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14 Excellent Thank You Gifts for a Nurse

Looking for the perfect thank you gift for a nurse? The following eight picks were selected by an RN as top ideas she and her colleagues would love. They make great ideas for national nurses day (May 6th every year).

Engraved Personalized Pen Available in Choice of 4 Colors

Two things that are completely true: Medical care can be expensive and nurses go through pens quickly, until they find one they care enough to keep track of. Saying thank you doesn’t have to be expensive, but you could always get two!

'Tanxamill' Thank You Card

This clever card pretends to be a drug name that sounds like “thanks a million,” Tanxamill. Includes a picture of little pills with flowers inside them on the front.

Vacuum-Insulated Mug

This spill proof travel mug keeps liquids hot for 6 hours or cold for 18. At 24 oz, this stainless steel beauty holds enough coffee for all but the most intense caffeine needs. Hot coffee for half a shift or cold water for as long as it takes to drink it, this says thank you with every sip.

Beyond Blessed Angel

Show your nurse how much she means to your life with this lovely angel figure. She comes on a background that reads “like an angel, you appeared in my life to help me along my journey. Words cannot express how thankful I am you were there for me when I needed comfort, kindness, and understanding. You opened your heart and lightened by load. For all you do…I am beyond blessed.”

Nursing - The Hardest Job You'll Ever Love - Mini Wood Box Sign

Nursing is so much more than a job. Nursing is a passion, a calling and a challenging, but rewarding career. Say thank you by showing you notice how hard your nurse works. At four inches, this doesn’t take up much real estate, but brings a full sized smile.

I am a Nurse Poem Natural Wood Engraved 4x6 Landscape Picture Frame Wood

If a nurse made a great impact on your life, chances are pretty good you made an impact on your nurses life. Help him/her remember fond moments with a cherished patient by slipping a happy photo in this frame. Also a great gift without a photo.

Starbucks Gift Card

With long shifts, overnight schedules and hours of making life changing decisions, many nurses will reach for a caffeine fix. Say thank you with the gift that will warm hearts and hands. Available in multiple denominations, in case your nurse is not allowed to accept gifts above a certain amount.

Best Nurse Ever- Keychain

Have you ever met someone who had absolutely no keys? Remind your nurse how much s/he means to you with every turn.

Flowering Tea Assortment Collection Gift Box

Self care is the last thing on a busy nurse’s mind. Tea, known for it’s health properties is often used for relaxation. Say thank you with a beautiful flowering tea that reminds your nurse to take a moment and just be still.

L'Occitane 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream

Holding the hand of a patient should be a comfort and sign of compassion, not worrying about dry skin and rough knuckles. A nurse’s hands go through a lot in a shingle shift. A luxurious, non-greasy, lightly scented healing lotion will be well received.

Nurse Appreciation Day is Every Day

If you’re looking for a gift during nurse appreciation week, consider this mug’s message that extends your gratitude throughout the year. Fill it with some goodies and wrap with tissue paper in a little bag (see recommendation below).

You're The Best Nurse Gift Bag

If you’re looking to give gifts in bulk, consider this set of 12 lovely nurse-themed gift bags with red tissue paper. Fill them with fun nurse accessories, goodies and gift cards!

Custom Nurse Appreciation Chocolate Bar Wrappers

This bulk pack of 25 chocolate bar wrappers are a sweet way to say thank you. They can be customized to feature either your name or an employer. The front reads “Nurse – your kindness means more than you’ll ever know.” The back reads “A nurse’s heart is the soul of healthcare. You are appreciated! [name/employer name].”

You might also be interested in our top gift ideas for nurses under $50.