45 Gifts for Nurses to Thank Them for All that They Do

From stylish scrubs to personalized badge clips, shower the nurses in your life with these 45 best gifts for nurses.

best gifts for nurses to show your appreciation

May 6th is National Nurse Day. It’s an annual day dedicated to nurses for all their tireless work and contributions to the healthcare industry. Nurses are typically the first medical professionals patients see, even before the doctors.

We have nurse family members and nurse friends. And we’ve had wonderful nurses care for us, our families and our friends. So we know firsthand that they really should be celebrated everyday.

And we also know what they would love and need. Show your appreciation for all that they do with these 45 thoughtful gifts for nurses.

Best Gifts for Nurses

1 — Stethoscope Necklace

nurse necklace gift

Surprise your favorite nurse with a stethoscope necklace. Choose from gold, rose gold or silver in varying lengths, and then, customize it with their initials. We love personalized gifts like this handmade piece since they’re unique and one of a kind.

2 — Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-3200 14 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Umber

For those long shifts, they’ll need some good strong coffee to get them through the day. So gift them a coffee maker. This one has over 56,000+ rave reviews. You can set brew-time up to 24 hours ahead so that there’s a fresh coffee right when you wake up.

3 — Foot Massager

Nekteck Foot Massager with Heat, Shiatsu Heated Electric Kneading Foot Massager Machine for Plantar Fasciitis, Built-in Infrared Heat Function and Power Cord

Healthcare professionals are always on their feet. Help them relieve their aches and pain with a heated foot massager. It features 6 massage heads with 54 rotating massager nodes. It’s also portable for at home or in-office or hospital use.

4 — Nurse Nutrition Water Bottle

64HYDRO 32oz Nurse Nutrition Facts Nurse Gifts Stainless Steel Bottle with Straw Lid, Double Wall Vacuum Thermos Insulated Travel Coffee Bottle - NNRZ2004003Z

Staying hydrated is key, especially when nurses are constantly out and about. Gift them with a nurse nutrition water bottle. It’s leak proof, sweat proof, shatter free and BPA free.

5 — Nurse Appreciation Gift Box

Dear Ava Spa Gifts for Women - Organic Self Care luxury Anti Stress Relaxing Bath and Body Kit Set Basket Box for Her with Heartfelt Card - Appreciation Gift for Nurse

Show your gratitude with a nurse appreciation gift box.

The gift set includes a tranquil lavender soy wax candle, peppermint-shea lip balm, lavender soap, rose petal bath bomb, orange bath bomb, heartfelt greeting card, and engraved wood heart with an inspirational message.

6 — Freezable Lunch Bag

PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag with Zip Closure, Paradise Breeze

Fold, freeze, pack and go with this PackIt lunch bag. The bag features non-toxic gels built into the walls so the entire bag freezes. Say goodbye to ice packs!

7 — Stylish Scrub Top

Catarina™ One-Pocket Scrub Top by Figs for the perfect gifts for nurses

Since a nurse’s everyday uniform is scrubs, this FIGS scrub top makes the perfect gift for their wardrobe. The FIGS Scrubs line is not only known for their stylish fits but also for their tech fabric. The scrubs are anti-odor, anti-static and anti-wrinkle.

8 — Stylish Scrub Pants

Zamora™ Jogger Scrub Pants by FIGS Scrubs for gifts for nurses

To complete the outfit, gift them with a pair of FIGS scrub pants. The Zamora joggers are slim fit and include six pockets and comfortable yoga waistband. Choose from over 20 colors. It’s a thank you gift idea that will truly be used!

9 — Funny Badge Clip

WILLBOND 8 Pieces Nurse Badge Reel Holder Retractable ID Clip for Doctor Teachers Students Women Men, Styles (Cool Style)

10 — Compression Socks

Nurses are constantly on their feet. So compression socks make for great gifts that are practical. It’ll get their blood circulation flowing while offering support.

11 — Diffuser

Diffusers for Essential Oils Large Room, 500ml Aromatherapy Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier with Remote Control,7 Colors Lights & 3 Mist Mode Waterless Auto Off for Women Spa Decor Office Home Green

After a long work shift, an essential oils diffuser will surely set a relaxing mood. There are so many other benefits with a diffuser. Essential oils improve sleep, are a mood booster, reduce muscle tension and encourage better breathing.

You could also easily make your own homemade reed diffuser.

12 — Stethoscope

3M Littmann Classic III Monitoring Stethoscope, Ceil Blue Tube, 27 inch, 5630

Graduating nurses, student nurses or even seasoned nurses could all use a stethoscope. And the Littman stethoscope has been the trusted brand since the 1960s.

13 — Stethoscope ID Tag

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Dress up their stethoscope with a stethoscope ID tag made of hypoallergenic aluminum. Customize it with a name and pattern. There are so many options to choose from!

14 — Embroidered Scrub Cap

Personalized Embroidered Unisex Scrub Cap w/Medical Specialty ICON & Name, Text, 15 Thread Colors, 6 Fonts - Surgical Cap for Women, Men - Adjustable Working Cap - Black, One Size

Scrub caps make for great gift ideas for nurses because it’s part of their everyday attire.

But make it even more unique by getting one with their name embroidered and a unique icon of their specialization stitched on. The unisex scrub cap features a drawstring closure

15 — Appreciation Candle

Tondiamo 2 Pieces Nurse Candle Gifts for Women Practitioner Appreciation Nurses Week Gift School Nursing Graduation Not All Heroes Wear Capes Scented Christmas Birthday

Looking for something to give to your shift nurse after a medical stay? They’ll love this nurse appreciation candle set. These soy wax aromatherapy candles will make a great addition to their home decor.

16 — Coffee Mug and Wine Tumbler Gift Set

FONDBLOU Before Patients, After Patients 12 oz Coffee Mug and 18 oz Wine Glass Set Gifts Idea for Nurses,Doctors,Dentists,Hygienists,Assistants,Physician,RN,Unique Birthday Graduation Nurses Day Gifts

For their daytime drink and their nighttime drink, gift them a Before Patients & After Patients coffee and wine set.

The funny coffee mug and stemless wine glass come in a gift box so all you need to do is creatively wrap it.

17 — Flowers

flowers for gifts for nurses by Sugar & Cloth

Whether it’s for Nurse’s Day, their birthday or just because, send them a delivery of fresh flowers.

18 — Coffee Gift Card

Starbucks Thank You Gift Card $25

One thing that nurses always need and want is coffee. Gift them a Starbucks gift card when they are in a bind and unable to make their own cup of Joe.

19 — Scrub Jacket

FIGS scrub jacket for a gifts for nurses idea

Doctors offices and hospitals can be chilly. So your nurse would appreciate a lightweight jacket that they can easily throw on and off.

This moisture-wicking FIGS jacket features a mesh lining with back yoke vent for airflow and ventilation. Plus, you can even add personalized embroidery.

20 — Snack Care Package

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Sometimes a day at work means skipping lunch or prolonging it. So send them a thoughtful snack care package. This box of sweet and salty snacks includes a variety of 50 goodies.

21 — Instant Pot

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer, Includes Free App with over 1900 Recipes, Stainless Steel, 3 Quart

The Instant Pot is a lifesaver when you are too busy to cook. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté pan and so much more.

From meatballs, pork loin, soups, beans, rice, poultry, yogurt, hot chocolate and desserts, there’s endless things that you can make with the Instant Pot.

22 — Personalized Nurse Coffee Tumbler

Personalized Nurse Tumbler, Insulated Stainless Steel Coffee Tumbler 16oz with CERAMIC Lid - 6hrs hot | 18 hrs cold | Birthdays, Doctor Gift

Keep their beverages insulated with a laser engraved personalized coffee tumbler.

The stainless steel tumbler features a ceramic lid and triple-wall copper insulation to keep your beverages hot up to 6 hours or cold up to 18 hours. The slim profile fits easily in a car’s cup holder.

23 — Silk Eye Mask

Colorado Home Co Sleep Mask, Silk Eye Mask for Sleeping, Eye Sleep Mask for Women and Men, Eye Covers for Sleeping, Blackout Eye Mask for Sleeping, Travel Sleep Mask Slip On, Deep Mauve

Once you sleep with an eye mask, you’ll always want to wear one at night. Constructed from 100% pure mulberry silk, this eye mask will give your nurse the best sleep.

It’s a complete blackout sleeping mask that’s especially perfect for night shift nurses. Covering your eyes while you’re sleeping also protects your eyes and eyelashes and helps you avoid getting wrinkles. Silk eye covers also promote serotonin and collagen.

24 — Silicone Notes Wristband

Geyee 6 Pcs Wearable Silicone Watch Shape Memo Wrist Band with 6 Pcs Ballpoint Pens and 6 Pcs Erasers, Waterproof Reusable Writable Erasable Memo Watchband for Veterinarian Nurse Gift Supplies

Our labor and delivery nurse wore a silicone notes wristband, and we thought it was the most useful and creative thing!

Made of latex free medical grade silicone, the nurse bracelet is erasable and perfect for jotting down important vitals.  It’s also available in different color ways.

25 — Stoogle Blue Light Glasses

Stoggles - Official - Round - Z87.1 Certified Safety Glasses - Anti-Fog - Blue Light Blocking (Medium, Clear)

If they are not checking up on patients, they are probably in front of a screen inputting and updating data. Gift them with a pair of Stoogle Blue Light Glasses.

They’re anti-fog and made of impact-resistant polycarbonate. Nurses love this particular brand due to its side and top shields. So it also serves as eye protection and a more stylish form of googles.

26 — Stackable Lunch Box

Bentgo Classic - All-in-One Stackable Bento Lunch Box Container - Modern Bento-Style Design Includes 2 Stackable Containers, Built-in Plastic Utensil Set, and Nylon Sealing Strap (Khaki Green)

Nurses typically pack their own lunches so a stackable lunch box would be very useful. Made with food-grade, eco-friendly materials that are microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe, we love that this lunch box is compact.

27 — Nurse Pen Set

10 Pcs Nurse Ballpoint Pens Lovely Cartoon Nurse Pens Cute Retractable Nursing Pens Funny Ink Ballpoint Pens for Medical Assistants Students Workers Office Nurse Appreciation Gifts (Elegant Style)

Spoil your favorite nurse with a nurse pen set. This 10 piece collection features different sayings of appreciation.

28 — Personalized Nurse Scrubs Ornament

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Hang this personalized nurse ornament on the Christmas tree or in the car. This handmade gift is surely a keepsake.

29 — Apple Watch

Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen) [GPS 44mm] Smart Watch w/Midnight Aluminum Case & Midnight Sport Band - M/L. Fitness & Sleep Tracker, Crash Detection, Heart Rate Monitor, Retina Display, Water Resistant

The Apple Watch is an all in one phone, health tracker, and fitness tracker. Nurses are always on the go so the watch can monitor their steps and vitals while they are busy monitoring it for others.

30 — Pin

20 Pieces Nurse Enamel Pins Cute Brooch Pins Inspirational Cartoon Lapel Pins Badges Doctor Enamel Pin with Storage Bag for Nurses' Day Christmas Gifts Hat Jacket Bag Decor

Decorate their uniform with some fun brooch pins. This idea is especially perfect if you are looking for gifts for nurses who want to dress up their scrubs.

31 — Funny Off Duty Shirt

Funny OFF DUTY Camp Nurse SAVE YOURSELF First Aider EMT EMS T-Shirt

Gift your nurse with a funny Off Duty Shirt that actually works for any healthcare professional and first responder.

31 — Customized Whiskey Decanter Set

RN Nurse Decanter Set - 900ml Engraved Decanter w/ RN Nurse Design - Retirement Gift, Gift for Promotion, Unique Gift - Nurse Present - Nurse Gifts for Men and Women

Choose a personalized text or their name to engrave onto this decanter and whiskey glasses set. For each decanter, a tree is also planted in the nurse’s honor. It makes for a great bourbon gift idea for a whiskey loving nurse.

32 — Best Nurse Ever Planter

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Express your gratitude with a Best Nurse Ever planter. It’s perfect to gift along with a succulent. The planter contains a bottom drainage hole design to ensure air circulation for the plant.

33 — Nurse Throw Blanket

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They’ll love cozying up to a soft and fluffy nurse throw blanket.

34 — If You Can Read This Socks

Zmart Nurse Socks with Funny Saying If You Can Read This This Nurse Is Off Duty, Nurse Gift for Nursing Student RN

One can never have too many socks, not even nurses. So they’ll appreciate (and get a laugh) over these fun If You Can Read This Socks. They’re unisex and come packaged in a lovely gift box.

35 — Badge Reel Holder

8 Pieces Nurse Badge Reels, Felt Retractable Badge Reels, Themed Badge Holders Gift for Christmas Thanksgiving School Nurses Students ID Badges Name Cards Lanyards Holidays (Lovely Style)

This badge reel holder set allows nurse to use their IDs without having to take it off their clip.

36 — Nurse Cosmetic Bag

Nurse Makeup Bag Gift Emergency Room Nurse Zipper Bag ICU Nurse Gift Nurse Appreciation Cosmetic Bag Nurse Graduation Gift

Gift them with a nurse cosmetic bag. You can fill it up with lip balm, lotion and even a gift card, especially if it’s a graduation gift for her. It’s large enough to use as a mini bag to carry sunglasses, keys and a phone.

37 — Carrying Case for Travel Nurses

BOVKE Travel Carrying Case Compatible With 3M Littmann Classic III, Lightweight II S.E, MDF Acoustica Deluxe Stethoscope, Extra Room for Medical Scissors EMT Trauma Shears and LED Penlight, Pearl Pink

This stethoscope carrying case is perfect for traveling nurses and for all nurses to keep their stethoscope safe. The stethoscope is an expensive but necessary tool so they must be protected. The holder also includes slots for the accessories.

38 — Wine Gift Bag

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After a very long shift, any nurse would surely appreciate a bottle of fine wine. Gift them with a wine bottle inside this nurse wine gift bag.

It’s made of eco-friendly 100% natural cotton linen, and a lot more unique than a regular paper gift bag.

39 — Hoka Sneakers

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 8 Womens Shoes Size 8.5, Color: Blanc De Blanc/White

Hoka sneakers are a popular footwear brand amongst nurses. They’re also highly recommended by orthopedic doctors for their excellent foot support. And being that nurses are on their feet all the time, they’ll surely love a pair of comfy industry shoes.

40 — Thank You Nurse Necklace

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Thank your nurse with a rose gold plated dainty nurse necklace. It comes with a cardholder and a sweet appreciation message. You can then customize it with their name initial. It’s truly a thoughtful gift that comes from the heart.

41 — Deep Tissue Massager

Massage Gun Deep Tissue,Percussion Back Massager Gun for Athletes Muscle Massage Gun for Pain Relief with 10 Massage Heads & 20 Speeds (Matte Black)

Allow them to work out their kinks and aches with a professional grade deep tissue massager.

The massager includes 10 different massage heads to target all different types of muscles. This handy device promotes proper blood circulation and relieves muscle soreness.

42 — Wireless Phone Charger & Sanitizer

Lexon OBLIO Wireless Phone Charger with UV Light Sanitizer, QI Certified Fast Charging Station 10W and clinically Proven Cell Phone Cleaner, Compatible with iPhone & Android, Unique Design - Gold

Being that nurses are around germs all day, they’ll probably want to sanitize their phone. There are a lot of sanitizers on the market, but we think the Lexon Oblio is the most stylish.

It discreetly kills 99.9% of harmful viruses and bacteria in 20 minutes while simultaneously charging your phone.

43 — Organic Shower Steamers

Natureva Organic Shower Steamers Aromatherapy - 8 XL Natural Shower Bombs, Essential Oil Shower Steamer Gift Set, Relaxation Gifts Women, Shower Melts Tabs, Stress Relief Scents, Unique Self Care Box

Self care gifts are always the way to go, especially for a nurse who may be too tired at the end of their shift. These organic essential oil steamers are perfect for those who need to relax but don’t have time or are too tired for a bath.

Nurse Graduation Gifts

44 — Customized Milestone Wine Labels

Nursing Milestones Customized Wine Label | Registered Nurse Gift | Passing the NCLEX | Graduation Gift | Nursing School Gift

Graduating nursing school is a huge achievement that is fit for a big celebration. These congratulatory wine labels are a fun way to dress up wine bottles for a graduation party.

45 — Graduation Nurse Starter Gift Box

CORCUP Nurse Gift Box for Women, Nurse Appreciation Gift Set, Nurse Graduation, Nursing School, Nurse Christmas Gifts, Nurse Practitioner, RG Gift - Wine Tumbler Gift Set for Nurse

Gift your newly graduating nurse with a starter gift box that is also perfect for anyone starting their first day on the job.

Enclosed our socks to keep their feet warm, a coaster, and a funny nurse tumbler. There’s also retractable nurse badge reel holders, inspiration key chain, wine gift bag and a card to write a personal message.

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  1. The list of thoughtful gifts for nurses in this blog post goes beyond the customary coffee mugs and bouquets of flowers. These thoughtful gifts—which range from attractive scrubs to cosy shoes—are useful and acknowledge the work that nurses do. I can attest to the significance of wearing comfy shoes and attire because I have relatives who work as nurses.