It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! Many R.N.s are logging extra working hours this winter season, while looking forward to holiday parties, and exchanging gifts—with more than a few co-workers on the list, you’ll want to stick to a budget. Here are a few ideas that your hardworking friends in nursing jobs can always appreciate, love and use. Each idea comes with a “spruce it up” tip.
- Soothing Moisturizing Creams & Remedies: Tired hands and feet are a fact of life for nurses on the go. Travel sized bottles of moisturizer don’t just make sense for travel nurses—but for anyone waging a war on dry skin this winter. Spruce up your gift by making a holiday goody bag with a moisturizing theme: nothing says “me time” to fellow R.N.s than a few spa items, like plush socks or flavored lip balm—no more than a dollar each at discount stores.
- Special Goodies for the R.N.: This idea is a fun one to put together! In a cute box from the dollar store, you can add a few more indispensable items for healthcare professionals, like mini flashlights (some double as pens), bandage scissors, cushioned socks, tins of mints, lanyards for ID cards, small notepads and more. Spruce up your gift by using a holiday themed coffee mug as the vessel for presentation.
- Energy Giving Snacks and Drink Mixes: Crystal Light is just one of many companies that sell canisters of individual drink packets; these make ideal inserts for goody bags full of trail mix, fresh peanuts, energy bars and more. Spruce up your gift by assembling treats in a mason jar, and decorate it with a fun holiday tag and label.
- A Pretty Pot with Seed Packets, etc. Inside: Registered nurses make great gardeners—just check out these indoor gardening tips. Spruce up your small terracotta pot with a little bag of soil, tied off with holiday ribbon and seed packet(s).
- Healthy, Ready to Eat Soups, Pastas and Bread Mixes: Mason jars are a great idea for delicious healthy oatmeal recipes, and also make an ideal container when you want to give the gift of hearty (non-perishable) food. Find recipes online for lentil and potato soups, cake and brownie mixes, pasta dishes and more. Dry spices and other ingredients look artful, layered on top of each other. Spruce up your gift by attaching a recipe card with cooking instructions.
Give As Good as You Get This Holiday Season
This is the most wonderful time of the year for showing patients and colleagues how important they are to you. Travel nurses accumulate so many loved ones and cherished memories, not just in everyday life, but on the nursing career path as well—making a difference in nursing jobs in all 50 U.S. states. By giving gifts that are simple, creature comforts, you just can’t lose! Happy holidays everyone!