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Finding the perfect gifts for medical students and nurses can be a truly challenging task. With so much to think about, what do you buy them that they’ll actually use?

No matter if you’re looking to buy them something for in or out of the workplace, we’re here to help. Having spoken to a wide range of nurses, our team compiled the ultimate best gifts for nurses guide that has everything they’ve ever wanted.

From a new stethoscope to comfy footwear and syringe pens, whatever useful or wacky gift you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Check out the top nurse gifts for your friends and family below.

Top Nurse Gifts

1. Prescription Coffee Mug

prescription coffee mug gift

Remind them to stay alert and keep hydrated with this hilarious prescription coffee mug. Shaped just like a pill tube and featuring a funny medical label, this 12 oz mug will make them laugh every time they see it. Suitable for both at home and work, this is sure to be a gift they’ll love.

2. Crocs Classic Clog

black classic crocs

Walking for miles on end every day can be a real strain on anybody’s feet. Ensure they get through their long shifts comfortably with these lightweight and breathable crocs. Featuring a non-slip sole and heel strap, these slip-on clogs are fully synthetic and designed to massage feet with every step, making them the perfect gift for nurses.

3. Nurse Storage Clipboard

nurse storage clipboard

Nurses often have to carry around notes and paper with important medical information on them. Make their lives easier and more organized with this portable storage clipboard. With the visual appearance of a normal clipboard, this clipboard opens up allowing nurses to store important documents inside! It also comes with a handy medical cheat sheet on the back full of important and useful information.

4. We Can’t Fix Stupid Mug

we cant fix stupid mug

Helping patients recover is just a day in the life of a nurse, but there are some things that just can’t be fixed. Bring a big smile to their face with this funny “we can’t fix stupid” mug. Perfect for anyone that works as a nurse and has seen some downright stupid injuries, this mug is sure to bring back some funny memories.

5. Rainbow Color Bandage Scissor

rainbow bandage scissors

Bring some colors into their routine every time they need to cut some bandages with this super colorful rainbow bandage scissor. Made from premium grade stainless steel, these scissors are perfect for cutting through tough bandages while looking majestic in the process. An excellent gift for any nurse who works with kids or just loves colorful things; these scissors are sure to brighten up their day.

6. Nurse Compression Socks

nurse compression socks

Nurses are known for spending a lot of time on their feet, which can have some nasty consequences if they don’t take care of themselves. Help relieve pain & discomfort while improving blood flow with these colorful compression sock. Including eight different colors and designs per pack, they’ll have enough compression socks to last all week!

7. Nurse Bandage Badge Reel Holder

bandage badge reel holder

Give their badge holder an upgrade with this super cute bandage badge reel holder. Perfect for any nurse that treats kids, this badge holder is sure to bring a smile to their faces. Featuring three different design variations, these badge holders are sure to get them noticed at work and make a great gift.

8. Nurse Reference Cards

mini nurse reference cards

It’s no secret that being a nurse requires individuals to learn lots of important information. Make their lives easier while they’re treating patients with these handy pocket sized reference cards. An excellent gift idea for any new nurse who has just qualified, these 85 laminated cards contain plenty of important information that they’ll use every day.

9. Anatomy Flashcards

anatomy flashcards gift idea

When you become a nurse, the learning never truly stops. With so much to learn about the human body, keep their medical knowledge up to date with these highly educational anatomy flashcards. With 300 colored and highly detailed cards per pack covering the entire human body, any nurse is sure to appreciate this helpful gift.

10. Sterling Silver Nurse Pendant

silver nurse pendant

Being a nurse doesn’t just stop when they finish work; it’s a profession that often defines who a person is for the rest of their life. Give them something to cherish and wear with pride by gifting them this sterling silver angel pendant. Suitable for any nurse on any occasion, this gift is ideal for that special nurse in your life.

11. Syringe Pens

syringe pens

Writing down notes, patient details and signing documents is just the boring part of being a nurse. Help make these boring chores more exciting with these fun colorful syringe pens. Including 24 pens per pack, each one is shaped like a syringe with a different color ink inside, suitable for at work or home; these pens are sure to get some laughs.

12. Littmann Classic Stethoscope

littmann stethoscope

Every nurse needs a quality stethoscope; it’s one of their most important tools and is essential for diagnosing patients. Give them one that will last their entire career with this quality Littmann classic stethoscope. The perfect gift for any nurse, they’re also available in a range of different colors to match anyone’s personality.

13. Silicone Wedding Rings

silicone wedding rings

Wearing wedding rings to work can be a real problem for many nurses. Not only are they uncomfortable and get in the way of tasks, but they can also tear gloves when worn underneath. Give them a wedding ring they can wear to work, with these colorful silicone rings. Featuring eight different colors per pack, they can mix them up every day.

14. E.M.T. Insulated Lunch Bag

emt insulated lunch bag

A hilarious gift for anyone that works in a hospital, this fun and functional lunch bag is perfect for keeping their snacks alive. Inspired by an organ cooler, the entire bag is insulated to ensure all drinks and food remain cold during transportation. They’re also sure to get plenty of weird looks in the staff room!

15. Medical Patent Wall Art Prints

medical patent wall art prints

Suitable for any nurse who loves art, give them something to hang on their walls at home with these fascinating nurse patent wall art prints. Featuring six different wall art prints printed on premium grade paper, these are designed to last over 100 years. Each piece of art focuses on a different patent, including a syringe, stethoscope, and thermometer.

16. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

ultra repair cream moisturizer

Wearing gloves and masks all day can have very harsh consequences on anybody’s skin. Ensure their skins stays healthy and hydrated with this awesome ultra repair moisturizing cream. Produced by first aid beauty, this cream is full of moisturizing goodness and is suitable for all skin types, especially dry and flaky skin.

17. LED Sanitizer Bag

LED sanitizer bag gift idea

Keeping clean in a medical environment is crucial to the safety of all patients and staffs. Just a few invisible germs or bacteria can have devastating consequences for some people. Ensure all of their personal items are clean with this awesome UV sanitizer bag. Great for jewelry, cell phones, and even beauty tools, this gift is sure to be used regularly.

18. Nurse Penlight Twin Pack

nurse penlight twin pack

Make their shifts easier by gifting them the essential tools they need. Suitable for any nurse, this pack includes two penlights for checking pupils, as well as free batteries and a pair of pink bandage scissors. The penlights also include a pupil gauge and ruler on the side, which make it super easy for measuring pupil sizes.

19. Coffee Maker

ninja coffee maker machine

Ensure they get their daily fix of wake up juice in the morning with this incredibly helpful coffee maker. With a built-in timer, this machine can automatically pour a hot brew every day while they’re still getting ready for work. Great for any nurse who’s always rushing in the morning, it’s a thoughtful gift that’s sure to be helpful.

20. Iron Flask Thermos Mug

iron flask thermos mug

Help keep their coffee and drinks hot (or cold!) all day with this incredible iron flask insulated thermos mug. Available in a range of colorful designs and styles, this flask comes with three different lids including a spout lid, flip lid and stainless steel lid. Made from premium steel, this flask will keep drinks cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12.

21. Furbo Dog Camera

furbo dog camera

Keeping their dog (or dogs) entertained while they’re at work can be a challenge for many nurses. Help them see what their dog is up to during the day with this high tech dog camera. Featuring a HD camera, the device also has two way talking and the ability to throw dog treats at a click of the button!

22. Death Wish Coffee

death wish coffee

There are plenty of different types of coffee out there, but nothing comes close to death wish coffee. Give them a gift that is sure to help them wake up every morning with this ultra-strong coffee. USDA certified organic and Fairtrade, they’ll instantly be able to notice the difference in taste and energy.

23. Nurse Watches

nurse watches gift

A nurse’s watch is one of their most important tools when on the ward. If you’re looking for a gift for a nurse, then this is what you’re looking for. Made our of silicone and sold in packs of five, these colorful and bright watches are great for brightening up their day. With a unique safety clip-on design, every nurse is sure to want one!

24. Nurse Nutritional Mug

nutritional mug

Finding the right nurse gift can be tricky, but if you’re looking for something unique and funny, then this is the gift for them. Featuring a range of nutritional facts on the side such as hard-working, passion, caring and sleep, this mug is sure to bring a lot of comments at work.

25. Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Monitor

fingertip oximeter monitor

Make them the most popular nurse on the ward with this awesome fingertip pulse oximeter monitor gift. With the ability to accurately determine blood oxygen saturation levels, pulse rate and pulse strength in seconds, this device is sure to save them lots of time. Complete with two AAA batteries, this gift is ready to use out of the box.

26. 3D Heart Charm Necklace

3d heart charm

Give them a gift to wear with pride around their ward with this beautiful 3D heart necklace gift. Made out of solid 925 sterling silver, this heart charm also comes with an 18-inch chain and gift box for presentation. Unlike other heart bracelet gifts, this is anatomically accurate and much better quality.

27. Nurse Wine Bottle Holder

nurse wine bottle holder

Brighten up their home with this cute and funny nurse wine bottle holder. Shaped like a nurse with her own stethoscope, she even comes with her own little hat. Made entirely out of recycled materials including metal for durable construction, this gift fits most 750ml wine bottles. Unfortunately, this gift doesn’t include wine!

28. First Aid Sticky Notes

first aid sticky notes

Be sure they never forget anything important again with these appropriately themed first aid sticky notes. Shaped as various medical equipment such as plasters and ointment, these cute sticky notes and great for the workplace and leaving important notes. Complete with a hardcover memo pad, these sticky notes are a cute gift for any nurse.


Beth Noll is a gift editor at Gift Observer. She loves shopping for friends and sharing her top gift recommendations on the blog. With 9 years of blogging experience, she's always up to date with the latest trends and best gift ideas.