwriting Glove
If you are working with kids, this is a fun way to keep them engaged while they are practicing writing with a pen, pencil, or crayon.
You can utilize your “Herbert” glove in a couple ways …
- Take with you on appointments to have kids practice their perfect tripod pencil grip.
- Wear “Herbert” to make a silly statement when engaging during therapy activities to keep your sweet patient smiling and entertained. 🙂
Fitbit Health and Fitness Smartwatch
This is a GREAT tool to use when you need to set timers and alarms for your patients.
The larger screen makes it easy to read too.
On a personal level, the Fitbit supports your health and lifestyle in many ways:
- Track your fitness activity (like the steps you take, heart rate, calories)
- Control your Smart home devices
- Check the weather or news AND more …
This is a popular gift to split among a large group to surprise your OT friend. 🙂
WhiteCoat Teal Clipboard
Feel organized and prepared when you visit your patients with this occupational therapist clipboard. 🙂
This is a great tool to store patient sensitive documents and is extremely lightweight.
You will have immediate access to specialized medical reference information on the exterior of your clipboard which keeps you compliant and informed.
It will hold up to 100 sheets without creasing the pages!
If you thrive on living an organized life, this clipboard will serve you well during appointments.
Before Patients Coffee Mug and After Patients Stemless Wine Glass
I mean who doesn’t need a little coffee in the morning and a relaxing glass of veeny at night?
This set comes with a simple and cute 11oz coffee mug and 15oz wine glass.
It is a silly gift that is sure to put a smile on your face. 🙂
It goes without saying that if you are a coffee fanatic and wine lover, this is the perfect gift for you.
OT School Evaluation Checklist (Downloadable)
This is a VERY handy guide to have with you if you are currently an OT student because it will guide you through your evaluation.
Everything you need to look for and remember is listed to provide you the most thorough evaluation and treatment for your patients ages 2 to 12 years.
It was developed by pediatric occupational therapists so rest assured your “i’s” will be dotted and “t’s” will be crossed.
This checklist is often gifted with the “WhiteCoat Teal Clipboard” mentioned above. 🙂
OT Badge Holder
If you are sick of wearing the same boring ID card everyday, spice it up with this stylish badge holder.
This is a great gift for all OT’s or the upcoming student who will be graduating into their newfound profession.
You can easily wipe the plastic button clean.
It is attached to a retractable badge reel that pulls out to 33 inches.
Occupational Therapist Assistant Hoodie
If you need an occupational therapist assistant gift this one you can’t go wrong with.
Who does not love wearing a comfy hoodie?
It comes in several vintage distressed colors like black, navy, royal blue, and heather gray.
It makes the perfect surprise for the current student or future OTA. 🙂
Bamboo Tumbler with Tea Infuser and Strainer
For the tea lovers or water drinkers, this is the perfect gift option to enjoy your favorite beverage on the go.
This stylish tumbler holds up to 17oz.
It keeps coffee, tea, or other drinks super hot or icy cold for the majority of the ENTIRE day (or up to 12 hours).
Its multi functional use allows you to make loose-leaf tea or you can use it as a fruit infused water bottle.
If you need tea to gift with this infuser, here is my recommended low cost sampler to get … it comes with 15 single serve pouches of the most yummy flavors.
Professional Development Course
This is a nice gift option if you are a colleague coming together with your co-workers to split a gift OR ….
If you are a clinic or school looking to invest in your employee, this is a top of the line interactive professional development course to offer.
This course supports therapists who work in schools to inspire them to develop programs that will support the teachers they work with AND their entire school.
It will show you how to effectively implement sensory interventions to encourage learning and positive behavior.
Occupational Therapist Coloring Book
It is fun to be a kid again and dive into the ultra therapeutic activity of “coloring”.
This is an amazing way to relax the mind and relieve anxiety.
There are over 30 relatable and humorous phrases that only those in the OT world can appreciate.
Enjoy getting creative as each page encompasses eye-catching swirls, patterns, and other cool designs.
This is the perfect gift if you are artsy and like to color.
Occupational Therapy Jewelry Key Chain
This personal keychain is a heartfelt gift to make you feel special.
It is a nice gesture if you know someone that has helped someone through a difficult time or to send positive words of encouragement.
To maintain the best quality look, avoid getting the keychain wet and clean it with baby wipes.
Occupational Therapy Toolkit
If you are working in acute care or home health this is the BEST reference guide to have on hand.
It comes with 354 illustrated patient handouts which are organized by 97 treatment guidelines for adult patients who have physical disabilities, chronic conditions, or geriatrics.
It is up to date with best practices and current research.
We know that going to your appointments never happens empty-handed!
That’s why a rolling backpack is a sweet token to show you care.
Stuff your laptop, clipboard, and any other items you take with you on your appointments.
What’s great about this backpack is it “rolls” so no weight is put on your back and it’s just big enough to take what you need.
It comes in several classic colors like black, blue, and purple.
Essential Oil Diffuser
If you are a student or are studying to pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam then a little relaxation is needed with this aromatherapy diffuser.
Even if you are certified OT or OT assistant, those long working days require some “you” time to unwind.
This diffuser changes in various mood settings to soothe and calm your mind.
Breathe in incredible aromatherapy smells while you read, go to bed, or are sitting with a nice glass of wine.
Since this diffuser does not come with essential oils, click here for my top recommended gift pack of six oils to get. It’s budget friendly and includes the most popular oils to get.
OT Reference Set
If you are working in the field of adult rehabilitation this is a wonderful quick reference guide to keep with you.
It’s literally small enough to fit in your pocket too. 🙂
There are 16-double sided plastic-laminated pages that focus on the following topics:
- Manual Muscle Testing (MMT)
- Range of Motion (ROM)
- Weight bearing classifications
- Lab values
- Spinal cord injury
- Hand anatomy and MORE …
If you like massages or a little pampering, this self-massage tool is surely a mood booster.
It’s multi-dimensional surface helps improve flexibility, mobility, and balance.
Included is a free video library that shows you HOW to use your foam roller along with various movements you can do.
This makes a great gift for the OT who enjoys massages or who needs a little TLC to work out those tight muscles, knots, or kinks.
I want to wrap up by extending my gratitude to thank you for stopping by today!
If you have other occupational therapist gift ideas you would recommend, questions, or anything you’d like to add that I did not cover in this post, please feel free to comment below.
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