Whether you are shopping for your best friend, manager, or classmate, finding the best gifts for nurses doesn’t have to be hard. Sure you could go with something generic, but most nurses appreciate gifts that honor their chosen profession. Look for items that are cute, original, and classy that are sure to touch a nurse’s heart.
When I am searching for a truly unique gift for someone, Etsy is always my first stop. I love the fact that most of the items are handmade and one of a kind. I also feel great encouraging small local businesses. Etsy has plenty of original gift ideas for the nurse in your life, from drinkware to jewelry. I always get tons of compliments when I wear my Etsy buys and I know the nurses in your life will too!
Cute and Original Gifts for Nurses
I’ve scoured Etsy to find 20 off-the-beaten-path gifts for nurses that would be perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s graduation, birthday, Christmas, or “just because” these hand-crafted items are surely to become a favorite of any nurse you give them to.
This mental bookmark is a classy gift made especially for those in the healthcare profession. The delicate stethoscope charm and heart transform it into something special.
This iPhone stylus pen is the perfect gift for any nerdy nurse in your life. Every nurse needs a pen, and who doesn’t love having a stylus handy? Add an awesome stethoscope to the mix and you have something truly unique.
This glittery ID reel reminds me of the classic style of The Great Gatsby. That was back when nurses still wore caps and elegance was in no short supply. Every nurse needs a great badge reel, and they should make the list any time you are searching for great gifts for nurses.
This charm bracelet comes complete with several nursing charms including shots and a stethoscope.
This nurse watch is a beautiful design that is reminiscent of nursing days gone by. I love any item that features our nursing caps of yesterday. The old school thermometer brings it home. I also really like that this is a functional item, as every nurse needs a good watch.
Nurses and their stethoscopes – a perfect match. For the times when you don’t have one around your neck, or on your hip, consider adding these stethoscope earrings to your ears.
Something as simple as the definition of a nurse can be powerful. If you catch the right nurse on the right day, a gift like this would bring joyful tears. I’m sure of it. Out of all the items on this list, I think this is my favorite gift for nurses.
Although it may feel like nursing is easier, that’s not the case. You are just better! This print will remind a nurse of how much they have grown in their career. It’s also great for new nurses so they will know, that even on their hardest days, they can handle the job.
Two Skeletons holding Caduceus with Heart Print on Vintage Dorland’s Medical Dictionary Page from MusicLadyGifts
These are fun, funny, and some carry that weird nursing humor with them. Unless the nurse you are shipping for is particularly uptight, they are sure to love these.
Practical Gifts for Nurses and Nursing Students
Getting something a nurse needs and will use every day is a great idea. If you buy something like a stethoscope or nursing shoes, you can be sure they will get plenty of use out of it. You can also consider getting an item that will help them with clinical judgment and critical thinking. A great book like Becoming Nursey or The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology is a good choice.
A great tool for new nurses especially is Scrub Cheats.
If you want to give a gift that keeps on giving, I’d strongly recommend gifting NRSNG Academy. It’s a comprehensive resource with some of the best nursing education available for new nurses, nursing students, and any nurse that just wants to brush up on their knowledge.
More Great Gifts for Nurses
Want to check out more gifts for nurses? See some of our other great gift idea posts:
- Great Gift Ideas for Nurses, Nursing Students, and Nursing Instructors
- 5 Nurse Gifts You Can Afford to Buy for the Whole Shift
- 3 Awesome Nurse Valentine Gift Ideas
What are your picks for the best gifts for nurses? Did you find anything on this list that you’d love to receive yourself?