Great Gift Ideas for Nurses, Nursing Students, and Nursing Instructors

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If there is a nurse in your life that you’d like to honor by gifting with a small token of your appreciation, there are several great and inexpensive items that any nurse would flip over. Whether it’s your mother, wife, sister, co-worker, and caregiver, there are some gifts that almost any nurse would love. These suggestions would work well for any practicing nurse, nursing student, or nursing instructor. And we can’t forget those male nurses in your life. I’ve even thrown in a few ideas for gifts that any manly enough for any profession.

Personalized Pens

imageA personalized pen is a great gift for many reasons. First and foremost, we’re always needing a pen. In addition, a pen customized with your name is far less likely to get carried off by a doctor or another nurse. They also receive many complements and are nice daily reminder that someone thought highly enough of you to have something made specifically for you.

Check out this Personalized Jeweled Grip Pen or Paparte Personalized Pens for a starting point.

Acrylic Travel Tumblers, Cups, and Mugs

personalized nurse tumbler cup mugTravel tumblers, cups, and mugs are always great gifts for nurses and students. Since most hospitals have very specific policies about food and drink. Nurses are constantly shuffling back and forth to patient rooms and often do not take regular breaks. Having a drink nearby to stay hydrated is vital to maintain good health as a nurse. And, hey, we’ve got to have some way to fill that limitless bladder we’re supposed to blessed with.

Of course personalizing these is also another way to show that nurse that you care and give him or her a frequent reminder that you care.

Try “Kensington” Personalized Travel Tumbler or I Am Not a Plastic Cup Plastic Acrylic Tumbler ECO CUP on Ice with Straw

Lunch Box or Bag

imageSince most nurses don’t have the luxury of leaving the hospital or clinic to grab lunch, many often brown bag it. A lunch box is often not something nurses think to buy for themselves, but we love it when they are gifted to us. I would personally love to have a Collectible Pez DOCTOR NURSE Metal Lunchbox & Thermos, or a Metal Nurse Costume Purse but nurses on the more conservative side may favor something more along the lines of Black White Damask Floral Print Insulated School Lunch Tote Bag Box.

Again, personalization always adds a little extra something-something to a gift like this.

Badge Holder or Lanyard

imageA quality badge holder or lanyard is always a welcome addition to any nurses uniform. Although these items can be difficult to buy because there is such variety, if you pick an elegant and classic style, any nurse would flip over it. A great choice is Silver Spring Badge Reel Necklace. Or if you are looking for something a little more fun and whimsicle, then Prestige Medical Yellow Rubber Duck Nurse Retractable Badge Holder with Bulldog Clip might be a worthy item for consideration.

Of course, if you’re looking for a gift for a male nurse, something a little more masculine and perhaps even sports themed may be in line. Pittsburgh Steelers Retractable Badge Holder or maybe Georgia Bulldogs Lanyard, Key and Badge Holder, of course you should probably investigate which sports team said nurse follows, otherwise this gift idea could really backfire.

Watch and Timepieces

imageEven though almost everyone has a smartphone, and there are always clocks around, there is just something very comforting and convenient about wearing a regular, old-fashion, wrist-watch. Not to mention the added flair a cute watch can give to an otherwise boring scrub set.

Check out Whimsical Watches Unisex Nurse White Leather Watch. Even though it says “unisex”, I can’t say I know too many male nurses who’d be thrilled about this one. You may want to stick with something a little more traditional, like Timex Men’s T45171 Expedition Analog and Digital Combo Watch for that male nurse in your life.

Gift Cards

imageIf you just can’t decide on what to get for that nurse in your life, then you just can’t go wrong with a Gift Card. Amazon.com Gift Cards, ITunes Gift Cards, or Outback Steakhouse Gift Cards are all great ideas and would be well received by almost any nurse. Actually, everyone loves gift cards, so this suggestion will work for pretty much anyone you know.

Can I Buy My Nurse a Gift?

I want to stress to anyone who reads this page, that nurses never expect to receive any gifts or compensation above our normal pay grade. You should not ever feel obligated to buy a nurse anything. We are honored to care for you and you should never feel like you have to do anything for us in return. However, if you are a patient or family member and are wanting to give a gift to a nurse who has made a special impact in your life, you should know that most hospitals have a limit on the value of an item a nurse can receive. This limit is usually around $25. If you feel an overwhelming desire to give a nurse a gift, please check with the hospital administration to ensure that nurse can ethically take them item you can thoughtfully and selflessly pick for him or her.

What’s the Best Nursing Related Gift You’ve Received?

Nurses, this is your chance to sound off. What nursing themed gift really knocked your socks off? Was it from a patient, family member, or friend? Do you enjoy receiving nursing related items as gifts? Enquiring minds, and Google, for that matter, want to know!

If you’re looking for more gift ideas for those special nurses or nerds in your life, you can check out The Nerdy Nurse Holiday Gift Guide.

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