The holidays are fast approaching, and I’m here to make your gift-giving for fellow OTs easy! In true OT-addict fashion, even my personal gift-giving style just screams “occupational therapist!” I love giving fun, functional, and meaningful gifts to my friends and family, and shopping on Etsy makes it easy for me to find gifts that will make everyone on my list happy.
In case you haven’t shopped on Etsy before, the site is basically a huge online “maker marketplace” where crafters, artists, designers, and creators of all kinds set up virtual shops to sell their wares. It’s truly an amazing testament to the unlimited creativity that exists in the world, and you can get lost on the site for hours, sidetracked from your original mission by pages and pages of cool creations.
As an added bonus, Etsy makes it easy to shop local for the holidays. In addition to sorting items by price, relevance, and other categories, you can search for goods by geographic area to find local shops or gifts nearby. So now you can shop local from the comfort of your own couch!
Read on to find fun and functional gift ideas for every OT on your list!
- Badgeblooms. This maker creates cheery, eye-catching badge clips for healthcare professionals and others. I’ve had my badge for over 3 years now, and it has held strong in the face of long days, tough transfers, Code Browns, grabby kids and much more! She even sells customizable essential oil badge reels that can support your sensory needs. I love this seller’s products, and can’t recommend her highly enough!
- Delightful drinkware. My best friend got me a plastic tumbler with a fun quote on it for my birthday, and I absolutely love it! It keeps me hydrated and keeps me happy — what more could you want in a cup? Many Etsy sellers customize mugs, tumblers, wine glasses, and more so you can share your passion for occupational therapy while you sip!
- Clinical guideline reference cards. While I don’t personally have experience using these guides, they’re designed by an OT for OTs! Badge clips and reference guides are available as physical items or PDFs for Manual Muscle Testing, the Ranchos Scale, UE/LE range of motion, and more! These would make a great gift for new grads or practitioners who are transitioning to a medically-based practice setting, and they are available in convenient “badge clip” or full-size formats.
- Multifunction bags. Home health, pediatric, and community-based therapists will love this sturdy, zippered bag. I ordered one for a school counselor friend last year, and she swears it is the perfect size and shape to hold pens, pencils, games, books, and other intervention tools as she travels between schools and within the school building. Customize it with the recipient’s initials, credentials, or favorite OT-related quote for a unique touch.
- Customized equipment kit. Many OTs don’t use goniometers and gait belts in their day-to-day practice, but for those who work in hand therapy, home health, rehab, and similar settings collecting objective joint measurements and keeping patients upright is key. Spice up your life with a cool, customized goniometer and gait belt to make your standardized measurements and safety consciousness stand out!
- OT Artwork. I am IN LOVE with the watercolor caduceus artwork by Etsy seller ArtofthePage. Show your OT spirit by decorating your desk, rehab office, or home with a print or piece of art that puts your love for occupational therapy on display.
- Occupational Therapy Rising Unisex T-shirt. Sarah Lyon at OT Potential is an awesome OT blogger and entrepreneur! I got one of her “OT-shirts” recently and am seriously considering petitioning my boss to make it part of the dress code at work. The shirt is super soft, washes well, and is ultra comfortable and cozy. If you’re obsessed with OT like I am and literally want to wear it on your sleeve, you should order one ASAP!
- Clothes for kids. Let’s be honest…OTs are always having babies. A lot of people think it’s because most of us are women of “childbearing age,” but I think it’s because we’re all super hot and absolutely irresistible! Whatever the reason, these onesies would be a great gift for all those new (and repeat) Mama and Papa OTs out there!
- Beautiful jewelry. Etsy has about a million different shops and sellers of customized jewelry. My favorite work-friendly finds include a charm bracelet with a subtle nod to OT practice, customized bangles or leather wraps, and a fun necklace with a cute mOTif!
- Customized notebooks. OTs are full of amazing ideas, and sometimes my brain is full to bursting with all of the plans I have for interventions, blog posts, professional development, and other activities. Currently I’m writing down my ideas on whatever notepad or piece of paper I have handy when creativity strikes, but I would love to have an inspiring custom notebook where I could keep all my OT ideas in one place.
Happy shopping, and share your favorite Etsy finds in the comments!