Retirement gift ideas for doctors

Gifts for Doctors

It’s always difficult to know what to buy your doctor when he or she retires – but this is a great opportunity to give a thoughtful gift in recognition of a lifetime of caring.

You can go one of several routes.  Firstly, consider a heritage gift: something timeless and valuable, which they will be able to treasure forever and perhaps even pass down to their children.

Secondly, a personal gift.  Does your doctor love sailing?  How about wine?  Or art?  If you know anything about their personal interests, this might be a good way to go.

The third category is the funny gift.  Heck, after all those years in the office, your doctor is probably ready to take a walk on the wild side and take up sky diving or shark fishing.

Here are our picks of the best gifts for retiring doctors:

1. A vintage gift – spirits or wine

If your doctor enjoys fine wines and spirits, a nice bottle that they can put away for a special occasion is a lovely gift.  Cognac is a slightly unusual but luxurious choice that can last for years, and comes at a variety of price points.  Remy Martin champagne cognac is available to buy via Amazon (no more lugging heavy bottles from the shop!) in both its classic and heritage Remy Martin XO editions.  This brandy and cognac glass warmer also makes a thoughtful gift, so that your doctor can make the most of their retirement tipples.

If your doctor is more of a scotch fan, a nice bottle of single malt whisky is a great gift that can last for years to come.  Our pick is this bottle from the Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye.  If you aren’t sure of your doctor’s favourite malt, a pewter hipflask with custom leather pouch might be a good alternative.

2. Leather goods

Leather goods also make nice keepsake gifts.  Although retiring doctors will hopefully have no need for doctors’ bags any more, this Italian leather number would work just as well as an overnight bag, and is a nice reminder of a career well spent.

For a gentleman doctor, a classic travel washbag in classic leather (like this elegant example) would be a useful gift.  We also loved this very stylish hanging version.

Lady doctors might like this sweet purse in Aspinal of London’s renowned quality leather.  If you have a higher budget, their classic leather shoulder bag will suit any wardrobe and last a lifetime.

If your doctor plans to travel in his/her retirement, an elegant travel wallet is a thoughtful gift – we particularly liked this colourful one, with dividers for passport, tickets and other travel documents.

3. For the artistic doctor

Do you have an artistic doctor?  Why not gift them this lovely table top easel kit, so that they can enjoy their hobby?  If your doctor is into photography, a coffee table photography book like this edition full of hits and tips is always nice, as is a

4. For the sporty doctor

If your doctor is a sporty type, they might appreciate a fitbit or something similar – a great way for them to keep track of their sporting achievements.

5. For the doctor who loves being a doctor

How about a pack of bone-shaped pens big enough to last him well into retirement?  Failing that, you could try this mug to remind them of their achievements each time they brew up.

6. For the doctor who is planning to go crazy when they retire

The sky’s the limit!


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