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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

Shelly M. Reese | November 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Medscape 20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

Searching for the perfect gift for the hardworking, time-strapped nurse on your list this holiday season? Here are 20 gift suggestions to help nurses care for themselves, save a little time, and have a lot of fun. But be forewarned: You may be tempted to keep some of these items for yourself.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

Shelly M. Reese | November 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Banish the Bugs From Drinking Water

Nurses appreciate the value of cleanliness, and that includes their drinking water. Help them stay hydrated and avoid nasty bugs with a self-cleaning water bottle. There are many vendors and price points ($89-$118), including LARQ's PureVis bottle, which uses a nontoxic technology to seamlessly sanitize the bottle's interior as well as the water inside it in about a minute.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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A Clean, Germ-Free Cell Phone

Nurses encounter a lot of scary germs on a daily basis. Help keep them safe with a UV-light phone sanitizer. There are a lot of options on the market. Some will charge your device while it sanitizes, some are designed for portability, and others can accommodate larger items such as tablets. PhoneSoap offers a variety of options. Prices range from $49.95 for a basic model to $199.95 for home-use models.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

Shelly M. Reese | November 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Soothe Aching Legs

What better gift for someone who is on their feet all day than cheerful socks to soothe their aching feet and legs? Nabee socks ($29.99) come in lots of fun, colorful choices and patterns, and as a bonus, the company was founded by a nurse.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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Ah, a Refreshing Foot Massage

Looking for something a little more luxurious than socks? How about a gift certificate for a salon pedicure or a reflexology foot massage? If you prefer a use-at-home gift, you can find a range of foot massagers at Homedics.com ($29.99-$349.99) or foot spas at Conair.com ($34.99-$71.99).

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

Shelly M. Reese | November 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Inspire An Inner Yogi

Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and can help reduce back pain. To be prepared to gain the benefits of yoga, Gaiam makes a beginner's kit with mat, block, and strap ($29.99); or try a gift card to a local yoga studio.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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Escape to a Spa for a Day

A spa experience doesn't need to be a week at a plush resort to be regenerative. Spafinder.com lets you search for spas in your area and book services ranging from massage, aromatherapy, facials, mani-pedis, acupuncture, and more. Gift cards and ecards are available in denominations from $25-$500.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

Shelly M. Reese | November 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Pampering Beautiful Hands

Nurses know that soap and sanitizers can wreak havoc on their hands. Pamper them with one of many luxurious hand creams, such as L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, which is made with shea butter, honey, almond extract, and coconut oil ($30 for a 5.1-ounce tube).

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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The Gift of Organization

Wouldn't it be great to come home from a busy day at work and find your house in impeccable order? Help your favorite nurse declutter with the gift of a 2-hour virtual session with a professional organizer. The organizer will guide the gift recipient on how to visualize and mindfully organize their space before coaching them and their classmates through a course of "ease-filled decluttering" as they tackle real-time organizing projects (Mindful Organizing experience, $35; UncommonGoods.com).

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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A Useful Tracking System for Household Items

For the person who spends a lot of time looking for everyday necessities like car keys or the TV remote, a Bluetooth tracker will be a godsend. Attach a tracker to a frequently misplaced or important item — keys, wallet, purse — and you can use your phone and an app to find it. Apple's tracker (AirTag, $29) allows you to keep tabs on your items via the Find My app. Tile, a tracker manufacturer that offers a variety of models compatible with both Apple and Android devices, uses its own free app (prices vary and start at $24.99).

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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Handy Vacuum Sealer for Favorite Foods

Making batches of freezer meals can save time later on, and purchasing food in bulk or on sale to be sealed can save money. For the practical cook who likes to stock their freezer, a vacuum sealer is a thoughtful gift. There are lots of brands and styles, including the Nesco Deluxe Food VS-12 ($98.99; Walmart).

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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Let a Robot Do Your Cleaning

Who has time for housework or wants to do it? Take vacuuming off your favorite nurse's to-do list with a robotic assistant that can do the job, even when they're not at home. (Bonus: Their pet will likely get a kick out of it too.) There are a number of manufacturers and models, including iRobot's Roomba j7 ($799.99).

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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No More Meal Shopping

COVID made grocery delivery services commonplace, but it didn't eliminate the need for meal planning. Take that chore off their plates with a subscription to an oven-ready or low-prep meal delivery service. There are tons of options out there: Home Chef, Hello Fresh, Freshly, and Blue Apron, just to name a few. Some offer completely prepared meals; others require minimal hands-on effort. Choose the option that suits your pocketbook and your palate. Prices vary.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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Board Games for Evenings of Fun

Board games came back into favor with COVID, and they've stayed there. Set your favorite nurse up for game nights with family or friends. Try the very popular Catan (base game, $42.95; Amazon.com) or one of its variations. If you're looking for something more traditional, what about a beautifully crafted backgammon board or a chess set? You can find a great selection on Etsy.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

Shelly M. Reese | November 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Track Your Fitness Fashionably

Fashionistas and fitness enthusiasts alike will appreciate a snazzy new band for their fitness tracker or smart watch. There are lots of price points and styles to choose from. Strapsco.com offers a wide selection of style bands, or check out Etsy for a more boho or glam look. Prices vary.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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Start an Enticing New Hobby

Help your friends cut back on screen time by introducing them to a new hobby. You can find starter kits for nearly everything — candle-making, crochet, carving, macrame, kumiko, you name it — on Etsy, or visit your local craft store. YouTube is a great source for tutorials to get them started.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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A Lovely Indoor Garden

Extend their harvest and indulge their taste for homegrown herbs and produce with a compact hydroponic indoor garden. No sun or soil is required. There are lots of options to choose from. AeroGarden makes a variety of sizes and styles, starting with the Sprout ($69.95).

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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Enjoy and Appreciate Birds

Stave off the winter doldrums and inspire their inner ornithologist with a backyard bird feeder and a guide to help them identify their new feathered friends. Visit your local hardware or garden store, or check out Audubon.org. You can also buy a CD that teaches how to recognize a variety of birdsongs (Bird Song Ear Training Guide, $14.50; Amazon.com).

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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An Assortment of Great Audio Books

What better way to enliven a workout or to make chores more pleasant than a great book or podcast? Audible offers access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, guided wellness programs, and Audible originals. Subscriptions start at $7.95 a month.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

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Tickets to a Spectacular Show

A night on the town is always fun. Whether they're into music, theater, sports, dance, comedy or guest lecturers, you can find something to suit their tastes. Check out SeatGeek, VividSeats, Ticketmaster, or StubHub.

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20 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses

Shelly M. Reese | November 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

A Nurse-Related Mug and Tumbler

Help your favorite nurse start and end the day with a smile on their face with a ceramic mug and insulated wine tumbler ($24.99; Scrubbox.com). You can stop by the grocery store for a pound of their favorite coffee and a bottle of wine for a truly personal gift.

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