If you’d like to show the nurse in your life some appreciation, these 14 gift ideas for nurses will help you find a tangible way to express your gratitude.
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It’s one of the most noble and respected professions in our country. Probably most, if not all, of us have encountered these professionals at some point in our life.
And according to Forbes, nurses are the #1 most trusted profession, with 82% of Americans rating them as having high ethical standards.
It’s not hard to understand why. Nurses are incredibly special people. They are skilled professionals who think critically and quickly, advocate for their patients, heal hearts and bodies, and collaborate constantly.
As a nurse for almost a decade now, I have been with patients and their families in their darkest moments and in their most joyful times. I’ve held the hands of the dying and welcomed new life into this big world. I’ve worked long, hard shifts and saved lives and provided hope.
And I’ve seen countless colleagues do the same.
We nurses have a twisted sense of humor, scoff at things others would think gross, and fight tirelessly for the good of our patients.
There’s no doubt about it, nurses are one of a kind.
Nurses rarely receive thanks or appreciation for their efforts, but we keep doing the good work anyways. However, for those who want to find a way to honor the special nurses who have touched their lives, I’ve created a guide full of gift ideas for nurses.
These are items that will truly help nurses to feel appreciated!
Whether it’s National Nurses Week, or you have a loved one graduating from nursing school, or you have a loved one who is already a nurse, these are some wonderful gift ideas for nurses that allow you to show your gratitude for the care they provide to others on a regular basis.
Gift Ideas for a New Nurse
Every new nurse graduate needs a good stethoscope! It is so much easier to hear a wider variety of sounds and frequencies with a good stethoscope. I have had my Littman stethoscope for almost 15 years now, and it is still going strong!
Most nurses use a clipboard or something like it to organize their papers, labels, notes, etc. Having a fun printed clipboard just brings a bit of cheer to the day, and also helps it to stand out as your own. A friend of mine gave me a lovely pink paisley clipboard for graduation, and I still use it to this day!
Nurses are notorious for not drinking enough water–since patient care nurses can’t have beverages in our work area, we have to make it a point to go into a break room to drink enough water throughout our often lengthy shifts.
Not that it helps out with hydration, but many nurses, both night-shift and day-shift nurses, rely on coffee to keep them fueled.
When my parents asked me what I wanted for my nursing school graduation gift, I asked for a gift card to a scrub shop! Most new nurses don’t have a lot of scrubs already–they may only have the scrubs with their school’s emblem stitched on. So the gift of new scrubs is a very practical option! I love Lydia’s Scrubs for their wide selection and reasonable prices, and it’s easy to order online.
Nightingale Express was started by another graduate of my alma mater, and I think the products are so wonderfully curated! There are a few different boxes to choose from, as well as individual products, making them a wonderful gift option for a new nurse. I also appreciate that they include a box that is geared toward male nurses.
Gift Ideas for the Nurse Who Has Everything
Many nurses perform physically demanding work on a regular basis. Those who work 12-hour shifts likely have tired, sore feet by the time they get home. A gift card for a pedicure is a nice way to pamper them!
Nurses are also often responsible for moving patients from beds to stretchers to chairs and so forth, which can lead to tired, sore muscles. I don’t know of any nurses who wouldn’t enjoy a gift card for a massage!
A SpaFinder gift card is a great way for a nurse to enjoy the gift of relaxation at a spa near them!
If a spa gift card isn’t in your budget, some foot care products are another way to allow a nurse to pamper herself a little.
Most nurses are completely worn out by the time they get home–especially if they have worked a 12+ hour shift. The last thing they feel like doing is making dinner. Give them the gift of a night off by providing a gift card to their favorite restaurant or a gift card to a home meal delivery service! OrderUp is one option that I’ve used.
I’m listing this one again because I think it fits well in this category, too–even the nurse who has everything would love it! Nightingale Express boxes are wonderfully curated! There are various boxes to choose from, as well as individual products, so there is something for everyone and every budget. Not only that, but there is a box geared toward male nurses, who are historically left out of a lot of nurse-themed items.
Basic Essentials for Any Nurse
These cute little sharpies are easily attached to badges, so they’re always handy when we need them!
I once had a nurse ask me how I still had “baby hands.” Ha! My reply was that I used good hand cream. 🙂 I love this Camille Beckman hand cream–it’s perfectly moisturizing without feeling greasy.
When you’re on your feet all day, comfortable shoes matter. A gift card for an athletic shoe store or even a scrub shop (most scrub shops sell shoes, too) is a great way for a nurse to splurge on some comfy footwear!
Whether they drink coffee, tea, or just want a sweet treat, nurses will appreciate a coffee shop gift card.
Your Appreciation Matters
Whether you give an expensive gift or simply a heartfelt “thank you,” nurses are so grateful for your appreciation. We aren’t in this field for accolades; we still take care of others even when it goes unnoticed, because that’s part of who we are. But knowing that others appreciate our efforts matters so much.
If you’d like to show the nurse in your life some appreciation in a tangible way, these gift ideas are wonderful ways to let them know you are thankful for what they do!
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