Looking for the perfect gift idea for a nurse, nursing student or instructor in your life? Often working long hours and under stressful conditions, nurses will appreciate gifts that offer relaxation and, sometimes, a mental diversion from the hospital. They also love gifts that help them see the value they provide. We surveyed over 500 ideas to find 25 top options, all under $50 at the time of publication.
One of the reasons I bought these is another reviewer said the toes were loose, which was exactly what I needed. My second toe is the same length as my big toe and most socks Cause pressure and a sore nail. These socks fit loose on the end of my toe and are snug the rest of the way up my leg and so I am thrilled. They are warm which is great for winter but I doubt if I’ll wear them in the summertime. Although I have some lovely colorful ones for summer, ">
If you’re standing for more than 6 hours per day, your legs and feet undergo a lot of physical stress. Compression socks help alleviate the strain, prevent you from swelling up and keep from blood collecting in the lower extremities. We recommend compression socks by Nurse Mates, which come in a variety of styles including Cause for a Cure, a great way for a nurse to show her moral support. ">
If you're looking to go the classic and traditional route it doesn't get much better than the gold pocket watch. This is a classic gift because it is supposed to symbolize the time the person has spent working. The passage of time is not only literal but figurative. If you don't want to go with the pocket watch, a standard watch or clock can also carry the same significance.
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There are some gifts that are a little more universal. For example, any nurse would likely appreciate a thoughtful card and a nice double walled vacuum sealed mug. I mean, who doesn’t drink water? And even if they already have one, it’s always nice to have one you can keep at home and one you can take on the go. I have 3, myself. One of the office, one for the car, and one at home. 

Finding the right gift for any person (especially if they are nurses) is not as easy as we would like it to be. It often takes a lot of time and research in order to find the right present that other person will enjoy. This is especially true when it comes to buying a gift for nurses. Fortunately, there are plenty of great ideas that will make this gift season memorable for your nurse friend. That being said, let’s take a look at the list of the best 40+ nursing gift ideas you can buy for a nurse:
After taking finals and graduating, the recent grad will likely have a lot of stress and tension built up. You could always buy them a day of relaxation. You could contact local spas, or treat them to manicure or whatever else you think they’d enjoy. Also, since they may be doing a lot of job interviews, you could always schedule them to get their hair done, and other beauty pampering. Of course, this not only applies to female grads—males would still enjoy a nice massage.

Looking to surprise your favorite nurse on his or her graduation day? Explore the Gifts.com selection of nurse graduation gifts to let them know how proud you are. If she enjoys the finer things, consider a pendant with a heartfelt message of congratulations. If he’s a fashion forward type of guy, custom cufflinks could be the perfect choice for recognizing his hard work. It’s easy to show how much you care by selecting the perfect token to celebrate your graduate’s dedication and success. ">


This adorable Nurse Graduation Gift Package makes a perfect gift for any nurse graduate. This package features a nurse figurine, who holds a diploma and a silver colored medical caduceus. Also included in the gift package is a customized print with the name and photo of the nurse grad, and a set of four Florence Nightingale Nurse Notecards with a unique quotation on each. ">
Nurses: they’ve been saving lives, taking pulses and caring for others since the beginning of time. Honor the hard work and dedication of the Florence Nightingales in your life by wishing them a happy Nurses Day on May 6 or anytime during National Nurse Week, May 6-12.  Nurses Day raises awareness of the important role nurses have in everyone’s life. From Nurse Midwives to Nurse Practitioners to Registered Nurses, show those superheroes in scrubs just how appreciated they are with Nurses Day cards that celebrate their career or thank them for their care. Want to know just what to write in it? We’ll help you say it in just the right way. And gifts for nurses are always appreciated, especially gifts that make their job just a little bit easier—like a travel mug, soothing hand cream or a fancy pen.  A wood quote sign or figurine about nursing also makes a great nursing graduation gift. Be sure to give your nursing appreciation gift the right finishing touch with our selection of gift wrap perfect for the occasion. Want to know more? Check out our article on the history of Nurses Day, then go out and tell all the nurses you know: they’re the balm!
This book contains true narratives from nurses who remember the difficulties they encountered when they first entered the profession, and reflect upon what makes their career so rewarding and what gets them through their hardest shifts. Perfect for a nurse who might be feeling discouraged, the stories in the book will renew his or her personal strength and will remind them why they became a nurse in the first place—to help people.   ">

Serving the duel purpose of relaxation while also humidifying the room, an aromatherapy diffuser is the perfect gift idea for a nurse who wants to come home and unplug from it all. We recommend the InnoGear brand thanks to its great user accolades and features such as auto shut off and changing color options that both adults and kids will find fun. ">
Just had an idea, not sure if it's suitable for you, but if she's expressed an interest in a review course for NCLEX and is hesitating over cost, maybe a home-made coupon that offers to pay for the course of her choice? Keep in mind they go for up to a few hundred bucks, but might be a good gift for those so inclined. Get the money worry out of the way. ">
“The deafening sound of a siren hammered the eardrums of the people in the street. An ambulance crossed town at high speed. Two accident victims with broken limbs, multiple contusions, and various other injuries were being transported to the emergency room. A young nurse with an exuberant body and shapely curves was providing very sensual emergency care which made them forget all suffering. Meanwhile, the driver suffered from a slight strabismus though it did not prevent him from swerving dangerously through the hundreds of cars who, at that hour, clogged the roads of the town. He just missed two light poles, grazed 14 cars, hit two motorcyclists and rammed a truck, but his orders were to arrive as fast as possible. The first to be taken to the emergency room was the paramedic who had been sitting next to the driver; he had arrived unconscious with symptoms of cardiac arrest.”
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After all of those years in school, what better to prepare for a new job than a quick getaway to some vacation spot? Some people like to get their recent graduate friends or family a quick vacation before they enter the workforce. You can pitch in with others, or simply buy a hotel room. Of course, it goes without saying that you’d better make sure they are interested in going, and will be able to do so.
Something cozy for the home. A soft blanket, a tea collection, candles, a really luxurious pillow -- these are all gifts that will nurture the nurturer when times get tough. Nurses work long shifts that can often be stressful and taxing; help them relax after work and fall asleep in a comforting environment. There are even gift subscription boxes for things like candles and tea, allowing you to make relaxation a monthly present. Help your nurse’s home become a retreat after a long day spent selflessly serving others.
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There's books designed especially for the new nurse, quick reference guides and such: maybe a gift certificate to a large bookstore with a card that tells her to buy such a book for herself? Better than choosing the wrong one, and I love when someone has thought enough to tell me that's what they want for me, and I should choose A friend did that for me specifically for NON-nursing books: she said I had spent so long staring at textbooks, the Barnes and Noble giftcard was ONLY to be used on paperback fiction! Loved that.
If you know the person you're buying a gift for likes to go to the theater or to other performances, buying tickets to a special event is always a nice idea. It gives the recipient something to look forward to during their newly acquired free time. Many people like to purchase these gifts if they're into giving experiences rather than regular presents.
A great gift that most people really tend to like is to get something and embroider their names, initials, etc. on it. What you can do is take any item already mentioned above (say, a bracelet or tote bag), and then get an engraving or embroidered initials or name on it. Say your grad’s name is Jane Smith. You can get a cute tote bag, take it to an embroidery shop, and get Jane Smith, RN on it. Most nurses LOVE this stuff, and it helps them keep track of their items (and prevents theft).
Celebrate years of hard work and the end of a long career—as well as the beginning of more relaxing free time—with retirement greeting cards and retirement gifts. Whether the retiree is planning on more travel, more golf or more time with their grandchildren, you'll find great retirement gift ideas at Hallmark. The best retirement gifts come from the heart and may depend on your relationship with the retiree. Think about their hobbies and future plans. Inspirational books and movies are always popular retirement gifts as well. ">
Acknowledge your nursing team's compassion and caring ways with appreciation gifts featuring exclusive motivational themes that beautifully express how wonderful and highly regarded nurses are, how it's in their nature to care, and that they are the heartbeat of healthcare. Positive Promotions' exclusive slogans adorn a wide selection of nurse appreciation gifts to help you fully convey your gratitude during National Nurses Week or any day of the year. You can even have items personalized with your facility's logo or personal message. A custom imprint makes your presentation extra special and memorable!
Nurses are busy people and don’t always have time to book professional massages. After a long shift, this personal massager comes in handy to relieve knots, tension, spasms, aches, and pains. Percussion therapy relieves muscle tension, knots, spasms, aches, and pains. It’s powerful and can be customized for various types of massage including deep tissue and trigger point therapy on the neck, back, hands and face.
NRSNG Academy’s Fundamentals course is the course you’ll definitely want to have for your first semester of nursing school! We introduce the Nursing Process and how to start thinking like a nurse. We’ll talk you through legal and ethical issues and how to handle emergency situations. This course will be helpful when you’re in your Fundamentals class, all throughout nursing school, and even after you graduate as a reminder and a refresher of how to think like a nurse in every aspect of the job! 

Waterproof and durable these (set of 2) tiles allow you to easily find your keys, your smartphone, or anything that you attach it to.  You can even see it on a map where and when you left your prized belongings behind!  This is perfect for the nurse who may be lacking sleep and, well, could use a little help finding their misplaces keys and whatnot. ">
While her nursing career might not have left much free time for hobbies and other interests, a new retiree will have all the time in the world to cultivate her interests or maybe explore a new hobby. You could create a gift basket filled with hobby related items. For example, say she’s a gardener, fill a watering can with various gardening tools and equipment and throw in a few packets of seeds. If she’s a whizz in the kitchen, then some cookery books, kitchen gadgets, oven gloves, apron, tasty ingredients will be more suitable. And if you know there’s something she’s been dying to learn, then enrol her in some lessons.
For many years the newly retired nurse will have dedicated her life to caring for others. It’s about time she enjoyed a spot of pampering herself. Give her a gift voucher that can be exchanged for a massage, manicure, pedicure, or hair style. She could use it for a reflexology session, day at her local spa, Reiki session, or a makeover. If there are a few people that are willing to pool finances, you might be able to treat her to a weekend away.
How 'bout for those tired of runnin' dogs of hers getting "broke in" to running on the floors as a new nurse? Try a foot bath/massager, easy to use, soooo soothing to those aching feet when she gets home from work! Add a pedicure kit to it containing reviving lotion for feet, callous pad, nail polish, toe separater to aid in keeping toes apart while painting toenails, that type of accessory in addition to the foot massager/foot bath itself. It is electric, just add water to a certain level, turn it on....ahhhh, instant blessed relief with heat, no less!
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A stethoscope. Definitely a practical gift, a stethoscope is a great way to give to a nurse - you can't go wrong with this classic Littman stethoscope. Stethoscopes can get stolen, so you could go even bigger and get it engraved with your nurse’s name, eliminating that “finders keepers” problem. But remember, nurses are pretty specific about the tools that they like to use, so be sure to ask your nurse which type is preferred, or give a gift card to purchase a specific stethoscope. (Remember that controversy about Miss Colorado, the nurse with the stethoscope?)

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It seems like nurses have one of the most important jobs in the world and usually get half the credit they deserve!  This time of year is perfect to let that special nurse in your life know just how much you appreciate them, respect them, and are thankful for them.  Whether they’re newly graduated, a veteran in the medical industry, a male nurse (yes, they totally do exist so start showing some respect!), or you’re looking for a birthday gift perfect for the funniest registered nurse you know, we’ve got your back. From traditional to outside-the-box,  check out some of the best gifts for nurses (so far) in 2019.
A watch (wristwatch or fob, engraving optional). Let’s face it, nurses pretty much need to use a watch for many things, from checking respirations and heart rates to documenting time. Furthermore, a watch is useful for practical, everyday time management. So surprise the nurse in your life with a really nice one, this watch from Timex is one of our favorites! 
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A patient to keep alive: a house plant. Countless studies have proven that having plants in the home leads to a healthier lifestyle. If your nurse doesn't have a green thumb to speak of, gift a plant that's easy to take care of, like aloe or bamboo (aloe even has healing properties). As the plant grows, your nurse will fondly remember its significance and appreciate its beauty. 

Speaking from someone who is graduating on Sat- I would tell people to give her $$$$$$$$$$$$ if they want to give her something. I know it isn't very specific or unique to nurses but if she is in a similar situation as I am-she probably needs the cash! Even though I have worked all through school, I am completely broke and am praying relatives will give me cash because even though I have a job lined up -the soonest they will let me start is the 13th of may. So there you have it-a nice thoughtful card with some greenbacks would be a beautiful gift for a new grad to recieve. And maybe a gift cert-for some nice new scrubs! ">
Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, a bachelors-prepared registered nurse, is the founder and owner of The Nerdy Nurse® and TheNerdyNurse.com. She is the co-founder of Health Media Academy and is an award-winning author and blogger, international keynote speaker, and influencer in the nursing and healthcare technology communities. Brittney is the author of The Nerdy Nurse's Guide to Technology and co-author of The Nurse's Guide to Blogging. She blogs about nursing, technology, health IT, at other healthcare topics at thenerdynurse.com.
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