Whether you’re buying a gift for a NICU nurse in your life, or you’re a NICU nurse buying yourself a gift, (which we all deserve); these are 10 essential gifts for every NICU nurse! Below you’ll find gift ideas for “thanking your NICU nurse”, plus gift ideas to be used at work in order to have a comfortable shift at the hospital. Happy shopping!
The Best Gifts for NICU Nurses – “Thank You” Gifts & More!
1. NICU Nurse Badge Reel
Having a fun badge reel can really show your personality and be a great conversation starter on your unit. Plus, if you’re working at a hospital where you’re not able to wear your own scrubs – a badge reel can really make you stand out and personalize your work “outfit”. A specific “NICU” badge reel is the perfect, affordable gift for NICU nurses everywhere!
My favorite badge reels on the market are Badge Beauties (find NICU related badges by searching “NICU” on the website).
2. NICU Nurse T-Shirts
Another fun gift idea for NICU nurses, is NICU specific t-shirts! I love wearing t-shirts to work instead of scrub tops; not only are they much more comfortable, but they also show a little bit of personality! On the off chance you can’t wear a t-shirt to work, they still make great gifts to wear outside of work too!
Whether or not you’re a NICU nurse, everyone nurse needs a pair (or 10) of scrubs! I love buying scrubs for myself and I also love getting scrubs as a gift during the holidays. (Hint, hint if you’re a parent who has a daughter/son that’s a nurse ;)). Before purchasing, make sure to ask what color scrubs the hospital allows and to also ask if scrubs are provided by the hospital.
4. Compression Socks
Another great gift for a NICU nurse, and something that will absolutely save nurses legs, are compression socks. Compression socks not only help with swelling (and being on your feet for 12+ hours can cause a lot of swelling), but they also help prevent spider veins as you age. I’ve tried tons of different compression socks and my go-to are Dr. Segal’s. Use code “KYLEE15” for 15% off your first purchase.
5. Headband with Buttons
Since medical professionals are now required to mask up in the hospitals, something that I don’t think will be changing for a while, a great gift idea is to buy headbands with buttons to save nurses ears from irritation after masking up for 12+ hours. I like these ones from Huachi.
6. Cute Work Bag
I personally like to have a separate work bag, different from any other bag that I use, simply because when your work bag goes to the hospital with you – it can get a bit… gross. When you’re looking for a work bag, here’s what you should consider…
- Do you want a backpack or a shoulder bag? If you’re carrying a lot of things around like books, etc you might want to consider a backpack to distribute weight more evenly.
- Are you walking to work or driving? If you’re walking to work again, you might want to consider a backpack just to help with weight distribution and to keep your arms/hands free.
- How much will you be bringing in your work bag? This will determine what size of bag you need.
These are some of my favorite bags for nurses to take to work:
- MATEIN “Nurse Backpack”
- Fjallraven “Kanken Backpack” – I personally use this one because it’s so lightweight and I don’t carry many things with me to work; plus I like that you can choose from tons of different colors! I would not recommend it however, if you’re going to be carrying a lot of things around because it doesn’t hold much.
- Trunab “Nurse Tote”
- Kimoli “Cosmetic Pouch” – While I certainly wouldn’t use this pouch for makeup, I love it for putting loose pens, misc items in so that you can easily grab it when getting report!
7. Customized NICU Nurse Accessories
By far some of the best gifts for NICU nurses are gifts that are customizable! Below are my favorite accessories for nurses, both customizable and non-customizable.
- Nurse Daily Affirmations Tumbler
- Personalized RN Fleece Jacket
- Before/After Patients Cups
- NICU Nurse Makeup Bag
8. Neonatal Stethoscope
As a NICU nurse, you’re definitely going to need a stethoscope to assess your patients. Now, before going and buying a stethoscope for yourself or someone else, make sure that the hospital doesn’t provide their own stethoscopes first. If they don’t, you’ll want to purchase a neonatal stethoscope.
9. Hands Free Light
Every NICU nurse knows that a hands free light is a workplace essential! When you’re working with teeny, tiny babies who are very sensitive to light, sometimes you need a light source without turning on the bright overhead light in the room. That’s where hands free lights come in handy! It’s the perfect item to throw in your bag, put in your pocket, clip onto your scrubs, to be able to use on the go!
10. Gift Card
If you’re looking for a way to thank your NICU nurse, a gift card is the perfect choice. Some gift card ideas include a manicure/pedicure (look up somewhere close to the hospital), a gift card to Starbucks, Amazon, Target; the options are endless! And as a NICU nurse myself, I know that your NICU nurse will be touched by your thoughtfulness.
11. Quality Water Bottle/Coffee Mug
Whether you’re a NICU nurse or a nurse working on a different unit, I can confidently speak for nurses everywhere when we say that a quality water bottle and/or coffee mug is a necessity for a long shift. Having experimented with many different brands, my go to brand for water bottles and coffee mugs in Corkcicle. Not only are the designs cute, but they keep your water cold or your coffee hot for hours on end.
12. A Package of Liquid I.V.
Liquid I.V. has been a game changer for me when it comes to staying hydrated at work. Not only is the hydration technology backed by science, (it uses cellular transport technology CTT to actively transport water to be delivered to the body earlier on in the digestive system); but it tastes good too! Liquid I.V. is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, soy free, and non-GMO. It’s the perfect gift for NICU nurses who are on their feet all day and don’t have time to drink much water. Plus, if it’s your first time purchasing, you can use the code PASSPORTSANDPREEMIES for 20% off your first order. (My personal favorite flavor is the Piña Colada blend).
Whether you’re a NICU nurse shopping for yourself, a parent of a baby shopping for your infants NICU nurse, or a parent of a NICU nurse, I hope that this list of gifts for NICU nurses was helpful and inspiring! Did I miss any gift ideas? Let me know in the comments below!
For more ideas, don’t miss: Nurse Essentials – 15 Things Every Nurse Needs
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