If you’re a nurse, or know someone who is, chances are you know how difficult the job can be. This is just one more reason to treat yourself or the nurse you know to something special that can help make their job and life easier.

In this article, we will provide our Top 10 Picks for the best gifts for nurses. We have a variety of criteria that each gift will relate more to. For example, some of the items we describe below will be great for using on the job, while others will be gifts that a nurse can use at home to rest, relax, and recover.

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Please see our list below. These gifts for nurses are not arranged in any particular order, as they all address different wants and needs; however, we will describe the situations when they may be most useful, hopefully allowing you to narrow your options for the best gift possible!

Vibrant Tea Tumbler Thermos


This is a great gift for anyone who drinks tea, but especially if it’s a nurse who drinks tea! This thermos allows you to steep tea and drink it at the same time, while also keeping it nice and warm for up to 12 hours, which is great for those nurses who need to spread out their caffeine intake over a long period of time. Moreover, many nurses simply don’t have the time to enjoy their cup of tea in one go.

The stainless steel vacuum insulated bottle comes with a 2-piece steeper. You can steep your tea for as long as you like, drinking it while it steeps if you so desire. Remove one piece and you have a strainer for quick fruit infusion. Remove that piece and you have a simple coffee thermos that keeps your roast nice and warm throughout your shift.

This thermos isn’t limited to just hot drinks. It can also keep drinks cold for up to 32 hours. THe material is BPA free, so you don’t need to worry about your drink sitting in the bottle for a long period of time absorbing harmful chemicals. Even further, the matte finish makes this great for those who need to sip-and-go, as the grip is non-slip so there’s less chance you’ll drop it in your rush. Furthermore, the matte finish provides a classy sleek appearance that will look good anywhere you go.

Overall, this is one of the best gifts for nurses, or even anyone who loves tea. It’s highly functional and they can either take it to work, use it at home, or both!

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream


This is one of the most popular hand creams on the market, one that we decided was worthy of our vote for #1 best value in our reviews of the best hand cream for nurses.

The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream provides excellent value especially considering its effectiveness. The bottle is fairly small, about 2 oz (56 grams), but you only need a tiny bit to cover your entire hands and feel the difference. This makes it a great option to have with you anywhere you go, including work.

If you work in a clinical setting and are worried about the scent, don’t be, because this hand cream is fragrance-free, a huge plus for nurses. If you prefer a slight fragrance, you can get this cream in a scented version as well. Additionally, the non-greasy formula will keep your hands feeling soft and moist, but not at all slippery or oily. This is in large part due to the relatively high concentration of glycerine, which promotes hydration and healing of the skin.

Overall, this is a great gift for a nurse who needs to maintain the health of their skin. It has everything a nurse would want in a hand cream, and when combined with the portable size and the relatively low cost, it’s available at an excellent value price point. In fact, on Amazon you can usually find them in packs of multiple bottles, which can add even more value to an already good hand cream.

InnoGear Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser


It’s probably fairly obvious that this isn’t a gift a nurse will use on the job, but their recovery time is just as important. This gift for the home can help a nurse rest and relax, making the most of their time off, improving their mental well-being, and helping them get good rest and sleep before their next shift.

The InnoGear is one of the most popular aromatherapy products on available due to its great value and excellent performance. It runs really quietly and is really easy to use, and it will shut off automatically when it is out of water, so you don’t waste power or risk it burning out.

This diffuser will help humidify the room while also providing an aromatic scent that can selected based on your mood or needs, such as relaxation. It will release the mist either continuously or intermittently depending on how long you want it to last and how strong you want the scent to be in the room.

It’s not just the ability to release an aromatic scent that can help you relax, but it also comes with 7 different types of lighting, whereby it basically just glows in that color, so you can select your color depending on the surrounding furniture or simply what you want to look at.

Overall, this is one of the best gifts for nurses looking to unwind and relax. It’s even good for anyone looking for a unique humidifier to spruce up their home or prevent dryness issues like chapped lips.

Wasserstein Therapeutic Aromatic Oils


These Wasserstein Essential Oils are a great gift for anyone with an aromatherapy oil diffuser. Also, most aromatherapy diffusers don’t come with oil upon purchase, so if you’re thinking a diffuser is a good gift, you may want to consider a pack of essential oils as well.

These oils are great because they come with a selection of the most popular scents, all of which are great for helping a nurse relax and recover before their next shift. Many people find they aren’t quite as strong as some other brands, but in our opinion, that’s a good thing. The only scents that are a little bit stronger are the orange and lemongrass oils, but they’re very nice. The other flavors/scents are eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, and peppermint.

Overall, this can be a great starter pack for a nurse who is just starting to use a diffuser, or for someone who simply needs a reload and would appreciate the gift.

Nursemates Women’s Compression Socks


Selected by us as one of the best pairs of compression socks for nurses, these Nursemates compression socks are designed with women’s sizing in mind, but there are lots of options for men’s compression socks as well. These are excellent socks for nurses to wear on the job, as they will help alleviate lower extremity pain and swelling caused by long shifts on their feet.

Many nurses already own compression socks, so they aren’t anything new to them. However, Nursemates offers a large variety of styles and designs, so getting a cool pair for someone who already owns a couple can still be a really nice gift.

The Nursemates women’s compression socks could also be considered a good starter compression sock. The reason we say this is because the graduated compression is rather low (12-14 mmHg), and is actually technically considered to be “mild”. This means they won’t apply as much pressure on your ankles and legs compared with other compression socks that we reviewed. Therefore, if you’re not sure whether or not you will find compression socks to be comfortable enough for constant use, these will be a great indicator.

Overall, these compression socks are a highly functional gift for nurses or anyone else who spends a lot of time on their feet. They can also be worn at home, but they’re best used on the job. Even if you don’t get a thank you, know that that the wearer’s feet and legs will definitely appreciate the gift!

Yogi Honey Lavendar Stress Relief Tea


Tea is a great gift for anyone who drinks it, but if that person is also working a highly stressful nursing job, then this line of Yogi teas can go a long way. This tea contains lavendar, which you will see a lot of when searching for stress-relief products. Just the scent alone can help facilitate a sense of calmness, and the tasty honey also helps you relax.

This tea is caffeine free, as it’s meant specifically for relaxation and ultimately stress relief, so the jitters weren’t considered desirable in this case. However, given this tea is really cheap (especially for a gift), we would suggest pairing it with another nice tea that does have caffeine, so the recipient can have a little bit of everything. Peppermint of some sort is always nice as a clean-feeling energizer.

This Yogi brand also has other similar teas with various purposes. For example, one that I currently have in my cupboard at the moment is the Restful Sleep kind, which has valerian and chamomile. I like this one a little more because the chamomile is good for acid reflux, but I do like the overall taste of the Stress Relief tea better.

Overall, this is one of the best gifts for nurses who drink tea, as you can’t really go wrong. Worst case, they have fun trying it and don’t like it enough to buy more of, which in itself can be worth the couple bucks. It’s a gift that can be given at any time, even as a simple gesture to say “I care about you”, or “I hope you feel better”.

Timex Women’s Leather Nurse’s Watch


Many nurses find a good watch for the job to be an essential part of their shift. Whether it’s for quick charting, keeping track of medication delivery, or simply eyeing your break, a good practical watch can really go a long way. As a gift for nurses, it’s a little more risky because they may have some specific criteria that they value in a watch, but the Timex watch shown here could be a good starting point.

The Timex leather nurse’s watch, which was voted by us as one of the best watches for nurses, is is one of the most popular watches for nurses for a few good reasons. First, it’s highly functional, but isn’t anything overly fancy that you have to worry about ruining. The appearance is clean and elegant, and there are multiple different color schemes available, so if you’re not a fan of white or want something darker to hide subtle stains, that shouldn’t be a problem.

The leather band has a standard buckle closure, which again, while it isn’t anything advanced, it’s simple and durable, allowing you to get the job done. Additionally, the hands, dials, and numbers are super easy to see due to their large size and contrast, making it easier for you perform your tasks. We like how the seconds hand is a different color, which is pretty common among watches, but not always guaranteed.

This is a great all-around watch for nurses and nursing students alike. It’s affordable to the point where it’s one of the better deals you will find for something this nice, so you could even get a couple different styles so you have options, or simply spares for after potential mishaps. This is the main reason we voted it best value watch for nurses, but again, that all depends on your style preferences and budget!​

One main downside to this watch is it doesn’t display military time along with the standard time. This isn’t absolutely necessary, but is something that a lot of nurses prefer. So if you’re buying a watch as a gift for a nurse, it could be a good idea to subtly ask about that first. Also, some nurses prefer lapel watches​, so those can be good options as well.

HoMedics Sound Spa Relaxation Machine


This HoMedics Sound Spa Relaxation Machine is a popular item for those who like to maximize their relaxation at home. It’s a great gift for a nurse who lives in the city and would simply like to enjoy a beverage without the same old sounds of traffic and neighbors. It can pair nicely with a calming tea, but even playing it as you kick your feet up while enjoying a beer or wine can be great, too, especially before turning on the TV and restimulating yourself all over again.

The machine itself is really easy to use and comes with a variety of calming sounds. Fundamentally, the sounds aren’t long recordings of a particular environment, but rather, they are short recordings and sounds of such settings that play in a loop. Not to worry, they do a great job with the transition so you can’t even notice and it ends up sounding like a long recording. The subtle repetition can also be nice if you’re trying to close your eyes and get a little sleep.

The machine has timers so that if you plan on falling asleep you don’t have to worry about wasting energy. It runs on either a power adapter or batteries and has adjustable volume. Perhaps the biggest downside is that it doesn’t have a head phone jack, but we don’t find that to be a huge deal. Some customers have found it breaks after a little more than a year’s use, but with a one-year warranty, you’re good for at leas that amount of time and likely more.

Overall, this is a great gift for nurses looking to unwind and maximize their relaxation at home. It doesn’t have to be used only in that setting, as it’s also good for tuning out distractions and focusing on work in a calming manner, so it could also be a good gift for those who work in an office or spend a lot of time studying in private.

Seven Minerals Magnesium Oil


Seven Minerals Magnesium Oil is a good gift for nurses who experience bodily aches and pains from the long hours of standing and walking or even holding posture in a tense position from stress. It’s not so much a direct relaxation/calming product, but rather, is meant for reducing physical aches that can indirectly help one relax.

Magnesium oil is considered to be a good remedy for bodily aches and pains, sore muscles, migraines, and other forms of headaches. Many customers have found this helps them fall asleep easier and get a better night’s sleep overall. It works by delivering 100% absorbable elemental magnesium directly to the cellular level through the skin. As an example, many customers with foot and leg aches will spray it on the bottoms of their feet and notice relief in their feet and lower legs.

Customers love this product for lower extremity pain as well as headaches. They find relief typically occurs in about 20 minutes and actually last for quite a while, from 12-24 hours. The main side effect that some first-time users have noticed is itchiness to the applied area, but this is usually very short-lived (a matter of minutes), and as the magnesium begins to alleviate pain, the itchiness goes away.

Overall, this is one of the best gifts for nurses who experience foot or leg pain, migraines, tension headaches, or any other bodily aches. It’s especially helpful if these aches and pains make it difficult to sleep. Seven Minerals offers a 100% refund if you aren’t happy with it, so it takes some of the risk away if you’re purchasing for someone else and are unsure if they will like it.

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands


This is another hand cream that’s great for nurses or anyone else who is constantly washing their hands or working outdoors. It’s not so much a nice fancy product like the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream, but is just as good, if not better, at healing cut, scratched, dry, and irritated hands.

This hand cream is often marketed to those in outdoor laborious professions who are constantly tearing their hands apart. This doesn’t mean it isn’t good for more casual use, rather, it’s one of the only hand creams out there for those individuals, so it’s a smart strategy. This is also a great hand cream for nurses, as it is completely odorless, non-greasy, hypo-allergenic, and works on all skin types.

O’Keefe’s Working Hands hand cream works by immediately supplying the skin with necessary hydration, then it forms a layer to further protect the skin and ensuring no further moisture loss. While this hand cream can be applied anytime, most people use it before bed as a healing cream, rather than everyday use and constant re-application throughout the day. Therefore, it may not be the best thing to carry around all the time, but it certainly works anytime. It can even be applied to open cuts without any sort of irritation, while still accelerating healing.

Overall, this is definitely one of the best healing hand creams for nurses, especially considering it’s completely odorless, non-greasy, and hypo-allergenic. As such, it would be a good gift for a nurse who is trying to maintain their hands. What’s even more surprising is the very low cost. I feel like they could charge more. Nevertheless, that’s one of the reasons people really like this hand cream.

Therefore, we would recommend this hand cream as a gift for nurses who need something a little more advanced for the healing of cracked hands. It may not be the most practical to carry around at work, but it’s definitely worth it to have around at home.

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