Top 10 Gift Ideas for Nurses

By Sue Heacock on Mon, May 07, 2012

nurses week giftWhether the occasion is Nurses Week, Mother's Day, or you simply want to show the person that you care, here are ten ultimate gift ideas for nurses! Remember though, in order for many of these gifts to actually be enjoyed, the nurse must contribute the commitment of time. Dare I suggest a nurse to take time for him/herself? In order to benefit from many of the gift ideas, he/she will have to change their ways at least for a day or two!

  1. Calgon take me away. Give the gift of alone time! Don't think a nurse would like this? Think again. Remove everyone from the house – including any loud pets and in-laws – for one day, and allow your nurse to enjoy time to him/herself. Maybe he/she will watch TV, take a long bath, clean the fridge, or take a nap! Whatever he/she chooses to do is a gift from you!

  2. Spa anyone? Give the nurse in your life a little pampering. I do not frequent spas (obviously if you look at my picture), but I never miss an opportunity when I receive a spa gift certificate!  Give your special nurse the gift of relaxation, rejuvenation, and reinvigoration. 

  3. Date night please! Hire a babysitter and plan a date night for the nurse in your life. Plan dinner, a movie, a romantic rendezvous, or perhaps an evening of bungee jumping. The operative word in the last sentence is plan. Make sure you choose an activity he/she would like (no guys, we don't want to go to the hardware store to "look around for just a minute") and plan every aspect of the date! Do anything and everything to show that special person a night of appreciation. Flowers are optional!

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  4. Weekend away. Plan an extended date night. A weekend in Las Vegas, a quick trip to New York, or a tropical getaway are readily available and not too expensive. This gives your nurse a change of scenery, clearer outlook on life, and a wonderful and lasting gift - great memories!  

  5. Books. This is another gift along the lines of relaxation. Find out who your special nurse's favorite author is and go to that author's website. Order an autographed book. Most authors offer this service and will put your favorite nurse's name on the book jacket near the signature! Or simply buy the newest novel by his/her favorite author at the local book store. 

  6. Coupon Book.  No, don't send him/her grocery shopping. I can assure you that will not go over well! You can make your own coupon book or many stores offer them for sale. These are coupons for anything from a night of not doing dishes, to a romantic evening alone, to having someone else do the laundry for a weekend! Your nurse gets a year full of gifts – when he/she chooses to request them.

  7. Gift card.  Find out where the exceptional nurse in your life loves to shop. You can never go wrong with a gift card to his/her favorite store. You have the added bonus of knowing you will not pick out something offensive or laughable to give to him/her.

  8. Just surprise me! Most people like surprises, at least most I know. Use your imagination and plan something so out of the ordinary that he/she will cherish the gift forever!nurses week gift

  9. Comfortable shoes. I threw this one in for those ultra practical gift givers! Nurses can always use a new pair of comfortable shoes or new scrubs.

  10. When all else fails, just ask! Don't make the mistake of saying, "I didn't know what to get you, so I didn't get you anything." A nurse would prefer you ask what he/she would like if you can't come up with something on your own. The old expression "Better than nothing" does not necessarily apply here!


Anonymous 3 years ago
I think Bedpan Baskets are a neat gift. I got one.

Nurse Born 9 months ago
That is a great idea for a new nurse or any nurse for that matter - I love it!

Anonymous 1 year ago
Cute idea-- you didn't get offended, I take it! LOL

Anonymous 3 years ago
Don't forget handmade gifts too! I bought a friend of mine who graduated from nursing school a beautiful exotic wood pen from an online craftsman at
It had a medical themed clip too that is truly one of a kind.

Anonymous 3 years ago
wow I can't believe they actually put this up as top ten gifts for nurses, you can so tell this was written by a women. this was so ridiculous like I feel like I'm being pranked, I feel sorry for this women's husband if she actually thought that this wad good enough to put her name on. stuff likelike this makes me really feel bad for the human race...... ex um surprise me what is that?? how does that make the top ten wow. all that can be said is.... women.