So, you survived Black Friday—and maybe even scored a sweet deal or two—but you’ve still got quite a few names left on your holiday shopping list. If one of them happens to be a physical therapist (or if you’re a PT looking for a cool gift to give to yourself)—and you’re racking your brain for gift ideas—then you’re in luck. Below, I’ve listed our top ten gift ideas for physical therapists. (Sorry, you’ll have to handle shopping for Great Aunt Miriam on your own.)
1. An iTunes Gift Card
Is your therapist’s iPad pretty much glued to his or her hand? Hook ’em up with some iTunes purchasing power to load up that tablet with all the latest and greatest physical therapy apps.
2. An iPad Case
3. Pop Art
4. Therapy Threads
5. Kitchen Apron
Shopping for someone who’s a PT by day and gourmet chef by night? Check out this awesome apron.
6. A Novel
’Tis the season to curl up by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. While there aren’t too many fictional works out there with PT characters or storylines, I’ve rounded up a few titles to choose from (note that I haven’t actually read any of these, so you’ll have to trust the opinions of the online reviewers): Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson, Name Games by Peter Abresch, and The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.
Does the PT in your life love to accessorize? If so, I recommend this adorable PT necklace from Etsy.
8. A Potted Plant
Okay, so you can’t really give time in a literal sense—which is too bad, because you’d be hard-pressed to find a PT who doesn’t wish there were more hours in a day—but you can give the gift of time-keeping with this PT wall clock.
Last but certainly not least, consider giving your PT friend or colleague the gift of a voice in the PT industry. The APTA advocates for PTs on both the state and federal level, promotes the benefits of physical therapy to consumers and healthcare professionals, and provides access to valuable educational resources and opportunities. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
There you have it: my top ten PT gift picks for 2013. Got a suggestion for something I should add to the list? Leave a comment below to tell me about it.