'Thank You' Gift Ideas for a Dentist

by Kathy Adams

A modest gift lets you show your dentist you appreciate the personal attention and light-handed touch during a recent visit. Offer an item he may find useful for the office, or create a batch of your favorite healthy treats for a personal, homemade touch.

Office Accouterments

Present your dentist with a useful or decorative gift for the office, such as a business card holder shaped like a tooth and toothbrush, or a basic metal business card holder that goes with the decor in the office or waiting area. If the waiting room reading materials lack variety, present a gift subscription that provides additional offerings, such as an educational children's magazine or a general-interest publication featuring healthy snack and lifestyle ideas. A plant that requires little maintenance provides a bit of decor and makes the office or waiting area feel less like a medical facility.

A Homemade Touch

Offer a batch of homemade peppermint chocolate bark for your dentist to enjoy or share with the office staff as a special treat. A handcrafted indoor fountain made from a plant pot, pump and smooth river rocks adds a peaceful element to the office. If a child would like to create a gift for her dentist, a handmade, hand drawn greeting card is sure to bring a smile to the entire office team. For a young crafter, an origami creation shaped like a molar offers an unusual gift to display on a bookcase or shelf.

Charitable Contributions

Offer a charitable contribution in your dentist's honor by supporting a charity that provides dental-care services to the underprivileged. Some of these organizations offer cards or ornaments that state "a gift has been made in your honor;" serving as something smile-worthy for your dentist to display in her office. Ask her assistant if the dentist has a favorite charity of her own; if so, you may wish to make a donation to that organization instead. If there is a local charity that means a lot to you, make the donation to that charity in the dentist's honor. Print a card or frame a printout made in a nice font, noting the gift made in her honor.

Personalized Products

Offer a simple gift such as a coffee mug with "World's Greatest Dentist" printed on it, or the dentist's name, for a gift he can use while on break in the office. Present him with a necktie printed through an online custom-design retailer, featuring teeth, smiles and the dentist's name within the design. If he uses a tablet, offer a cover or case for it, decorated with cartoon images of dentists, toothbrushes or dental-floss containers, as well as his name. If you've noticed a collection of vintage dental or medical tools on display in the office, add to the collection by offering an inexpensive antique tooth model or vintage head mirror.

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About the Author

Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.