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35 nurse graduation gifts to celebrate their hard work in 2021

Congratulate the new nurse in your life with these thoughtful gifts.
Illustration of two Woman graduating wearing white caps and gowns, a watch, Keurig, Nurse portrait framed and a t-shirt
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Not only is it National Nurses Week — right now, nursing students across the country are also gearing up for graduation. Celebrations this year are happening both in-person and virtually, and you can also congratulate the grad with a thoughtful gift.

While there's no way to give back any of the blood, sweat and tears your friends or family endured while going through clinicals and schooling, we rounded up a few nursing school graduation gift ideas for the grad in your life.

Whether you're looking for a nurse practitioner graduation gift or a registered nurse gift, there's something on our list for the future healthcare worker in your life.

1. Littmann Stethoscope

Prepare your nursing grad for their first job with a Littmann stethoscope. This classic gift is one they can take with them through the years.

2. Koala Clip Stethoscope Holder

This is the perfect solution for when your grad gets tired of carrying their stethoscope around their neck. They can clip it onto their scrubs while they're on the clock and onto their bag when the day is done, all while keeping their stethoscope compact and accessible.

3. Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks

Compression socks keep blood circulating in the legs to help avoid swelling. Perfect for long shifts spent on their feet!

4. Crocs On-The-Clock Clog

Crocs are a nurse favorite that are affordable and easy to clean. The On-The-Clock style clog is just one among many others that are specifically created with slip-resistant tread for nurses.

5. Nursing Edition WhiteCoat Clipboard

This foldable clipboard features information on the exterior that nurses use almost daily including lab values, pain scales, injection sites and more.

6. Retractable Badge Reels

This set of three retractable badge reels feature cute illustrations and phrases on them, including the iconic line, "It's a beautiful day to save lives" from Dr. Derek Shepard on "Grey's Anatomy."

7. Women's Clove Shoe

Long shifts won't be a problem for these sneakers from Clove. Designed by a husband who watched his wife go through countless pairs of shoes during nursing school and her first job, these shoes are designed for long-lasting comfort. They are available in four additional colors and in men's sizes.

8. Custom Stethoscope ID Tag

This custom stethoscope ID tag is another great gift to spruce up that uniform. You can choose from over 60 stamp designs including a Band-Aid, an EKG rhythm and a caduceus.

9. Nursing Reference Card Bundle

While school may be out, it's important for the nurse in your life to remain prepared at all times and these reference cards are a great way for them to do so. They are badge cards that can be clipped onto a badge reel behind IDs and cover information on medication calculations, cardiology, pediatrics, neurology and more.

10. Dear Ava Nurse Necklace

This special nurse necklace from Dear Ava is a thoughtful and beautiful gift. It symbolizes all the hard work she accomplished to graduate from nursing school and all the difference she is sure to make in the workforce.

11. Dansko Women's Professional Clogs

A pair of comfortable and durable shoes are a necessity since nurses sometimes spend over 12 hours a day on their feet. TODAY recently interviewed a handful of nurses on the best nurse shoes and Dansko clogs were among the supportive shoes that they prefer to wear while working.

12. Cherokee Women's Scrubs Jacket

Since hospitals are known for being on the chilly side temperature-wise, this scrub jacket is a good gift to help them stay cozy and comfortable on the job.

13. Personalized Badge Reel

One way you can help a nurse accessorize their traditional scrubs is with a personalized badge reel. This Etsy shop offers a bunch of different options and colors to perfectly customize your gift.

14. Good Girl Gone Badge Personalized Stethoscope ID Tag

Another personalized option is this round stethoscope name tag, available on Amazon.

15. "True Stories of Becoming a Nurse" by Lee Gutkind

Knowledge is power. This book written by Lee Gutkind includes an excellent collection of nurse stories to inspire the graduate in your life.

16. Night Shift Nurse Shirt

There's nothing better than throwing on a cozy shirt after a tough day at work. This "Night Shift" T-shirt from Etsy is cute and would make a great gift for a new nurse who wants to kick back and relax after a long night shift.

17. Nurse Heart Stethoscope Monogram Quarter-zip Pullover

This lightweight sweatshirt shows off their nursing pride no matter where they wear it. This quarter-zip sweatshirt is available in 13 colors, has a stitched stethoscope and can be customized with their initials.

18. Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker

Nurses have to deal with long shifts on their feet and will always welcome a fresh cup of coffee. The Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee Machine makes tasty coffee fast and its five-inch width is perfect for small spaces.

19. Personalized Nurse Tumbler

This personalized nurse tumbler from Etsy is a great on-the-go mug they can use while commuting to and from the hospital or during their shift. Plus, it has their name on it so they'll never misplace it. The cute tumbler holds a solid 20 ounces of liquid so they don't have to constantly refill their favorite beverage.

20. Dexas Slimcase Storage Clipboard

This handy nurse clipboard is an affordable gift that stores important documents and comes in several colors. Fill it with a few bonus items like cash or gift cards to really surprise them!

21. Personalized Nurse Coffee Mug

If you know they'd prefer to enjoy a warm beverage at home, this personalized nurse mug from Etsy is bound to put a smile on their face!

22. Fitbit Versa 2 Fitness Smartwatch

Since nurses often find themselves running around the hospital, a smartwatch would make a great gift so they can keep track time and much more. The Fitbit Versa 2 has Amazon Alexa built-in and tracks heart rate, exercise and sleep stages to provide actionable insights. Plus, this special edition can be paired with Windows, Android and iPhone devices, and the battery can last over four days.

23. Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack

A work bag is a necessity for a nurse. This Dagne Dover backpack is made of 100% premium neoprene that’s water-resistant and hand-washable, which is ideal for those working in a hospital. It has enough room to carry their scrubs, a change of clothes and shoes, a packed lunch and whatever else they'll need for their shifts. It even has a dedicated spot for things like a lip balm, keys and phone.

24. Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote

If you think they'd prefer a tote bag for their day at work, this Longchamp bag is another great option. It can fit everything they'll need for the day and it's super easy to clean if they run into any messes.

25. Nurse Stethoscope Shot Glass

If graduating from nursing school doesn't guarantee a celebratory shot, then we don't know what does. For the spirits connoisseur, this nurse-themed shot glass pairs nicely with a bottle of their favorite beverage.

26. Nine West Women's Rubberized Watch

This budget-friendly watch from Nine West is great for nurses since the band is made of rubber and super easy to clean after a long shift.

27. HDLTE Women's Nurse Shirt

This graphic tee would make a thoughtful and budget-friendly gift to give your graduate the opportunity to show off their nursing pride anytime and anywhere!

28. Funny Nurse Mug and Wine Glass Cups

This funny mug and wine gift set will have your friend or family member laughing instantly. The set includes a 15-ounce stemless wine glass and a 14-ounce mug.

29. Adult Coloring World Nurse Coloring Book

Being a nurse isn't always easy. And for anyone, it's important to take a step back once in a while to decompress. Since adult coloring booksare known to help reduce stress and promote relaxation, this book made just for nurses is a great inexpensive gift idea.

30. "I'm So Proud Of You" Gift Box

Everybody loves a fun-filled gift box. This "I'm So Proud Of You" set from Etsy comes with a celebratory confetti-themed card and everything they need for a relaxing day: soaking salts, a soy candle and loose leaf tea.

31. "Becoming Nursey" by Kati L. Kleber

"Becoming Nursey" by Kati L. Kleber is another good read to gift to a newbie nurse. This book offers advice on work-life balance including how they can provide the best possible care for patients and themselves in a hectic work environment.

32. Mrs. Fields ‘Congratulations’ Cookie Cake

If you're still not sure what to get your friend or family member after graduating from nursing school, you can't go wrong with a sweet treat delivery. This giant cookie cake from Mrs. Fields is the perfect way to say "Congrats" from afar.

33. UrbanStems Unicorn Bouquet

When in doubt, go with a beautiful flower delivery. This bouquet from UrbanStems comes with a mix of purple, lilac and pink blossoms that are bound to make any nurse smile after graduating.

34. Personalized Nurse Graduation Print Photo

Surprise your nurse graduate with this special keepsake that he or she will treasure forever. You can completely personalize the illustration with clothing, hairstyle, name and text. Plus it's a digital download, so it makes for a good last-minute gift, too!

35. Custom Name Stethoscope Necklace

This dainty necklace is a bestseller on Etsy and we can see why. You can customize it with a variety of different materials including sterling silver, gold, rose gold or even 14K gold if you're looking to splurge. You can also add their name and birthstone.

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