6 Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses and Nursing Students

Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

It’s holiday time – a prime opportunity to express your thanks to the nurses and nursing students in your life. Whether you want to spend five dollars, fifty dollars or opt for something straight from the heart, you can’t go wrong with any of the following six ideas:

1. Submit an awards nomination.

Many healthcare facilities sponsor awards programs to recognize nursing staff who go above and beyond the call of duty. If you’ve ever received exceptional care from a nurse or nursing student, contact the facility where you received treatment for details on how to submit a nomination. One of the biggest reasons people go into nursing is to help others, so taking the extra step to express your gratitude is a special kind of gift that money can’t buy.

2. Order a gift basket.

Who doesn’t like getting food as a present? Many shops carry custom gifts for nurses in honor of National Nurses Week in May, but don’t let the labels keep you from placing an order at this time of year. Edible Arrangements offers a variety of Nurses Day fruit baskets starting at $29; prices increase based on basket size, container type, fruit selection and add-ons like balloons. Cookies by Design offers Nurses Week cookie bouquets with a mix of hand-decorated, gourmet treats. The inscriptions on many of the cookies pictured are geared toward Nurses Week, but you can create a personal message of your own during the ordering process. Purchase a tasteful arrangement for home delivery or a larger arrangement that can be shared at work – whichever route you choose, it’s sure to be appreciated.

3. Assemble a care package.

A nurse’s tool kit is filled with a variety of items. Help yours stock up on essentials like chap stick, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, mini-notepads, pens, Sharpies, sample sizes of Vics VapoRub (a quick swipe under the nose can mask a variety of smells) and breath mints. If you’re looking for something with more longevity, consider a penlight, pair of bandage scissors or insulated lunch bag with an ice pack or two. You can also include gift cards for coffee shops and restaurants that are in close proximity to where your nurse works.

4. Score some swag.

Nursing professionals are proud of what they do – choose a gift that promotes that passion. A search on Etsy for “nurse holiday ornament” turns up several pages of results, many with options for personalization. Cafe Press carries several shirt styles geared for nursing students, nurses and family members starting as low as $17.99. Nurse Mates offers nursing bags and totes with patterns ranging from tie-dye to cheetah print. If you’re buying for a nursing student, it can be as easy as writing a check to cover the cost of uniform scrubs.

5. Send a meal (or at least the ingredients).

Whether your loved one is a nursing student balancing exams, skills practice and clinicals or a licensed RN pulling 12-hour shifts, busy schedules don’t leave a lot of time for meal preparation. If you’re a master chef, make two or three freezer-friendly meals to be warmed up on hectic days. If your nurse likes to cook but can’t get to the store, splurge on groceries using an online shopping service like Peapod that includes doorstep drop-off. If cooking isn’t on anyone’s fun list, consider buying a gift certificate to a meal delivery service like Family Chef.

6. Write a letter.

There’s nothing fancy involved with this one: just paper, pen and a heartfelt message. Food disappears, ornaments break and clothing wears out, but the impact of a thoughtful note or card will last a lifetime. Everyone enjoys feeling appreciated and valued, and it doesn’t cost anything but your time. And in a world where email, text and social media reign supreme, the added touch of a handwritten note will mean even more.

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