Looking for some awesome gift ideas for respiratory therapists?

Maybe you are an RT yourself, or you’re just looking to get the right gift for a friend or family member who is? Well, you’re in luck, because we have compiled the absolute best gifts for respiratory therapists and respiratory therapy students.

Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or birthday/Christmas presents, the following list contains the absolute best gifts for respiratory therapists you can find:

You can’t really go wrong by getting a Respiratory Therapist a new stethoscope. I mean, it’s probably the most common and most important tool that we use on a daily basis.

Our #1 most recommended stethoscope is the 3M Littmann Classic III but you can find a list of all the best stethoscopes by clicking here.

Another tool that Respiratory Therapists use hundreds of times per shift, each and every day. It’s important to have an accurate pulse oximeter to check the patient’s oxygen levels in order to know how to properly treat them.

We like the Acc U Rate Pro Series pulse oximeter for a plethora of reasons. You can’t really go wrong with it. You can see all the best pulse oximeters by clicking here.

After a long round of administering breathing treatments, the first thing we like to do is sit down with an ice cold glass of water or tea.

And the best way to keep your drinks cold for an entire 12-hour shift is by using a tumbler.

We like the YETI Rambler. I can literally fill it up with ice cold sweet tea before my shift starts, and it’s the same when it ends. 

#4 – Pen Light

A pen-light is a tool that not a lot of Respiratory Therapists use but they should! The main reason RT’s don’t use a pen-light is because they don’t have one of our own. 

That’s why this would be a perfect little stocking stuffer or birthday happy for any respiratory therapist. We really like the Opoway Pen Light.

Because what more could a Respiratory Therapist want after a stressful 12-hour shift than a big glass of wine?

These two-sided RT Wine Glass Goblets that we found on Amazon.com are too neat. They have three pour-line thresholds, so the amount of wine that you pour in your glass depends on how your day went. 

#6 – RT Button

Who wouldn’t want this super-kewl little Respiratory Therapist button? I mean, c’mon. You can pin it on everything.  

Lol, it may seem silly but we like to get little happies such as this RT button.

“Keep calm, everybody, I’m a Respiratory Therapist.” 

#7 – Pens

If there’s one thing that always seems to go missing in the hospital, its pens. I think I can speak for most Respiratory Therapists when I say that these little guys are hard to keep up with. Whether you lose, misplace,  or even come across a nurse with sticky fingers, you’re going to lose more pens than you want. 

A good way to solve this problem is by keeping a box of pens in your locker or backpack. You can’t go wrong with the Paper Mate Retractable Ballpoint Pens.

Coffee is pretty much a must-have, especially for those of us who work the night shift. I can almost guarantee you that any Respiratory Therapist will appreciate the gesture of some tasty coffee as a gift (just make sure they are a coffee drinker). 

I really like the Starbucks French Roast Ground Coffee. The darker, the better. 

 I mean, every Respiratory Therapist needs an awesome coffee mug to drink their tasty Starbucks coffee out of, right?

Amazon.com has several funny ones to choose from. Here are two of our favorites. I guarantee any Respiratory Therapist (who drinks coffee) will appreciate one of the hilarious coffee mugs:

  • Straight Outta Albuterol, get it? It’s a spin-off of the movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’ using the most common drug we give on a daily basis.
  • “Some people think it’s easy being a Respiratory Therapist, but it’s SNOT.” This one cracks me up every time.
Whether or not we want to admit it, caffeine is a huge part of the job as an RT. Take your coffee-drinking game to the next level.

I can say this, Respiratory Therapists are very proud of what they do. It’s awesome to have a way to display to the world what we do when we’re not on duty.

This awesome Baseball T-Shirt is a great way to do just that and let everyone know who and what you’re all about. 

Maybe this one is just me, but I have to have my chapstick while at work. And I don’t think I’m alone on this one. 

Chapstick is great to have anywhere, especially working in the hospital. I really like the Burt’s Bees because of the peppermint oil. 

It would make for a great stocking-stuffer!


So there you have it, an awesome list of gift ideas for Respiratory Therapists. We can be difficult at times, and hard to please, but this list should guide you in the right direction and help you pick out a cool gift for any Respiratory Therapist. 

Books are another great idea to give as a gift. Check out our list of the best books for medical professionals.