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14 Nice Things You Can Send Your Nurse Friends Right Now

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Nurses have always had a tough job, but the coronavirus outbreak has increased their stress levels exponentially. Here are some thoughtful, stress-relieving gifts you can give your friends in the medical field.

Nurses working in hospitals worldwide are on the frontlines of the war against COVID-19. They’re literally risking their lives to keep the rest of us safe. They work really long shifts while wearing makeshift, uncomfortable personal protective equipment (PPE). They’re also mentally and physically exhausted.

Because they’re constantly exposed to COVID-19, many nurses either have to isolate themselves from their families (including their children, in some cases), or sanitize and disinfect anything they’ve come in contact with before they step foot in their homes. Basically, they’re overworked, stressed-out, exhausted, and scared.

They deserve a little extra love from their friends and families, now more than ever. If you want to show a nurse in your life that you’re thinking of him or her, a small gift is a great idea. Here are some options they’ll love and actually use.

A Food Subscription Box from Hello Fresh

A meal from Hello Fresh.
Hello Fresh

Most nurses are hesitant to go to the grocery store because they don’t want to potentially spread COVID-19 if they’re carrying it. Grocery delivery is hard to come by these days (they can’t sit online refreshing the page to see if a window opens every day). Make meals a little easier by getting the nurse in your life a food subscription box, like Hello Fresh.

The company sends a few different meals (the number depends on the plan you choose), which include an easy-to-follow recipe and premeasured ingredients. Your friend will still have to cook, but everything’s pretty much ready to go—and she’ll get a delicious meal out of it.

This is an easy thing to send to your fave nurse’s home and make his or her life a bit easier.

Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment

Hospitals are typically cold, dry environments. Plus, the face masks and other PPE nurses have to wear can dry out the skin, including their lips. A good lip balm is necessary, and ideally, one that doesn’t have to be reapplied often.

Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment is a great option. It’s a thick balm made of lanolin, which heals dry, cracked skin, and it doesn’t have an overwhelming scent. It doesn’t feel sticky, it’s super-hydrating, and it lasts forever.

Yeti Rambler Tumbler Coffee Mug

Coffee is essential for many people working on the frontlines, but it’s not like anyone in a hospital can sit back, relax, and enjoy a morning cup. Something like a Yeti Rambler Tumbler is great to have because it keeps drinks hot for up to 24 hours. This means your friend’s coffee or tea will stay hot all day.

It also keeps cold beverages cool for up to 12 hours. The magnet sliding top is awesome in a high-stress environment, like a hospital, because it prevents spilling even when someone’s rushing around. If you want, you can also Venmo your friend a few dollars for some coffee to put in his new mug.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

You’ve probably seen the photos online of nurses with the angry-looking red lines the N95 masks leave on their faces. Because the masks are so tight, they irritate the skin, leaving it dry and uncomfortable.

One way to fix this is to heal the skin with a really great moisturizer. Ideally, it should soothe the skin and ease irritation. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration is one of the best. It’s super-calming, great for sensitive skin, and intensely moisturizing. Still, it never feels too heavy or sticky, so it can be worn day or night.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration, 6 oz

This First Aid Beauty Moisturizer is super-hydrating and will soothe irritated skin.

A Wine Subscription Box From Winc

Four bottles of wine next to a Winc box sitting on a porch.
Winc

If the nurse in your life enjoys a good glass of wine, he or she has probably gone through quite a few during this pandemic. It’s relaxing and comforting, so who can blame them?

Replenish their supply with a gift subscription from Winc. This wine subscription service will send bottles of wine directly to your friend’s doorstep.

You can also send a gift card. Your friend can then fill out the palette profile online and get recommended wines based on what he or she likes.

A UV Light Sanitizer Bag

Most nurses are sanitizing and cleaning basically everything they wear all day before they step foot into their homes. Make that a little bit easier for them with a UV Light Sanitizing Station. Anything that fits in the bag gets cleaned by UV light, so they can throw their phone and other small accessories in there.

It’s really easy to use: you just throw your items in there, zip the bag, click the clean button, and watch the purple light clean everything thoroughly. It’s compact and lightweight, so your friend can easily take it on the go or leave it in her car.

Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks

Nurses are used to running around and being on their feet for hours at a time. However, the pandemic has taken this to a new level. Many nurses are working a ton of overtime and really long shifts every day, sometimes without even stopping for a break. This takes a toll on their feet and legs, and that’s where compression socks come in.

Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks help blood circulation, so they offer a lot of relief from swelling and discomfort, both of which are common for nurses. They feel good and can ease aching joints, and prevent more serious things, like blood clots. They’re super-comfortable and really durable. Anyone who wears them will feel the effects instantly.

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream

A tube of O'Keeffe's hand cream.
O’Keeffe’s

They might wear gloves the majority of the time, but nurses are still dealing with extremely dry and cracked hands, just like the rest of us. They’re washing their hands even more, both during their shifts and at home, to try to prevent the spread of the virus. Plus, some gloves are powdery and can make hands feel even drier.

To combat that, nurses and medical staff need really good hand cream. Forget those pretty bottles and nice scents—they need something heavy-duty that genuinely moisturizes and doesn’t fade after 20 minutes. That’s why O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream is a great option. Made for extremely dry, rough skin, this cream is packed with hydrating ingredients that leave hands feeling softer. It also creates a barrier, sealing in moisture and preventing further dryness.

The Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Washable Tote Pack

The Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Tote Pack.
Patagonia

Again, nurses are sanitizing and cleaning everything they bring home from work. A nurse friend of mine keeps a bag of stuff in her car so she doesn’t have to bring certain things in the house at all. To help nurses keep their things together safely, get them a new backpack.

The Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Tote Pack is a great option for this. It’s very light and easy to carry, but also holds a ton of stuff, so your friend can fit everything inside. There are lots of little pockets to keep everything organized, as well. This backpack is also water-resistant and really easy to clean, so your friend can throw it in the wash to really disinfect it.

The Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

If anyone needs a massage right now, it’s a nurse. As we’ve mentioned repeatedly, they spend most of every day on their feet, rushing around, lifting things (including full-grown adults), and basically being superheroes. At the end of a shift, most of them are exhausted, aching, and in pain.

This Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager might not totally replace a real massage, but it’s certainly better than nothing. They can drape this over their shoulders after a long day for a Shiatsu massage that feels wonderfully relaxing and luxurious.

Columbia Women’s Fast Trek Full Zip Soft Fleece

Hospitals are cold, and scrubs really just don’t cut it. A friend of mine is a nurse, and she says she’s always looking for fleeces and jackets to wear over her scrubs to stay warm and comfortable without getting overheated.

For those chilly moments in the hospital, this Columbia Women’s Fast Trek Full Zip Soft Fleece would definitely come in handy. Made of breathable fleece, it’s cozy without being suffocating, and lightweight enough to layer over scrubs. It also has zippered pockets that come in handy, and the simple design isn’t distracting.

UltraIdeas Women’s Comfort Fleece Memory Foam Slippers

Nurses and medical staff need things that help them relax when they finally get home. And nothing’s more relaxing for those tortured feet than a great pair of slippers.

UltraIdeas Women’s Comfort Fleece Memory Foam Slippers are affordable, comfortable, and attractive. Made with a super-plush fleece lining, they make you feel like you’re walking on clouds without overheating your feet.

L.L. Bean Ultrasoft Sweatshirt Robe

L.L.Bean Ultrasoft Sweatshirt Robe.
L.L. Bean

There’s something about an incredibly plush, comfy robe that can make you feel both comfortable and luxurious, all at once. Get the nurse in your life this L.L. Bean Ultrasoft Sweatshirt Robe to wear every moment he or she’s at home.

Made of cozy French terry fabric, this robe is incredibly soft and warm. It literally feels like a sweatshirt (hence, the name), so it’s comfy enough to wear for hours on end. It’s softly looped on the inside for a really nice texture, and long enough to cover everything.

Mouth Snacks of the Month Club

Splash page for Mouth snack club subscription.
Mouth

At this point, I think it’s safe to say everyone could use a little extra food in their lives—especially snacks. Give your fave nurse something to munch on at work, or when he or she’s relaxing at home with a Mouth Snacks of the Month Club box.

The box contains a whole bunch of new and unique snacks to try. There’s always a mix of salty, crunchy, chewy, and sweet options, like gourmet pickles, popcorn, trail mix, and even tiny Pop-Tarts. It’s a fun, interesting gift your friend or family member will definitely appreciate.


Whether you send them snacks or a soothing cream for their dry skin, we’re sure your nurse friends will appreciate the thought, and welcome some relief from the stress at the hospital.

Jessica Booth Jessica Booth
Jessica Booth is a freelance writer for Review Geek. She has been working in the editorial world as a freelance writer for over two years and previously worked as an editor for over eight years.  Jessica writes about travel, beauty, wellness, health, food, home decor, and parenting, and has reviewed and tested out products for all of those verticals over the course of her career. Read Full Bio »

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