30 Brilliant Gifts For Nurses To Show Them You Care

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: December 18, 2023

    Becoming a registered nurse or nurse practitioner is more than just a job. It’s a passion. Every day takes a toll on them, so it’s essential to show nurses how much we appreciate them. If there’s ever been an excellent time to show nurses some love with a thoughtful gift, it’s now. These dedicated men and women get up daily to work at hospitals and doctor’s offices to care for others.

  1. Nurse Self-Care Gift Box
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    This Nurse spa gift set is the perfect way to pamper yourself or tell a nurse in your life how much you appreciate them! The box includes a lavender hand & body soap bar that’s hand-made from coconut, palm, and safflower. Crushed lavender naturally gives it a beautiful marbled color and hypnotic scent. It also includes nourishing lip balm, a lavender-scented hand-poured 4oz candle with a 20-hour burn time, and a secret family recipe moisturizing bath bomb.

  3. Syringe Highlighters
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    The set includes six highlighter fluorescent pens in six different colors. They have a realistic syringe shape and will get the recipient some attention at work. Beware of pen stealers! Pair with a monogrammed notepad.

  5. Nursing Quick Reference Cards
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    The ultimate nursing gift just got better. These are a lifesaver. This study help guide has more information right at their fingertips! Includes 106 laminated cards covering the essential information you need. Each cheat sheet is color-coded by a system to keep them organized. The packet will fit comfortably in their scrub pockets—the perfect gift for nursing students or new nurses.

  7. Thank You Cookies
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    Give them this box of 12 delicious sugar cookies made from scratch using the finest ingredients, including fresh eggs and natural vanilla. Individually wrapped, these cookies are carefully packed in bubble wrap and packed into a tray to keep them safe as they makes their way to you. What a great way to say Thank You and to express your appreciation to a friend. Perfect for doctors, nurse friends, insurance groups, and more!

  9. Compression Socks
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    Nurses want good circulation in their patients but also need good circulation! These comfortable, non-binding, and ultra-soft compression nurse socks provide advanced support and a touch of style to your work ensemble. 

  11. I Will Stab You Tote
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    This hilarious nurse bag is a fantastic eco-friendly reusable. It is generously sized to carry all of your goods. The zipper top closure will keep your belongings safe and secure. Made of 600 denier polyester, the construction is heavy and durable. Best of all, these totes are made from 50% recycled materials, so this is a purchase you can feel good about! A fun gift for any doctor or healthcare worker.

  13. Morning Medicine Coffee Mug
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    Nurses work crazy hours, long shifts, and worst all night shifts, so they need their caffeine fix in the morning (or night). The Morning Medicine prescription coffee mug is a great gift idea for coffee and tea lovers.

  15. Portable Charger
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    The best gifts are the ones that prevent a problem, and this charger contains a nurse’s worst nightmare: dead gadgets. This portable charger is small, lightweight, and long-lasting. After long hours, they might need a little juice on their cell phone. 

  17. Chill Pill Handmade Soaps
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    I am sure everyone knows someone who needs a stress pill this large. But I know there are days when I need TWO! And that is precisely what you are getting when you purchase these. Made in a relaxing scent of orange, warm woods, and soft floral tones. Great after a long day at work.

  19. Wine Glasses
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    These wine glasses make a perfect gift for a nurse, nursing student, or medical professional. After a long and stressful day at the office, tall glasses of wine are just what the doctor ordered. This clear wine glass holds up to 15 ounces of your favorite wine—a fun gift to celebrate nurses’ week.

  21. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
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    Every Nurse must constantly wash their hands to eliminate germs or koodies leaving their skin dry. This creamy balm with 20 percent shea butter, honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil are blended to create this highly effective formula. The rich texture leaves hands soft and can be applied as often as needed. From personal experience, this is hands down the best lotion out there. Pun intended.

  23. Anatomy Coasters
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    After a long, hard day at work, they will need a stiff drink. Each set of Brain Specimen Coasters comes with ten glass coasters. If you stack your coasters in the proper order and look from the appropriate angle, you’ll see a whole brain. This is an excellent gift for a nurse or medical professional who enjoys their libations.

  25. Monogrammed Stethoscope ID Tags
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    Perfect for anyone who uses a stethoscope! These stethoscope ID tags attach to the tubing of regular stethoscopes and have a writable area in the back. These come in four different designs! Three of the patterns are Lilly Pulitzer-inspired patterns—great personalized gift for any nurse or a graduation gift for someone leaving nursing school.

  27. Travel Coffee Mug
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    Nurses are running around all day. They don’t have time to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. This travel coffee mug is just the answer. The 13 oz porcelain mug with a plastic open-close lid that is food-grade silicone will warm her coffee between patients—a thoughtful gift for nurses’ appreciation day.

  29. Medical Pocket Organizer
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    No more digging through pockets with this handy pocket organizer. A white insert outfitted for style with color coordinated 5 1/2″ utility scissor, disposable penlight, and a 3-color chart pen—great nurse gift for the organized type.

  31. First 100 Days Nurse Book
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    Your first 100 days at a new job could be daunting—unless you go in prepared. The first-year Nurse places the wisdom and warnings of hundreds of experienced nurses right at your fingertips. Learn how to start on the right foot, plan and prioritize, communicate, cope with challenging patients, and keep your energy up (and stress down). This is the perfect nurse gift for a nursing student or new Nurse.

  33. Foot Massager


    This foot massager delivers an experience for each foot with dual footbeds that pack 18 massage nodes under the soft mesh to help stimulate blood flow and relieve stress. The deep double footbeds and the stylish yet ergonomic design enable comfortable use irrespective of where you sit. The open footrest is wide enough and suitable for people of all ages. In addition, the lightweight and compact design makes it easy to travel with and carry around.

  35. Nursing Tote Bag
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    It is an excellent bag for the unique everyday heroes we call nurses. Available in various background colors with white lettering. Great for carrying around their files, hand sanitizer, face masks, lunch, or gym clothes after work.

  37. Rose Gold Stethoscope 
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    The Rose Gold MD One is fashionable and performs at the top of its class. Drenched in luxury, this stethoscope delivers crisp, clear acoustics for heart, lung, and bowel sounds. Its stainless steel construction, anatomically angled headset, ultra-sensitive diaphragm, extra-thick latex-free white PVC tubing, and super-soft silicone ComfortSeal Eartips all contribute to making it the dependable and high-performing stethoscope it is known to be.

  39. Heartbeat Necklace
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    This super cute high-polish heartbeat necklace should be enough to pump up your look with its high-polish wavelength-shaped pendant suspended from both ends of a delicately dainty Rolo chain—a great gift for cardiologists.

  41. Vintage Medical Photos
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    These vintage prints are a unique gift for the Nurse in your life. This set of 6 beautiful historical patent prints will make a memorable gift they can hang in their home or office.

    Each 8×10 print is a reproduction prints of the original patents, which turns them into unique conversational pieces! Unfortunately, prints do not come framed, but you can get some frames here.

  43. Human Organ Lunch Tote
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    This insulated tote will keep your precious ham sandwich and beer chilled, prepped, and ready to transplant into your waiting stomach! Note- this bag is actually for keeping liverwurst, not livers!

    Each bag has a foam-insulated waterproof lining, a mesh interior pouch, and an ‘organ donor’ ID tag. Great for keeping your snacks alive and fun on the go.

  45. Dansko Professional Clogs
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    Ahhhhh, Dansko. There you go again. Doing your all-day comfort thing. These professional, classic stapled clogs feature firm foot and arch support, optimal shock absorption, and an anti-fatigue rocker bottom. These bad boys are available in a TON of colors and materials. Don’t worry, guys. We’ve got you covered, too.

  47. Jazzy Badge Reel
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    Let’s face it; nurse uniforms are not the most stylish, so Tinker Reel badge reels can show off their style no matter what scrubs they wear. These swappable decorative tops will make carrying your ID badge or keys more joyful. The things you use every day should make you smile. Buttonsmith makes all types of designs so you can find the right fit for the Nurse you are buying for.

  49. Pandemic Board Game
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    When they aren’t fighting disease in the real world, they can race to find the cure for diseases threatening to wipe out humanity. Players must work together, playing to their characters’ strengths and planning their eradication strategy before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks.

  51. Brain Freeze Ice Cube Tray
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    This is your brain on ice. Humans are well known for our highly evolved sense of humor, evidenced by the ice tray that makes four frosty brains. So, let’s celebrate our higher powers by raising a glass because a brain (not to mention a cocktail) is a terrible thing to waste. 

  53. Human Anatomy Shower Curtain
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    The Dr. Human Body anatomy chart shower curtain is a fun gift for your favorite Nurse. So they can brush up on their anatomy every morning before going to work to stay sharp.

  55. Bacteria Phagocytosis Travel Mug
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    Make your favorite Nurse a very cultured individual with this bacteria travel tumbler. This insulated travel mug is constructed with durable double-wall stainless steel travel mug technology to keep 16 oz. of beverage hot or cold for hours. In addition, the spill-resistant lid features a convenient carrying handle.

  57. Heart Diagram Tee Shirt
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    Where your heart is on your sleeve (or chest.) This tee is designed for people who love the human body. These graphic T-shirts are available in lots of different colors to cater to and are available for women and men. 

    What are practical gifts that can make a nurse’s daily routine easier?

    Consider gifting practical items like high-quality compression socks, a comfortable and stylish scrub set, or a handy nurse’s organizer pouch to make a nurse’s daily routine more manageable. They’ll also love a durable, leak-proof water bottle to stay hydrated during busy shifts. A portable, rechargeable power bank is another great idea, ensuring their devices stay charged during long hours at work. These functional gifts can genuinely make a difference in their day-to-day lives!

    Also, nurses deserve relaxation and stress relief after their demanding shifts. Gifting them a cozy blanket or plush throw to snuggle up during downtime is fantastic. A scented candle or an essential oil diffuser with calming scents can help them create a soothing atmosphere at home. A massage or spa gift certificate offers a well-deserved pampering session, while a meditation app subscription can provide ongoing stress reduction support.

    What are thoughtful gifts that show nurses how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication?

    Showing your appreciation through personalized and sentimental gifts is a heartwarming way to acknowledge a nurse’s dedication. Customized jewelry, like a charm bracelet or a pendant with their initials, is a special touch. A beautifully engraved stethoscope or a personalized name badge reel adds flair to their work essentials. 

    Whether for a birthday gift, Christmas gift, nurse appreciation day, or just a little something special to show them you care, we created a list of the best gifts for nurses we could find. You will find something in this gift guide that will make the particular Nurse in your life smile.