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These amazing gift ideas for a PhD mentor are a great way to show your appreciation. You finally got your PhD, or maybe you have reached a point in your schooling where you feel extra grateful for the person who has been mentoring you all along, and you want to get something nice for them to say that you appreciate them. This list is full of great ideas that fit your needs! Check them ou
Thank You Gift Ideas For A PhD Mentor
Giving a gift to a mentor is a fantastic way to let them know their help meant the world to you.
“Dangerously overeducated” Shirt
If your PhD mentor is “dangerously overeducated,” they need to have this shirt!
It’s Dr. Actually Wine GlassBuy on Amazon
For the female PhD mentor, this wine glass reminds everyone that her title is doctor, nothing less. Women are often mistaken for being non-doctors (like assistants) so, while she probably won’t keep it at work, it will at least remind her that you value her experience and education.
Difference Maker Journal
Sometimes a small message can go a long way. This journal is personalized with a thoughtful passage about how much of a difference your PhD mentor has made in your life and includes personalization. Who doesn’t need more notebooks anyway!
Funny PH.D MugBuy on Amazon
Since your mentor likely has a PhD themselves this mug is something funny they can use at work for a particularly stressful day. Get one for yourself too and match1
Statistics Researcher Data Print
Sometimes something as simple as a statistics researcher data print makes a nice gift to say thank you to your PhD mentor.
“Eat, sleep, research, repeat” Mug
Eating, sleeping, and researching is what life is all about as someone with a PhD.
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Set of 3 Research Journals
With all of the research required from someone with a PhD, this set of three research journals will really come in handy.
PHD Travel MugBuy on Amazon
Look, they may not be a medical doctor but a PhD is still a doctor… And that’s something to brag about!
Designer Twist Wooden Pen
With all of the writing they do, they need a special designer twist wooden pen to write with.
You Should be Writing Mug
This one is more for the PhD mentor who will likely mentor others in the future. Chances are they pushed you (in the best ways!), especially when it comes to academic writing – and now they can remind the next students to do the same.
Good Leader Gandhi Sign
Mentors offer so much more than guidance; they’re truly leaders, especially in the academic world. This thoughtful art is a great reminder of how valuable their work is and it will look great hung up too.
“She believed she could, so she did” Cuff Bracelet
She believed she could accomplish so many things in her life, and she did, she even mentored you!
“Not that kind of doctor” MugBuy on Amazon
Not everyone who has a PhD is “that kind of doctor.” Just a little public service announcement.
“I’m a woman with a doctorate, don’t underestimate me” ShirtBuy on Amazon
Never underestimate a woman with a doctorate!
“Dr. ______” Personalized Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Help your PhD mentor stay hydrated with their very own personalized stainless steel water bottle.
“PhinisheD” HoodieBuy on Amazon
They are finally “PhinisheD” helping you get your PhD!
Personalized Whiskey Glass
Academia is stressful! If your budget allows pair with a bottle of whiskey or Scotch.
Funny PhD ShirtBuy on Amazon
This is another funny gift they can use to brag about their own academic status. It’s also a funny way to show future students what they’re working towards!
Mentor Thank You Gift Box
If you’re more of a the “give a gift basket” type this set has a nice assortment of relaxation gifts to show your PhD mentor how much their help meant to you. Great for relaxing now that the hard work is done!
Personalized Leather Portfolio
Another lovely practical gifts, this portfolio is handy for jotting down notes or journaling. Anyone in academia will appreciate it! Even better, it comes personalized.
Paper Publication Mug
If your work together lead to the publication of a research paper this is an incredible thank you gift. It comes with your own paper printed on it!
Look, I get it – being a PhD student means your budget is tight. Especially if you still haven’t started working yet while shopping for a thank you gift for your mentor. Sometimes a card with a thoughtful message can mean even more than a bigger gift. If you want to add something, tuck in a gift card (maybe to a restaurant?) for an small gift.
Gourmet Food Gift BasketBuy on Amazon
This is a nice idea if you want to give a group gift to multiple mentors in one office or department or if you feel your mentor wouldn’t want any “stuff” type gifts.
Academics are always reading, especially when it comes to research. A nice bookmark is a welcomed gift, and even better if it’s personalized with a thoughtful message of thanks.
Wine BagBuy on Amazon
Last but not least – a bottle of wine! You can’t go wrong (assuming you know your mentor well enough by now to know what they drink). Even better, the message on this wine bag is professor themed too.
These gift ideas for a PhD mentor are perfect for the person who has put in a lot of hours coaching and guiding you, a simple gift to say how much you appreciate that could give them plenty of reason to smile.