21 Cool Gift Ideas for a Nurse Under $50 (+2 to Avoid)

Looking for the perfect gift idea for a nurse, nursing student or instructor in your life? Often working long hours and under stressful conditions, nurses will appreciate gifts that offer relaxation and, sometimes, a mental diversion from the hospital. They also love gifts that help them see the value they provide. We surveyed over 500 ideas to find 21 top options, all under $50 at the time of publication.

We love these high-quality, detailed “Meds” socks that manage to be both cute and professional at the same time. Makes a perfect stocking stuffer or graduation gift.

$8.00 USD
$7.95 USD

Most people use their phone to check the time these days, but in a patient-oriented setting this is often considered unprofessional. Nurses need to be able to quickly check the time down to the second. This watch, available in five tasteful colors, is made for them. The stainless steel back is engrave-able, making it a great gift to personalize.

$49.95 USD
$49.95 USD

Know a nurse who uses his or her super powers for the greater good? This fun Super Man-themed t-shirt is sure to be a hit. Comes in both male and female sizes.

$17.99 USD
$17.99 USD

Nurses will love this realistic, anatomically correct heart necklace. The heart symbolizes both the science and care that go into nursing. Outside the hospital, it’s sure to be a hit at parties and conferences. Great quality and not too large, it is built to last — and at a great price it’s a no brainer.

$29.97 USD
$34.99 USD

Winning high praise from buyers for its effective treatment of tired feet and pain, the TheraFlow foot massage roller is a great gift for a nurse who is on his or her feet all day and needs some relief. Constructed out of Theaceae wood, this well made massager is lightweight (1.6 lbs) and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

$17.95 USD
$29.99 USD

Serving the duel purpose of relaxation while also humidifying the room, an aromatherapy diffuser is the perfect gift idea for a nurse who wants to come home and unplug from it all. We recommend the InnoGear brand thanks to its great user accolades and features such as auto shut off and changing color options that both adults and kids will find fun.

$15.99 USD
$69.99 USD

If you’re standing for more than 6 hours per day, your legs and feet undergo a lot of physical stress. Compression socks help alleviate the strain, prevent you from swelling up and keep from blood collecting in the lower extremities. We recommend compression socks by Nurse Mates, which come in a variety of styles including Cause for a Cure, a great way for a nurse to show her moral support.

$10.95 USD
$10.95 USD

If a nurse in your life has gone above and beyond to provide exceptional care to you or a loved one, show your appreciation with a gift basket full of goodies. It can be hard to find a good gift basket. We researched over 50 and recommend Golden State Fruit’s (pictured here) for value for the money and quality.

$39.95 USD
$39.95 USD

This high-quality, rust-free charm bracelet is a great value for the money. A wonderful birthday or graduation gift for a nurse, it contains three adorable charms that will inspire her to excel.

$9.98 USD
$19.98 USD

This coloring book was created by someone with a keen understanding of the nurse profession and a great sense of humor. After a stressful shift, this book is the perfect way to step back and laugh while relaxing as you color. Contains 30 unique designs, each printed on a single side of large 8×10 paper.

$7.99 USD
$7.99 USD

Winning rave reviews from readers, “I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse” is a collection of well-written narratives from nurses who offer candid accounts of their most memorable growing experiences, from treating terminal cancer patients to car accident victims — it is not light reading, but at the same time is relieving to know that others have walked in your shoes (and compression socks). Hard to put down, nurses will find many relatable experiences that conjure all kinds of emotions.

$9.72 USD
$15.95 USD

Great as a nurse’s graduation or mother’s day gift, this lovely butterfly will brighten up a window, patio or garden. The butterfly is a symbol of growth and renewal, a message nurses especially will appreciate. The best part is it looks like it’s from an expensive boutique, but comes at a great value price.

$14.99 USD
$14.99 USD

These neck and eye pillows are packed with healing herbs that offer relaxation and restorative energy. Can be either heated (for 1 minutes in the microwave) or frozen depending on the need. Get to sleep faster with their soothing aroma and relieve any tension in the neck or back. Users also say it’s helpful for migraines.

$19.95 USD
$49.95 USD

Add some character to a computer with a cute heart decal that a nurse will absolutely adore. Other options are available specific to mac computers, with decals that wrap around the Apple logo.

$3.96 USD
$5.99 USD

Sometimes the medicine cabinet isn’t exactly what’s called for. A glass of wine after a hard day of helping patients is therapeutic in its own right. A great gift to show your sense of humor.

$18.00 USD
$18.00 USD

Looking for the perfect gift for a male (or any) nurse? This lego action figure is a great is a great conversation piece. And if you have kids, they’ll love having a lego representation of dad!

Bath bombs are fizzy, scented soap balls that turn a regular bath into an at home spa, replenishing the skin with essential oils and reducing muscle cramps with the salts contained inside. After a long shift, the nurse on your list will appreciate these healing cleansers.

This mug is a great way to show a nurse how appreciated he or she is without getting too sentimental. Hardworking, unrivaled skill, passion, caring, sleep (0%) and caffeine are on the list for a serving size of “one excellent nurse.”

$14.99 USD
$14.99 USD

Add a personalized touch with this cute stethoscope mug featuring his or her name on it. A great graduation or holiday gift that will be treasured for years. Microwave and dishwasher safe, the mug’s designs lay flat (appears slightly 3d in photo).

$15.87 USD
$15.87 USD

Seeking an idea for a new nurse? “First Year Nurse” is packed with useful advice, from dealing with difficult patients to communicating effectively with hospital staff.

$17.26 USD
$16.99 USD

Looking for bulk nurse appreciation gifts? These little bags (12 in total) are a great way to give gift cards or other tokens of gratitude. Perfect for nurse week.

$8.65 USD
$8.90 USD

And 2 dumb ideas to cross off your list…
1) Any “naughty nurse” related gifts. If you want to risk secretly enraging your wife or girlfriend who is a nurse, go ahead and get her a naughty nurse outfit.
2) Anything blood-themed. They see enough of this at work.

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