Guest post by: Ashlie Kipperman, PT, DPT, ACCI, C-LSVT, C-CPI
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This one of a kind necktie captures the amusing nature of the physical therapist by referencing the “physical therapist voice” over and over again. The therapist with a strong sense of humor will love this gift to help lighten the mood in the clinic.
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This customized print (offered in various sizes from keychain to 8/10) depicts the therapist's name and credentials in a cartoon clinic. What therapist wouldn’t want a personalized piece of art to reflect their passion for their job? It’s comical and cute and would look great on their desk or on their clinic’s wall.
These unique artistic prints depict the anatomical form in a beautiful rainbow fashion. Although they are not in anatomical position they highlight the therapist in your life will love the beautiful depiction of the musculo-skeletal system. They will be a beautiful addition to their home or office.
Being a physical therapist can be stressful. This anatomy coloring book is a great resource for studying or reviewing anatomy and for destressing. Therapists will love this book, because they won’t need to stare at it to cram for a test, but will enjoy the cathartic state of coloring.
This comical cup is for the humorous and simplistic therapist. It features a plain white mug with “Before physical therapy, I was a pain in the butt” –piriformis. Any therapist would laugh, because I mean…pain in the butt… piriformis.
On a more serious coffee cup discussion, this 20oz tumbler mug, available on Amazon, features a physical therapist logo, available in nine colors, and comes personalized up to 20 characters. The mug is laser engraved and helps keep drinks warm or cold for hours. It is easy to hold and limits spills, making it great for in the clinic.
This 32 oz insulated thermos is a top pick among the water bottle connoisseurs. It ranks high in all categories from durability to usability. It features a clippable cap, small spout (but not too small to add ice) and four popular colors. It boasts a capacity to keep hot drinks hot for 24 hours and iced drinks cold for 90 hours. The physical therapist will also love that this tumbler is more durable than its competitors due to its Klean Coat TM powder coat finish making it chip-resistant and its double-wall vacuum insulation makes it less likely to dent.
14. Essential oils and diffuser
This doTERRA family essentials kit of essential oils contains 10 oils and blends. doTERRA is a brand of oils that has rave reviews on quality and effect. This is an excellent gift for the PT in your life. Essential oils will provide the therapist the tools to improve their own quality of life. This kit is great for anyone looking to experiment in oils, but doesn’t know where to start.
This diffuser is great because it does not require water, has adjustable mist settings, and an automatic shut off which is great for the therapist's office. Some therapy offices have already begun incorporating essential oils into their clinic.
$9.99 + cost of embroidery
This basic black 60-inch gait belt is perfect for the rehab therapist. PTs in rehab settings use gait belts all the time, but they are also known to frequently get lost. A personalized gait belt is the perfect gift because it is functional and solves the problem of the belt getting lost. Simply order the belt below and take it to any embroidery shop around you. You can style the therapist's name with tons of fonts and colors to add a pop of color and personalization.
This evolution of PT t-shirt comes in 10 colors and depicts the variation in physical mobility from wheelchair to running. PTs love this shirt because it depicts the progression and rehabilitation process and can even be worn in the office.
Fun socks are growing in popularity among men these days but these first two fun sock options are all about PT. Fun and vibrant socks are also great for the pediatric PT, to add a little color and joy into the clinic. Here are a few options.
Nike recently released that they partnered with OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital located in Portland, Oregon to design and develop a shoe specifically for health care workers. This shoe is easy to get on and off, easy to clean, and has excellent traction and cushioning to support the health care working during their shift. This shoe is especially perfect for the acute care physical therapist however is fashionable to function in all areas of physical therapy. To add to the awesomeness six patients helped design these shoes and all profits will be donated back to the hospital.
22. Various books
Physical therapists do a lot of documentation. This wireless and ergonomic keyboard is a great option to gift the therapist in your life. It has a long battery life and can be packed up and transported easily to allow for documentation anywhere the therapist needs.
Physical therapists rely on clipboards commonly for note taking, evaluations, and keeping organized in the clinic. This clipboard with anatomy reference is a super helpful for any therapist to recall information like range of motion values, SCI function scales, dermatomes, cranial nerves and so much more. It makes life easier in the clinic and no matter how smart we are, we use the info whenever it’s available.
26. Anatomical heart locket necklace
Super duper publications’ “Move your body” cards are perfect for a physical therapist that works with kids in any capacity. They are fun and functional and will increase the therapists tool box.
Weighted blankets have been in a therapist’s toolbox for a long time, however, we rarely use them ourselves. This weighted blanket is the perfect thing to snuggle up to on the couch after a long day of work. Therapists love the sensory effect of the weight and everyone loves the soft cover. This option is great because it has a removable and washable cover.