If finding gifts for nurses leaves you scratching your head every time, this is the gift list for you. No tacky mugs, no tween cartoon “theme” memorabilia – this list is comprised of the unabashedly stylish, the unquestionably pragmatic, and some surprisingly affordable kinds of gifts that you can not only be proud to give, but that you might actually be happy to receive as well.
Gifts for Experienced Nurses
They’ve seen it, done it, and gotten it all down the front of their scrubs. An experienced nurse knows exactly what she needs to get the job done. Here are a few thoughtful and pragmatic gifts that even the most stoic and shift-weary of experienced nurses will appreciate.
A good-quality, durable, and stylish tote bag
If there’s one thing that’s true of every nurse that has ever existed, it’s that some days you find yourself hauling a whole lot of stuff to and from work. Clean uniforms, shoes, 12 hours worth of food…you name it, you’ve probably carried it to work. If you’re gonna do it, you might as well do it in style.
A proper pen
For those who are constantly writing chart notes and signing their names over and over again, the bliss one experiences when finally finding a good pen simply cannot be overstated. While habitual pen-losers may be filled with anxiety by receiving the gift of a pen as beautiful as any piece of jewelry, the rest of us won’t be able to wait to get our hands on it.
A quality pair of socks (or two or three…)
We know what you’re thinking…”why on earth would anyone want to wear wool socks at work!?” Hey, we thought so too, until we tried a pair. These lightweight, breathable socks are super-comfortable, colorful, breathable, durable, and best of all, you can throw them in the washer! For someone who is on his or her feet for 12 hours at a stretch, these are like pure gold dust, trust us.
Gifts for Graduate Nurses
A collectible piece of jewelry
Help your new graduate nurse celebrate her accomplishments with an addition to her collection of charms for her charm bracelet. This particular charm will fit the ever-popular Pandora bracelets, or can be worn as a pendant for the grad who really wants to show it off!
A pair of cufflinks for the male nurse graduate
These days, nursing is no longer the female-only endeavor it once was. Know a male nurse graduate? Give him a gift that he can use with this pair of rhodium-plated RN cufflinks!
A protective stethoscope case
Every nurse remembers the excitement and pride he or she felt when first opening that box containing his or her very first stethoscope. The novelty may have worn-off some for your new graduate nurse, but that doesn’t mean that the poor stethoscope need be relegated to floating around at the bottom of a tote bag, getting tangled in everything from your gym socks to your lunch. This lightweight hard case will keep it in pristine condition for years to come!
A Gift for the Nurse Manager or Nurse-In-Charge
Whether someone has had a recent promotion or you just want to show a little appreciation for that nurse manager who always goes the extra mile, these gifts are not only a celebration of the profession but will also show that you appreciate their leadership.
Philips Wake-Up Light
The nurse that is charged with overseeing the staff has had his or her share of late nights, getting called-in at the last minute, and just about every other means of interrupted sleep you could possibly imagine. This Philips Wake-Up light may not help with an ongoing staffing shortage, but it will help you feel more rested and ready to face it when you do get called-in. This gentle alarm clock is clinically-proven to work like the sunrise, rousing you naturally form your slumber with 10 gradually-increasing brightness settings, a gentle beep, and even a snooze option. No sudden harsh alarms, no disorienting music blasting, just that nice, gentle feeling of awakening gradually that your boss so richly deserves.
What’s your favorite gift to give a nurse? Let us know in the comments section!