Finding the perfect gift for that special someone in your life for birthdays or special occasions can always be a bit of a hassle, especially at Christmas or during the winter holiday season in general. Having that someone being an EMS professional adds an additional challenge as the occupation is so specialized, usually performed in a serious and high-stress atmosphere, and the simple fact that winter weather can be extremely harsh on emergency medical responders.
All this combined with the commercialism of the holidays shouting all types of gift giving ideas can put even more pressure on the giver to just pick out a gift quickly for the sake of simply giving a present.
When giving a gift to an EMT, the person serving in this capacity as an individual or a team member of EMS responders are doing just that….responding to an emergency or usually a relatively important situation. The gift giver should think practically, and in the majority of cases NOT present the EMT with cute or embarrassing t-shirts or hats that could make she/he feel or look unprofessional.
Someone suffering or finding themselves in an emergency situation may not want to be attended by an EMT wearing a comical ambulance shirt, a shirt that says “Trauma Junkie” or “Bad-Ass Paramedic”, some kind of humorous reference to a flat-lined EKG print out graphic, or even an over-the-top serious reference to a past emergency or political event having to do with the profession.
And remember, a coffee mug, wall hanging, or piece of jewelry might make a good gift when the EMT professional graduates from training, but they are not going to use or wear these things on the job.
So to get to the point, the team at Regional EMS Critical Care came up with what we believe to be some really great and succinct ideas for giving a holiday gift to your EMT friend or loved one.
- Again, great gifts for EMTs and paramedics are practical items that can actually be used such as simple clothes to wear to work or casually out and about. A good and sturdy t-shirt, work shirt or pair of pants in basic primary colors is always a good idea.
- Cold weather gear is always a great gift for an EMT or paramedic. These items can include socks, base layers or undergarments, wool hats or beanies, gloves, neck warmers, face warmers, etc.
- Heat packs that warm hands and feet are also great small items to keep in an EMT’s vehicle and pack.
- Rain gear would be a nice present to receive should your EMT work for a department or company that does not provide these items.
- Consider purchasing a “Tool Of The Trade” item from a medical or emergency rescue supply store…something like a good stethoscope or high quality trauma shear to cut through material such as clothing may be a nice addition to the emergency responder’s toolbox.
- Emergency calls come at all times and frequencies during a 24-hour period, so it might be nice to have a good insulated lunch bag, or hardy water bottle, or thermos at the ready so the paramedic in your life can eat healthy no matter what the situation.
- A small gear organizer to keep small personal items such as pens, keys, lip balm, etc in place. This would fit nicely into an EMT’s pack.
- Speaking of pens….what EMT or Paramedic is not in need of a pen and always searching for one? Get them a box of pens, STAT!
- A sports watch could be a nice gift for an EMT or paramedic.
- Gift cards to places such as iTunes for an EMT’s favorite music, Amazon for their favorite books or magazines, or REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated) so they can purchase some of the above-mentioned clothing would be a welcome gift by anyone in the EMS profession.
The above list is just the beginning of gift giving possibilities for the EMS professional in your life. If anyone reading this would like to contribute her/his gift giving thoughts and suggestions to this list, please do not hesitate to leave a note in the comments below.
Please call Regional EMS and Critical Care at 610.377.9027 in Lehighton, PA or 570.668.2121 in Tamaqua, PA if you’d like more information or assistance in choosing a non-emergency medical transportation service provider. Or visit our website at — www.remscc.com