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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Nurses and Medical Staff

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With gift-giving holidays around the corner, it’s time to start making your holiday shopping lists, especially for the staff that simplifies your life and the nurses who are your right hand. It can be difficult to personalize each and every gift, but you don’t want to pass out fruitcakes and call it a day.  Here are some thoughtful gift ideas that can help you acknowledge and appreciate everyone that you work with throughout the holiday season.

Quirky clothing items

Look for t-shirts with fun nursing or medical-related phrasing to give a whimsical gift to your staff. If time and staff levels allow, choose something that fits the personality of each recipient.

High-quality water bottles

On a busy day of patient care and office tasks, it can be easy for cold beverages to get warm or warm beverages to turn cold. High quality, insulated drink bottles are a great gift that anyone can use all year long.

Personalized or themed coffee mugs

In the same vein as quirky tees, fun coffee mugs with cheesy slogans are a fun gift. Fill them with some gourmet candy or chocolates for an extra treat to enjoy during coffee breaks.

Medical themed jewelry

Nursing bracelets, charms, and pins are a fun gift to represent personal connections to work. It also lets them show the world just what an important job that they have.

Food gifts

Giving food gifts can be a bit tricky. However, if you know that a certain nurse is obsessed with gourmet cheese or your receptionist is known for her summer steak cookouts, a monthly “club” subscription could be a scrumptious holiday gift.

Spa gift certificates

Nurses and medical staff work hard and deserve to be pampered. A gift certificate for a massage, pedicure, or spa treatment can help them relax over the busy holiday season. They’ll come back from their holiday break relaxed and recharged, ready to start the new year off on the right foot.

Restaurant gift certificates

Whether you choose a location for a fun night out or a popular restaurant that the staff regularly frequents for lunch, giving the gift of a good meal is always a huge hit!

Amazon gift cards

While these may not be the most personal gifts, everyone can find something worthwhile at retailers like Amazon. Let the staff purchase their own gift that is sure to make them smile.


A little extra money always brings a smile to someone’s face and a nice holiday bonus is a great way to show your appreciation. For some added medically themed fun, roll up the cash and insert into an oral medication syringe.


Whether you choose one of these gift ideas or use this list to spark ideas to fit your staff and co-workers, giving a thoughtful gift will make you just as happy as the recipient. Enjoy your holiday season while bringing smiles to the faces of those who make your work life a little more enjoyable.

Contributor Ron Washburn

Ron is currently the executive vice president of Soliant and has been with the company for more than 28 years now. He oversees our nursing and allied health division and has been with Soliant since its small beginnings in the early 90s. He’s an integral part of our organization, and not only hosts trainings for our groups but manages company events and continues to run a desk of clients and candidates. He is experienced in contract placement, recruiting, permanent placement and internet recruiting within the healthcare industry. Ron possesses a Master's degree focused on Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from Georgia State University. Don’t forget to check out the rest of his blogs!