Holiday Gift Guide for Clinical Researchers

Holiday Gift Guide list

‘Tis the season once again! It’s time to start thinking up cool gift ideas for your clinical researcher friends and colleagues! … Are you stumped? Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite product picks that are perfect accessories for the CR life. I lovingly curated everything on this list and each item is below $40.

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 calendar

2018 NeuYear Wall Calendar

All of their calendars are really neat, but I like this one in particular. It comes in paper and dry erase and is super functional. It looks great, too, so you know you’re going to feel smart and productive. The calendar is huge – 27″ x 39″ – so you can see every day of the year clearly. You get the whole year at a glance with no gaps between months. It’s so easy to lay out your goals for the year and keep track as time passes. The bigger writing space is great but the ability to see all 52 weeks laid out assures you will be able to design your 2018 time and more clearly see upcoming deadlines. The calendar has two sides: the portrait orientation fits perfectly on doors and the landscape orientation is great for mounting above a desk.

Holiday Gift Guide frixion penPilot FriXion Erasable Pens

Frixion gel pens are retractable and erasable. I love this 7-color set and it is a great gift pick at around $10. What makes these pens so great is that you don’t need any special erasers, you just rub the ink and it disappears! Plus, the paper doesn’t get damaged so you are left with a clean writing surface every time. I like this fine point version because my notes look so clean and when you pair this erasable pen with the Rocketbook Everlast Smart Notebook, handwriting notes is so much more fun!

Holiday Gift Guide Logitech keyboardLogitech Wave Wireless Keyboard

I have been using the same keyboard for about five years and when I switched jobs earlier this year I left my old one behind by mistake. I loved the keyboard so much I purchased a replacement because I missed it too much. It costs about $40. This ergo-friendly wireless keyboard guides your hands into just the right position for comfortable and easy typing. It even has a built-in cushioned palm rest for additional comfort. Its battery can last for up to three years and comes with a Unifying receiver that doesn’t need to be unplugged. You can also easily add other compatible wireless mice and keyboards to use with the same receiver. It has all the buttons you need, conveniently placed, and looks awesome, too!

Holiday Gift Guide customizable notebookArc Customizable Notebooks

These notebooks from Staples office supply store are genius. Choose the size you want, the paper refills that you need, and add in the accessories to complete your perfect notebook! The disc system allows you to insert any printouts or trackers or lists. You can customize it before you travel to a clinical research site and include any reference items or notes you need for your visit. I have the Circa system but these are a bit more affordable at around $40 to get set up.

Holiday Gift Guide hand salveKiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Kiehl’s makes great lotions and creams, but this particular hand salve is truly the ultimate moisturizer. In the winter I always switch to a thick lotion but I do not want something that washes away. Also, I prefer not to use scents in an office environment. This unscented lotion is a nice gift at $15. It soothes dryness and provides deep moisturizing to protect your skin. It’s made from organic ingredients to condition skin naturally so you don’t suffer those ugly chemical effects down the road.

Holiday Gift Guide tea tinsRepublic of Tea

I am a huge fan of tea and one of my favorite brands at the moment is Republic of Tea. I am now realizing they have a tea of the month club so I could be in big trouble… So you don’t get lost browsing the extensive selection, here are a few of my favorites and each tin is around $12-$15:

Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea Bags – the earthy aroma of turmeric, cinnamon and pure honey flavor with freshness and body in tins, bulk and refill varieties.

Biodynamic® Darjeeling Black Full-Leaf – 100% Biodynamic organic tea from a multi-generational tea garden in Northern India. Comes in 2.8 ounce tins.

Organic Decaf Pomegranate Green Superfruit Tea Bags – tart-sweet and healthful antioxidant brew with fresh and crisp China green tea and organic hibiscus. Great hot or cold, comes in tins and in bulk.

Holiday Gift Guide tea infuserAladdin Tea Infuser

For the clinical researcher on the go, brew and enjoy hot beverages with this BPA FREE 12oz clever tea infuser. I bought the 2-pack for less than $50 and I gave one to my mom and kept one for myself! It works for loose tea, tea bags and even coarse ground coffee. It’s great for travel because it has a leak-resistant flip lid that’s so convenient to carry, and it even fits snugly in car cup holders. It’s easy to clean, too – just pop it in the dishwasher. If your tea gets cold, you can microwave it.

Holiday Gift Guide compression socksCompression Socks (colorful!)

These socks are such a nice gift for your favorite clinical researcher and their busy feet. For $35 you get six pairs so plenty to gift and maybe keep a few pairs for yourself (like I did!). The graduated support design relives tiredness and aches in the legs and re-energizes the feet. They are non-binding and made with super soft anti-odor microfiber nylon. They are also made with comfort bands and seamless toes to facilitate proper circulation without discomfort. I like to wear these cute socks on long airplane trips to make sure I don’t have swollen ankles from dehydration.  These socks are functional but also super cute!

Holiday Gift Guide desktop bookcaseAdjustable Desktop Organizer

I just bought this little bookcase for my desk and it holds my entire tea collection. My co-workers were very impressed with this awesome organizer. It was around $30 and has three adjustable shelves. It came unassembled so I even got to enjoy putting it together. You can expand or customize the shape to get the storage space you need. It has a very pretty rustic whitewash finish that looks right at home on my desk. 15.7″ high x 16-30” wide x 6.7” deep

What other gifts would be great for a clinical researcher?

I pulled together this list based on things I have actually purchased, used, and enjoyed in 2017. I have exquisite taste, do you agree?

Some of these links are affiliate links so when you click through and purchase the products I may get a few pennies (thanks in advance!). The big item on my holiday wish list is a new iPhone 7 Plus so every penny counts.

What are you gifting for your clinical researcher friends and colleagues instead? Leave a comment and let me know your selections for a clinical researcher gift guide.


About The Author


Nadia Bracken, lead contributor to the Lead CRA blog and the ClinOps Toolkit blog, is a Clinical Program Manager in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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