Nurses are on their feet for 12 hours a day, staying up all night, working holidays, missing special occasions with their families, and dealing with high-stress situations on a daily basis - all for the sake of helping patients and saving lives. Nurses are an integral part of any health care system, which is why it’s important to show them how much their dedication is appreciated.

Nurses Appreciation Week

Nurses Appreciation Week takes place during the week of May 6 - 12. This week allows people the chance to acknowledge the nurses in their lives, and for companies to acknowledge the nurses who work for them. It also provides an opportunity to thank nurses within the industry as a whole for the work they’ve done.

Nurses Appreciation Week ends on May 12, which is the birthday of the legendary Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale was a famous British social reformer, statistician, and founder of modern nursing. During the Crimean War, she revolutionized how the world perceived nursing through training and organizing battlefield nurses, turning it into a genuine, official profession.

10 Best Nurse Appreciation Gifts

Taking in the Outdoors

Traveling for Work or for Fun

A Cozy Day Off at Home

Guaranteed Gratitude

10 Best Nurse Appreciation Gifts

As a thank you to nurses everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts for some of the hardest workers out there whether they’re on the floor, commuting to work, or enjoying well-deserved time off.

Taking in the Outdoors

For those days when nurses aren’t actively saving lives in a hospital or medical office, and instead are getting out and enjoying time outside in the fresh air. 

Perfect for a park picnic or a lunch break outside, this Premium Roll-up Blanket is 47" x 52", polyester fleece plaid, with lining and water-resistant PE backing. It easily folds within itself using a handy hook and loop closure and has an attached handle for easy carrying.

This fleece scarf with 9-inch deep pockets keeps your nurses calling the shots even on the coldest days. These cozy and practical scarves are available in ​​black, gray, navy, red or royal blue.


Every nurse will enjoy listening to their favorite tunes on a hike, at the beach, or just during their next backyard barbecue with The Brick Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker. This sturdy speaker has 4 hours of playback at max volume, and comes with a Micro USB charging cable and a carabiner clip.

Traveling for Work or for Fun

Whether they’re jetting off for another contract travel nursing gig, or they’re using some of their vacation time, these products are sure to help any on-the-go nurse travel easier.


When coffee keeps them going, keep their coffee hot. The Biere double wall stainless steel tumbler has double wall vacuum sealed construction with 201 outer and 304 inner stainless steel, copper lining, acrylic lid with spill-proof slide closure, drinking straw and powder coated body finish. This means the tumbler will keep your desired hot or cold temperature for longer (12 hours for hot and 24 hours for cold!).


Extra scrubs, lunch and snacks for a 12-hour shift, or just everyday essentials. The Nurse's Week Maritime Tote Bag features a top zippered closure, 24" handles, and stripe accent front pockets. It is available in black, lime green, navy or red.

On call or on a break, this Techmate 3-in-1 Charging Cable and USB Hub will make sure nurses are always charged up and ready for what the day brings. This happy gadget is compatible with Apple® 8-Pin, micro USB and Type-C devices. Charge multiple devices at once and expand available USB Ports on your computer for additional devices like keyboards and printers. Available in black, blue, red or white.


A Cozy Day Off at Home

Due to the exhausting nature of their work, nurses love relaxing at home on their days off during the week. Make those days off that much more special with great gifts that remind them how appreciated they are, on or off the clock.



Nothing says a cozy day off of work like curling up on the couch with a soft polyester fleece blanket and a Campfire Bamboo Mug with retro granite design. The Nurse’s Week Filmore Fleece Blanket is 60" x 50" and available in many colors including black, charcoal, hunter green, orange, red and wine. 

Guaranteed Gratitude

Say thank you with a gift set! Nurses will certainly feel appreciated with a bundle of great items.

Make lunchtime a breeze with the Stackable Bento Box with Insulated Carrying Case Kit. This handy gift set includes an insulated bento box carrying case and a stackable bento box lunch set so nurses can keep their food separated and cold. 


Say it with snacks! Send nurses a box full of goodies, including Mug Stuffers, Snap Top Tin Candle, Fig Bar, Goldfish Crackers, Zagasnacks™ Wide Promo Pack Bag, Crinkle Paper and a Customizable Card.

Order Nurse Appreciation Gifts With Plenty of Time

If you’re interested in purchasing nurse appreciation gifts for the nurses in your company, make sure you place your order in time. Review our catalog with great options, or contact our promo experts to help you!


Written by John Lamon

Starting at Ironmark in 2020 as the Director of Business Development, John Lamon brings 35 years of industry experience helping customers maximize their brand and helping Ironmark's sales team to build success. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Maryland and is passionate in trying to be the best at work, at play, and at home.

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