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Between the long hours interacting with patients and being on their feet all day and night, nurses are more than deserving of a special gift. It's near impossible to find a present that encompasses how valuable they are, but the options below are a start. They range from items they can use while relaxing at home or useful gear on the job, including an accessory to jazz up their medical scrubs.
Here are the best gifts for nurses.
Partners Coffee Roaster's Choice Subscription
With early mornings and late nights, there’s a chance they need some caffeine, stat. Try gifting Partners Coffee. But don’t just give them a bag, try a gift subscription. Choose delivery every two or four weeks and they will receive a new 12-ounce bag of coffee. You can order the subscription yourself or send it virtually, the recipient will be emailed a link to redeem the gift and select their coffee option.
SNOOZ White Noise Sound Machine
Some overworked nurses may fall asleep with ease, but others might need a bit of help. This portable device has a fan inside that creates a soothing white noise sound. This can be really helpful for the person who needs a bit of help falling asleep or wants to drown out external noise like loud neighbors or a snoring partner. With 10 different volume settings, the tone can be adjusted from a small whisper to the hum of an airplane cabin.
RENPHO Handheld Massager
After standing for hours, nurses are no strangers to sore muscles. Ideally, a weekly massage would be perfect, but that’s not always realistic. This RENPHO Rechargeable Hand Held Deep Tissue Massager is the next best thing. The cordless design means it can be used anywhere and it can run for more than two hours on a single charge. It also comes with five different massager heads that can be changed out.
Tribute Video Message
Many people utilize technology to stay in touch and there’s one company that’s made it even easier to show your love and appreciation no matter how far away you may be. A video montage usually takes time to compile, but Tribute’s service lets you invite friends and family to create a short video. After that, you just drag and drop to compile a heartwarming message to the person in your life. The completed video can be delivered via an LCD card or uploaded on a USB flash drive.
Etsy Personalized Badge Reel
Help your nurse add a bit of flair to their uniform with a personalized badge reel. This is an extremely affordable gift, but the personalization will make your nurse feel special. You can choose between four colors and two attachment styles, either a belt clip or swivel. The reel features the person’s name in script lettering and there’s the option to add credentials.
Freshly Meal Delivery
Take a load, and a responsibility, off of a nurse’s plate by gifting a subscription to Freshly. A lot of meal delivery subscriptions follow the model of providing ingredients, but Freshly meals come pre-prepared. All they have to do is heat the food up and they’re ready to eat within three minutes. Choose as little as four meals a week or up to 12. You select the number of meals and when they’re ready to redeem, the recipient can select the specific meals from the rotating menu.
Sunday Citizen Casablanca Throw
Here’s a throw that’s warm thanks to the double knit layers, but it’s also quite stylish. The color options include sage, cobalt, orange, and more that perfectly contrast against the white. This would look great across any couch or at the foot of a bed. Also, the extra large design, 52 x 75 inches, is ideal for wrapping up in on those cold days.
Lemonade Pursuits Wild Woman 500 Pieces Puzzle
Puzzles can be fun, creative, and just downright relaxing. For a zen activity, try one of Lemonade Pursuits puzzles. The 500 and 1000 piece puzzles have fun designs and intentionally relaxing colors (blues, greens, etc.) and beautiful landscapes. You can even learn a bit about the puzzle's artists before purchasing and the company even offers free replacement pieces.
Uncommon Goods FootMate System
This handy product will be a welcome addition to any nurse’s shower routine. After standing for hours, the FootMate System gives tired feet the TLC they deserve. When placed on the shower floor, the contoured bristles help stimulate circulation, slough away dead skin, and massage the feet. The bottom has suction cups so there’s no worry about it moving around.
Los Poblanos Lavender Salve
Wearing gloves and constant washing can leave anyone’s hands feeling dry and sore. This Los Poblanos Hand Salve will be a welcome blessing to your favorite nurse. The product is made with five natural ingredients, including organic lavender essential oil that’s farmed and harvested in New Mexico. This isn’t just a salve that can be applied to hands but also used as a face mask and even rubbed on the temples to provide relief.
Brooklyn Brew Shop Sparkling Wine Kit
Who couldn’t use a drink once it’s time to clock out? But instead of the typical bottle of vino or a nice spirit, this kit adds a bit of fun to a nightcap. This Sparkling Wine Kit contains everything they’ll need (except wine bottles) to stir up some drinks. The kit makes a total of five bottles of sparkling wine. It can be a fun activity at the end of the day or for the weekend.
Piglet Midnight Stripe Linen Pajama Trousers Set
Having something cozy to slip into after a long shift is at the top of the list for many nurses. Piglet’s pajama set comes in trousers or shorts, but either way, they’re cozy. The linen has a lightweight feel when the weather is warmer but is also substantial enough to wear during colder months. The pinstripe design and piping at the seams has such an elevated look for days or nights when they want to lounge around the house.
Rosie's Place Gooey Butter Cookie Tin
For the person in your life who’s from St. Louis or just anyone who has a sweet tooth, Rosie’s Place Gooey Butter cookie tin will bring a smile to their face. Gooey Butter typically comes in a cake form, but this version is a cookie. The tin includes 12 cookies, at close to three pounds. This is a decadent treat the nurse in your life can enjoy alone or share with their co-workers.
Prestige Printed Compression Socks
Socks can usually feel like a cheap, or even basic, gift. However, for the nurse who’s been on their feet for 12+ hours, compression socks will be extremely useful. The socks help reduce any swelling and improve circulation to the legs. These socks from Prestige Medical come in a variety of designs, including stripes, ribbons, and leopard, but a nurse will probably appreciate the EKG print.
Maven Made Skincare Bundle
After a long day or night's work, your tired nurse will love using one or all of the skincare beauty products in this set from Maven Made. Choose the Sleep, Skincare, or Feel Better bundle based on their needs. The products range from a roll-on botanical oil that promotes relaxation, a rosewater facial mist, and a body oil that can be used from head to toe.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020 and researched brands that have well-rated products for nurses. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.