The holidays are coming! Chances are you need a gift idea for a colleague or work gift exchange, or there’s a special nurse in your life who needs a treat! Below are my holiday gift ideas for nurses. Whether it’s for a sister, friend, or colleague, the nurse in your life deserves something special! Here’s what may be on his or her wish list this year.

A new stethoscope, or a stethoscope charm.

Stethoscopes grow legs and walk away nearly every shift. Perhaps a doctor grabs it for an exam, or he leaves it in a patient’s room and it’s never seen again! If you want to splurge for a new one, the Littmann brand is generally renowned, but other ways to keep it from disappearing are with cute name charms or ID tags. The website Etsy has many retailers that feature such personalized tags.

Hand cream and a manicure.

Nurses winter hands can look like something from a horror film. Dry, cracked skin is mutilated by the hand-hygiene regimen, and the winter air makes everything worse. Treat her to some pampering with a manicure (most nurses can wear clear polish) or a really heavy duty hand cream.

A funny mug for her coffee, and a bag of nice coffee beans on the side.

We nurses love our coffee. A tough, spill-proof travel mug with insulation for hours, or a humorous nurse-themed coffee mug are both gifts that would probably get used often! Add some high-quality ground coffee or K-cups on the side and make it a complete set.

A day to relax.

I’m going to make a large generalization here and say that any nurse—any age, any gender—would love to get a gift certificate to a spa for a treatment or massage.

An etched wine glass and a bottle of wine.

Perhaps my favorite nurse gift I’ve ever gotten was this wine glass. Funny and useful!

Compression socks—with style!

There are several brands of compression socks and stockings that are in the market for making stylish, functional footwear. Check out Nabee or Vim & Vigr.

An “adult” coloring book and some colored pencils.

In whatever free time the nurse in your life has, he or she might enjoy coloring some funny pictures to unwind!

Laura Kinsella

Laura Kinsella, BSN, RN, CEN, is an emergency room nurse in Washington, DC.

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