42 Gifts for Nurses They Truly Want (And Need)

Are you stuck trying to buy the perfect gift for the hard-working, fabulous nurse in your life? Maybe you’re looking to surprise them with a little more than a bottle of champagne or a token bunch of flowers? We’ve got you covered. This post gives your 42 impressive nursing gift ideas they would actually buy for themselves.

I’ve put together a bunch of different gift ideas, varying in cost, perfect for a new nurse graduation, Christmas and even that special birthday present. The 42 items listed below are in no particular order, so enjoy the variety and happy shopping!

1. Littmann CORE Stethoscope

A new stethoscope is by far one of the best gifts to buy the nurse in your life. Yes, they are expensive but they will last for years.

I’ve had a few stethoscopes over my time, but Littmann has given me the clinical edge. I can often hear sounds other nurses and doctors can’t especially with my CORE Stethoscope. This particular stethoscope connects to the Eko app allowing me to visualize and share heart sound waveforms – a very cool and unique feature you don’t see very often.

The sound quality is amazing (offering up to 40x sound amplification) and materials and durability make the higher price point worth the investment. I’ve tried cheaper stethoscopes but ended up with sore ears and a pretty poor patient assessment. Though I don’t always have time to utilize this function, it’s there if I do.

Click this link to purchase and to find out more.

2. A Nursing.com Course/Cheatsheets

Nursing.com – wow! What an incredible resource for not only those going through nursing school but also for those studying for the NCLEX exam and new graduates. This company has thought of everything! Here is why we love them:

If the nurse or future in your life is currently studying they need nursing.com – Click HERE to find out more.

3. Calming Teas (which also hydrate the skin)

When you are stuck working in an airconditioned building for hours and days on end, your poor skin cops a beating. Well, mine does anyway. I find drinking a heap of water to be helpful for my skin but giving it an extra boost is just what the doctor called for.

We love this brand – Piquelife. They have created not only teas but other drinkable products to boost your immunity, digestion and energy levels. Any of these bundles would make a beautiful gift for any nurse.

4. Blue Light Blocking Glasses

We are obsessed with these Swanwick “Swannies” blue light blocking glasses because they help us fall asleep AND stay asleep!

The light coming from your phone, T.V, computer and even your reading light is keeping you awake – despite how tired you may be. I know, it’s kind of shocking.

These glasses are the perfect gift for anyone exposed to light at night – which is pretty much everyone but is also great for night shift workers trying to escape the morning sunrise.

See them on the Swanwick Sleep Website

5. Amber Reading Light

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to find a book light that I love as much as these two.

I seem to alternate between these as I may take my book out to read on the couch or in the car when my baby is sleeping. They are both excellent, I find when I have a thicker book, the black one pictured is easier to use.

They are both rechargeable and have blue light-blocking capabilities.

See the black here on Amazon and the white here on Amazon too (ad).

I’ve also written a compression article about a range of other book lights. If you’re interested, click here and it will take you to that post.

6. Too Tired To Cook Book

Too tired to Cook | Night Shift Essentials

ALL SHIFT WORKERS NEED THIS BOOK! It’s a comprehensive guide to surviving shift work from an author, Audry Starkey, who is a veteran shift worker and clinical nutritionist. It’s intriguing and relatable advice from someone who’s “been there.” Your nursing friend will not be disappointed!

As a little sneak peek, one of the things I learned from this book was which vitamins I should take on a night shift and if I should take any at all. Check out this post where we talk all about it.

7. Stethoscope Carry Case

For years and years, I’d throw my stethoscope in my bag amongst all the other random items that seemed to accumulate such as scissors, tape and gloves, potentially causing damage to this expensive medical device. But not anymore. This stethoscope case, which comes in an array of colors, means longjevity for my much-loved stereoscope and much more order in my handbag!

8. Eye Mask

Our brain struggles to fall asleep when it detects light because Melatonin, our sleep hormone, cannot be produced in these conditions. An effective eye mask such as this beautiful and big one from Swanwick SleepOpens in a new tab. will take away this issue allowing you to fall asleep naturally in darkness. We are also a little obsessed with the Mantra Sleep mask too!

Here is our sleep mask comparison video if you want to learn more about the other masks we have tried.

9. Spiky Massage Ball

How to Relieve Foot and Leg Pain from Standing All Day in 6 Simple Steps - Dans foot with blue spikey ball-min

Working an 8-12 + hour shift can be exhausting. But we often forget our legs and feet have done all the hard yards (that’s even before we have exercised!) Using a spiked ball such as those pictured above are a simple but effective method to ease the ache in your legs.

Get your next spikey ball here. (Amazon ad)

10. Portable Oven

Imagine being able to cook your “dinner,” (yes even raw chicken and frozen vegetables) while on shift? Well, now you can! The Hot Logic portable oven has been recommended to us by a flight attendant friend and now we cannot imagine life without it. Check out how the Hot Logic products on Amazon will be one of the best gifts you could ever give.

Our recently published post titled, Healthy Meals for Shift Workers (with Recipes and Videos)Opens in a new tab. goes into more detail about these ovens if you’re as intrigued as I was.

11. Sneakers/Running Shoes

Snibb shoes are the perfect gift for shift workers who are on their feet all day. They are made from nearly 100% recycled materials and are designed to be comfortable and supportive, even after long hours. They are also slip-resistant, so they are perfect for workers who need to be safe on their feet. They are biodegradable too, so you can feel good about giving a gift that is good for the planet.

Snibb shoes are designed by a top orthopedic surgeon, so you can be sure that they are good for your feet. They come in a variety of styles, so you can find the perfect pair for any shift worker on your list.

I have three different colors with black being my favorite. I did a review on these sneakers if you’d like to learn more. HIGHLY recommend!

12. Compression Braces

Nurses know the strain of long shifts on their feet. Compression devices like ankle or knee braces can be lifesavers. By gently squeezing the legs, they improve circulation, reduce swelling, and offer much-needed support for overworked joints. This can translate to less pain and fatigue throughout the day, allowing them to focus on their patients and feel their best at the end of a demanding shift.

My partner and I are big fans of Koprez. We’ve tried a few of their products, and I’m consistently impressed by the quality. Their designs are user-friendly, with minimal straps for easy application. Plus, they offer a wide range of sizes with a clear sizing guide to ensure a perfect fit. You can conveniently find their products on Amazon.

13. SuperGreen TONIK – Green Juice

Nures are SO busy looking after everyone else’s health that they often forget to look after their own.

I rely on SuperGreen TONIK green Juice to help “fill the gaps” from what I may have missed in my diet.

I know this may seem like a strange gift, but this is sometimes an area nurses neglect because they can’t afford it… so you are actually doing them a favor.

Check out SuperGreen TONIK here and enter “othershift10” for 10% off your entire order as a gift from us 🙂

Emma | Supergreen Tonik Review Thumbnail.

14. Nursing Humor Book

The transition from student to RN can be very scary and you often feel like you don’t know anything!

Oh Sh*t, I Almost Killed You!Opens in a new tab. sums up what they forget to teach you in nursing school in a very fun and humorous way. It’s a must-read for any nurse!

See it here on Amazon and let them have a laugh.

15. Products Mini Stethoscope Earings

A nursing uniform is hard to accessorize due to health and safety issues, but there is nothing wrong with a little pair of studs to give it some unique flair. These Mini Stethoscope Stud EarringsOpens in a new tab. are available in both sterling silver and rose gold.

16. White Noise Machine

Trying to sleep during the day can be a tough task particularly when you’re trying to do so on the weekend when your neighbors are out walking their dogs and mowing lawns.

Using a white noise machine can be incredibly effective in creating some background noise that is not distracting, allowing your brain to relax.

This particular device pictured is what we have. It’s called the “Aroma-Snooze.” We love it because it’s got a light, plays different sounds and is also a diffuser.

This one on Amazon is incredibly popular for a price comparison. (ad)

17. Nursing Drink Bottle

Nursing is thirsty work! Ensure your nursing hero doesn’t ever become dehydrated again! This bottle is personal, stylish and won’t leak – which is exactly what they need to stay hydrated.

18. Nurse Badge Clips

Nurses need to dangle a lot of things around their necks such as an ID, cheat cards and useful phone numbers so why not make the clip a bit of fun?

See the range here. (Amazon link)

20. Nursing T-Shirts

Wearing scrubs day in and day out can get pretty boring. Why not mix up a nurses wardrobe with a fun t-shirt? They are not only great for work but look stylish with a pair of jeans too!

21. Global Knife Set 

Global Knife Set

Us nurses simply don’t have the time or patience for blunt knives.

If we’re going to throw together a slow-cooked meal after a long night shift, you’d better hope our equipment works well or the family may become victim to a full-blown tantrum.

We have this entire set (also received as a gift) and it’s my favorite kitchen accessory by far! See it on Amazon (ad)

Related post: Should I Eat on Night Shift? Why Intermittent Fasting Works

22. Nursing Clogs

These Dansko Women’s Twin Pro Tranquility Clog are hugely popular on Amazon with some insanely good reviews. Looking after our feet as nurses is critical as it will make or break our shift. If we can’t get around the unit/department to be the best nurse we can we may as well not be there.

I know buying shoes may not be your first choice but taking a risk here will be well worth it!

23. Blue Light Globes and Night Lights

We’ve talked a lot on this site about how we can get the very best sleep possible, even during the day. A big part of that is minimizing the amount of blue light which hits your eyes just before you sleep. We have found changing the globes in our lights next to our bed, and even using a night light, can make a huge difference to the quality of sleep.

We absolutely love the ones from Swanwick Sleep. You can pick up a night light here and a blue light globe here.

24. Compression Socks

Give your nursing pal some relief in their legs and calves and limit swelling after a long shift. These durable compression socks are high quality and designed to last – which they do! I still have my pair from 4 years ago. 

Just don’t go too big as I found they can fall down. See them on Amazon

Related post: Should I Wear Compression Socks At Work?

25. CBD Products

The nurse in your life is probably quite familiar with CBD products but have they tried them yet? We love a company called Naturecan who sell a large variety of CBD products including capsules, gummies, softgels, balms, and edibles.

All their products are derived from natural, plant-based hemp and are free from THC. According to NatureCan, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)Opens in a new tab. is a cannabinoid that, unlike CBD, is intoxicating and responsible for creating the ‘high’ normally associated with cannabis.

If you know a nurse who is struggling to sleep or has a niggly ache and pain which they cannot get on top of, NatureCan could help. Explore Naturecan here and explore which products are right for them (and maybe you!) If you’re unsure and have some questions, their customer service staff are kind and patient.

Below are the products we are currently trying from Naturecan.

26. 2023 Lippincott Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses

Though there are many drug books on the market, the Lippincott guide is the best. And I mean that. This guide is “physically little” so it fits in your scrub pocket. This is super handy particularly when starting your nursing career. Get it here on Amazon.

27. Novelty Nursing/Medical Socks

Add a bit of fun into their uniform with these novelty socks. It’s funny how many compliments I get on these!

See the Lavley Funny Nurse or Doctor Dress Socks via Amazon.com here

28. Nursing Tumbler

BEAST tumbler review

I am a tea girl at heart and nothing makes me more upset than a thermos which leaks at 6.30am onto my clean scrubs. 

People rave about this spill-proof, insulated tumbler which fits nicely into the cup holder in your car!

You can also check out our video review here for more information about the picture BEAST tumbler above.

You’ll find the BEAST here too – What Do I Need for Working Night Shift? 13 Essential Tools

29. Aromatherapy Diffuser

As we mentioned in this articleOpens in a new tab., aromatherapy has been proven to assist with sleep and relaxation, (source) and no, this type of product is not just for those who like alternative therapies. You can simply like and benefit from the smell.

This particular essential oil diffuser from ASAKUKI is hugely popular on Amazon and is well worth a look. See it here on Amazon.

30. Nursing Themed Tote Bag

Allow your nursing friend to carry all their things together without dropping anything! See this classy and fun bag via Amazon.com here

31. Slow Cooker/Crockpot Opens in a new tab.

There is nothing quite like waking up after a night shift to the smell of a an aroma from the slow cooker. Hello Meal Prep Mastermind!

Our crockpot (a smaller version of the one pictured) is one of the most frequently used appliances in our kitchen.

See it on Amazon (ad)

32. Back and Shoulder Relief – Heat pack 

After showering and dressing multiple people at work, I often get sharp neck and shoulder pain.

However, the pain is often relieved with heat from my shoulder heat wrap which is now a solid part of my ‘winding down’ process. 

33. Registered Nurse Wall Art

What about a nice piece of hangable decore to spice up their home? Being a nurse is fabulous so why not show it off? This wall art makes the perfect graduation gift.

If you don’t like this design, here is another witty option.

34. Nursing Mug

Never get between a nurse and their caffeine! These mugs send a simple yet very effective message! The perfect gift for a nurse in your life who is certainly not a morning person! See the range here.

35. Human Anatomy and Physiology Course

I was blown away by the interactive and engaging delivery of this course. If the nurse in your life is attempting to learn anatomy and physiology, this is the course for them. It’s bursting with 3,000 pages of course materials typically only sold to medical professionals. Take a further look at this affordable course here.

36. Nursing Necklaces

Who doesn’t like receiving jewelry? These nursing theme necklaces are simple, pretty and affordable. Click here to see the entire range on Amazon. (ad)

37. Nursing Badges

Medical lanyards and work bags can be made a lot more fun with a few simple badges.

See the huge range here.

38. Nursing Cookie Cutters

Nurses don’t have much downtime, but when they do, they love to give back. If you bought these as a gift for your special nurse, I’m sure you’d receive some tasty treats in return at some point – a win for everyone involved! Get them here on Amazon (ad)

39. Nursing Student Canvas Tote Bag

If a backpack is too clunky, then a tote bag might be the best thing for a nurse in training to take to school. Books, food, laptop – this is big enough to fit it all!

See the Nursing Student Canvas Tote Bag here (ad)

40. Weighted Blanket

Layla® Weighted Blanket - Twin Size - Luxurious 300 Thread-Count with Quality Stitching - Plush, Soft, and Washable - Deep Touch Pressure (DTP)

Calming, hugging and therapeutic all in one blanket! This weighted blanket from Layla Sleep is simply beautiful. Slightly heavier than others on the market making it the perfect comfort that nurse in your life. Check them out here.

In this post, we talk about The Original Bamboo Cooling Weighted Blanket. This blanket regulates temperature, making it the perfect addition to your night shift toolbox! See where you can get it by clicking here.

41. Fruit Infusing Drink Bottles

…Because water can get boring on a 12-hour shift!

These niffy drink bottles allow for the fruit to infuse into the water without leaving you fighting the pips and pulp. They are hugely popular on Amazon and are well worth a look hereOpens in a new tab.. Each Live Infinitely 32 oz. Infuser Water BottleOpens in a new tab. comes with a free recipe ebook too.

42. White Coat Wine Bag

When giving the wine as a gift to a loved medical professional, dress it up with our unique and adorable white coat gift bag for wine bottles. See it on Amazon here.

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Summary: 42 Gifts for Nurses They Truly Want (And Need)

Buying gifts for the amazing nurse in your life doesn’t need to be a stressful experience.

Next time you’re hitting the shops or filling up your Amazon cart, think about items that provide a level of “self-love” for your special person as they more than likely haven’t had much time for it lately!

Happy Shopping!

If you enjoyed this article on gifts for nurses you’ll love this post. It’s a more honest guide with my personal recommendations on what to buy that special nurse in your life. I hope you enjoy it.


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Emma @ The Other Shift

Hey there! I'm Emma Smith a passionate, Registered Nurse from Australia. Together with my husband Daniel, we run The Other Shift. Our sole aim is to help shift workers and those on unusual schedules find balance between work and life. I understand the challenges of fitting in exercise, maintaining relationships and getting enough quality sleep, but I'm excited to show you that it’s possible to do shift work and still thrive. Read more about us and our story here.

2 thoughts on “42 Gifts for Nurses They Truly Want (And Need)

  1. I’m night shift 7p-7a. Working full time nights for 43 years. It’s a lot harder doing 12 hour shifts. 8 hours 5 days a week left more time to accomplish things. I’m exhausted on my days off.

    1. Hi Mary Ann… 43 years! You deserve an award for staying on nights for that amount of time. Please don’t hesitate to share any little tips you’ve learned along the way, as I’m sure your play book has plenty within it.
      Don’t forget to take some time out of the schedule for you, as you’ve earned it. Even treat yourself with one of these special gifts in the article.
      Thanks for checking in and please do share our page with others who might also be in the same situation as you.

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