The Holidays are a time for celebration, gift giving and fun, however finding the perfect for that nurse in your life can be a bit tricky, especially when you don’t know what they need or how you can provide them with something that’s special, personal and useful.
To make your holiday shopping a little easier we put together a list of 25 items we think they’ll love and use.
This list will include some of the best nursing books, work tools, school gear, clothing and relaxation essentials for nurses to help them do their best at work, at school, in the gym and at home.
Whether you know a nurse who is just starting out in nursing school or is new in the field these 5 books offer invaluable information, tools, stories and advice to help them perform at their best.
True Stores of Becoming A Nurse
Becoming Nursey is an excellent book for any aspiring (or new) nurse who wants to know what it’s really like to work in the medical field. This book shares the first experiences of nurses as they face life, death and everything in between, from delivering their first birth to dealing with their first death. If you know someone who is interested in becoming a nurse or is just starting out in the field this book makes a great gift and offers an eye opening view into the lives of nurses.
Becoming Nursey is another wonderful book that shares some great stories and practical advice for nurses who are trying to find their place within the medical field. Nursing can be very challenging at times and this book helps provide new nurses with the tools, inspiration and knowledge they need to succeed.
Critical Care shares the memoir’s of Theresa Brown , an English teacher who became a nurse to help others improve their lives. This wonderful book guides us through her accounts of what it’s like to work in the critical care field. Often emotional and memorable the stories shared by Theresa Brown are sure to leave a lasting impression.
The Anatomy Coloring Book
If you know someone who is taking an anatomy course and is struggling to learn about the human body The Anatomy Coloring Book is an excellent companion that improves memory retention and helps medical students learn about anatomy through physical interactions and visualization.
Pharmacology Memory NoteCards
Pharmacology is one of the most difficult courses to master in the nursing field and Mosby’s Pharmacology Memory NoteCards can really help improve the recall and memorization of important pharmacology lessons through mnemonics and visualizations.
These 5 work essentials are an important part of a nurses daily life and make working at the hospital, healthcare center, school or medical facility a better and less stressful experience. Any of these items would make a great gift for the special nurse in your life.
Stethoscopes play an essential role in the nursing field by allowing nurses to assess and treat a variety of medical situations that otherwise might go undetected. A high quality stethoscope such as the Littmann 3M Classic II S.E. Stethoscope makes a great gift for the nurse in your life and ensures that they are able to perform at their maximum level when they need it the most.
American Diagnostic offers a wonderful ADC Nylon Medical Bag that offers plenty of compartment space for placing all sorts of medical gear and the tough/durable material helps ensure everything will be protected in the toughest of environments.
Medical dressing scissors such as Prestige’s Medical Fluoride Scissors are a great inexpensive gift that can also be a wonderful stocking stuffer. These handy little tools provide nurses with a reliable pair of scissors for cutting fabric, bandages and other soft materials when they need to gain access to important parts of the body.
Medical watches allow nurses to keep track of the time and track important measurements such as measuring a patients heart-rate when assessing their condition. The Casio Women’s LRW200H-7BVCF Watch is a nice reliable watch that is easy to clean and offers an easily readable display for quick readings.
Nursing Drug Handbook
A quality Nursing Drug Handbook is an essential tool in a nurses kit as it provides nurses with invaluable information in regards to properly handling and distributing medication to their patients. As a nurse it is extremely important to ensure that the proper medication and dosage are being given out and this drug book can make those decisions easier and less stressful for hard working nurses.
Back To School
From backpacks to laptops going back to school often requires students to buy a whole bunch of new gear. While you can’t necessary help with the school work you can make life a little easier with the school supplies. These 5 items are all wonderful choices for making school just a little easier.
Heading back to school can be both a wonderful and stressful experience. Having a good backpack can help a little, especially one that is durable and utilitarian for carrying school books, laptops and other important school essentials. JanSport’s Superbreak Backpack School Bag is a popular option among many back to school crowds.
A rolling backpack such as High Sierra’s Freewheel Wheeled Book Bag Backpack is a great gift for any student who has a lot of heavy books and school items that are to heavy to carry comfortably on the back. A nice rolling backpack can significantly reduce stress and improve mobility as they go from class to class.
If you know/have a student who just needs a basic laptop (nothing fancy) for writing school reports and taking notes Acer’s 11.6 inch Chromebook is an inexpensive option that will allow them to take their work with them everywhere they go and get their school work done whenever they need a computer nearby.
A nice classic hardcover notebook such as Moleskine’s Classic Notebook is great for taking notes and keeping order of all the chaos that goes on in school. While a classic notebook is a simple, inexpensive gift/stocking stuffer it is also a very helpful tool and one many nursing students will find indispensable.
Another basic but necessary tool in the nursing students arsenal is the Spiral Notebook. Mead’s Spiral Notebook set comes as a 4 pack coloring set so that it is easy to identify each notebook/subject and is also offered in solid color sets ranging from 1 – 6 packs based on the individuals writing needs.
Dress To Impress
Just because nurses are required to wear scrubs and other work clothing doesn’t mean that can’t dress to impress. These 5 items are all popular among the nursing communities and address the most essential work clothing from head to toe.
Dansko Nursing Shoes
Dansko Women’s Professional Oiled Leather Clog is one of the most popular nursing shoes on the market due to their stylish look and comfortable design. These shoes come in a range of colors and sizes, and make a great gift for nurses who want a professional look, but also a shoe that is comfortable and well designed.
Grey’s Anatomy Scrub Top
It’s kind of hard to go wrong with a Grey’s Anatomy anything and this Grey’s Anatomy Scrub Top is no different. This scrub top comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and is made to be comfortable when worn during long shifts. If you have a Grey’s Anatomy fan in your life consider getting them a scrub top they’ll love.
Grey’s Anatomy Lab Coat
If you know a nurse who works in a field where lab coats are an essential piece of clothing in the work/school space a Grey’s Anatomy Lab Coat is a great way to fill the void and keep them looking stylish while they work. This lab coat offers a flattering design and plenty of pocket space to store all of their work tools.
Maternity Scrub Pants
Working while pregnant can be a difficult task. Tending to patients, constantly moving around, managing multiple tasks and finding time to sit down and eat are all a regular part of a nurses day, but it doesn’t mean they have to be unconformable while they work their busy schedule. Cherokee’s Women’s Maternity Pull-On Knit Waist Pants make a hard day at work just a little be easier and more comfortable.
Sockwell’s Women’s Chevron Compression Socks are a wonderful gift for any nurse who spends large amounts of time on their feet while at work. A good pair of compression socks can improve comfort, blood circulation and support throughout the day, which helps reduce stress and make life a little more pleasant.
Health & Relaxation
Whether you know a nurse who likes to stay fit or just unwind after a long day these items will help them achieve their goals and even set some new ones.
Fitbit Activity Band
Fitbit is known for their range of electronic health tracking devices and the Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband is one of the most popular and sort out products of the bunch. This device is great for helping nurses track their heart rate, distance and calories burned, as well as track their sleep and silently wake them up in the morning. If you have a health nut in your life then the Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband may be the perfect gift for them.
Stress Relief Candles
A Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Scented Candle is a great option for nurses who work long, tiring days and just want to relax when they get home. The Eucalyptus spearmint scent is a great way to calm down and unwind from the stresses of the day and add a little bit of soothing ambiance to the atmosphere.
Bath & Body Works Gift Set
For those who want to take things a step further Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Gift Set is a highly recommended item and one of the most popular scents that Bath & Body Works sells. This gift set comes with a shower gel, body lotion and fragrance mist for a great all around experience.
Prescription Coffee Mug
Let’s face it many nurses run and function on coffee, so why not get them a humorous Prescription Coffee Mug that lets them tell the rest of the world they’re taking their meds. This gift makes a wonderful work mug and is a great way to cheer them and their coworkers up as they work.
If you’ve ever taken a hot shower/bath after work and relaxed in a comfortable bath robe you know how enjoyable of an experience it can be. Del Rossa Women’s Plush Microfiber Fleece Full Length Hooded Bathrobe Robe kicks things up a notch with their extremely comfortable microfiber bath robe, which is both stylish and pleasant to wear around the house. Plus it makes a gift when packaged with candles and/or a Bath & Body Works Gift Set!
Tips for buying the perfect gift
When it comes to buying the perfect gift it is important to think about the needs and desires of the gift receiver.
I know it sounds like basic advice, but the best place to start with any gift is thinking about what the other persons interests/needs are.
While you may not be able to pinpoint what they need at first you can get a good idea of what they may need/want by listening to them as they talk about their life and situation.
Next time you go out to the store or mall with them look at what they are interested in and silently take notes at what they talk about or what lights their eyes up.
If they’re going to school and need a piece of school gear think about some of excellent items you can find to make their day a little easier.
If they’re just starting out in the nursing field or already have a steady job there are some great books and work essentials that can help them achieve their goals, work more efficiently and get the advice they need to do their best in the workplace.
If they are always stressed out consider something that could ease their stress such as candles, bath oils or even a gift card for a massage.
As you’ve probably gathered from reading this list there are a number of different categories that have been addressed to fit almost any situation from work stress, to school and health.
Even if you haven’t found an item in the list we’ve created you can still use the categories here to help you get a better sense of what gift you should buy.
5 Topics to focus on when buying a gift:
- Books/Education (what books are most helpful for them in their given situation)
- Work Essentials (what tools or items do they need or would like to upgrade i.e. a stethoscope or shoes to make work a little easier)
- School Gear (what school gear do they need if any and is there something that can make school a little easier, such as a rolling backpack for heavy books and school supplies)
- Clothing & Shoes (does the nurse and/or student need any clothing or are they fashion conscious and only like stylish scrub tops and shoes?)
- Health & Relaxation (are they stressed out or a health nut that would benefit from something healthcare related?)
One of the best ways to find a suitable gift for someone you know is to ask around if they haven’t given you any ideas directly.
You can always ask coworkers, friends, family members and their significant other what they like and are most interested in to get an idea of what you should buy.
Coworkers may be especially useful for this as they work in the same field and likely have similar wants/needs that can be addressed, which you can use to help you search for the perfect gift.
Aside from asking someone they know what they think would be a good gift you should take a look around at what they already own and see if it is in need of replacement.
If they have a pair of worn out shoes or an old stethoscope for example buying them a replacement or even an upgraded version of the item is a great way to ensure that you’ll buy something they’ll likely use, assuming it fits their style.
It’s also a great way to make their life a little easier if they don’t have the time to go shopping or searching for a replacement themselves.
Go directly to the source
When all else fails you can always go directly to the source and ask them to name a few things they would like for the holidays.
Have them name 4 – 6 things they think would be useful and pick one out of the list.
By having them mention several things you can still provide them with some level of surprise as they won’t know exactly which item you chose until they open it, plus you can be assured that they’ll enjoy whatever they get.