November 18, 2021

50 Best Gifts For Nurses and Nursing Students 2021

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Kathleen Gaines
By: Kathleen Gaines MSN, RN, BA, CBC

Updated by Kathleen Gaines, RN, BSN, MSN, BA, CBC

Check out our ultimate gift guide for the special nurses in your life! 

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Accessories: bags and silicone rings 

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.

Multiple silicone wedding rings for healthcare professionals

Buy Enso Silicone Wedding Bands on Amazon

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. 

Buy Nurse Mates Ultimate Nursing Bag

Lunch Tote

We love this cute lunch tote that comes with a matching tumbler! Perfect gift for your special nurse.

Buy this lunch tote, tumbler matching kit on Amazon

Badge Clips, Lapel Pins, and Stethoscope IDs 

Any nurse would love a new badge clip, lapel pin, or stethoscope ID - especially one with a funny quote, cute design, or one that makes a statement like, "vaccinated!" or "COVID Warrior." We even included a badge reel that doubles as a pen holder - bingo! 

Buy these cute badge clips on Amazon 


Buy this badge reel/pen holder 

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!

ID tag on stethoscope with name on itBuy the ‘Good Girl Gone Badge’ Stethoscope Tag on Amazon 

Nurse Books

A calming, fun nurse-themed coloring book to relax after a long shift. 

Buy this coloring book on Amazon starting at $8.99

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Inspiration For Nurses: 101 Stories Of Appreciation And Wisdom

Buy Chicken Soup for The Soul on Amazon starting at $13.99

Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul: Second Dose: More Stories to Honor and Inspire Nurses (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

Buy Chicken Soup for The Nurse's Soul on Amazon starting at $13.99

Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul: 101 Stories to Celebrate, Honor and Inspire the Nursing Profession (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

Buy Chicken Soup For The Nurse's Soup on Amazon starting at $13.99


Drinkware and Waterbottles 

Coffee before your shift, wine after - am I right? Oh, and lots of water in between! 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, the double-walled insulated tumbler will keep drinks hot and cold throughout those long shifts

Metal Yeti tumblerBuy this Yeti tumbler on Amazon 



Buy this wine glass and mug on Amazon 

Buy this tumbler on Amazon 



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. 

Buy the Portable UV Cell-Phone Sanitizer on Amazon

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.

Small amazon echo speakerBuy the Echo Dot on Amazon 

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.

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! 

Buy this Roomba iRobot on Amazon 

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. 

Buy this Fitbit Versa 2 on Amazon 

Fitbit Inspire 2 Health & Fitness Tracker

Buy Fitbit Health & Fitness Tracker on Amazon starting at $85


Home Decor and Appliances

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! 

Blackout curtains covering window during day time

Buy these black-out curtains on Amazon 

Nurse-Theme Signs

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.

Buy this sign on Amazon 

Buy this sign on Amazon

Candle with a Special Reminder

This soy-based candle with make your special nurse smile and feel awesome! 

Buy this Candle on Amazon

Aromatherapy candles 

This soy-based pack of 6 aromatherapy candles is the perfect gift of relaxation and ambiance for your special nurse. 

Buy this pack of 6 candles on Amazon

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. 

Buy Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker on Amazon 

Instant Pot

We're all hungry after work. Instant pots make it easy to whip up a delicious meal in record time. 


Buy this Instant Pot on Amazon 


Medical Equipment: Stethoscopes and Blue Light Glasses

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. 

Buy this top-rated 3M Littman's Stethoscope, Cardiology, on Amazon 

MDF Instruments

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. 

Rose gold stethoscope with white wrappingBuy the top-rated MDF Rose Gold MD One stethoscope on Amazon 

Stethoscope Travel Carrying Case

Every nurse needs a carrying case to protect their stethoscope. If they have a Littman stethoscope, this is a great pick! 

Buy this stethoscope carrying case on Amazon 

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.

Buy this top-ranked, 2-pack of blue-light blocking glasses on Amazon 

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!Various stacked badge cardsBuy the ‘Complete Nurse RN CNA Horizontal Badge Card Set’ on Amazon 

Memberships and Subscriptions

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. 

American Nurses Association logo

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. 

Click here to join ANA for $28 per month.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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. 

Envo Mask

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." 

Buy Envo Mask for $79.99

3M Respirator

Half piece 3M respirator, don't forget extra filters. Nurses might also appreciate medical-grade goggles, these ones are large enough to fit over glasses. 

Buy this 3M Respirator on Amazon

Buy extra 3M filters on Amazon

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. 

Buy 3M PAPR Respirator on Amazon 


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. 

Buy these medical-grade goggles on Amazon 

Nurse Alice's "Nurse Approved" First Aid Kit and Facemasks 

We love supporting nurse-owned businesses! Nurse Alice has created nurse-approved first aid kits and facemasks. 


Buy 'Nurse Approved' Facemasks and First Aid Kits starting at $14.99

*get 15% OFF with code "nurseorg"

Scrubs and Apparel 


When it comes to scrubs, there are thousands to choose from - nurses are constantly having to replace their old scrubs.

Figs Scrubs are like the high-end, luxury, super stylish scrubs - perfect for your trendy special nurse friend! 

Buy this scrub set on for $86


The Grey's Anatomy line by Barco Uniforms brand is consistently voted as one of the favorites by our nursing community!

Buy Barco Uniform's Grey's Anatomy bundle - top and bottom on Amazon 

Outerwear, 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. 

Figs released the first puffer jacket made for healthcare workers. 

Buy Bennet Long Puffer on Figs for $358

Buy Sydney Scrub Jacket of Figs for $98


Buy this fleece RN zip hoodie on Amazon 



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!

Buy these top-rated nurse compression socks on Amazon 

Scrub Cap

The perfect, stylish, antimicrobial scrub cap made by Figs is a great gift idea! 

Buy this scrub cap on for $18

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. 

Buy FIGS | New Balance 996 Women's For $98.00


Buy these highly recommended HOKA ONE ONE sneakers on Amazon for $165.00

Buy these Dansko Clogs on Amazon 

Self Care: Massagers, Lotions, Gift Boxes

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. 

Buy this foot massager on Amazon 

Buy this deep kneading foot massager on Amazon

Deep Tissue Massager

Nurses are busy people and don’t always have time to book professional massages. 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.

Buy this heated neck and shoulder massager on Amazon

This percussion massager can relieve the sorest of muscles. 

Buy this percussion massager on Amazon

Check out this massaging food bath - can you say AMAZING!? Your special nurse with definitely be grateful for this gift.

Buy this massaging foot bath on Amazon

Tea for Better Sleep

Sometimes it's hard for nurses to fall asleep. Help your special get a good night's rest with this herbal tea sleep aid (that tastes great, too!)

Buy this sleep aid tea on Amazon

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. 

Shea butter hand cream tube

Buy L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream on Amazon

Snack boxes 

 Did someone say snack? Time is short on a nurse's shift and a quick, healthy snack will be appreciated anytime! 


Buy this snack gift box on Amazon for $24.99

Nurse Appreciation Gifts For Staff - Bulk Orders

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!

Buy a nurse appreciation gifts Starting at $3.99 


Bulk Tumblers starting at $16.99

BONUS GIFT! 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.

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