20 Brilliant Gifts For Nurses They Will Truly Love

Emily Wendzich
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If you work with nurses or you’re in close contact with nurses on a day to day basis, you might be looking for gifts for nurses.

As nurses, you’ll know they spend the majority of their day around patients. This means they often need gifts for nurses, which are bright, fun, and offer therapy for both the patients and the nurses.

If you’ve got a nurse in your life, check out these gifts for nurses and you’ll find the perfect gift.

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Anatomic Heart Specimen CoastersBest OverallAnatomic Heart Specimen Coasters
SDBING 6pc Syringe Highlighter PensBudget PickSDBING 6pc Syringe Highlighter Pens
Dansko Men's Professional ClogUpgrade PickDansko Men's Professional Clog

1. Anatomic Heart Specimen Coasters

Our rating: 9 / 10

Anatomic Heart Specimen Coasters

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Pros:

  • pH Balance of the heart
  • Organized good gift ideas
  • Makes educational
  • Very interesting
  • Details in pics by the company
  • Diverse gift ideas
  • Comes in three different sizes
  • Perfect for the home
  • Not too hard to clean
  • Great gift for nurses

Cons:

  • A little pricey
  • A tad high
  • Not hard to find

The company behind the Anatomic Heart Coaster is a company committed to the design, development, production, and distribution of all manner of unique home goods, toys, kitchen accessories, clothing, and countless other goods and sundries.

The Anatomic Heart Coaster is environmentally friendly and reusable. It is made to last and the materials used in its construction will last!

It measures 3.7 inches in diameter x 0.2 inches thick. However, its unique structure means that it can hold tons of things like your glasses, books, and even your laptop.

2. MDF® Rose Gold MD One® Stainless Steel Premium Dual Head Stethoscope

Our rating: 9 / 10

MDF® Rose Gold MD One® Stainless Steel Premium Dual Head Stethoscope

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3. Nurse Gifts

Our rating: 9 / 10

Nurse Gifts

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Pros:

  • Makes a great gift idea for nurses
  • Not too expensive
  • Arrived quickly
  • Thoughtful gift

Nurse gifts by Funny Bone Products are a little bit different. The product designers have not only come up with thoughtful gifts for nurses but also some funny gifts for nurses and some gag gifts for nurses.

The 15 OZ glass is in vivid, colorful, and eye-catching graphics that says, “Good Day, Bad Day, Don’t Ask.” This makes a great small gift for nurses and perfect gift idea for a co-worker.

The nurse glass comes in a clear box with a window for gift-giving purposes. The glasses measure 3.9 x 3.9 x 4 inches. This one comes in an excellent condition and you can check the online reviews by consumers to find out how happy they are with this item.

4. Buttonsmith STEM Premium Lanyard

Our rating: 9 / 10

Buttonsmith STEM Premium Lanyard

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Pros:

  • Uses a no.4 swivel hook
  • Available in 20 colors
  • Good build quality
  • Strong and durable
  • Extra shiny
  • Sturdy and adjustable metal clip
  • Handmade in the USA
  • Forged ring
  • Can be linked to a badge reel
  • Available in a range of color combinations

Cons:

  • Hard to tell where your keys are at times
  • You will likely need to replace it after a year or so

Just what every doctor or nurse needs, a custom doctor's name tag that’s also an eyeglasses case! This case is made with two quality welded steel grommets and has a sturdy nylon cord that allows for it to easily fit around your neck.

Our rating: 9 / 10

Medical Supplies Cookie Gallon

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Pros:

  • One of the tastiest gifts for nurses
  • Cookies are not boring
  • The packaging is designed incredibly
  • Available in many flavors
  • High quality ingredients make it delicious
  • The flavor and texture is amazing
  • Recognizes nurses on their special day
  • Illustrates their importance
  • Tested by nurses
  • USDA and FDA certified

Cons:

  • Can be pricey
  • Only available online
  • Must be shipped using ground transportation

Birthdays are a big deal in the nursing world. Most nurses have a birthday at some point during the year, and they should be recognized. Surprise them with something sweet and let them know how much they mean to you.

This baked cookie in a jar is wonderful. It’s appealing to the eye because of its design and it’s tasty for nursing professionals (and others). The design on the jar incorporates a nurse holding a morphine syringe. The jars are labeled with the flavor and the ingredients.

The cookies can be refrigerated safely and last for up to three weeks. Their delicious Chocodile cookie is a favorite among many. This cookie is baked fresh by Apple Cookie & Chocolate Co.

6. Lady Jayne One Travel Mug

Our rating: 9 / 10

Lady Jayne One Travel Mug

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Pros:

  • Stylish and durable travel mug
  • Stainless steel
  • BPA/disfunction
  • Easy to clean
  • Fits most car cup holders
  • Great for hot & cold
  • Easy snap-on lid
  • High-quality

Cons:

  • Slight metallic odor at first
  • Plastic lid feels a bit thin

The Lady Jayne travel mug is crafted and designed with style and durability in mind. It’s a very chic travel mug that was built for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and just about any other drink one can have on the go.

It’s durable enough to put it through quite a bit of abuse without letting you down. It also has a nice and tight-fitting lid that will ensure no spills. Cleaning it is easy as pie, and it has a nice and very strong handle to make consuming hot drinks easier.

Bottom line: This travel mug is one of a kind, and it’s the perfect gift for your favorite nurse. It’s a bit more expensive than other travel mugs you might find, but it’s well worth the price.

7. Nurse Mates EKG Heart and Holiday Compression Trouser Socks

Our rating: 9 / 10

Nurse Mates EKG Heart and Holiday Compression Trouser Socks

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Heart socks for nurses: If you’re really trying to be a super thoughtful friend or family member to a nurse, then you might want to consider these Nurse Mates EKG Heart and Holiday Compression Trouser Socks, Black, XX-Large.

And if nurses who love wearing heart-patterned sock pairs:

‹Color: Black

8. Fred E.M.T.

Our rating: 9 / 10

Fred E.M.T.

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Pros:

  • Made of quality materials
  • Stylish design
  • Made of quality materials
  • Excellent gift for nurse worker
  • Keeps food hot and cold
  • Well-made and convenient bag

Lunch is important, and with this Fred E.M.T. lunch tote you can keep your food hot or cold. This lunch tote is created from FDA-approved materials.

The material is environmentally friendly and is free of harmful chemicals such as BPA and phthalates. The bag will hold either two cold or hot dishes. This Fred E.M.T. lunch tote is microwaveable and dishwasher safe.

This lunch tote is perfect for large dinner plates, and along with its thermal insulation, it can hold two 9-inch plates.

9. Pandemic

Our rating: 8 / 10

Pandemic

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Pros:

  • Great for kids
  • Makes you think quick on your feet
  • Teaches you how to think on your feet
  • Lots of fun for the whole family
  • Lots of replay value
  • Can be enjoyed by the family
  • Makes you work together as a team
  • Open-ended play
  • Can be device independent
  • For 2-4 players

There are few board games that have a simple concept and incredible replay value than Pandemic. In this game, you get to play as different members of the Red Cross in a race against time to save the world from a virulent disease.

Your job is to travel the world, treating diseases and quarantining cities in an effort to contain the spread of the dreaded disease. Each player takes a specialist role and it’s your task to work together to win.

The rules are easy to pick up, the game play is simple and the game itself is highly engaging. It’s a classic cooperative game where every player has the same goal, yet depending on the player count, you’re going to have to work together in different ways.

10. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Our rating: 8 / 10

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

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Pros:

  • Richly moisturizing
  • Natural and organic ingredients
  • Great size for travel

L'Occitane hand cream is wonderfully designed to provide high-level moisture which will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. The cream is made with shea butter in addition to a variety of oils to help keep your hands hydrated for longer.

This 8.4 ounce size is a great travel size to keep in your bag or purse, and will offer the perfect level of moisture throughout the day. The compact design is easy to store.

11. MCS 8×10 Inch Format Frame 6-Pack

Our rating: 8 / 10

MCS 8x10 Inch Format Frame 6-Pack

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Pros:

  • 6 frames + hangers
  • Inexpensive
  • Wide variety of modern frame designs
  • 7 layouts included

If you’re looking for a nice looking frame for an 8×10 inch photo, then the Set of Six Mirrored Photo Frames will be perfect for you. Coming in a variety of modern designs, the frames will be ideal for a wide variety of photo setups. They will perfectly accentuate any photo of your needs.

The package includes six frames, eight clips, and eight hanging hooks. The frames are small enough to be used in a variety of places. The frames are about 3 inches tall, and will fit nicely on a desk or on a table. The frame measures 8×10 inches, and hardware included in the package will allow you to hang it on the wall.

The actual frame itself is decently made, and can be useful in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, the hardware is less than ideal. The hangers lack stability, and we can’t help but think they could break at some point. It’s a shame that the build quality isn’t better, as the basic design is really nice.

12. Graduation Gifts

Our rating: 8 / 10

Graduation Gifts

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Pros:

  • Funny and cute design
  • Ideal as a gift for a graduating nurse
  • Doesn’t break easily
  • Cheap price

13. Prestige Medical Nylon Organizer Kit

Our rating: 8 / 10

Prestige Medical Nylon Organizer Kit

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Pros:

  • 10 pockets
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Sturdy with no frayed seams

I like this pouch because it’s versatile as well as convenient, and because it’s made of lightweight and durable material. It doesn’t detach from the belt, but it’s strong and doesn’t have any frayed edges that can snag your clothing. It’s roomy enough for making it through a 12-hour shift, and you can probably manage a day or so more if you don’t have to bring anything into the operating room with you.

There are openings on both sides of the pocket, so you can easily access a pen, highlighter, or stethoscope.The pockets are deep enough for scissors, a blood pressure cuff, alcohol wipe, penlight, otoscope, or thermometer, among other things.

14. SDBING 6pc Syringe Highlighter Pens

Our rating: 8 / 10

SDBING 6pc Syringe Highlighter Pens

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Pros:

  • Comes in a nice box
  • The pens are lightweight, making them comfortable to hold
  • Great to brighten patients’ charts
  • Great quality pens
  • Pens are secure and well-protected
  • Affordable pens
  • Great for nurses and doctors
  • You can easily find what you are looking for thanks to the well-marked caps
  • Very nice and convenient to use
  • The quality outweighs the price

These 6 packs of syringe pen highlighters are certainly a great gift to give a nurse. Whether it’s your mother or you’re a nursing student, this set is something that everyone will appreciate.

The pens are well-marked with clear caps so you won’t have any trouble finding your favorite color. Their caps also stay firmly in place.

Each of the pens are from 4” to 5.3” long, allowing you to easily grip the pen. The plunger mechanism is very smooth so you won’t have any trouble pushing it down (or up).

15. 925 Sterling Silver Lifeline Pulse Pendant Heartbeat Necklace

Our rating: 8 / 10

925 Sterling Silver Lifeline Pulse Pendant Heartbeat Necklace

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This lovely sterling silver necklace can make the perfect gift for a nurse, particularly if she has a loved one who is terminally ill. The medallion necklace features the words “Love and Hope and Faith”along the outside.

The silver pendant is beautifully designed with a heart. On the heart it has an image of a pulse and reads “give life” in French. The heart sits on top of an infinity symbol, which is a more subtle way to show your love for a nurse.

It features a dainty chain that is long enough for a nursing uniform without being too long. It’s a beautiful piece of jewelry for a nurse, and yet, it’s not too flashy. This is a classy gift that she’ll wear every day.

16. Buttonsmith Hiroshige Tinker Reel Retractable Badge Reel

Our rating: 8 / 10

Buttonsmith Hiroshige Tinker Reel Retractable Badge Reel

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Pros:

  • Made from high-quality materials
  • Sophisticated looking
  • The heavy duty cord retracts quickly and easily
  • Strong clip that can wear and tear
  • Secured belt clip
  • Quality craftsmanship and customer service

Cons:

  • The clip is placed too close to the business card case and can lead to the business card case being bent
  • The belt clip isn’t very durable

The Andidor brand is a female founded company that was started as a part-time business that that ends up turning into a full-time business.

It is now run by a group of dedicated and hard-working individuals who love and seek to establish a purpose in our lives by doing what we love. We work hard everyday to preserve the integrity of the brand that we have worked so diligently to establish.

We believe that success isn’t the key to happiness. Rather, happiness is the key to success. Our company is built on the belief that we can help you unlock the key to happiness by creating gear that is thoughtful, functional, beautiful, and secure.

17. Fairly Odd Novelties Prescription Syringe Coffee Mug

Our rating: 8 / 10

Fairly Odd Novelties Prescription Syringe Coffee Mug

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Pros:

  • Useful for coffee lovers and medical students alike
  • Bright white color
  • Sturdy plastic construction
  • Attractive cartoon design

This funny white mug is a personal favorite of ours, especially after we stumbled across it during one of our breakfast perambulations at an exotic mall in the suburbs. We love it because it is funny, attractive, and almost offensive (almost is the key word here, because since it’s so funny, you don’t really care that it may marginally offend patients.)

The image is based on the needle tube that is usually filled with a harmless saline solution and used to draw blood samples. The needle tube is of standard medical rigidity though we are not sure how much pressure it can take.

The mug comes in three sizes:

18. Dansko Men's Professional Clog

Our rating: 7 / 10

Dansko Men's Professional Clog

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Pros:

  • Vegan friendly
  • Removable orthopedic insole
  • Slip resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Ideal for nursing shifts
  • Very durable

This is a very popular nursing clog, which is no wonder. It's made in the USA, it's a classic design, and it has everything a nursing clog needs to have: a comfortable foot-bed, extra room in the toe box, and a very durable sole.

All of this makes it perfect, comfortable footwear for any nursing shift.

19. Shirts By Sarah Tote Bag Funny Nursing Bags I Will Stab You Nurse Totes

Our rating: 7 / 10

Shirts By Sarah Tote Bag Funny Nursing Bags I Will Stab You Nurse Totes

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Pros:

  • This t-shirt makes a great gift for a nursing student or any nurse
  • Nursing gag shirts are always popular

What’s a great gift for a new nurse or pre-nursing student? We found an awesome nurse t-shirt that is hilarious and a nursing tote bag that works great to keep all of the student’s medical supplies together.

Let’s start with the student nurse t-shirt. This shirt will be a huge hit with nursing student. It’s funny, and totally appropriate for a student nurse, and thus a great gift for a new nurse. It’s hard to make a sick joke that’s actually funny, but this shirt is both funny and appropriate.

The next item is the nursing tote bag. This one is made by Shirts by Sarah, which makes all kinds of fun stuff. The actual bag is made of a slightly stiffer material, and is not a flimsy bag, which is important because most new nurses use their bags EVERY DAY, and need them to be strong and sturdy.

20. First Year Nurse: Wisdom

Our rating: 6 / 10

First Year Nurse: Wisdom

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Do you know someone who is about to change careers, or has just started? This is the book you want to gift them!

As an Amazon reviewer stated, this book is written by a registered nurse with more than 15 years of experience and it comes with wonderful wise words on being a new nurse. Also, if she’s new to Amazon, she’ll love the combo of the book and a Kindle! Here’s a quote from a reviewer and an Amazon verified purchaser:

Been reading this book for a couple of weeks now. Every page has some great advice! As a newly promoted nurse, this book has served as a check list to help me proceed in the right direction. If you are a new nurse or looking forward to a new career in healthcare, this is a perfect addition to your library as it has advice for all areas of nursing. Highly recommend.

21. Bacteria Phagocytosis Stainless Steel Travel Mug Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Our rating: 6 / 10

Bacteria Phagocytosis Stainless Steel Travel Mug Stainless Steel Travel Mug

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22. Dansko Women's Professional Clog Mule

Our rating: 6 / 10

Dansko Women's Professional Clog Mule

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Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Excellent cushioning
  • Wide toe box
  • Very comfortable
  • Slip resistant
  • Washable
  • Soft, flexible footbed

If your nurse works on her feet all day, then look no further than this fantastic work shoe from Dansko. It has great shock absorption for the back and feet to keep your nurse from getting up at night with aching feet.

The anti-microbial footbed is washable as it has a removable insole, so you can just slip it in your washing machine and clean it. It’s made from premium materials, so it’s lightweight and breathable.

The footbed has a latex core for extra cushion, and the suede upper is thick enough for insulation against the elements. The sole is made from lightweight rubber and sole material that gives some wonderful shock absorption.

23. Heart Diagram T-Shirt. Vintage Heart Diagram Anatomy Tee

Our rating: 5 / 10

Heart Diagram T-Shirt. Vintage Heart Diagram Anatomy Tee

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Pros:

  • Great gift idea for clinical care staff nurses in general, but especially for doctors, surgeons, and nurses working in areas related to cardiology and circulatory system (targeted specifically for nurses)
  • 100% Organic Ringspun Cotton
  • Rounded ribbed neckline
  • Cold wash and hang dry
  • Available in sizes S-XXL
  • Perfect gift for Nurses Appreciation Day, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Nurses Day!

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24. Vintage Medicine Patent Poster Prints

Our rating: 4 / 10

Vintage Medicine Patent Poster Prints

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do nurses want for gifts?

The best gifts for nurses are easy to find as they all center on you. The only thing you need to do is to incorporate your own skills, hobbies, and interests into your gifts. Simple gifts such as handmade gifts, plants, flowers, and homemade baked goods express your gratitude in the best possible way.

Give the gift of your time to a nurse who’s truly deserving of it. Volunteering your time in hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement homes, especially during the holiday season, is a great way to show your gratitude too. You might just find your nursing profession in high demand after you’ve become a nurse’s nurse.

What is the best gift for nurses?

If you want to impress a favorite nurse or nursing student, a variety of gifts are sure to delight and surprise them. To get the best gift for a nurse, you’ll want to think about their specific personality. Some good ideas for nurses include:

What is a good gift for a nursing student?

✓ An imprinted name badge. Nursing students always need their name tags handy because they often encounter those who are unsure of their name and they’ve got to make sure that there is no confusion. An imprinted name badge is a great Christmas gift idea because it will make sure that they’re never without their name badge when they need it.

✓ A nurse uniform clipboard. Being a nurse can be a very time consuming profession, especially when there are many things that they have to do at once. The best gifts that you can give to a nursing student are those that will help them save time. A clipboard is one such gift. Not only does it allow nurses to carry several papers at once, but they can also easily take notes and write down vital information without having to separate them from their clipboard.

What is a really thoughtful gift?

Whenever you’re going to give a gift to a nurse, ask them what they really want. You can never go wrong with a gift that comes straight from the heart. If they’re a brand new nurse, a good gift would be a pen and notepad, as they’ll be needing them constantly. Most nurses prefer simple things that are practical like a good pen, a bottle of nice hand lotion or a really good hand sanitizer.

If you don’t know what a nurse likes or needs, you can always go the traditional route. Most nurses could always use a gift card or gift certificate. A gift card to any beauty salon or a massage parlor is also a good way to show that you really appreciate what the nurse does for you.

Conclusion

It can be tough to get an amazing gift for a nurse. The challenge is to find something both useful and that helps say how much you appreciate the work they do in the world.

This guide is a great place to start your search as you seek the perfect gift for your nurse. We always try to include a few different types of gifts so that you can find something that will work for your nurse, no matter what their preferences are.

If you’re looking for something that has a personal touch, check out our section for unique gift ideas.

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Anatomic Heart Specimen CoastersBest OverallAnatomic Heart Specimen Coasters
SDBING 6pc Syringe Highlighter PensBudget PickSDBING 6pc Syringe Highlighter Pens
Dansko Men's Professional ClogUpgrade PickDansko Men's Professional Clog