OT Gift Guide

Happy blogmas day 1! I really loved doing the 12 Days of Blogmas last year, so here we are again. I will be sharing one blog post per day every day now until Christmas. Some posts will be holiday related (not just Christmas – all holidays, cultures, and traditions are welcome here!), some posts will be OT related, and some will just be for fun! I’m not sure if blogmas is a thing anywhere else, but I came up with it last year and had a lot of fun with it. Comment below if someone else originated blogmas before me! Finally, you can check out last year’s posts in the blogmas tab on my blog. Happy reading and happy holidays!

For the last minute shoppers out there, I’ve compiled a list of gifts that you can get for the OTs in your life for the holidays this year. While many of these items are from Amazon due to the quick turnaround and shipping times, I urge you to shop local and shop small this holiday season. You can use these ideas as inspiration, then take a look in the shops in your town/city to support your local businesses. If you do shop on Amazon, set up an Amazon Smile account so that a percentage of the profit from your purchase is donated to a cause of your choice. Here are some fun ideas that I love as an OT student and I’m sure the other OTs in your life will love as well:



OTs who work in hospitals/rehab settings LIVE in scrubs. You can find these on Amazon, but sometimes the quality can be iffy. I’ve heard good things about Healing Hands Scrubs and Urbane Scrubs.

Compression Socks

I got these for my sister who is also in healthcare last year for Christmas, and she wears them every day! Compression socks with cute patterns are a fun way to spice up your outfit, especially if you are required to wear plain scrubs at work. They also help with circulation if you are on your feet all day.

Badge Clip

Badge clips are another fun way to spice up your outfit at work. My mom got me a bunch of these swappable badge clip toppers from Beyond the Scrubs, and I love personalizing my outfit to match the season, my mood, or the upcoming holiday. How cute are these winter/Christmas themed badge toppers?! I think I am going to use the “fa la la llama” one this week.

Holiday and winter themed badge toppers

Pocket Guide

For OTs in adult settings, this Pocket Reference is super handy. I don’t have one, but I have heard great things!


This came in handy so much during fieldwork! Not only could I keep track of all of my sessions, meetings, and responsibilities, but I could track my time and I had everything in one easy-to-find place. I liked the kind that had 15-minute time slots – perfect for an OT’s session schedule.

Hand Sanitizer

I mean, you can’t have enough of this these days. I love Bath & Body Works hand sanitizers. I always have a mini with me, and I have a large one in my car. The sunshine & lemons scent is really fresh and clean.

Hand Cream

Another necessity these days, especially for those of us who are constantly hand sanitizing and washing our hands at work. (My hands are so dry… anyone relate?!) Bath & Body Works has lemon hand cream to match the scent of the hand sanitizer, which would be a really nice gift set!

Occupational Balance


It would not be a true gift idea blog post if I didn’t mention SOMETHING book related (Okay… a few things). When my mom asked me what I want for Christmas this year, I pointed her to my Goodreads “want to read” list. Give me a stack of books and I will be happy! In all seriousness, if you know an OT who loves to read or is looking for a new hobby, a book is the way to go. Plus, reading is a great way to engage in some occupational balance!

One book that I would recommend is Beauty in the Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper. I read this book recently and LOVED it. I wrote a full review on my latest reading list blog post, but here’s a quick take: ER doctor Michele Harper shares stories and experiences from 10 years in the field. Packed with medical terminology, issues of justice and advocacy, and lessons. I loved it and think other OTs will as well!

Book Subscriptions

I can’t tell you how much I love my Book of the Month subscription. It allows me to try out new genres, read books before they are officially released, and discover new authors. I have a referral link if you want to check it out and get a new book each month!

If someone on your holiday shopping list isn’t into reading physical books, consider getting them an audiobook subscription! I love listening to audiobooks, and I know that Audible and Scribd are great audiobook subscription services.


Now that lots of people are working from home (even some OTs), candles can be a great way to set the mood in your office/living room/kitchen/wherever your “home office” is right now. I also love Bath & Body Works for candles!

Face Mask

I love a good face mask once or twice a week as part of my self-care routine. My favorites are from Lush and Follain!


If you are comfortable going to a nail salon right now, this is a great way to support your local businesses and provide an OT on your shopping list with some much needed self-care time and occupational balance. Pick up a gift certificate from your local nail salon.

Massage or Facial

Similar to mani/pedi’s, you can support your local spas by buying a gift certificate for a massage or facial. The person you give it to can use it when they are comfortable going to the spa!

Coffee Mug

I have way too many mugs, but I just can’t resist some of the cute OT ones I’ve seen on Amazon. Here are a few that I love!

Wine Glass

Similar to mugs, I can never have enough wine glasses. My Friday night self-care routine almost always includes a glass of wine, and other OTs who like wine may be the same. Here are a few that I think are cute!

Happy holidays!

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