Being a nurse is hard, often thankless work.  Many nurses work long days, odd schedules, and around the clock to help save lives. And with all the kindness and patience that they provide to their patients, nurses are the heart of the healthcare profession. There are around three million people working as nurses nationwide, and even more who are studying to be a nurse. Which means it is very likely that you have a friend or loved one that is a hard working or future nurse.

Whether you are looking for a birthday or holiday gift, celebrating a special occasion or just trying to show your appreciation, we have compiled a list of gift ideas for the nurse in your life.

Mugs

While nursing is regarded as one of the most fulfilling and rewarding jobs in the medical industry, working long hours can be a little exhausting for anybody. Help the nurses in your life prepare for a long day of work, by giving them a cute mug to enjoy their morning coffee out of; especially if your nurse works early mornings.

Travel Mugs

While regular glass mugs are nice for their homes, busy schedules mean sometimes nurses do not have time to sit down and enjoy a  warm breakfast. A travel mug can be a trusty friend for the nurse on the go so she/he can take their coffee along with them to work. Bonus points for travel mugs with nurse related designs so your loved ones can represent their profession wherever they go.

Scrubs

No gift list for a nurse can be made without mentioning scrubs. Scrubs to nurses are suits to businessmen. And due to the nature of a nurse’s job that can be pretty messy at times, no number of scrubs are too many scrubs. And just because scrubs are uniforms for nurses doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Many companies have a number of colors and cuts to choose from. Gift your loved one with the best nursing scrubs to add to their collection.

Books

Nurse related books like “I Wasn’t Strong When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse” by Lee Gutkind. can make great gifts for nurses. This book in particular is a collection of stories based off of real experiences by nurses. This book will give the nurse in your life a peek into some of the challenges nurses face.

Watch

Many nurses have busy schedules, so wrist watches are a popular item for nurses to help them keep track of time. A durable, scratch resistant watch is a great choice for someone like a nurse, so they don’t break the watch while working.

Sneakers

Nurses are on their feet for many hours on the job, so a comfortable pair of shoes are a must for any nurse. Because nurses work in their scrubs, many of them like to show a little bit of character in their shoes. Get your favorite nurse a unique pair of comfortable sneakers to wear to work.