The annual Nurses Week takes place every May, but if you have a wonderful nurse in your life, you know that there’s no need to wait for a specific time of year to celebrate this medical professional. Nursing is one of the toughest careers in medicine and can have a detrimental effect on a person’s mental health. When it comes to showing your support, a phone call, text, letter or gift for a nurse is a great way to ensure someone knows they are appreciated.
Becoming a nurse requires years of training both in school and in the field. Job requirements often extend beyond their outline, with many nurses remaining on duty once their shift ends to console and care for patients and provide assistance for their peers.
If you know you’re going to be in the care of a nurse in the near future, for example, if you are going to give birth or have a scheduled surgery, having gifts on hand to give nurses during your stay at the hospital is a great way to show your gratitude and eliminate the chance that you may be unable to see your nurse again once you’re at home recuperating. If you have a family member who has been under the care of a nurse, sending a gift is a gracious way to thank them for the care they have shown your loved one.
Whether you are looking for a gift for a recent grad or want to recognize someone who has helped you through a difficult period, there are several thoughtful and useful gifts for nurses that will make an essential worker’s day.
Check out our list of the best gifts for nurses below.
1. Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray
BEST FOR RELAXING
When it’s time to unwind after a long shift, it’s tough to beat a relaxing bubble bath. We love the Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray from Royal Craft Wood, which has a spot for everything and everyone. The extendable and waterproof caddy can accommodate up to two bathers, with dedicated holders for tablets, books, cell phones, wine glasses, candles, and whatever else the nurse or nurses in your life need to relax. The silicone grip on the bottom of the bamboo caddy keeps it in place, and detachable trays help extend and minimize the caddy to fit most tubs. Convenient handles on either side make it easy for this bathtub tray to transition into a breakfast-in-bed tray because if anyone deserves to be pampered, it’s the nurse in your life.
2. Herbal Freeze by All Good
BEST FOR SORE BODIES
Nursing is a physical job that can take a toll on a person’s body. Whether they are lifting patients, turning patients, running from call to call, or twisting to quickly grab supplies, a nurse’s body can often be riddled with aches and pains at the end of the shift. That’s why we recommend Herbal Freeze by All Good, a fast-acting, plant-based relaxer that uses herbs and medicinal plants to provide pain relief for sore muscles and aching joints. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and most importantly, effective.
3. Tread Labs Pace Insole Kit
BEST FOR SORE FEET
Seats at a nurse’s stations tend to get dusty from a lack of use. Whether they are in the emergency room, urgent care, on the pediatric floor, or making house calls, nurses are on their feet all day. The Tread Labs Pace Insole Kit comes with three sets of insoles that cover the entirety of the user’s shoe or just the heel. Unlike generic options, Tread Labs act more like expensive custom insoles by offering four arch heights to help users get the most custom-shaped insole possible to help relieve pain and fight against plantar fasciitis, pronation and to ensure proper body alignment. You can’t help a nurse sit down more, but you can help make their feet feel better.
4. Swiftwick FLITE XT ZERO Non-Slip Running Socks
BEST FOR HOT FEET
That’s right, we have two products on this list for feet because nurses stand, walk and run all day. And all night. And sometimes for much longer than their 12-hour shift. Swiftwick makes a no-show stock that actually stays up, even when running. Featuring moderate compression that helps soothe sore muscles, the socks are made from Olefin fiber that wicks away sweat, keeps feet cool and blister-free. Unlike many sports socks that begin to fade or become thin after multiple washings, Swiftwick keep their shape and their support. We also like that the company has a history that includes donating thousands of socks to medical professionals.
5. Yogi Bare Paws
BEST FOR STRETCHING
Whether they need a spot to meditate before starting a shift or an area to stretch out their sore muscles and stay in shape for their physically demanding job, a high-quality yoga mat is a great gift for any nurse. We like the Yogi Bare Paws mat, which has a nonslip grip that is great for intense sweat sessions and hot yoga. The mat is made with eco-friendly natural rubber and available in several color options that have been created using natural, plant-based dyes. We also like that the mat has a body alignment position guide down the middle, because nurses spend all day focusing on other people’s bodies and need to be able to slightly turn their brains off when it’s time to relax.
6. Cloudburst Organic Cold Brew
BEST CAFFEINATED GIFT
You knew what is not delicious? A coffee that was supposed to be enjoyed hot that is now at room temperature. Do you know what is delicious? This USDA certified organic cold brew from Cloudburst. Nurses don’t always get the chance to sit and enjoy a steaming hot cup of Joe, but they definitely need some caffeine to make it through their long shifts. That’s why we like the cold brew from Cloudburst Coffee. Roasted in California, the cold brew can be prepared a few days before a shift and deliver a delicious and refreshing jolt with hints of peach, milk chocolate and toffee. The company also has several half-caff and full caff roasts for those extra tough shifts that need reinforcements.
7. Clean Beauty Box Subscription
BEST FOR A NURSES SKIN
When they’re not busy saving lives at hospitals and clinics, nurses deserve some TLC. There are many beauty subscription services that allow customers to spoil the nurse in their life with a bi-monthly box filled with beauty goodies. We like Clean Beauty Box, which uses only high quality, cruelty-free products and offers a mix of industry favorites and new, exciting additions to the beauty market. Recipients will receive a beauty box tailored to their skin needs and preferences, giving nurses the chance to treat themselves as well as they treat their patients.
8. PhoneSoap Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer
BEST FOR DIRTY PHONES
It’s a universal truth that everyone’s smartphone is gross. For nurses, not only are they dealing with their own germs, but also the germs of many other people. That’s why it’s especially important for them to keep their phones clean and help eliminate an area that can house bacteria and germs. One of the easiest ways to do that is with the PhoneSoap Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer. The clam-lick sanitizer can clean phones, wallets, cards, pens, keys and other germ catching items in only less than five minutes. And since it doubles as a charger, it makes a great item for the nurse in your life to keep on his or her desk at all times.
9. Tenswall Portable Blender
BEST FOR HUNGRY NURSES
Nurses can’t survive on coffee alone, although many have tried. Long, leisurely lunch breaks aren’t typical for many in the healthcare profession, which is why we like the Tenswall portable blender. Nurses can prepare their smoothie the day before their shift or take their Tenswall with them to the clinic or hospital, turning the compact and powerful blender on when it’s time to enjoy a nutritious and filling drink. The Tenswall can make up to 12 smoothies on a single USB charge, making ‘charge blender’ one less thing nurses have to remember with their busy schedules.
10. Qalo Silicone Ring
BEST FOR JEWELRY-LOVING NURSES
Depending on the type of medicine your nurse practices, they may not be allowed or feel comfortable wearing their regular jewelry to work. Thankfully, there are Qalo Silicone Rings, which are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colors. Made from non-conductive, nonporous silicone that is safe for between -75 and 575 degrees Fahrenheit and with the tensile strength of up to 7 pounds before breaking, Qalo rings can stand up to frequent washing and high impact. Each ring also comes with a small zippered storage bag where users can store their traditional rings during a shift.