The holiday season is here, and that means it’s time to fill up your shopping carts, virtual or otherwise, with presents. If you have a dental assistant in your life — or you just want to treat yourself — there are many thoughtful gift ideas ranging from practical to fun. Your gift will, of course, depend on the nature of your relationship, but if you’re stumped on what to get them, check out the following list for inspiration!


An Office Jacket

The dental office can get chilly from time to time, so treat your favorite dental assistant to a cozy, warm jacket. There are numerous style options. However, if your intention is for the recipient to wear it around the office, choose a jacket that is comfortable to work in and professional-looking, such as a pullover or zip-up. To go the extra mile, you could even have it custom embroidered with their name and job title.


Spa Day

Dental assisting isn’t easy work! Not only does a dental assistant have a schedule full of patients to see every day, but they’re also on their feet for long stretches of time. Treat them to a spa day to help them relax and get away from it all for a while. If your friend or their spouse is a dental assistant, you could treat them to a couple’s spa day. If not, purchase a gift card from a local business so they can book an appointment whenever they choose. They’ll return to the dental office feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!

A Night on the Town

If the spa isn’t their thing, dental assistants may love an evening out instead. Give them a gift card for their restaurant of choice or perhaps tickets for one their favorite activities, such as a movie, concert, museum or escape room. They may even want you to come along to enjoy the night with them!

Custom Ornament

Get in the holiday spirit by giving a custom ornament to your favorite dental assistant. Create one on your own if you’re crafty, or you can order a personalized holiday ornament from a retailer such as Etsy. Need some inspiration? Consider a tooth-shaped ornament with their name on it! However, you know them best: Let your imagination take over to make a meaningful ornament that they’ll look forward to putting on their tree every year.

Handwritten Note

Your gift doesn’t have to be extravagant. Simply passing along some kind words can mean a lot to a dental assistant. What you write is up to you and will, of course, depend on the nature of your relationship. You could wish them happy holidays or write a heartfelt note to express appreciation for their hard work.


What kinds of gifts do you appreciate as a dental assistant? Let us know!