Top Holiday Gifts for Nurses

Nurses spend their careers providing care to others. Now it's time to show the same level of thoughtfulness and care.

Here's a handy list of nursing gift ideas, whether you're shopping for a fellow nurse or want to drop some hints to your friends and family.

Nurses, what's your must-have gift? Let us know in the comments below!


For the practical nurse:

A shiny, new stethoscope is always a good bet. We hear from our Facebook nurses that the 3M™ Littmann® Cardiology III™ Stethoscope is a great choice. A new pair of nursing shoes is another gift that will get a lot of wear in the year to come.

For the night shift nurse (or the day shift nurse, for that matter):

Many nurses turn to caffeine for that extra boost to get them through a 12-hour shift. Consider a Starbucks® gift card, or if you’re feeling extra generous a Keurig® brewing system will really get their day started off right.

For the Chamberlain nurse:

From gym bags to mittens and hoodies to coffee mugs, the Chamberlain Merchandise store has the perfect choices for students and alumni to show off their school pride.

For the new nursing graduate:

You've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into that nursing degree. Why keep your diploma in a drawer? A custom diploma frame from Jostens will let you showcase your accomplishments.

For the crafty nurse:

The website Etsy is a treasure trove for cute nurse gifts. Try a personalized nursing tumbler, ornament or tote bag.

For the nurse with a cause:

The gift of membership in a nursing organization can provide opportunities to network, build your resume and have a voice in shaping the future of policy. If they aren’t already a member, your state organization of the American Nurses Association is a great place to start.

For the pediatrics nurse:

PediaPals® offers a slew of adorable medical equipment that promise to keep children smiling—even if they ARE going to get a shot. We especially love the dinosaur and giraffe reflex hammers.

For the TV-loving nurse:

If your favorite nurse loves to unwind in front of the TV after a long shift, consider getting them the eight-part ABC reality series “NY Med” that follows the doctors, nurses and patients at Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Centers in New York. Or, if they don't mind a little inaccuracy, there's always a "Nurse Jackie" box set.

For the nursing student:

Every student can use a little rest and relaxation during the rigors of nursing school. Pamper them with a gift certificate for a massage at your local spa.

For the fashion-forward nurse:

It’s hard for a nurse to feel like they’re runway ready in nursing scrubs, but that doesn’t mean their work look can’t reflect their style. Scrubs Magazine recently picked some of their favorite styles that work with the season’s trends.

For the bookworm nurse:

Enlightening nursing books range from the practical, including nurse leader Donna Cardillo’s “Your First Year As a Nurse, Second Edition: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” to the heartwarming, such as “Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul: Stories to Celebrate, Honor and Inspire the Nursing Profession.”

Nurses, what must-have gifts are we missing? Let us know in the comments below!


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