The 15 Best Preceptor Gifts for Dietitians and Healthcare Professionals

Being a registered dietitian or dietetic preceptor is no small task. It takes dedication, compassion, and, yes, a love for healthy living. What better way to recognize and appreciate the dietetic preceptor in your life than with a gift that not only celebrates their hard work but also serves a function related to their field?

How can you thank them? I have a few ideas for preceptor gifts that might just be the perfect way to say thank you. 

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1. A thank you note

A thoughtful thank you card is something that your preceptor will treasure for years to come. I have a few thank you cards that I’ve received from past students and interns and plan to keep ‘em forever!

The “Lettuce Beat Hunger” pun shop offers a delightful selection of cards that cater specifically to dietitians, nutritionists, and those with a passion for food and health. Featuring witty puns and heartfelt messages, a card from this collection is not just a piece of paper but a token of genuine appreciation and understanding of their hard work and dedication.

Visit SoundBites Nutrition to select a card that perfectly captures your gratitude towards your dietetic preceptor.

2. Candle

There’s nothing quite like the soothing ambiance a candle can bring, particularly after a long day filled with consultations and meal planning. This handcrafted candle, available on Etsy, is designed with dietetic preceptors in mind by Rebecca Berg, founder of No Strings Nutrition. Created by a registered dietitian, it serves as a gentle reminder of the light they bring to the lives of others while also offering them a moment of relaxation.

PS: The No Strings Attached Etsy shop also has some really fun anti-diet sweatshirts, bags and more.

3. Snack Bag

What is the difference between a happy preceptor and a grumpy one? Snacks!

This is the CUTEST bag you can get for your preceptor to keep all of their favorite snacks in their desk drawer. 

4. A journal

I firmly believe that we can never have too many notebooks; you never know when inspiration will strike and the right notebook will come to the rescue. Here we have several options for notebooks that are made by dietitians for dietitians – how fun is that?

A Cute Rainbow Food Notebook as a gift idea for preceptors and dietitian students.

5. Bombas Socks

I’ll have to admit something here: I’ve become a bit of a sock snob. I’ve transitioned to 100% Bombas socks and I’m not lookin’ back!

Not only are Bombas socks super high quality, they also have amazing customer service AND they donate lots of socks to people in need. 

Save on your first Bombas sock order with this link.

6. A coloring book

Whenever your preceptor loves to curl up with a coloring book at the end of a long day or uses it to take a mini screen break over her lunch break, a coloring book is a great gift. 

My friend Katie Dodd, founder of The Dietitian Side Hustle, made this lovely Dietitian Coloring and Activity Book.

P.S. Don’t forget the colored pencils!

8. A Continuing Education Planner

Sometimes the best gift is the most practical one. We all need to complete a minimum number of continuing education hours, this planner helps you to plan and keep track of it all. Sara Kerr designed this comprehensive tool to visualize, plan and track everything with regards to your CEUs, from yearly and cycle calendars to help map out your learning goals and important dates and competency spheres worksheet to reflect and consider where to focus your continuing education this cycle.

Similarly, Liz Jalkiewicz created a really helpful Dietitian Professional Development Journal with 50-pages to record your CPEU activities for your five-year learning plan in the format that matches CDR’s and includes space for notes and key takeaways after each educational activity you attend.

9. A T-Shirt or Sweatshirt

If you have a good sense of what size t-shirt or sweatshirt your preceptor might wear, there are some fun, dietitian-crafted options available!

10. An apron

There are so many cute and fun aprons available these days! 

11. New plants

Whether it is a real live plant or a realistic fake, a plant can really make an office space feel more homey!

12. A new mug

Can you ever have too many mugs? I’m thinking no!

13. Office Supplies

I love fresh office supplies – how about you?

14. Badge holder

A nutrition-themed badge holder is perfect for your next preceptor gift!

15. Coffee or Tea

What is your preceptor’s morning ritual? Whether it is a steaming hot cup of chai or a large iced coffee, consider snagging them a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. For me, you can’t go wrong with Starbucks!

PS: These coffee-themed thank you cards are pretty darn cute.

That’s a wrap!

It is important to express your gratitude for the time and effort your preceptor spent with you. While your gift does not need to be expensive, be sure to write down what you’re thankful for.

What is the best preceptor gift you’ve ever given or received? Comment below!

This blog was originally published in October, 2023. It was updated in April, 2024.

1 Comment

  1. Sheri

    Thank you so much for this! I have spent way too much time looking for gifts for preceptors. I am hoping I can tailor some of these for NDT graduation gifts.

    Again, thank you.


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