Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide For Nurses

holiday shopping guide for nurses 2018

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Can you believe it? It’s that time of year again.

Christmas is a lovely time with all the presents we receive and all the food we get to eat. However, finding the PERFECT gifts for loved ones can be taxing and stressful especially if you have a very long shopping list. There’s immediate family, relatives, colleagues, friends, and sometimes, even patients!

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping (or just want to window-shop), our comprehensive list of holiday gift ideas should be very helpful. We’ve divided our gift suggestions into categories but the quick links below should be helpful.

To quickly go to the category that you want to explore, click on the links below to jump to that portion of our list. If you want to get back to the beginning of the article, just click on “back to top” links available at the end of each category.

Important Note: Always check prices on the actual Amazon site as they are subject to change due to either hike-ups or (happy) lightning discounts. Click on any title to get the Amazon page of the item you are interested in.

Have fun exploring our list!

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The Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack is perfect for a bouncy toddler. There are many whimsical designs to choose from and the bag itself is durable.

This toy can teach kids more about music. Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube produces piano, harp, violin, and flute sounds. It even flashes lights that match the tempo of the instruments!

The top bestseller in Kids’ outdoor chairs, we love the darling designs on these Melissa & Doug chairs. It’s very sturdy as long as you don’t let your tots stand on it.

Great for developing kids’ gross motor skills, the Little Tikes Push and Ride Racer is designed for indoor and outdoor use. It’s has a curved seat and huge tires for your kid’s safety.

These Leapfrog Play pals are SUPER popular. We know this because our own kids have them. You can personalize them and babies love them!

Beat child obesity with these pretend play toys. Keep the lawn looking good with Little Tikes Gas ‘n Go Mower Toy.

This Elmo isn’t just super soft and cuddly. You see, it loves to laugh too! Just press his belly and he’ll give you tons of giggles and laughter.

The ArtCreativity Bubble Lawn Mower offers a fun way to get your kids moving. Designed with gear sounds when pushing, it’ll keep your little ones happily busy. It’s made with durable plastic and it’s very easy to assemble.

The Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table promotes imaginative play with its interactive waterpark table. The water play table helps develop “put-and-take” and early motor skills with fun characters.

Gift a child with real play with this toy rocking puppy. Little Tikes Rocking Puppy comes in blue.

Kids will have fun taking photos with this digital camera! VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera – Pink takes still pictures (256MB), video, and it also has a voice recorder. Photos can be edited with cute cartoons or crazy effects.

This interactive desk can transform into an easel and chalkboard. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe features activity pages that are loaded with engaging content. It also comes with a good amount of storage space to keep your kids’ art supplies.

The Spin ‘N’ Sprinkle Water Lab is both fun and educational. With moving googly eyes and propellers, your kids will surely find bath time a lot more enjoyable.

Entertain the little ones with this Cocomelon Bubble Machine. Featuring the ever adorable CoComelon characters, kids can learn with bubbles. It even plays a song! The No Spill design also makes sure that play time isn’t going to be messy. 

The more the merrier, which is why this pull-back vehicle set is a fun gift for babies and toddlers. Designs include a school bus, family car, fire truck, and police car. Cute, colorful, and accelerates even with less effort, they’re a great match for toddlers who love to play and see their toys in action.

Ideal for babies and toddlers aged 12 to 24 months, this baby balance bike can help babies practice walking and riding. Not only is this bike fun to ride, it’s also designed to help babies work on their balance and coordination. It’s also lightweight so kids can easily carry it around.

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The Disney Pixar Adventure Coloring is the perfect gift for any kid who likes to color. With tons of high-quality Disney character, it’s hard not to fall in love with this coloring book!

Stomp away to make this air-powered outdoor Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit toy go as high as 200 feet. No fuel or batteries needed! Parents are calling this FANTASTIC and huge loads of fun. “Top Toy of the Year” according to Creative Child Magazin and winner of iParenting Media’s Hot Toy Award.

The L.O.L. Surprise! Holiday Present Surprise Dolls set comes with a sparkly doll and a matching elf character. There are also accessories your kids will have fun playing with.

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game is a great first game board for a child. It teaches matching, sorting, counting, and simple math skills.

For Minecraft lovers! The Minecraft Survival Pack is recommended for 4 years old and up but watch out for small parts!

Introduce young kids to weather, animals, languages, landscapes and more with this National Geographic Book of the World. Apart from interesting activities, there are also tons of facts they’ll be eager to know.

The Melissa & Doug Abby & Emma Deluxe Magnetic Dress-Up Set is the number 1 bestseller in Magnetic Dress-Up dolls. You get 2 dolls with doll stands and 56 magnetic pieces of clothing for hundreds of dress-up options.

You can’t go wrong with Lego! This Lego City fire truck has an extendable ladder with rotating base, retractable hose with water element and an opening hatch with equipment storage box.

Make kids’ dream of becoming a scientist come true for Christmas with this awesome gift. The Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope facilitates interactive learning for kids age four and up. It comes with awesome images and multilingual audio.

We love this Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register! Large buttons are easy for little hands to press and cash drawer makes a “cha-ching” sound when it opens, just like a real register (We read the reviews and one happy customer even used it as a real cash register for a garage sale. Ha!)

Does your kiddo want to become a doctor? Get this Learning Resources Pretend & Play Doctor Set complete with stethoscope and pager with realistic sounds!

Worried about the limited space at home? This KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen Set comes with a curved design so you can easily fit it into your kid’s room. Apart from the impressive design, it also make realistic effects. It actually drops plastic ice cubes from the ice maker. Even the burners light up!

More Lego! But this time, it’s an ocean explorer science toy!

If your kid is a fan of Star Wars, he’ll definitely love this gift. After all, how can anyone resist Baby Yoda?

This Moana Read-Along Storybook & CD captures every key development of the movie. Even the soundtrack is done with excellent quality. You can read this to kids at night before bed or even during daytime!

I’ve already bought several sets of these from Amazon this year as they were on my godchildren’s wishlists. Littlest Pet Shop Party Toy Pack don’t seem too different from the other trendy collector toys except that they can be brought to life digitally so kids can play with them online, too. There is an awesome variety in this pack so you really get your money’s worth.

Let the kids capture moments with MINIBEAR’s instant camera designed for children. Equipped with dual cameras to accommodate selfies, this digital camera even comes with funny photo frames to let kids play with their creative side. Can take up to 180 pictures with a rechargeable battery. Suitable for kids aged 3-14.

The little ones are always curious about things around them, which makes Britannica’s First Big Book of Why the perfect gift this Christmas! It includes over 100 questions and answers about the body, animals, space, machines and so many more. Answers are fact-checked by Britannica experts of course and the book also comes with wonderful illustrations. By feeding their curiosities, you’re nurturing their minds to be more inquisitive. 

Children are always fascinated by planet Earth and its geography. To help them learn more about the world, this globe even comes with an app to make their learning more interactive. Even more fun for the little ones, it comes with visual storytelling, music, animal facts and voice interactions, world quizzes, globe puzzles and other engaging challenges for kids aged 4 to 10. 

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Very affordable! Just $3! This Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids is perfect for kids who love to laugh and crack jokes.

There’s nothing better than spending time with your kids and this game. Kids Against Maturity: Card Game for Kids and Families is different from those games you play every game night since it’s filled with funny innuendos that are age-appropriate. Take note that this one isn’t for humorless parents.

This adorable 3D Galaxy Moon Lamp will channel your kids’ inner explorer, spark their creativity, get them excited about space science and foster curiosity.

The Manual to Manhood is an educational AND hilarious book for boys. It teaches how to grill a steak, tie a tie, wear cologne, change a tire, clear a sink drain, find a stud in a wall and so on. Although labeled for boys, girls will also find a lot to learn from in this fun book.

No stress chess is a surprising hit with both kids and adults. One side is for the chess newbie and comes with hints and fun guides. The flip side is for standard play.

Get butterflies shipped to your giftee. Watch them grow and let them go!

This Wonder Workshop Dash – Coding Robot for Kids is more than just a toy. It’s an open-ended coding platform that allows kids to be more confident with their ideas. It’s perfect for kids who like to work solo or as part of a group.

Designed to develop logical reasoning and planning skills, the ThinkFun Circuit Maze Electric Current Brain Game and STEM Toy is highly recommended for kids 8 and up. It comes with 60 challenges of different difficulty levels.

This SHASHIBO Shape Shifting Box features 36 rare earth magnets for an innovative design that transforms into over 70 shapes! How cool is that?

Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. Yep. That’s exactly what the blurb says. Other than that, the reviews are positively raving for this quirky game. 

This list wouldn’t be complete without this Monopoly classic game. Plan the best strategies to buy, trade, and avoid going bankrupt with your kids.

If your tween or teen is a gamer, then this Microsoft Xbox Live 3 Month Gold Card will be a sure winner! They’ll be able to buy the downloadable game of their heart’s desire with this gift card.

Get your teen off the computer and get them outdoors for some exercise with this highly recommended Razor A5 Air Kick Scooter. Just don’t be surprised if Dad wants one too!

Consider this Life Skills for Teens book a handy guide for your teens. It teaches the basics of being an adult, like cooking, cleaning and budgeting. It’s a huge help for teen who want to learn and conquer everyday problems with basic life skills.

The Easy Bake Ultimate Oven set includes an oven, pan tool, and baking pan. It also comes with a chocolate brownie mix and vanilla frosting mix. It has everything your kid needs to start her way to becoming a baker!

Know someone who loves playing mad libs? Then this Dog Ate My Mad Libs paperback is sure to be appreciated this holiday season. Delight your loved ones with fill-in-the-blank stories about  Labradors, Pomeranians, poodles, and more. With dogs at the forefront, it’s easy to come up with funny and cute stories!

Mothers and daughters have a special kind of bond and this best-selling journal even makes that bond stronger. The journal comes with advice and perspectives from both sides, two ribbon bookmarks, and lovely illustrations. Pretty and thoughtful, this is a great keepsake present for girls.

Teens can channel their inner Nancy Drew in this thrilling murder mystery game. Immersive and suspenseful, youngsters will have a great time investigating the mystery of Magnolia Gardens as they examine evidence, confirm alibis, analyze timelines, and go through testimonials – just like a real detective! 

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The Leather Writing Journal Notebook is a very affordable yet chic gift. The pages are tan white and are great for sketches and notes.

It’s no secret that we love adult coloring books. If you know somebody who needs some respite from stress, gift this Balance book!

With today’s gadgets, who doesn’t need this super cute, sleek, and high-quality Anker Wireless Charger?

The Enchanted Forest coloring book is one of our favorites. It’s got a story and a surprise at the end!

Who wouldn’t like to receive an Xbox as a gift? Any person, regardless of age, would be delighted to receive one. From playing games to streaming videos, the Xbox Series S device won’t fail to entertain.

Stay hydrated even when you’re not at home. With TempShield Technology, Hydro Flask Water Bottle can keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks piping hot. There’s no flavor transfer!

The number 1 bestseller in Toys and Games. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card. Deceptively simple but HUGE fun. Cards Against Humanity is highly recommended!

For the Starbucks and coffee addict. Nuff said.

This is a sterling silver necklace featuring two-piece moon pendant engraved with loving message of “I love you…to the moon & back”. Very beautiful and sentimental.

There’s a Monopoly Game for everything including this Fortnite Collector’s Edition Board Game. Check out their other titles too!

Compared with traditional brewing, the Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker promises to produce 4 servings of cold brew that’s less acidic. It comes with an airtight lid and non-slip silicone handle for easy handling while traveling.

It’s not good to harbor grudges and think badly of other people. Don’t waste your energy and focus on creating a happy life. This Let That Sh*t Go Journal can help you with that.

The Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones promises rich and high-quality sound. And based on the demand for this product, it’s pretty obvious that they don’t disappoint.

Smart Ass is a fun game for everyone. It’s exciting, outrageous, and fast-paced, enough to keep  players on the edge of their seat. Ideal for ages 12 and above, it’s a great way to bond with friends and family, as well as find out who the real smart ass is in the group. 

If you know someone who loves everything Star Wars, gifting them this Star Wars Young Men’s Words of Wisdom T-Shirt is a nice gesture. More than featuring a Star Wars design, the quality of the shirt is good enough as it’s made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester. Even more fun, there’s plenty of Star Wars characters you can choose from with the likes of Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Chewbaca, Princess Leia, Master Yoda, and so many more! 

The world is full of stressors and so it’s only right to step up our game when it comes to taking care of ourselves. That’s why these self care cards make for an excellent present. For starters, it shows that you care about someone’s well-being. Consisting of 52 easy exercises on meditation, mindfulness, anxiety relief, stress management, self-care, and many more, these exercises can help alleviate negative feelings constantly caused by stress. They were also developed by a team of therapists, counselors and yogi professionals so you can rest assured that they’re going to be helpful. 

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The Whole30 book provides the step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe guidebook to the Whole360 program. Gift your beloved spouse with a lifestyle transformation.

This NY Threads Womens Fleece Bathrobe is made with soft flannel fleece, giving that luxurious and warm feel. It’s designed with two front pockets to hold your phone or keys and a shawl collar for that stylish look.

According to reviews, the actual earrings are true to size and color. The PAVOI 14K Gold Colored Lightweight Chunky Open Hoops are beautiful earrings which should match any outfit.

The Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch is very comfortable to wear. The screen has great display and offers an ample amount of brightness.

If the wife likes to travel, she’ll love this Kneipp 6 Piece Herbal Bath Oil Set since it comes with 6 travel sizes of herbal bath oils. Whether she’s looking for something to help her sleep better or get moisturized skin, there’s an essential oil for her in this set.

This iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum features a 3-stage cleaning system to lift and grab dirt from hard floors and carpets. It can run for up to 90 minutes before automatically charging itself.

If your loved one often complains of a painful neck, shoulder, or upper back, one of the most thoughtful and practical gifts you can give is this electric heating pad. This soft and flexible fabric drapes around you as it heats up quickly. This heating pad has 6 heat settings, 4 timer settings, and an automatic shut-off feature.

If you have never gotten around to getting a bath pillow for your home, now’s the time to pick out a good one. Make bath time more comfortable and luxurious with a quality bath pillow. Everlasting’s bath pillow has strong suction cups, dries quickly, and best of all, is super comfortable in the tub.

Pamper your beloved wife with these luscious fizzing bath bombs. Made in the USA, they are handcrafted, individually wrapped, non-staining, made from natural ingredients, and smell amazing. They come in lavender, vanilla, strawberry, coconut, mango, rose, and melon scents.

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This Best Husband in Galaxy shirt is cool- no doubt about that! It’s lightweight and designed nicely. Any husband would be proud to be spotted wearing it.

The Timberland Men’s Leather Trifold Wallet with ID Window is crafted from genuine Italian leather, with a soft texture that is very smooth to the touch and will look terrific even as it ages with everyday use!

Despite its compact and sleek design, this speaker delivers crisp sound. All-new Echo Dot (5th Gen) Charcoal with Battery Base is great for streaming songs, connecting with others, and controlling your home.

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness is an awesome piece of techwear for tracking steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. You can also monitor how long and well you sleep.

Is your husband looking for a new hobby? The Ultimate Bar Book can help him get started in making over a thousand cocktails.

The Powerbeats High-Performance Wireless Earphones offer more than 15 hours of listening time. It has this sweat and water resistant design that lets you workout or run without worrying about damaging your earphones.

The Byron Statics Vinyl Record Player is the perfect gift for men who’re just starting out with records. It’s light, stylish, and simple to set up and operate.

If your hubby loves golf, check out this set of golf club pens. At first glance, the set looks like a miniature golf course with tees, but the tees are actually pens. Serving a dual purpose, your hubby can write with these nice heavy pens, or play with his little golf course during break times at the office.

Looking for a funny gift for the man who seemingly has everything? Get your loved one these gag socks if he has the tendency to fall asleep on the sofa while watching TV. It’s the perfect inside joke.

This is a fun gift for a hubby who loves spicy food. This hot sauce making kit comes with ingredients, 3 recipes, bottles, and labels. The peppers that come with the kit – ancho pasilla, chipotle, ghost pepper, and habanero – are 5th generation heirloom peppers. The instructions and quality of ingredients are all topnotch.

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This 101 Fun Things to do in Retirement book is full of funny, creative, and inventive ways to enjoy retirement. Great reviews all around for this quirky book!

This Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life book shares the secret to living a long and happy life. It’s nice to read it while enjoying cup or two of your favorite tea or coffee.

Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each Willow Tree figurine from her art studio on Kansas City, Missouri. We love the inside which says: “Love that transcends the years”.

This Skylight Frame: 10 inch WiFi Digital Picture Frame is easy to set up, making it great for older people. It has a 10-inch display with excellent resolution.

Want to entice your parents or your grandparents to travel? Give them a broad hint with this Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting.

Offering real-time home weather updates, this AcuRite 01512 Wireless Home Station for Indoor and Outdoor with 5-in-1 Weather Sensor can help keep older people prepare for bad weather. It can also monitore the temperature and humidity at home.

A remote control doesn’t seem too exciting a gift but for old folks who struggle with a gazillion remotes, this Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control is a very practical and functional gift. This is the number 1 bestseller in Universal Remotes.

Get all your grandparents’ precious stories and anecdotes down in this beautiful memory book. This quality diary has a linen hardbound cover, 85 pages, and plenty of space for photos and mementos. Some of the prompts include thought-provoking questions like, “If you could go back in time and visit your younger self, what advice would you give?”

If you have grandparents who love birdwatching or simply love gardening, then they might enjoy this lovely bird feeder. Nature Anywhere’s bird feeder is made from clear plastic so you can clearly see the visiting birds from up close. The 4 strong suction cups make it squirrel-proof.

This cheese board set is made up of 100% Forest Stewardship Council certified material. The bamboo is grown and harvested ethically. This Kunaboo cheese board also has a slide out drawer for cutlery. If the old folks love to entertain guests, this premium cheese board is a must.

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We’ve got a great collection of ideas for gifts for fellow nurses at work. Check out all the articles we’ve written in the past for our cool lists.

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We hope our Holiday Shopping Guide For Nurses is useful and helpful!

Don’t forget. Apart from buying gifts from the store, we can also give creative and handmade gifts like letters or DIY crafts or cards. Alternatively, you can also donate to your favorite charity in the name of your giftee. See more ideas on our FB page.




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