A useful, relaxing gift is absolutely necessary for nurses who've been caring for patients and on their feet and in medical scrubs all day and night.
We tested and researched a range of products that encourage self-care and are practical for life at work or home. Our favorite picks include a coffee subscription to Partners, a white noise sound machine on Amazon, and even a card game for nurses.
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.
Price at time of publish: $18
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.
Price at time of publish: $100
TISSCARE Foot Massager Machine
Standing for hours on end can surely lead to some discomfort and sore feet. Help your favorite nurse take a load off with this massager that works on feet, calves, and even arms. It comes with eight rollers and has functions to mimic several massage techniques. Convenient features include a remote control, timer, and removable, washable foot sleeves.
Price at time of publish: $250
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.
Price at time of publish: $9 for Swivel Spring Badge
Gemwi Before Patients, After Patients 11 oz Coffee Mug and 18 oz Stemless Wine Glass Set
There's time for coffee and then there's time for wine. This gift set includes a present "before patients," which is an 11-ounce mug and then there's "after patients," an 18-ounce stemless wine glass. The recipient will be sure to get a chuckle out of this set. And it even comes beautifully packaged in a gift box with a bow on top.
Price at time of publish: $30
What Do You Meme? Nurses Edition - The Hilarious Party Game for Meme Lovers
Up to 20 players can enjoy this version of What Do You Meme? which is specifically geared towards nurses. They can compete using the 300 caption cards and 75 photos to see who can come up with the most hilarious memes. This will be a hit at a party or happy hour.
Price at time of publish: $25
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.
NY Threads Women's Fleece Hooded Bathrobe
Help your well deserving and hardworking nurse unwind after a long day with this super soft robe. The hood and long design makes this a robe anyone will want to cozy up in. The deep pockets are great for keeping hands warm or just holding the remote. The fleece, hooded design is available in a range of sizes and colors.
Price at time of publish: $45
TaskRabbit Gift Card
Help your nurse delegate a few duties with the help of a TaskRabbit gift card. It can be used to find someone in the area who can help with furniture assembly, shopping for essentials, cleaning, or even delivering items directly to their job.
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.
Price at time of publish: $170
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.
MANZHEN Rhodium Plated Medicine Stethoscope Heart Initial Alphabet Letter Necklace
A small, but beautiful token of appreciation is this stethoscope necklace. In addition to the stethoscope, the lariat-style necklace also has an initial heart pendant. The dainty chain measures 18 inches long and is great for everyday wear or those special occasions that call for unique accessories.
Price at time of publish: $11
INFMETRY Capsule Letters Message in a Bottle (Mixed Color 90pcs)
Small, affordable gifts can absolutely make a big impact. Infmetry's message in a bottle is sure to perk up anyone's day. The glass jar holds pills that can be opened up to reveal a small scroll of paper. Use this to write a short, sweet message or maybe something encouraging.
Price at time of publish: $13
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.
Price at time of publish: $70
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.
Price at time of publish: $135
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.
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.
Price at time of publish: $38
Midunu Chocolate Tasting Kit for Four
Instead of just gifting a box of chocolates, try Midunu's tasting kit. The set comes with a box of chocolate truffles, raw cocoa nibs, and a tasting guide. There's enough for four people, so this can be a fun group or family activity and a great way to experience chocolate in a unique way. You can even have a chocolatier virtually walk you through the tasting process.
Price at time of publish: $120
Unpopular Market Top Ramen Small Zipper Pouch
For a unique, but also useful gift, Unpopular Market's zip pouches are sure to be a hit. The pouch measures just five inches long but is large enough to hold essentials like lip balm, moisturizer, and other odds and ends. In addition to being functional, it's a fun, eco-friendly present as the bag is made out of a recycled Ramen package.
Managing to eat healthy can be a struggle for anyone, but maybe even more of a challenge for busy professionals. So a few plant-based meals by Kencko is sure to be appreciated. Each meal is the equivalent of four servings of vegetables and prep is as simple as adding hot water and stirring.
Price at time of publish: $5
The Sill Monthly Subscription
For the nurse who's a plant parent, a subscription to The Sill will make them smile. Each month they'll receive a new plant and a five or seven-inch ceramic planter. Choose the classic subscription or opt for the pet friendly version for those who have fur babies.
Fitbit Inspire HR
Though the design is lightweight and sleek, the Fitbit is high on function. It tracks sleep, steps, and heart rate. It can also automatically track activities like walking or swimming and it easily syncs to a phone or other device to monitor progress or even map out a running route. Also, the battery can hold a charge for up to five days.
Price at time of publish: $188
Pipilo Press Nurse Appreciation Thank You Cards with Envelopes
"A nurse is basically a superhero in scrubs." That's just one of the phrases on this pack of thank you cards specifically for nurses. There are six different designs in the 24-pack set so this would be great if you have several nurses in your family or want to give cards to the amazing staff in a doctor's office.
Price at time of publish: $10
RENPHO Rechargeable 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.
Price at time of publish: $50
BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Exercise Yoga Mat
Whether they practice at home, outdoors, or in a studio, a great yoga mat is always useful. In addition to coming in half a dozen colors, this mat is made of anti-tear material and .25 inches thick, for ultimate comfort. The 68-inch long mat also comes with a strap for easy carrying.
Price at time of publish: $30
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream
Between all the hand washing and wearing gloves, hands are sure to take a beating. This three ounce Neutrogena hand cream is convenient to keep in a bag or even the desk at work. The formula is a gel, cream consistency that moisturizes hands without leaving behind an oily look or feel.
Price at time of publish: $8
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.
Price at time of publish: $45
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.
Price at time of publish: $13
Etsy Nurse Silicone Bracelet Erasable Notes Vital Signs Nurse Accessories Gift Wristband
Your nurse is surely no stranger to jotting down important info or vitals but this is a new, maybe even more convenient, way to do so. The silicone bracelet comfortably wraps around a wrist and simply use a marker to write down info. When done, simply wipe away and take more notes.
What to Look for When Buying a Nurse Gift
Nurses need a lot of gear to do their work. Offer them a practical gift like a nice hand lotion for their overwashed dry hands, a pair of scrubs, a clipboard, or supportive footwear. Or show a busy nurse you care with a gift subscription for coffee, wine, or meal delivery service that will give them extra time to relax and recuperate after a long day.
Nursing is a tough job that is hard on the body and the spirit. Look for a gift that will encourage the nurse in question to indulge in some self-care. That could mean anything from luxury bath salts to a foot massager or a weighted blanket.
It can be hard for nurses to leave work behind at the end of the day. Offer them something that will distract them after work, like a set of coloring books, a puzzle, or a meditation app. Or gift them something that will help them get a good night’s sleep, like a silk eye mask, a lavender-scented candle, or a white noise machine.
What is a good retirement gift for a nurse?
Try to offer a thoughtful and practical gift that will help the nurse enjoy a long-awaited retirement after years of hard work. Nursing is a high-stress job that is prone to burnout, so if the retiring nurse is planning to stay home and read in the backyard for the next five years, offer a hammock or a comfortable deck chair. Gift a set of paints to an aspiring artist, or a foreign language immersion course for the nurse who wants to brush up on her Italian before heading off on a long-postponed trip.
How many gift bags should you bring for the labor and delivery nurses?
While it’s not expected, many expectant mothers like to pre-pack gift bags filled with things like lip balms, pens, and homemade treats for the labor and delivery nurses. It can be hard to guess how many gift bags to bring, since you can’t predict how many nurses will be by your side during the delivery process, through changing shifts, and throughout your stay, which may vary in length. It’s recommended that you call ahead to ask how many nurses are likely to be involved in your labor and delivery care and to make sure that you are allowed to bring gifts into the hospital and are informed of any restrictions on contents.
What do you get a nurse for their birthday?
Nurses get paid to take care of people. Help them care for themselves after hours with a pampering gift like a set of essential oils, yoga gear, or a pair of cozy, high-quality slippers. If the nurse is someone who cared for you or a loved one, be sure to include a card that mentions something specific that you appreciated about the care and comfort they provided.
What do you get a nurse for a graduation gift?
If you want to get a newly minted nurse a practical gift they can use on the job, offer them a stethoscope, clipboard, or comfortable but stylish pair of work shoes. Give a nurse grad some perspective on her new profession with a book about nursing. Or offer something that will make getting out of the house in the morning easier, like an easy-to-use coffee maker or a quality blender for making smoothies.
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.