Becoming a dietitian is hard work.
People think we’re over here making salads and meal plans…
But really a dietetic student is:
- Pushing through science classes (biochem and organic chem–I’m looking at you)…
- Running around to find volunteer opportunities (to fill time we don’t have)…
- Doing the 8 million requirements you need to start an the internship…
So you want to get them a nice gift.
Maybe it’s a holiday. Or your dietetic student is graduating.
Either way. Here are 5 of the best gift ideas for the dietetic student in your life (even if it’s yourself).
#1: The Burrito Blanket
When life stresses you out, sometimes you just need to become a burrito–aka wrap yourself in a blanket to exist.
I’m sure you have those “human burrito” moments too.
It could be when:
- It’s cold outside
- You’re having an existential crisis
- You’re (finally) enjoying some down time
It’s hard to go wrong with a blanket. Especially when it’s a nice soft one that looks like a delicious tortilla.
And since your dietetic student (obviously) likes food and food-relate things, this is a solid gift idea.
#2: Aeropress Go
I don’t live on coffee…
but I don’t live without it.
I like those nice speciality coffees you have to grind first for optimal taste (YES, I’m one of those people). And I don’t like buying coffee when I’m out because:
- It’s overpriced
- the lines!
- It feels wasteful (even when you bring your own cup)
And when that post-lunch lull hits, a cup of coffee hits the spot (and helps me power through the afternoon).
So cue the Aeropress go.
I started using it years ago when I traveled a lot for my job.
This gem is simple to use and it comes with a travel cup and cover to keep your coffee (moderately) warm. The travel cup and cover don’t seal though. If you have a travel mug, you can put your Aeropress over your cup and brew coffee directly into it.
The Aeropress also comes with paper filters, but you can order a stainless steel filter and reduce your paper consumption. I’m guilty of sticking to paper (it tastes better).
But back to travel mugs, gift idea #3…
#3: A Dietitian Mug
Tell someone you’re a dietetic student and their first question (usually) is:
“Can you make me a meal plan?”
“NOOOOOOOO” every dietetic student and dietitian screams in their head.
This mug is a comical way to get that message across…
And share a love of tacos. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love tacos.
#4: Social Media Pack
This gift is perfect for the entrepreneur inside your dietetic student. Especially if they’re into food photography and videography.
And you want to know the secret to taking professional-looking pictures and video?
- a clean set up
- a steady hand
- Sound quality (for video)
Good news for you–you don’t need to spend thousands on equipment. A phone and a few products from Amazon will get professional-looking results.
Food Photography Starter Pack
Tripod for Phone
I have a different tripod, but it’s rubbish. So, I’m recommending this one because it looks sturdier.
Tripods are the steady hand you need to take great photos or video footage. No one wants to look at blurry pictures or a shaky video.
Investing in a tripod will elevate any nutrition student’s photography or video production.
Neewer Tabletop Lights
Neewer makes professional-like equipment at a reasonable cost. My friend who used to be a videographer recommended this brand to me.
I got the LED tabletop lights and I use them all the time for my freelancing work and conference calls. They are adjustable and plug into any wall adapter or USB port.
Good lighting changes the quality of your photo or video drastically. Natural light is best, but sometimes we need a bit more lighting to achieve a look. And if your house doesn’t have great lighting, a pair of tabletop lights can fix that.
Video Starter Pack
Use all of the items above and add a microphone.
Audio that sounds like you recorded it in a windy tunnel will NOT make a great video.
This is another microphone my videographer friend recommended to be. It clips onto your clothes and plugs into your phone or camera. Using a microphone instead of your phone or computer mic will drastically improve your audio.
Your phone and computer’s microphone catches audio from all directions. That’s why the audio sounds hollow. But if you use a lapel mic that’s set to catch sound from one direction (the speaker) you will get that full-sounding audio. Without sounding like you’re eating the microphone.
This mic will also help cut down on the background noise, which saves you editing time.
NOTE: If you use an iPhone that doesn’t have a headphone jack, you need an adapter! (Thanks for ANOTHER adapter I have to buy Apple).
Here is the adapter if you’re like me and need 8 million adapters because you own Apple products.
#5: (Almost) Dietitian Notebook
This notebook is just cute. And dietetic students take a lot of notes so a notebook is always handy.