Your Helpful Holiday Gift Guide for Nurses

gift guide for nurses

Nurses spend their days working diligently for the well-being of others. They’re dedicated to their patients and careers. Whether a spouse, a next door neighbor or a nurse that helped you directly, that special person in your life deserves a gift that’s just as special this holiday season.

But finding gifts for nurses is not always easy. So why not start your shopping with this holiday gift guide specifically designed with nurses in mind. We enlisted nurses themselves to find out what’s on their wish list this year. These ideas should get you on track to finding a few perfect gifts for the nurses in your life.

11 great gifts for nurses

1. Badge clips/holders

Nurses don’t usually have a lot of wiggle room to express themselves in their attire. A unique badge clip, like this one from Brighton, might be the perfect gift to help them spice up their scrubs, while also serving an effective purpose securing their badge.

2. Distraction cards

For the nurse who loves looking for ways to take the pain out of his or her profession, these distraction cards by Buzzy can help patients take their mind off of the discomfort and reduce it by up to 50 percent. The cards fit easily in a badge or on a key-ring and include bright colored pictures and tasks to ease a patient’s mind.

3. Compression socks

Compression socks benefit more than just marathon runners and the elderly. Compression increases the pressure in the tissue under the skin, which reduces swelling and fatigue, among a variety of other benefits. These compression socks for nurses will help provide comfort for your nurse who’s constantly on her feet.

4. Medical-inspired jewelry

For the nurse who loves her about her career, a piece of jewelry that represents her passion could be the perfect gift. This charming bracelet by Shuang Li resembles a heartbeat shown on an electrocardiograph. It’s dainty enough to fit under scrubs and attractive enough to wear on a night out.

5. A sound machine

For the nurse who works night shifts, falling asleep during the day can be a trick. This natural sound soother from Sharper Image might be just the thing they need to drift off into dreamless sleep while the sun still shines. With a variety of sounds, calming mood lights and even a pillow speaker for private listening, a good day’s sleep is achievable with this gift.

6. Alarm clock on wheels

For the nurse working early morning hours (or anyone, really) waking up can be hard to do! If your nurse is a chronic “snooze button pusher”, this gift is sure to do the trick. This little alarm clock with wheels will just roll right off of their dresser, forcing the sound sleeper to get up and chase it down instead of giving in to the dreaded snooze button.

7. Great shoe inserts

Nurses are on their feet most of the day, so any added comfort in the foot department would be much appreciated. A great shoe insert might just be the remedy they need. There’s many out there, so finding the right fit starts with asking that special nurse a few little details about their specific needs.

8. Aromatherapy

For the aroma junkie, your nurse who needs to unwind, or simply loves someone who enjoys delicious scents, the essio aromatherapy diffuser might be the perfect answer. It simply hooks onto the showerhead and emits an organic aromatherapy oil to enhance their steamy shower.

9. A fun book about nursing

For the newer nurse on-the-block, a fun, easy and honest read about the career could be just the thing they need to ease their mind and embrace the twists of the career. Check out Becoming Nursey by Katie Kleber to get started! For the seasoned nurse, a quirky calendar like this will be sure to keep them in good spirits about the often-stressful profession.

10. ‘Night out’ coupons or gift certificates

For the nurse in your life with kiddos, offering your babysitting services so they can enjoy a night away could just be the best gift they receive this season! Or for the friend who never treats themselves, consider a gift certificate for a massage, manicure or a spa day. Either way, a little relaxation and alone time is something no nurse will turn down!

11. A moisturizing bar for their parched hands

Everyone knows that nurses wash their hands about a hundred times a day. All of those suds and scrubbing really dry out those poor hands – especially in the colder months. Get him or her a practical little stocking-stuffer to provide some relief. This moisturizing beeswax lotion bar from Essential 8, or this Kora Organics daily hand cream are both great options.

Show them you care

Though a bracelet or hand cream don’t seem like much to show appreciation for saving lives day in and day out, the thoughtfulness behind your gift will be evident. That special nurse in your life would be happy to unwrap any of these gifts this holiday season.

If you’re a nurse, this is the perfect chance to throw in your own input for great gifts in the comments below. And while you’re at it, be sure to pass this article along to friends and family as a way to give them some ideas for their holiday shopping.


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Megan is a freelance writer for Collegis education who writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. She hopes to engage and intrigue current and potential students.

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