The 15 Best Gifts for Nurses in 2021

Thoughtful and practical gifts for the people who selflessly care for others

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Our Top Picks

Best Hand Cream: Lavender Salve at Los Poblanos

"Dry hands don’t stand a chance against this moisturizing salve that’s made of natural ingredients."

Best Coffee: Coffee Subscription at Partners Coffee

"You’ll never have a shortage of caffeine with this convenient coffee subscription."

Best Sleep Aid: White Noise Machine at Snooz

"This device is small but works wonders by emitting white noise and lulling you to sleep."

Best Drink: Sparkling Wine Kit at Brooklyn Brew Shop

"You could buy your own wine or whip it up yourself with this fun kit."

Best Relaxation: Gaiam Mini Massage Stick at Target

"With a 14 inch long handle, this mini massage stick gets to all the hard to reach, sore muscles."

Best Tech: Video Montage at Tribute

"This service makes it easy to create a touching video that anyone will cherish for years to come."

Best Personalization: Badge Reel at Etsy

"A medical professional can jazz up their scrubs with a fashionable and functional badge reel that’s personalized."

Best for the Feet: FootMate System at Uncommon Goods

"Feet can often be ignored, but this product features bristles that massage heels and stimulate circulation."

Best Meal Delivery: Freshly meal kits at Freshly

"This meal delivery subscription takes it one step further by prepping and cooking all meals. You just heat them up."

Best Pajamas: Linen Pajama Trousers Set at Piglet

"Cozy and chic is the best way to describe this linen pajama set."

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 at home or on the job and work for a range of budgets.

Here are a few choice for best gifts for nurses.

Los Poblanos Lavender Salve

Los Poblanos Lavender Salve

Courtesy of Los Poblanos 

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.

Partners Coffee Subscription

Partners Coffee Roasters coffee subscription

Courtesy of Partners Coffee Roasters

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 Machine

Some overworked nurses may fall asleep with ease, but others might need a bit of help. This white noise machine will undoubtedly get a ton of use. The 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.

Sparkling Wine Kit

Sparkling Wine Kit

Courtesy of Brooklyn Brewshop 

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.

RENPHO Rechargeable Hand Held Deep Tissue 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 you can use it 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 Montage

Qik Group Video Messaging
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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. Though the editing process is easy, you also have the option to pay to have a pro do that for you. The completed video can be delivered via an LCD card or uploaded on a USB flash drive.

Personalized Badge Reel

Personalized Nurse Badge Reel

Courtesy of Etsy 

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.

FootMate System

Uncommon Goods Footmate System

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This handy product will be a welcome addition to any nurse’s shower routine. After standing for hours, this 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.


Freshly meal delivery subscription

Courtesy of Freshly 

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.

Linen Pajama Trousers Set

Linen Pajama Trousers Set

Courtesy of Piglet 

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.

Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate Mask

Youth to the People Superberry Face mask

Courtesy of Sephora 

This mask is at the top of most beauty lover’s lists, and nurses who may be dealing with parched skin can also appreciate this well-reviewed product. Youth to the People’s mask comes in a small jar, just two ounces, but a little truly goes a long way. The rich formula is packed with antioxidant ingredients to hydrate the skin and leave it with a brighter appearance. Most masks need to be washed off, but this one can conveniently be left on overnight.

Gooey Butter Cookie Tin

Rosie’s Place Cookie Tin

Courtesy of Rosie's Place 

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.

Ugg Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket

Ugg Sherpa Throw Blanket

Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond 

Ugg is known for having some of the coziest boots and their throw blanket is like wrapping up in a boot. The sherpa blanket, which is 50 inches long and 70 inches wide, is the perfect companion after a long day. The design is also reversible, so it’s like having two blankets in one.

Printed Compression Socks

Printed Compression Socks

 Courtesy of Scrubs and Beyond

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 an extremely useful gift. 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.

Relax Body Oil

The Well Relax Body Oil

Courtesy of The Well 

The Well’s Relax Body Oil is best when used right out of the shower, but it can truly be rubbed into the skin anytime someone wants a sense of tranquility and calm vibes. The lightweight product contains avocado, coconut, and lavender essential oils. This is an oil made with quality ingredients that get absorbed in the skin, versus leaving skin feeling and looking greasy.

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