9 Gift Ideas for Nurses: Giving Back During Nurse Appreciation Week

Gift Ideas for Nurses

National Nurses Week is one of the largest healthcare events of the year. Each year, healthcare organizations celebrate the contributions of nurses from May 6 to May 12. Our list of 9 gift ideas for nurses can help you to show your appreciation and give back to the nurses that have touched your life.

1. Thank You Card

Although cliché, thank you cards are among the best nurses week gift ideas, because they allow you to express your gratitude in your own words. Whether you choose to buy a thank you card or create a handmade one, a handwritten note in a thank you card makes a thoughtful gift that any nurse would cherish. Be sure that you wish the nurse a Happy Nurses Day in your card’s message. You could also bring along a little homemade gift, such as fresh-baked cookies, to make the gesture extra special.

2. Flowers

Because National Nurses Week takes place right in the middle of spring, it is a wonderful time to give flowers as a gift. If you have a garden, you can pick flowers there and tie them with a colorful ribbon or put them in a vase.

3. Charity Donation in the Nurse’s Honor

Nurses give to others every day as part of their profession. You can continue that spirit of giving during National Nurses Week by donating to a charity in a nurse’s honor. Some charities that may be meaningful include cancer research and non-profit healthcare organizations.

4. Spa Visit

Nursing can be hard on the body. Nurses spend a lot of time on their feet and are often required to do heavy lifting with patients and equipment. A gift card to a spa for a massage, foot rub or manicure can help to pamper and repair nurses’ tired bodies, as well as provide them with a well-deserved time to relax and recharge.

5. Nursing Merchandise

Nurses tend to be proud of their work, so nurse appreciation gifts that promote their profession can be a great choice. For example, you could give nurses a tote bag, coffee mug or t-shirt that allows them to show off their nursing pride with a witty saying.

6. Fancy Hand Lotion

Nurses wash their hands a lot! The nurses in your life will likely appreciate a hand lotion gift set, which will help to keep their hands moisturized and healthy throughout the year.

7. Steth-o-charm

A steth-o-charm is a healthcare recognition charm that can be attached to any standard stethoscope. Steth-o-charms are fun, durable, and safe to wear. They also  come in many different shapes and colors and may have messages that say, “Nurses rock” or “Superhero in scrubs,” among others.

8. Luncheon

Arrange a potluck among managers and doctors or set up a catered lunch for nurses as a way to give thanks and enjoy a meaningful time together. A luncheon will eliminate the need for nurses to pack their lunches, as well as give them a little relaxation time, which is a gift that will be much appreciated!

9. Coffee Shop Gift Card or Travel Mug

Some popular gifts for a nurse are coffee related. Many nurses rely on a boost of energy from caffeine to make it through their long shifts. Therefore, coffee shop gift cards, travel coffee mugs, and imported coffee make excellent gifts for a nurse who cannot go the day without java.

Nurses help improve the lives of their patients and do so much for everyone around them, so it is no surprise that there is an entire week devoted to honoring their contributions. However, because nurses typically work irregular shifts and long hours, they may feel overworked and underappreciated. Show the nurses in your life how thankful you are for the care and compassion they provide with on of our featured gift ideas for nurses.