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The Hallmark channel’s “Count down to Christmas” is starting this Friday. That’s right, this Friday, October 23rd. Even though it’s a bit early, who doesn’t love a sappy Hallmark movie, where everything ends in fairytale-esque flair? So, with the advent of the count down. You know what that means. It’s time for a holiday gift-giving guide! Here we’ll explore 25 helpful holiday gifts for NPs.
I always find it kind of funny that people tend to think that nurses and NPs want gifts with their titles plastered everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, the mug with RN or NP scrawled affectionately across the front is cute and functional and perhaps a great graduation gift. But, after working in healthcare for a time and becoming a bit weathered and a tad cynical, you just want gifts that scream one of three things: comfort, solace, or convenience once the day is over while you cry into the said mug.
At that point, you’re probably not wanting any reminders of your work title within immediate view. Not to say that NPs and healthcare workers don’t love their professions. But we all need a break here and there. Let’s dive in and find 25 insanely helpful holiday gifts for nurse practitioners that they’ll actually love year after year.
Why we love it: This blanket is so soft and warm. It’s a cozy addition to any home. It also comes in a variety of patterns and colors. And lastly, it’s affordable.
2. Jessica Simpson Comfy Faux Fur House Slippers with Non-skid soles
Cost: $19.99 – $24.99
Why we love it: These slippers are super soft and have non-skid soles which are great for letting the dog out in the mornings without getting your feet wet in the morning dew.
3. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
Why we love it: An instant mood booster. From the back cover:
Get consciously cozy.
The Danes are famously the happiest people in the world, and hygge is a cornerstone of their way of life. Hygge (pro-nounced Hoo-ga) loosely translates as a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. It is about gratitude and savoring the simple pleasures in life. In short, it is the pursuit of everyday happiness.
Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life and what makes people happy. From bringing out the candles and spending time with your tribe to giving yourself a break from the demands of healthy living (cake is most definitely hygge), Meik’s beautiful, inspiring book will help you to be more hygge.
4. Two Queens Lane Sherpa Fleece Throw Blanket
Why we love it: This throw is luxe and comfy. Not to mention it’s beautiful.
5. Damn Delicious Meal Prep Recipe Book
Why we love it: Chungah Rhee is a great chef, who also has her own blog by the way at damndelicious.net. Her recipes are easy, simple, and time-saving. This is a great book for the NP on the go.
6. What’s Gaby Cooking: Eat What You Want: 125 Recipes for Real Life
Why we love it: Gaby’s cookbook is beautiful and practical.
— Padma Lakshmi
7. Hydroflask Water Bottle with Straw Lid
Cost: $45.90 – $117.97
Why we love it: Keeps cold items cold and hot items hot for hours. It’s sleek, portable, and BPA free.
Why we love it: It’s the perfect size for everyone, even those with long or thick hair. It also doesn’t give you “hat hair” for those that just want something warm, but not tight to the scalp.
Why we love it: Stylish and a functional electric toothbrush with a lovely copper finish.
Why we love it: Whitens teeth from the convenience of home. No one will ask for this gift per se, but they secretly want it. Just be careful and maybe give this one to a sister, brother, or mom and pair it with the Quip toothbrush or another gift so as not to offend them.
11. EltaMD Mineral Based Sunscreen
Why we love it: EltaMD is the #1 dermatologist recommended sunscreen. It’s a mineral sunscreen which is better for you than chemical sunscreens. It dissolves into a clear finish without leaving a chalky or white residue.
Why we love it: This is hands down the best drugstore mascara I’ve tried. It thickens and elongates lashes better than some luxury brands. It even rivals Diorshow. Even though it’s not recommended to wear makeup under your face mask, most women are still wearing mascara.
13. Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Translucent Lip Balm
Why we love it: It’s smooth, smells good, and goes on clear. Fresh Sugar is a cult classic and they have tinted balms as well.
14. Thymes Fraser Fir Candle
Why we love it: The Thymes Fraser Fir candle smells amazing. It’s a holiday staple and has beautiful packaging.
15. Jo Malone’s Wild Bluebell Perfume
Cost: $118.10, 3.4 oz
Why we love it: Wild bluebell is a light and floral fragrance. It also happens to be one of the fragrances of choice for the Dutchess of Sussex, Meaghan Markle. And for Disney fanatics, it smells just like Pandora’s “Flight of Passage” ride. It’s pleasant without being overpowering or too sweet.
16. Apple Watch
Why we love it: The Apple watch 5th generation has GPS, an EKG app, an exercise and fitness tracker, a display that is always on, and much more.
17. Apple Airpods
Why we love it: Wireless listening with up to 5 hours listening time on one battery charge.
18. Apple Ipad Pro 12.9 inch, 4th Generation
Why we love it: Form and function of a computer in a portable tablet. Easy writability with the addition of the Apple Pencil, sold separately.
19. Amazon Firestick and Echo Dot Bundle
Why we love it: Alexa enabled Firestick to store all your streaming media: Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Sling, and many others. Alexa enabled Echo Dot smart speaker to connect to all Amazon smart plugs and devices. To learn more about Amazon’s Alexa enabled smart speakers and related healthcare skills check here.
20. Apple Airpods Silicone Case
Why we love it: Airpods silicone case to keep your pods safe and an adorable Pom Pom keychain with a clasp.
Why we love it: These canisters look high-end without the price. Crate and Barrel carries similar canisters for a much higher price tag.
22. Airtight Clear Container Pantry Organization
Why we love it: Pinterest worthy containers for the organizer in your life. These containers are see-through and stackable. They also come with labels that you can customize.
23. Talented Kitchen 157 Script Pantry Labels
Why we love it: Kitchen labels are an organizer’s dream. They are also extremely helpful if you don’t have see-through canisters or containers and need to find things in a hurry. This is a mega-collection of 157 labels of ingredients.
24. Taste of Home Kitchen Hacks and Recipes that Go with Them
Why we love it: Kitchen hacks for the busy NP that just doesn’t have time to entertain the old fashioned way.
25. Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Machine with Aeroccino
Why we love it: I have a Keurig that was so kindly gifted to me and a Vertuo line Nespresso machine. The Nespresso machine wins hands down. You can actually make espresso and specialty drinks to rival your Starbucks barista.
We explored some insanely helpful holiday gifts for NPs that any NP would be grateful to have in their possession. Gifts that are comforting, make their lives easier, and bring them joy. What are some gifts that you would recommend giving to the NP or healthcare provider in your life?