Best Gifts for Nurses that they REALLY want!
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Gifts that nurses need because being a nurse can be F@#$*% gross...(coming soon)
Gifts for the nerdy nurse in your life - (Gadgets that will save her time and money)(coming soon)
Funny gifts for nurses (coming soon)
Gifts for male nurses (coming soon)
(Because she's stressed the F@#$ out...even if it seems like she's perfectly put together)
The first thing we want to do as nurses when get home is to go straight to the shower while touching as few surfaces and human beings as possible.
Then we desperately try to scrub out the superbugs and personal shame that seems to have permanently soaked through our pores.
Here are some gifts to aide in this common post-shift nursing ritual:
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I’m a big fan of anything with lavender that works on sensitive skin because lavender is calming and all the alcohol based hand sanitizers destroy nurse’s hands throughout the day.
With over 700 reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars, this body wash is a great start to the post-shift ritual.
Epsoak Epsom Salt: Bath Minerals And Salts
Epsom salts are a super cheap and highly effective way to help soothe muscle pain, relieve aching feet, cleanse pores and detoxify the skin.
Tim Ferriss, best-selling author, fitness freak, and self proclaimed “human guinea pig” states that “I take hot baths every night when at home in SF. Nearly always, I add Epsom salt typically 4 to 8 cups. Which facilitates muscular relaxation and recovery. Rather than buy small boxes, I buy in bulk.”
Customers seem inclined to agree with Tim as Epsoak Epsom Salt has a whopping 2,601 reviews averaging 4.9 out of 5 stars!
Made by the same company as the Epsoak Epsom salt listed above, this sleep lavender bath salts gift bag is a great way of adding lavender to the bath which helps promotes relaxation.
Anything that has an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars with 326 customer reviews that combines lavender and hot soothing baths is an easy decision for me
Here are book recommendations that she will enjoy while taking a nice, long bath.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
This #1 New York Times Bestseller belongs on every nurses shelf, and is a perfect accompaniment to a selfishly long, hot bath.
With frivolous lawsuits, budget cuts, and nurses getting fired for not coming to work when they have the flu...healthcare workers live in a world where they are expected to be perfect. The problem is bedside nursing is imperfect. It's messy, chaotic, and things can easily, and often do, spiral out of control. It's no wonder so many nurses feel depressed and burnout.
Author Mark Manson “make the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, That improving Our Lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but I'm learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers and society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.
He goes on to say, “f*** positivity. Let's be honest, s*** is f***** and we have to live with it.”. Words every nurse can identify with.
This is one of my favorite books that I read last year because it is a no BS book on motivation.
The concept that really stuck with me when reading this is the idea of asking yourself “what am I willing or unwilling to do?”
A lot of people say things like they want to have six pack abs, but they are unwilling to do the work required to achieve that result. For me personally, I am unwilling to give up the pasta and the ice cream that I love so much, and so I should not have a goal of getting six pack abs. And if I pretend to want that without having the willingness to sacrifice for it, then I am just asking for depression.
Example in the book is about wealth. A lot of people including me dream of being a multi-millionaire or a billionaire. but am I willing to work a hundred 20 hours a week, never see my family, never see my friends, and potentially destroy the relationship between my wife and I? After thinking about that, I have determined that I am not willing to make those sacrifices, and so I have to say goodbye to my dreams of being the next Elon Musk. and that is okay!
So if you are a nurse that's feeling stuck in your life, or feeling like you aren't comparing favorably to other people in your life, or your neighbors, or some celebrity that you know nothing about, read this book and start digging yourself out of the hole.
1,000 reviews with an avg. 5 star rating, are you kidding me? That should be enough for you to buy this for your favorite nurse, but if you need more...read on.
The nurses in your life get exposed to horrible, horrible s*** on a daily basis. And over time it wears on your soul. Eventually most nurses leave the bedside because of this, or they become the jaded, grumpy, always angry nurses that everyone associates with bad experiences in the hospital, both as a worker and as a patient in the hospital
Developing a habit of writing down the things that you are grateful for helps balance out the negativity and toxicity that nurses are regularly exposed to. The Five Minute Journal is a very easy way of fostering this habit, And will be a welcome gift for any nurse in your life.
Best Massage Gifts for Nurses
Q-flex Acupressure Back and Body Massage Tool
“AS SEEN ON ABC'S "SHARK TANK" The Q-Flex (Made in USA) is your very own personal acupressure tool ergonomically designed to help relieve tension and stress in hard to reach areas. The hook shaped design ensures that users can independently access hard to reach spots”.
I own one and use it every day. This is great for getting the spots around your shoulder blades. There is also a little knob on the end of the handle that I use for the tops of my feet, which usually don’t get any love with foot massagers.
Foam rollers are worth the money just for the ability to stretch out your hip flexors, but you can roll out pretty much every single muscle in your body, which is great to undo the punishment that bedside nursing inflicts on the body.
4.6 out of 5 stars and 1900+ reviews!
This muscle roller may feel a little excessive if you purchase the foam roller above, but I use the stick for massaging my quads and the front and back of my calves. It's much easier to massage these areas with the stick compared to lying face down on the floor with the foam roller
Best foot massage machine - Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager with Switchable Heat Function
I have tried a lot of different foot massagers over the years because nursing has taken such a toll on my feet. Honestly, I haven't been a huge fan of most of the machines, so I tend to prefer a human touch because they are able to work around all the intricate bones and muscles that are in the foot.
That being said, if getting professional massages is unrealistic for your life, then I would take a look at the Belmont Shiatsu foot massager which has 1399 reviews and an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars.
The upside of having a machine like this versus getting a professional massage is that you can use this machine every day multiple times a day, which is freaking awesome!
The Most Epic Massage Chair:
RELAXONCHAIR - MK-II PLUS - Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair
If you are a baller, and really really really love a nurse. You can be the greatest gift giver in the history of nursing by buying her a Relaxonchair MK-II.
My dad has one of these at his house and it is the greatest thing since sliced bread, it's the first thing and the last thing that I use every time I visit his house (sorry Dad).
Full disclaimer, these things are MASSIVE. Even if I could afford to have one at my place, it wouldn't fit in my apartment. The footprint of this chair when it's fully stretched out is probably the size of a twin bed. but if you have the money, and the space, I actually would buy this over getting regular professional massages. It's that good.
Soothe App Gift Card
- Too lazy to pick out a specific massage gift for your nurse?
- Afraid that you are going to pick the wrong product?
- No worries, I got your back.
- Check out the Soothe app which is like uber, but for massages. Give your favorite nurse the gift of an on-demand, professional massage from the comfort of her home.
- Tough to beat that!