35 Best Gifts For Nurses and Nursing Students 2021
Updated by Kathleen Gaines, RN, BSN, MSN, BA, CBC
The holidays are here! Check out our gift guide for the special nurse in your life.
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1. Personal Protective Equipment
Nurses need personal protective equipment, now more than ever. This year we've learned that hospitals are not always well equipped with enough supplies to protect our nurses. The CDC recommends an N95 filtering respirator. But, disposable N95 respirators are problematic because they are uncomfortable, cause bruising, fog up glasses, and are wasteful. To ensure that your loved one has the best personal protective equipment at work you should consider hooking them up with a comfortable, re-usable facemask.
The Envo Mask website says it is a "reusable NIOSH N95 approved respirator mask is designed for superior comfort and seal. The AIRgel° cushion contours around the face and nose to provide a secure seal and to avoid glasses fogging."
3M PAPR Respirator - Power Air Purifying Respirator
A powered air-purifying respirator provides the best protection for nurses and all healthcare workers against infectious disease. While some hospitals do offer nurses a PAPR respirator when working with COVID-19 positive patients, not all do. And, supplies are often limited. It's well worth the investment to keep your loved one safe.
2. Protective Goggles
Protective goggles are now becoming standard in most hospitals. However, supplies can be limited especially during COVID spikes. These medical-grade goggles fit over glasses and provide the ultimate protection.
3. Nurse Recommended Shoes
Nurses are usually on their feet for well over 12 hours per shift! A good pair of supportive and comfortable shoes are a must. When it comes to nurse shoes, some prefer sneakers and others will prefer clogs. We asked our community of millions of nurses, worldwide, to recommend their favorite shoes. Two of the top-recommended shoes were HOKA ONE ONE Bondi and Dansko Clogs.
4. Deep Kneading Foot Massager
Nurses barely get to sit during their shift and are running around for well over 12 hours. By the time they get home, their feet are in a world of pain. Give your special nurse the gift of self-care and pain relief with this amazing foot massager.
5. Blue-Light Blocking Glasses
Nurses stare at computer screens all shift long, exposing their eyes to harmful blue spectrum light. Blue light has been proven to cause headaches, dry eyes, sleep disturbance, and eyestrain. Blue light blocking glasses are a great addition to any nurse's lifestyle.
6. Cell-Phone Sanitizer
Cell phones are 10x dirtier than toilet seats! Working in healthcare, nurses are constantly exposed to different types of germs. Help your favorite nurse out by getting them this portable phone sanitizer - equipped with a charger.
The UV light sterilizer kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs in just six minutes. It also allows for charging through a universal USB port and acts as an aromatherapy diffuser.
7. Homesick Candle
Since most of us aren't traveling or vacationing a lot this year, we're probably all a little homesick. Home sick for our favorite destinations or maybe even homesick for our home towns. Gift your loved one a candle that reminds them of their favorite city!
8. Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
Coffee STAT! This coffee brewer makes gourmet coffee quick. It comes with a carafe or can be poured directly into a travel mug. This gift is sure to please.
9. American Nurses Association (ANA) Professional Organization Subscription
Joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) and your specific State Nurses Association for professional support and growth that nurses won’t be able to find anywhere else.
ANA is a professional ally to over 4 million registered nurses in the U.S., throughout all different specialties and practice settings. The ANA strives to help create a health-care environment in which nurses can succeed through research and other initiatives.
Membership dues can be collected monthly for approximately $28 per month. Membership includes the ANA newsletter, magazine, access to CEU credits, and national nursing conferences. Members will also have access to discounted entry fees for the B2Awards and REGGIE Awards, complimentary attendance to specific industry-focused members-only regional conferences, and participation in marketing research.
10. Nurse Sweaters and light jackets
If you work in a hospital, you know that your temperature fluctuates a lot. One second you're freezing and the next you've broken out into a full-on sweat. We really like to layer with a warm sweater or track jacket over our scrubs.
11. Silicone Wedding Ring - Hospital Approved!
Diamonds can cut through gloves and hospitals have policies that do not allow diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. These rings are the perfect solution and can even be worn while working out! They’re comfortable, durable, and can withstand the constant washing of hands.
12. Deep Tissue Massager
Nurses are busy people and don’t always have time to book professional massages. With over 2,000 positive reviews, this heated personal massager comes in handy to relieve knots, tension, spasms, aches, and pains. Relieving tension in the neck and shoulders, muscle tension, knots, spasms, aches, and pains.
13. Badge Clips
Badge clips are essential to nurses. They hold ID badges, important phone numbers, and help patients identify hospital staff members. Determining whether to have a claw clip or an alligator clip can make all the difference in how it sits on scrubs!
14. Yeti Tumbler
Staying hydrated and caffeinated while working is a must!
So, how do nurses make iced-coffee? First, they make coffee. Then, get busy and forget about the coffee. End up drinking it cold! That won’t happen with this YETI tumbler. Ever. Yeti is king. This durable stainless steel, double-walled insulated tumbler will keep drinks hot and cold throughout those long shifts
15. A Good Stethoscope
A well-made, dependable stethoscope with excellent acoustics is a must-have for any nurse. With thousands of options to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to a few of the best (and most popular) “scopes.”
Littman has been the trusted brand by healthcare professionals including nurses, doctors, and students since the 1960s. With its wide range of acoustics and options, Littman offers something for every nurse.
The MDF brand stethoscope has excellent ratings overall and its stylish colors and metals have catapulted the popularity of this sought-after stethoscope. Handcrafted since 1971, these stethoscopes offer patented safety lock silicone ear tip adaptor technology, a lifetime parts warranty, and 100% stainless steel construction.
16. Compression Socks
Nurses work 12+ hours in one shift and are on their feet for most of that time. A good pair of socks can make their shift a little more comfortable and help with blood circulation! Did you know that bodily fluids can splash up scrub pants? The higher the sock the better!
17. Custom Gift Boxes - for Nurses
Gift boxes packed with special items and yummy goodies for your loving nurse! We're big fans of the Nightingale Express gift boxes for nurses, created by nurse Aishleen O'Brien. There are also a few awesome nurses themed gift boxes on Amazon!
18. Personalized Stethoscope ID Tag
Stethoscopes are not cheap and unfortunately, without a name tag, they can be misplaced or accidentally taken. That’s why a stethoscope ID tag is a perfect gift for the nurse in your life. They also add a little style and a fun touch to any scope!
19. Badge Cards - For Quick Reference
Nurses have to remember countless medications, information, and tasks on a daily basis. Sometimes they need a quick reference guide during a challenging situation. These ID badge card sets are perfect for new nurses and seasoned nurses alike. They fit nicely with their badge and can be accessed quickly!Buy the ‘Complete Nurse RN CNA Horizontal Badge Card Set’ on Amazon for $19.99
20. Nurse Bag
Nurses carry a lot of items back and forth between work and home. It will make their life a lot easier to have all the things they need most in an organized, handy bag! This fun, fashionable but durable bag has multiple pockets for everything a nurse might need during a busy shift.
21. Nurse-Theme Home Decor
A gift to hang in their home to always remind them of how loved they are. These top rated wall hangings featuring quotes for nurses are available on amazon.
22. A Nurse Can Never Have Too Many Scrubs
When it comes to scrubs, there are thousands to choose from - nurses are constantly having to replace their old scrubs.
The Grey's Anatomy line by Barco Uniforms brand is consistently voted as one of the favorites by our nursing community!
23. Fitness Equipment
Nurses work extremely long hours. That’s not a secret. Unfortunately, long hours mean little time for self-care and exercise. Thanks to the new state of the art fitness equipment such as the Peloton Bike and Tread as well as the Nordic iFit, nurses are able to work shifts and still get a work out in.
Both have developed a cult following with their infectiously energetic trainers. Jess King, Cody Rigsby, Robin Arzon, and Dennis Morton lead classes ranging from 15-90 minutes to the hottest music and old classics.
Both are offering limited-time holiday discounts and guaranteed delivery for Christmas.
24. Nurse Podcast Subscription
Early in the morning or after a long shift, most nurses want to unwind on the car or train ride home. What better way than by listening to a Podcast? With a variety of nurse oriented podcasts, nurses can listen to hilarious anecdotes, inspirational stories, or about other fields in nursing. Most podcasts can be found through Amazon or Spotify.
25. Fitbit Versa
The average day shift nurse walks 4-5 miles a day. The Fitbit Versa helps keep track of those steps! The Fitbit Versa tracks real-time heart rate and resting heart rate as well as keeps the wearer to stay focused on health insights and trends in fitness. Wearers have access to the weather, text messages via Bluetooth, the ability to track fitness workouts, and even fertility tracking apps.
26. Amazon Echo & Alexa
Throughout the hustle of the busy shift at the hospital, nurses crave simplicity at home. The constant beeping of alarms pumps going off, and phones ringing, sometimes need extra help at home. The Amazon Echo and Alexa help simplify things for nurses and their families.
Affordable but practical this gift is a winner for every nurse on your list! The Amazon Alexa is a virtual assistant that you can communicate using your voice, can listen to your favorite songs, make shopping lists, set alarms, check weather and traffic updates, among various things that can be performed using your voice.
27. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Nurses are constantly washing their hands and using rough hand sanitizers. This leaves dry and cracked skin, especially during the winter months. This creamy balm with 20 percent shea butter, honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil are blended to create this extremely effective formula.
28. Nurse Approved First Aid Kit and Facemasks
We love supporting nurse-owned business! Nurse Alice has created nurse approved first aid kits and facemasks.
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29. Healthcare Swag for your whole staff
If you're looking for the perfect gift for lots of nurses, we've found some awesome swag! From "Nursing Team" themed totes, to water bottles, to cell phone chargers and COVID-19 Hero pins - here are some great gifts to honor your special nurse or, entire nursing staff!
30. Black Out Curtains - for Night Shift Nurses
Seriously, these curtains are a game-changer for those who work the night shift. Nothing is better than a pitch-black room in the middle of the day. And, nothing is worse than any peak of light shining through the window. OK, there are worse things - construction and the doorbell rank pretty high, too. While you’re at it, throw in some earplugs!
31. Coffee and Wine
Coffee before the shift, wine after. Am I right?
32. Custom Tumbler
Nurses drink a lot of water (when they have time.) We love these tumblers, you can even customize them with a nurse's name!
33. Stethoscop Travel Carrying Case
Every nurse needs a carrying case to protect their stethoscope. If they have a Littman stethoscope, this is a great pick!
34. Instant Pot
We're all hungry after work. Instant pots make it easy to whip up a delicious meal in record time.
35. Roomba iRobot
Nurses' lives are already busy enough, who wants to spend their day off cleaning? Help lighten your nurse's load with a Roomba iRobot vacuum (for hardwood and carpet.) It's a game-changer!
BONUS! Lots Of Love
The best things in life aren’t things. The work of a nurse often goes un-thanked during shift changes and emergencies. Hug your special nurse a little longer. Cook them a warm meal. Book them a relaxing massage or spa day.
Or, if you have the means, take them on a well-deserved relaxing vacation - preferably on a beach with unlimited margaritas!
PS: A simple “Thank You” goes a long way.