Nursing is not a profession for the faint of heart. Being a nurse takes an incredible amount of intelligence – Both emotional intelligence and “book smarts.” Nurses provide care for patients in every season of life, from birth until hospice care and everything in between. Nurses come in all varieties – Male, female, young, old, introvert, extrovert and from every walk of life. They may work in a hospital Emergency Room, a nursing home, a doctors office, or any other medical facility. The one thing that all nurses have in common is their heart. Nurses go to work every day with their hearts full of giving spirit, and they care for us and our loved ones selflessly day in and day out.
In this list I have put together my favorite ideas for gifts you can get the special nurse in your life, whether she is a friend, family member or coworker. She will appreciate any of these gifts, while some of them are more “work related” and others are more personal. If you would like to see more gift guides, click here to see our thoughtfully curated articles with gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas list.
1. YETI Rambler 36oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle with Cap
Nurses are on their feet all day and need to keep hydrated. This YETI bottle is made of vacuum insulated stainless steel and offers the best insulation of any bottle on the market. Whether you like to drink ice cold water or piping hot coffee, your drinks will stay a constant temperature for hours on end. This bottle is made of super durable 18/8 stainless steel and holds 36 oz of liquid to last all day long.
2. Skechers for Work Women’s Relaxed Fit Slip Resistant Work Shoe
Nurses need comfortable shoes because they are walking around on hard floors day in and day out, often for 12 hour shifts at a time. Their shoes must also meet certain standards for hygiene and workplace safety – They must be non slip, easy to wipe clean, electrical hazard safe, and leave no marks on the floor. These work shoes from Sketchers have it all – they are stylish, appropriate for any medical work place, and best of all they are super comfortable. The top is made of leather and the sole is synthetic, with a cushiony soft memory foam pad inside. They also have a durable, lightweight non-metallic composite safety toe to protect her feet. The toebox is rounded and roomy, with room to wiggle her toes.
Price: $59.96 to $79.95
3. Quan Jewelry EKG Heartbeat Necklace
When shopping for Christmas gifts, you really can not go wrong with jewelry. This necklace is a perfect gift for any nurse, whether she is a seasoned veteran or a new graduate. This necklace features a EKG heartbeat charm on a gold tones stainless steel chain (will not leave marks). The pendant is made of long lasting pewter and it comes with an inspirational quote – “I was born to be a Nurse. To hold, to aid, to save, to inspire, It’s who I am, my calling, my passion & my life.” This gift will show her how muchh you appreciate what she does every day, in work and in life.
4. Gold Tone Nurse’s Lapel Pin Watch
One of the restrictions that nurses must follow on the job is that they cannot wear watches. Watches and other jewelry can be hazardous because they can get caught on things, and also because they cannot be properly washed and sterilized. Instead of having to search out a clock in every room or check her phone every few minutes, any nurse will love this lapel pin watch. It can be easily pinned to her scrubs and taken out whenever she needs to know the time. This watch is made of stainless steel for strength and colored in a gold tone for style.
5. ‘First Year Nurse: Wisdom, Warnings, and What I Wish I’d Known My First 100 Days on the Job’ (Kaplan Test Prep) Fourth Edition
This book is an excellent gift for any recent nursing school graduate or new nurse. Nursing is a daunting job, and everything you need to know to be successful cannot be taught in books or classrooms. Learning on the job and collecting wisdom from experienced nurses is a necessity in order to be successful. This book is a collection of valuable advice and first hand accounts from experienced nurses. It is full of compassion, insight and enthusiasm from a wide variety of nurses who are passionate about their careers. It includes stories to put their mind at ease, and advice to take when things get rough. School is very different from real life, and any new nurse will be happy to receive this book.
Buy ‘First Year Nurse: Wisdom, Warnings, and What I Wish I’d Known My First 100 Days on the Job’ here.
6. Nurse Sleeping Do Not Disturb Funny Barn Wood Sign
Nurses work crazy shifts – It is all a part of the job. Whether just starting out or a seasoned veteran, night shifts come with the territory and are a regular part of nurses’ lives. There is nothing worse for a night shift worker than to be woken up multiple times during the day by delivery people, solicitors, well meaning neighbors or phone calls. Turning the phone off is one option, and this sign is another way to protect those much needed sleeping hours. This sign can be placed on the front door of a home or apartment, or on a bedroom door if she has roommates.
7. Trauma Queen Hoodie Sweatshirt
This hoodie is a great gift for any nurse, especially those working in trauma! This hoodie is soft and warm and is printed with direct-to-garmet technology, making the ink much more strong and able to stand up to multiple washes and years of wear without peeling. The soft hoodie fabric is a 90% cotton, 10% poly blend and the ink is water soluble and eco friendly.
8. Prestige Nurse Assistant Clipboard
Nursing requires a lot of brain power and memorization, and nurses must remember a ton of information at a moment’s notice to use when caring for patients. Give your favorite nurse a helping hand with this Nurse Assistant Clipboard. It includes two sides full of diagnostic referencing information, as well as a calculator/clock/timer. This clipboard will be her best friend on the job!
9. The Cheesecake Factory Gift Card
Here is a gift that has nothing to do with being a nurse, but that every nurse will surely appreciate. The Cheesecake Factory is an awesome place to go for a nice meal and of course a gorgeous and delicious dessert. It is usually reserved for special occasions, and not some place that people usually treat themselves to. Show your favorite nurse that you really love him this Christmas with a night out – Whether together, with friends, or for a later date whenever he has the desire to go.
10. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System with Glass Carafe
Finally, here is a gift that all nurses will surely appreciate. The Ninja Coffee Bar is a single serve or carafe brewing system without the need for wasteful pods. You can choose from multiple custom brews including classic, rich and over ice. Brew sizes range from one cup, to travel mug, to full carafe with multiple options in between. There is even a built in frother so that you can brew, froth and drink all in the same mug. Ninja Coffee Brewers use Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology and Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence for the ultimate coffee experience.