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The holidays are still a few months off, but it's never too early to get a gift for the nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers in your life. With a few stressful months behind us and who knows how many more ahead, a little retail therapy could help brighten your day. Also, what better way to express your gratitude your co-workers or other healthcare workers in your life than by giving them a little “thinking of you” gift? Of course, a proper gift for these workers shouldn’t be just any old thing; it should be something tailored to their preferences, careers, and sensibilities.
And on that note, let’s get started with our selection of the best gifts for nurses and doctors.
1. YETI Tumbler
These tumblers can take a tumble, which is good news for medical workers with hectic schedules. You never know what you’ll run into--literally. The YETI Tumbler’s double-wall insulation and 18/8 stainless steel body ensures that your drink, no matter hot or cold, will stay intact at the temperature you like. Better yet, you can choose your nurse or doctor’s favorite color to add an extra layer of thoughtfulness. First responders get 30% off their orders from YETI's website.
2. AllBird Wool Runners
If there’s anyone who deserves a comfy pair of shoes, it’s doctors and nurses. Not only are these shoes easy on the foot, but they’re easy to care for as well. These machine-washable shoes made of renewable, soft Merino wool minimize foot odor and mold to feet your unique foot shape. Even more interestingly, Allbirds is offering some wool runners for $65 to healthcare workers as opposed to their full price, $95.
3. Theragun Massage Gun
Theragun makes high-end percussive massage guns. They're perfect for relieving tension after a long day's work. They can also help improve flexibility and speed up recovery times. They can be pricey, but medical professionals and first responders get 20% off their orders. Not a bad gift share within your department.
4. Nurse Mates Socks
What’s a good pair of shoes without a good pair of socks, though? Healthcare workers don’t just need any socks, either; they need a pair that’s going to keep the blood circulating well in their calves and feet. That’s exactly what Nurse Mates socks do. These compression socks keep feet and ankles from swelling, even when you’re 12 hours into your shift. Choose from an array of interesting patterns, ranging from tie-dye to EKG readings.
5. FIGS Scrubs
You don’t have to look scrubby in scrubs; at least, that’s what the people at FIGS Scrubs would like to think. FIGS is the brainchild of a fashion industry maven and nurse practitioner, who in 2013 jointly decided that healthcare workers don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort, and vice versa. Their patented Technical Comfort technology ensures that their scrubs are woven with the highest-quality materials for maximum durability. These scrubs aren’t just for ladies, either. Men can choose from a range of chic options as well, whether they’re looking for a three-pocket top or drawstring pants.
6. Jaanuu Under Scrub
When you’re in the impossibly chilly OR, you’ll need a good under scrub to keep you toasty. Jaanuu Under Scrubs don’t just keep you warm, though. They’re made of antimicrobial and durable material, meaning you’ll stay fresh for longer. Nurses rave about these under scrubs, too: Jennifer, BSN, RN has spent nine years working in the CVICU, ICU, and ER, and says that Jaanuu scrubs make her “feel fancier and more polished than scrubs [she’s] used in the past.” She also loves the feminine cut of the scrubs: “Both sets of Jaanuu scrubs seemed cut for a woman's body and really were very flattering to my curves and moved really well.”
7. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
You wash your hands a lot as a healthcare worker, so it’s extra essential to keep your skin moisturized. Ultra Repair Cream does exactly that, with its rich and fast-absorbing formula. This hand cream also guarantees long-term hydration, so you won’t have to slather it on every hour. This cream is also great for chronic dry skin and eczema sufferers, as its FDA-approved Collodial Oatmeal formula soothes and hydrates the skin without leaving any greasy residue.
8. 3M Littman Classic III stethoscopes
When it comes to buying a gift for a doctor, listen to your heart--or at least get them a gift that helps them listen to yours. Every doctor needs a Littman stethoscope: they’re great for non-critical settings, boast amazing acoustic sensitivities, and come in a variety of colors. Keep the open bell clean and dirt-free by covering it with the small diaphragm. These double-sided, stainless steel stethoscopes weigh 40 g, making it ideal for pediatrics.
9. Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker
We challenge anyone to find a healthcare worker who doesn’t use coffee to make it through their shifts. When you’re on your feet for half a day at a time, you’re going to need the occasional boost to keep you going. With the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, you can choose between hot and cold brews as well as espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. You’ll get the full flavor of the coffee grounds in your drinks, as AeroPress fully immerses the grounds in water to extract the maximum amount of flavor. All drinks take under two minutes to brew, so you’ll never be pressed for time when whipping up another batch.
10. Phillips SmartSleep Alarm Clock
While an alarm clock might not be at the top of a healthcare worker’s wishlist, it’s certainly a useful, if not necessary, thing to have. The Phillips SmartSleep alarm clock isn’t your average alarm clock, though. Its wake-up lights are clinically proven to wake you up feeling better rested and more refreshed. No wonder it’s Phillips’ number-one selling alarm clock. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about being jolted out of your sleep; this natural sunrise alarm clock rouses you out of your sleep little by little with a natural light lamp. Now that’s something worth waking up to.
Hopefully, you’ve got a better idea of how to express your appreciation for your favorite doctor or nurse. Not only are these practical gifts that healthcare workers can use on the clock, but they’re all made of quality, durable materials that will last them for years to come.