Nursing is one of the most physically, emotionally, and psychologically taxing professions. Constantly on their feet, continuously on the go, and ready to jump into emergency mode at a moment’s notice takes a special person with phenomenal strength.
National Nurse Appreciation Week starts May 6, but you can show the nurse in your life just how incredible they are with some of these amazing nurse appreciation gift ideas any day of the year.
1. Warmth and Appreciation
Nurses have a grave tendency to be so busy taking care of everyone else that they forget to care for themselves. You can say thank you and show you care with the Thank You Care Package from Spoonful of Comfort. Add the “Thanks a Bunch” bracelet and include a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses in this nurse appreciation gift basket to give them an all-around boost of energy and confidence.
It is quite common for nurses to work three 12-hour shifts per week, leaving them on their feet for long periods each day. Compression socks can help improve blood circulation to keep leg fatigue at bay. They are even available in cute health care worker designs.
Nurse appreciation gifts can help them to unwind, or “un-wine,” after those long hectic, chaotic shifts. Pair personalized glasses, mugs, or steins with their favorite beverage. Put together a nurse appreciation gift basket of yummy snacks and sweet creature comforts they can enjoy on Nurse Appreciation Day and beyond.
4. Clothing and Shoes
The nature of nursing means they go through shoes and scrubs rapidly. Chat with them to find out if they have a favorite line of scrubs or shoes and get them a gift card. It is best to let them pick out their own since they know exactly what they need regarding form and function.
5. Coffee Talk
Help your loved one or favorite nurse get through her long hours with the gift of caffeine. Give them a coffee of the month subscription, a coffee around the world gift basket, or a gift card from their favorite coffee joint. Put it in a World’s Greatest Nurse mug, and you’ll be sure to bring a smile to that nurse’s face.
6. Massage Therapy
A thoughtful nurse appreciation gift is massage therapy, which can help reduce stress, pain, muscle soreness, and tension. Gift them a session with a local therapist, or set them up with items they can use at home on their schedule. Foot massagers, deep tissue massagers, and percussion massagers can allow them to ease away some of the day and help them enjoy a more restful sleep.
7. Unite a Unit
Are you looking to do something for a unit of nurses and other hospital staff who helped you through a health crisis? Want to make sure they all know you remember what they did, that it is appreciated, and that it will not be forgotten? Consider nurse appreciation gift baskets for the entire unit.
Send the unit or clinic a few pie packages to share and relax over. They can relish the deliciousness of Apple Caramel Crumb, Pecan Pie with Chocolate, and Marionberry Lattice pie while sipping some of that scintillating coffee you sent separately. Sweet and warm will be the theme of their Nurse Appreciation Day.
Give out badge clips to show your admiration and appreciation. There are many cute designs for nurses and other health care professionals. Don’t forget those other hospital workers who contribute to your care. Those food service and environmental services workers do a lot to create an ideal healthcare experience.
8. Cookie Comforts
No list of nurse appreciation gift ideas would be complete without cookies! A cookie gift box or cookies and tea are great ideas for your favorite clinic or hospital ward, or just to drop off or have delivered to your favorite nurse’s home. Great as a grab-and-go pick-me-up while on the job or as a delightful chocolate chip, ginger spice, or oatmeal raisin treat at the end of a long 12-hour shift. And you can always send birthday cookies, too.
9. Time on the Clock
The common theme here is that nurses work long hours and expend a lot of energy in those hours. That does not leave a lot in the tank to do the things they need to do for their own lives. Give them the gift of your own time by offering to do lawn care or snow removal, pick up groceries, or do some childcare.
No time to do it yourself? Hire them a service. Imagine coming home to a clean house after a grueling emotional 12-hour shift. That peace of mind can be one of the greatest gifts of all.
Spoonful of Comfort has an array of exemplary nurse appreciation gift ideas. From soup to nuts, cookies to crusts, you can deliver love and gratitude to the doorstop of your favorite nurse.