Here’s your ultimate guide for nurse gifts this year! We’ve got the hottest, most talked-about, and practical items on this list. No matter the occasion or your budget, we’ve got something sure to make the nurse in your life smile.
Universal Nurse Gifts
If you know a nurse, you know how hard they work. The long hours, stressful shifts, and critical situations are a part of their daily life. Chances are, they could use a little extra TLC any time of year. Here are some thoughtful gifts that any nurse would be happy to receive.
- Apple Watch
A phenomenal tool to keep your nurse organized, an Apple Watch will be appreciated both on and off the job. Calendars, reminders, and alerts keep a busy nurse organized. Plus, a wide range of resources are available at your nurse’s fingertips. Quick access to a calculator, nurse-specific apps, fitness trackers, and more make life easier.
- Natural Life Loungewear Set
A cozy pajama or loungewear set made with quality materials will help your nurse sleep better and keep them warm, comfortable, and relaxed on their days off.
- Yeti Travel Mug
Ask any nurse- they need a dedicated water bottle, plus another for coffee, tea, or their caffeinated beverage of choice! The Yeti Travel Mug is a perfect to-go option. This mug comes in various colors and sizes, and it has a convenient handle to keep your nurses’s most precious drink safely in hand.
- Stanley Tumbler
The Trusted Stanley Tumbler has become a fast favorite amongst nurses for good reason! This robust 40oz tumbler is specially designed to support your nurse through those marathon 12-hour shifts. With its larger capacity, it ensures they stay hydrated, energized, and ready to face the day's challenges.
- Celavi Face Mask
An at-home facial mask is a great way to gift a little quick and easy TLC. Healthcare environments are notoriously dry and hard on your skin. A ready-to-go facial mask is mess-free and gives a quick boost of moisture and radiance.
- Tiffany & Co. Hand Cream
High-quality hand cream gets your nurse much-needed relief from the dry, chapped hands that come with the non-stop handwashing and hand sanitizer use necessary in healthcare. We love the Rose Gold Moisturizing Hand Cream from Tiffany & Co.
- Therabody Self Massager
Nurses have physically demanding jobs! They work long hours on their feet, bend and twist in every which way, and help assist patients who cannot move on their own. A Theragun Mini from Therabody helps ease away aches and pains. Plus, it's portable enough to be used at home and work.
- Beats Studio Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds
Wireless earbuds are crucial for communication with any on-the-go nurse, and noise-canceling buds are an added bonus! Help your nurse relax and unwind with their favorite music, audiobook, or podcast.
- Dansko Clogs
Chances are, your nurse has a favorite choice of work footwear that they swear by. Dansko Clogs have a huge following, and for good reason. They are easy to clean, stylish, and provide great support for tired and aching feet. They come in a wide range of colors and extended sizes.
While some nurses swear by their Dansko’s, Crocs are another top choice. They come in endless colors and patterns and are easily cleanable. Plus, they won’t break the bank. If your nurse loves Crocs, chances are they want different Crocs for work, at home, running errands, and more. They may even have different colored Crocs for different colored scrub combos!
- On Cloudnova Sneaker
Also a fast favorite amongst nurses, the On Cloudnova Sneaker provides exceptional cushion and comfort for long days on your feet. These stylish and supportive shoes have recently exploded in popularity amongst nurses.
- Engraved Pen
We can guarantee that one of your nurse’s biggest pet peeves is getting their pens stolen at work! If you’ve ever left a favorite pen out at work and felt the pain of never seeing it again, a Pens.com engraved pen is a great solution to this annoying problem. You can personalize it with your name, choose from various colors and styles, and order in bulk.
- Sharper Image Smartphone Charger + UV Sanitizer
The only thing better than a dedicated work phone charger is a Smartphone UV Sanitizer and Charger combo! The amount of germs that end up on our smartphones is shocking. And if you work in a hospital, that number is even higher. Help your nurse stay healthy and connected with a charger plus sanitizer combo.
- Nurse Coloring Books
Coloring books are a great way to relieve stress. The Nurses Inspirational Coloring Book provides a fun pick-me-up after a long day's work. With beautiful patterns to color, plus uplifting and humorous phrases, this coloring book will surely make you smile.
- Portable Meal Prep Containers
Any gift that streamlines food prep and saves time during the workweek is a lifesaver for nurses. Make meal preparation a breeze with a set of Rubbermaid Brilliance BPA-Free Food Storage Containers.
- Hydroflask Thermos Food Jar
Chances are, your nurse has been pulled away from their lunch to an emergency and returned to a cold meal. The 20oz Hydroflask Thermos Food Jar prevents this unfortunate situation! This thermos is a great way to easily bring soup and other hot dishes to work with you- and keep them hot throughout the day. Additionally, they make the perfect companion on any adventure or day trip!
- Lululemon Tote Bag
A large tote bag that can fit and keep all the nursing essentials in one place is worth its weight in gold. And bonus points if it's stylish and easy to clean! The Lululemon All-Day Essentials Tote Bag is an excellent option for your work bag. You can fit a lunch, toiletries, pens, necessities, a change of scrubs and more.
- Headspace Mindfulness and Meditation App Subscription
This gift is free to you if you travel with Trusted Health! Mindfulness and meditation apps are proven to help reduce stress and anxiety and can significantly boost your nurse’s mental health. Headspace includes 1000+ hours of mindfulness, sleep content, and mini exercises for busy schedules. If you don’t have access to this through Trusted, consider purchasing a Headspace subscription for your nurse!
- Personalized Figs Sydney Scrub Jacket
A personalized scrub jacket from Figs is another top choice! It gets cold in hospitals and offices, so a great outer layer is essential. This one comes in various colors and can be personalized with your nurse’s name and title. If you’re still on the fence, read what nurses are saying about Figs!
- Coffee Gift Cards
A coffee gift card is always loved and appreciated. Starbucks offers traditional and electronic gift cards- it's a perfect pick-me-up for the nurse you love.
Gifting this fun candle from Etsy is a great way to show your appreciation and make your nurse’s home a more relaxing space. And what nurse doesn’t love a good reminder that they are a lifesaver?
- Parachute Sheet Set
If you live with a nurse, we’re sure you know that sleep is of the utmost importance to them! A high-quality sheet set from Parachute is an excellent investment that promotes better sleep, rest, and relaxation and comes in a wide range of fabrics and colors.
- L.L. Bean Fleece Slippers
There’s nothing better than coming home from a long shift, taking off your shoes, and putting a great pair of comfy slippers on. We love these Cozy Slipper Booties from L.L. Bean.
- Aveda Foot Relief Moisturizing Creme
This foot cream from Aveda has peppermint and tea tree oils to provide a cooling and refreshing boost to your nurse’s tired feet. It's a staff favorite!
- Shifts: The Journal for Nurses by Nurses
Journaling is a great way to relieve stress and unload some of the more complex emotions and experiences one is bound to experience as a nurse. This Shifts: Journal for Nurses by Nurses focuses on self-care and provides inspiring and thoughtful prompts over a period of six months.
Nurse Graduation Gifts
Now, let’s move on to some gifts aimed at specific situations and times in your nurse’s career. Let’s start by ensuring your newly graduated nurse has everything they need to begin their nursing career!
- Littmann Customized Stethoscope
A personalized Littmann stethoscope as a graduation gift to your brand-new nurse is hard to beat! A stethoscope is a classic symbol of nursing and an essential tool for patient care. They come in many different colors, and with personalization, your nurse’s name will always be on it.
- Scrubs Gift Card
Hooray! Now that your nurse isn’t a student anymore, they can finally choose their own scrubs- no more nursing school uniforms! A Figs gift card allows your nurse to take their pick off all the hottest scrub styles and colors. Want more scrub ideas? Here are our top picks.
- SHYLERO Nurse Tote Bag
This bag boasts 21 pockets, tons of color choices, and is waterproof! A tote bag is a great way to keep your new nurse organized and ensure they have everything needed for their new job all in one place.
- The Little Book of Big Things Nursing School Forgot to Teach You
Oh Sh*t, I Almost Killed You! by ICU nurse turned nurse anesthetist Sonja Schwartzbach is a real-life, humorous, and honest take on the reality of becoming a nurse. Sonja describes this as “part how-to-guide with a touch of memoir thrown in.” This great gift will surely provide your new nurse with a great perspective, honest advice, and a lot of humor. Here are some more book ideas for nurses.
- Comfortable Compression Socks
Compression socks make a practical gift that your nurse is sure to appreciate. Often, you don’t realize how much compression socks are needed until you work a few 12-hour shifts without them. Nurse Yard compression socks come in fun colors and patterns, and prevent swollen, tired, and aching legs during long shifts. Here are a few more compression sock brands that we love.
Nurse’s Week Gifts
Mark your calendars! Nurses Week is from May 6th- May 12th, 2024. Everyone has needed, or will need, a nurse at some point in their lives. Let’s show some appreciation for the dedicated professionals who keep us healthy, care for us when we are ill, ease our pain, and provide endless support along the way.
- Flower Delivery
A bouquet of gorgeous flowers is a great way to say “thank you” and brighten a nurse’s day. Choose a favorite local florist, or use 1-800-Flowers to find a wide range of assortments and deliveries available.
- Custom Nurse Coffee Mug
This super cute and personalized coffee mug from Etsy is a beautiful and practical Nurse’s Week gift. Nurses love coffee- what better than a special keepsake to drink it from?
- Spa Gift Set
A Home Spa Gift Set gives your nurse an extra boost of much-needed TLC. This kit includes shower gel, bubble bath, lotion, bath salts, bath poufs, and a loofah back scrubber in a handmade basket to pamper your nurse.
- Pictures on Gold Nurse-Themed Jewelry
If your nurse loves jewelry, Pictures On Gold crafts high-quality, personalized jewelry for nurses. We think this stethoscope necklace makes a beautiful and thoughtful Nurse’s Week gift.
- Pottery Barn Bathrobe
A fluffy, comfortable bathrobe is a treat to slip into any day, especially after a demanding shift as a nurse. This cozy bathrobe from Pottery Barn will surely be well used by your nurse.
Travel Nurse Gifts
Travel nurses are a special type to shop for! In this section, we’ve included more experiences and gift cards, as they simply make more sense for a nurse who has limited space and is constantly on the go! If you’re shopping around the holidays, be sure to check out our travel nurse holiday gift guide!
- Trusted Gear
But first, don’t forget about our Trusted Health Store! You can purchase Trusted brand apparel and accessories for both work and home. Rep your favorite travel nurse agency, and look good while doing it.
- Local Spa Gift Card
A gift card to a local spa is a great way to show your travel nurse that you are thinking about them. Not only is the TLC much needed, but visiting a spa is also a fun way to spend a day in a brand-new city.
- Local Restaurant Gift Cards
Trying all the new and unique restaurants in a brand-new city is a great way to explore as a travel nurse. But this can be pricey- treat them to a meal at one of the most raved-about places in town!
- Local Experiences
Any adventurous travel nurse is sure to love this gift. Where is your travel nurse currently located? And what do they like to do? A gift card for a local experience that they would enjoy is a great way to go. Think music, museum or sporting events, guided outdoor adventures, or anything else they may want to try.
- ASAKUKI Aromatherapy Diffuser
This portable gift is a great way to make any new space feel more relaxing, comfortable, and homey. The ASAKUKI essential oil diffuser doubles as a humidifier, too.
Night Shift Nurse Gifts
It takes a few extra things to not only survive nightshift, but thrive on it! Check out our favorite gifts that help make working the night shift a little bit easier- the night shift nurse in your life will thank you.
- 40 Blinks Sleep Mask
This sleep mask by 40 Blinks is a tried and true favorite amongst night shift nurses. What sets it apart is that it doesn’t sit directly against your face. Its lifted eye areas provide both comfort and complete darkness for your night shift nurse.
- Blackout Curtains
A good pair of blackout curtains is an invaluable gift for those who work overnight and sleep during the day. Blackout curtains come in many different sizes, colors, and patterns, so you can be sure to find something for everyone’s style.
- Sunbasket Meal Delivery Service
A meal delivery service makes healthy eating before or during night shifts a breeze! Sunbasket uses organic ingredients, offers many different dietary options, and includes meals that are quick and easy to prepare. This gift lets your nurse sleep a little longer, save time shopping, and still eat delicious and healthy meals.
- Daily Burn Online Workout Subscription
A Daily Burn subscription makes getting in a quick workout between night shifts easy. If your night shift nurse doesn’t have the time to make it to the gym or just simply prefers to exercise at home, this subscription offers a wide range of on-demand yoga, pilates, circuit training, and other fitness classes.
- Homedics White Noise Machine
Is your night shift nurse having trouble sleeping during the day? The Homedics white noise machine effectively blocks out noise to ensure an uninterrupted day’s rest.
Gifts For Nursing Students
Let’s not forget nursing students! Here are a few practical and fun ideas to help get the next generation of nurses everything they need to start their journey towards becoming a nurse.
- Nurse Badge Reel Holder
Getting your first hospital ID badge as a nursing student is a memorable moment for every student nurse. It's even better if you have a badge reel holder that you love! Etsy offers a wide range of badge reels for any personality, specialty, or occasion.
- Nurse Pocket Organizer
Pocket organizers are not for everyone, but if your student nurse is the ultra-organized type, they might love this fanny-pack-type organizer from Kangapak. It keeps all the essentials organized and close at hand during nursing clinicals.
- Becoming Nursey
Becoming Nursey: From Code Blues to Code Browns, How to Care for Your Patients and Yourself, by nurse Kati Kleber, is an excellent book to read during nursing school. Kati helps students and new nurses navigate their new lives in healthcare, providing valuable insights, real-life wisdom, and humor along the way.
- Insulated Lunch Bag
An insulated lunch bag from Sunny Bird is a must for nursing school! This bag is a stylish and functional way to keep your lunch organized and fresh throughout long days of nursing school and clinical.
- Coloring Study Sheets
Help make your student nurse’s studying a little more fun with a Nurse Pharmacology Coloring Book. This book makes learning drug names and uses a little more enjoyable and maybe even slightly relaxing. It's sure to be a hit with any nursing student!
And that’s a wrap on Trusted’s Top 50 Gifts For Nurses! At Trusted, we go beyond celebrating nurses with gifts; we empower them with opportunities to advance their careers through jobs across the country.
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