It’s not always easy to come up with the perfect gifts for nursing students. For one thing, every student is different. You’ll want to get a gift that appeals to your loved one’s interests or sense of humor. But we have a list of gifts ranging from hilarious to practical to give you some ideas!
Our top pick overall is this cute Nurse Mates bag. Not only is this an adorable design, but it’s specifically designed for nursing students. You can pick out whatever print best suits the nursing student in your life.
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The 31 Best Gifts for Nursing Students
A Cute Nurse Bag
This adorable nurse bag actually made our list of the best nursing bags. It’s a great combination of sweet and practical gifts for nurses. You can choose from 23 different colors and zany prints. The canvas material is water-resistant and stain resistant, taking the hassle out of field work.
Inside, you’ll find several storage compartments for maximum organization, plus some document compartments. The heavy-duty seams can withstand large amounts of weight from textbooks, while the strong zippers keep your items safe.
For the Ultimate Nursing Bag in a backpack style – see our full review of the Nurse Mates Ultimate Nursing Backpack.
- Cute nursing bag available in 23 different colors and patterns
- Water-resistant canvas fabric with heavy-duty seams
- Multiple interior compartments for storage and documents
- Stain resistant for easy work in the field
- Makes a great graduation gift
Coffee/Wine Glass Set
This funny set of items comes with a coffee mug labeled “Before Patients,” and a wine glass labeled “After Patients.”The coffee mug holds 11 ounces of liquid, so you can get your morning fix. And the wine glass holds 15 ounces, so you can definitely wind down in the evening.
The gift is ideal for the wine-loving nursing students in your life. Each product is printed in the USA and built to last for years. It’s also dishwasher safe, as the ceramic ink won’t run with scrubbing or high temperatures.
- Funny mug and glass set makes a great addition to the kitchen
- Printed using permanent ceramic inks in the USA
- Dishwasher safe for simple, easy maintenance
- Good to get a laugh at the end of a hard day
- Comes packaged in a gift box for maximum ease
A cute and funny gift for the wine loving nursing students and professionals in your life!
Among our favorite NCLEX prep courses, UWorld now offers their popular NCLEX prep subscription as a gift option. Updated to reflect the changes a nursing student will see on the next-gen NCLEX, this course features over two-thousand practice questions and over 500 NGN questions.
Gifting this course has never been easier – simply choose the type of NCLEX (NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN), register on the UWorld site, and select the gift option along with the recipient’s email address. They’ll receive an email instantly that they’ve been gifted a UWorld NCLEX subscription!
See our in-depth UWorld NCLEX review for more details on this NCLEX prep
- Great for last-minute gifting ideas
- A practical gift that feels tailored to a nursing student’s needs
- NGN questions are extremely close to what is tested on the new NCLEX
- Mobile-friendly allows for study and practice on-the-go
If you’re considering a personalized gift for the nursing student in your life, this tumbler might be just the thing. The stainless steel design can hold 22 ounces. It’s even printed with a customized vinyl stethoscope decal with the name of the recipient.
Each tumbler has a layer of insulation to keep your drinks hot or cold throughout the day. There’s a satisfaction guarantee, so if you’re unsatisfied, you can get 100 percent of your money back with no hassle.
- 22 ounce tumbler with a customized stethoscope decal
- Comes with a straw and lid for easy mixing
- Insulation keeps your drinks icy or hot throughout the day
- Ships within 3 business days of placing the order
- Manufacturer includes a 100 percent money back guarantee on all purchases
Another great option for those seeking practical gifts for nursing students, these sneakers made our list of the 42 best gifts for nurses. Each step sends fresh air through the breathable fabric and around your foot.
Not only are these shoes comfortable and supportive, but they’re also machine washable. The material conforms flexibly to the movement of your foot and minimizes odor by keeping your feet cool.
- Eco-friendly and super durable materials
- Dual density foam layering for both cushioning and support
- Machine washable with breathable fabric that minimizes odors
- Flexibly moves with your foot while giving you a spring in your step
- Perfect for nursing students on the go for hours every day
Super comfy, eco-friendly sneakers for doctors, med students, and nursing students! Upgrades to the original Tree Dasher includes an angular heel for softening impact. Pairs perfectly with Trino Sprinters low socks.
When nursing students are rushing to and fro in the fall and winter, it’s easy to get chilly. These cozy socks keep your feet warm whether you’re doing field work, sitting in a classroom, or curling up by the fireplace at home. In addition, the breathable material keeps your feet from getting too hot and sweaty.
Trino socks are built with renewable materials that wick moisture away from the skin and minimize odor. You can choose from four different sizes and 16 different color combinations, ranging from neutral grays to vibrant reds and purples.
- Cozy, breathable socks available in 16 different colors
- Renewable materials are soft and comfy
- Keeps your feet warm without letting them overheat
- Non-slip sole allows extra grip on slippery floors
- Great for nursing students who study in chilly environments
Digital Nursing School Planner
Giving the gift of organization is one of the best ways to help a nursing student out! This nursing student planner is digital, which means you can send it to your favorite nursing student instantly.
This planner works seamlessly on apps including GootNotes, Notability, and Noteshelf and can be accessed from all devices.
Included are fun human anatomy coloring pages and references pages that can keep you up-to-date and confident.
Do you want to get top-of-the-line technology for your nursing student? A new Fitbit might be the way to go. The battery lasts for more than 6 days, and there are even built-in Alexa commands.
You can purchase a Fitbit in colors including pink, silver, blue, and black. The built-in GPS can track your workouts as you run, hike, or bike around your campus. You can also keep track of important health components at a glance, like your nightly oxygen levels.
- Built-in GPS and Alexa help map your fitness
- Enhanced heart rate tracking technology also monitors your O2 stats
- Active Zone Minutes gauges exercise effort based on your standard heart levels
- App provides important health insights and alerts if anything changes
- Great way of getting fit and staying on top of health developments
A top-of-the-line piece of technology for tracking your fitness and health!
This beautiful stethoscope necklace from AOBOCO comes with a sterling silver chain and your choice of birthstone. It’s a great gift for a nursing student’s birthday. The chain is 18 inches long, while the pendant itself is about an inch in length.
The necklace even comes wrapped in a jewelry gift box, so you don’t need to worry about putting it together yourself. Each piece comes with a 12 month warranty, so if any component should break, you can get a repair or replacement without any fuss.
- Beautiful sterling silver pendant with a birthstone crystal
- Hypoallergenic materials are good for people with sensitive skin
- 18 inch chain is long enough to avoid choking
- Comes pre-wrapped in a cute gift box for the nursing student in your life
- Every purchase includes a 12 month warranty against damage or defects
Gorgeous piece of jewelry featuring the birthstone of your choice!
Luxury Shea Hand Cream
This luxury hand cream comes in a gift set of three. You can choose from a variety of different 3-packs, each of which has a different scent combination. The scents include things like lychee cranberry, coconut milk, cinnamon orange, rose acacia, gardenia, lavender, and pear.
Hand sanitizer can take a toll on the hands, so luxury hand cream is a great way of keeping them moist. A little goes a long way with these shea butter formulas. The box also comes with beautiful gift packaging printed with bright, colorful flowers.
- Pack of 3 luxury hand creams
- Several different scent combinations available
- Formulated with 20 percent shea butter
- 1 fluid ounce in every bottle
- Comes in a beautifully painted floral gift tin
A gift set of luxury hand cream, this will appeal to nursing students who use a lot of hand sanitizer!
If you want more practical gifts for nursing students, these socks were the top pick on our list of compression socks for nurses. They’re a great choice for nursing students who are on their feet for most of the day. Read more on why nurses wear compression socks here.
The compression socks are available in ten different colors, most of which are black with a brightly colored heel. They are crafted from a blend of 30 percent spandex and 70 percent nylon.
- Athletic compression socks available in 10 colors and styles
- Breathable blend of spandex and nylon that stretches to the shape of your leg
- Carefully designed without any potentially chafing stitches
- Hand washable without losing the compression factors
- Moisture wicking properties keep you cool during long days
Athletic wear that improves circulation and prevents fatigue during long days on your feet!
Funny Nurses Calendar
A hilarious calendar is a great pick for those looking for funny gifts for nursing students. This everyday calendar for 2023 has a new anecdote, quote, or joke to start the day off right.
Each day comes with a new picture and a new quote. The tales range from humorous anecdotes to helpful advice to important lessons learned from patients.
- Daily nursing calendar for 2023
- Every day has a new quote and picture to start the day off right
- Great way to show that you appreciate the nursing students in your life
- Full of funny and heartwarming material
- Works great as a graduation gift for final year nursing students
A silly and encouraging daily calendar to start every nursing student’s day off right!
Nurse Student Planner
We have an entire list of planners for nursing students, but this is one of the top picks. It’s tough to stay organized throughout nursing school. You have to keep track of your classes, study groups, hands-on work, reviews, tests, and more.
This handmade planner is small enough to slip into a purse and bound with wire. You can use the diary to keep track of all of your important events and assignments, with two days to each page. The planner runs from September to October, so it’s a great back to school gift. There’s even a page for self care and survival strategies.
- Nursing student planner built specifically for keeping up with nursing school
- Includes a half page for each day to keep track of events and assignments
- Comes with inspirational color photos, quotes, and a survival strategy page
- Great for organizing every aspect of your day to day life
- Handmade with sturdy materials by a small business owner
Personalized Nursing Student Notebook
A personalized notebook is one of those gifts for new nursing students that shows you really care. Each of these notebooks comes with the name of the recipient. You can choose between A4 and A5 notes, with both styles small enough to fit into a purse.
The name isn’t the only thing you can personalize. You can also choose the skin tone and hairstyle for the nursing student. Each cover is printed using high-quality inks that don’t peel or fade.
- Nursing student notebook with 60 double sided sheets
- Printed with high quality ink that won’t fade or chip
- Includes a custom name, skin tone, and hairstyle
- Great choice for new nursing students who want to get organized
- You can choose between A4 and A5 notebook sizing
A personalized notebook featuring a name, custom image, and tons of lined paper!
Pen and Stylus
Gone are the days of holding a boring pen or pencil. This Kate Spade ballpoint pen comes in a beautiful case with its own storage pouch and stylus tip.
You can purchase the pen with a variety of different designs like gold polka dots, color blocking, botanical garden prints, flower petal prints, and vibrant floral coloring. Since the pen twists open and closed, you don’t have to worry about losing a cap.
- Dual-ended pen with ballpoint pen and stylus
- Compatible with digital screens for touch-free handling
- Ballpoint pen uses black ink and twists open for cap-free ease
- Refillable with standard ink pen options
- Available in 6 different bright designs for the color-loving student in your life
A combination ballpoint pen and stylus tool for easy swapping between paper and electronics in class!
Nurse Survival Kit
Being a nursing student isn’t easy. You need to have a lot of energy and willingness to self sacrifice. That’s why survival kits like this exist: they help you manage the stress while also keeping a sense of good humor. You can also browse ideas for how to make your own DIY nurse survival kit.
Included in the kit is a reusable muslin bag crafted from cotton. You can have the kit shipped with a personalized message of your choice on the tag. Inside you’ll find candy, a 5-hour energy shot, tissues, headache relief, organic tea, band-aids, and rubber bands.
- Survival kit that’s perfect for nursing students who need a little cheer
- Comes with candy, basic healthcare supplies, organic tea, and witty instruction cards
- Cotton muslin bag included to hold your accessories
- Fully customizable with your own message on the gift card
- Can be customized for special events involving nursing students
A self-care kit packed with candy, energy, and stress management tools for the self-sufficient nursing student!
Nurse Gift Basket
While this gift basket is technically designed for Christmas, it makes a great gift for any holiday. The basket is dripping with delicious treats like caramel corn, chocolate covered pretzels, and almonds. All of the chocolates and popcorn are handmade.
On top of the handmade corn and chocolate, there are also Ghiradelli chocolates and almond bark. You have the option to include a gift message when the box is shipped. If you’re interested in a different gift box, more inspiration can be found with these 17 ideas for nurse gift baskets.
- Gift basket that comes with a personalized gift message
- Hand crafted caramel corn and chocolates
- Also includes Ghirardelli chocolate, nuts, and almond bark
- Enough candy included for many different people
- Great choice for nursing students with a sweet tooth
Future Nurse Shirt
This Future Nurse shirt is a sweet, silly gift for the nursing student in your life. You can choose from a variety of colors and sizes to meet your needs. There are other funny nurse shirts that will get a chuckle out of the nursing student in your life, too.
The 14 different colors allow you to choose anything from neutral to vibrant tones. You choose the size, base color, and printing color for a fully customized look.
- Stethoscope heart logo with “Future Nurse” written inside
- 14 different colors and many different sizes to choose from
- You can pick both your base color and printing color
- Comfy and cute t-shirt that’s great for encouraging nursing students
- Quick turnaround time with shipping within 2 days
A sweet and encouraging shirt that reminds each nursing student of their goals!
Can’t, I’m in Nursing School Shirt
Printed shirts are all the rage when it comes to funny gifts for nursing students. This one is a little sassier than the previous option on the list, but it still retains that fun and spunky attitude. It has the “I can’t, I’m in nursing school!” letters printed in a funky but readable font.
On top of being funny and cute, each shirt is super soft and comfortable. The high quality materials include ring-spun and combed cotton that has been preshrunk. You can choose from 9 different colors and a variety of unisex sizes, including youth sizes.
- Printed t-shirt available in 9 different colors
- Cute and funny gift for nursing students who often stay in studying
- Super comfy cotton material is good for lounging around the house
- Unisex sizing available in a wide range including youth sizes
- Ships within a few business days after purchase
A funny shirt for all the nursing students with packed schedules!
Nursing School Starter Kit
This nursing school starter kit is perfect for first-year students and those who are going back to school. Even if it’s the middle of the academic year, the kit is a great pick-me-up! It includes everything from the seller’s Etsy store all in one convenient package.
There’s a practical stainless steel water bottle, along with a spiral bound notebook and more than 200 full-color nursing notes pages. You get a pen light, a badge reel, a pharmacology pocket guide, and three styles of pins. Then you get a set of multiple different stickers.
- Kit includes everything you need for nursing school with optional add-ons
- Stainless steel water bottle is insulated to keep drinks hot or cool
- Comes with key study guides like the pocket pharmacology book
- Multiple stickers and styles of pin included
- Can add a complete planner and NCLEX flashcards
Study kit with enough notes to save both first-year and fourth-year nursing students!
Personalized Stethoscope ID Tag
For the nursing student in your life, this personalized tag is a great custom gift for graduation. It can be attached to a stethoscope with ease. Each tag can include up to 25 characters in the font of your choice with the name, credentials, and any designs you want included.
Each tag has a bright silver color and is crafted from hypoallergenic aluminum. It does not tarnish or fade over time. Even though the design is very lightweight, it’s also super durable. To put it on the stethoscope, all you need to do is slide it over the tubing until it’s in place.
- Up to 25 characters in the font of your choice
- Can include name, credentials, and non-letter designs
- Hypoallergenic aluminum construction is lightweight and durable
- Super affordable personalized gift
- Makes a good choice for graduation or for nursing students with a lot of clinic hours
A beautiful, personalized ID tag for a nursing student to slide onto their stethoscope to make sure it’s never lost!
Rose Gold Stethoscope
This gorgeous rose gold stethoscope is crafted from stainless steel. The tubing is white, while the headset and chest pieces are a beautiful rosy color. And if rose gold isn’t your favorite, then there are 33 other color options available.
Every purchase comes with a lifetime warranty, which includes free parts for life. The headset comes pre-angled to allow for the most secure fit, and the spring construction makes the stethoscope super durable. There are even ear tip adaptors that prevent harm coming to your eardrums.
- Handcrafted by the manufacturer in a beautiful rose gold color
- Lifetime warranty with a guarantee of free parts for life
- Stainless steel construction for maximum acoustics
- Pre-angled and secure headset fits easily on your head
- Includes safety features that prevent eardrums from puncturing
This nursing badge reel has a fun and spunky design for nursing students. Thanks to the plastic mylar covering, you can easily wipe the button clean. There’s a swivel pinch clip for easy attachment.
The reel has a retractable pull of about 33 inches. Since the cord is long enough to move past your arms, the retractable aspects won’t get stressed and break from too much pressure.
- Funny badge reel design is encouraging for nursing students
- Button covered in plastic mylar for easy wipe-down cleaning
- 33 inch retractable pull for extra length
- Won’t become overstretched and break unless you pull it repeatedly
- Comes in a beautiful organza gift bag
A practical badge reel that easily clips to your badge without breaking!
Nursing School Reference Cards
This set contains 106 different reference cards that are small enough to fit in a pocket. The purchase also allows the student to access an online library of clinical resources. It’s everything you could need to study both online and offline.
All included information is up-to-date with medical science, including elaborations and expansions. The waterproof PVC material won’t tear or break the way normal index cards will. Each purchase comes with a lifetime warranty.
- 106 cards with updated information for study and reference
- Membership to an online VIP lounge with hefty resources
- Waterproof PVC material doesn’t tear or break
- Great for use during clinical practice and studying
- Every purchase comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee
An amazing set of reference cards, these will help with clinic hours and intense study sessions alike!
What better way to show your appreciation for someone than with personalized artwork? This beautiful print can be customized for the nursing student of your choice. You can choose the names, scrub colors, hairstyle, and accessories of the person on the print.
After you choose your personalization options, the seller will send you a proof of concept. That way, you can approve it before it prints. You can make one change to the proof design prior to confirmation.
- Personalized nursing artwork with a pretty print
- Can use whatever names you want
- Includes your choice of accessories, hairstyle, and scrubs
- Can make 1 change following proof of concept
- Ships unframed, so purchasing a frame might be ideal
Nurse Card Game
This hilarious party game is perfect for nursing students who love online memes. If you’re constantly online and trading the latest viral content, this game is for you. Nursing students will love playing this with their roommates and friends.
The game includes tons of classic memes and lifesaving nursing humor. The goal is to compete with the other players to see who can make the funniest nursing memes. There are 75 meme photo cards, 300 caption cards, and an easel included to display the cards.
- Great meme game for the constantly-online
- Match captions to meme images and see who can create the funniest one
- Perfect for ages 17 and up
- Rotating judge chooses the winners each round
- Includes 300 caption cards and 75 meme photos
A funny meme-based party game that’s great for nursing students who are often online!
Luxury Bath Robe
How many nursing students are in desperate need of a self care day? This luxurious bathrobe might be just the thing to get the ball rolling.
The robe is crafted from a blend of 65 percent modal and 35 percent polyester. It has a belt closure for easy tying and untying.
- Luxurious kimono style bathrobe
- Soft modal and polyester blend
- Belt closure for easy tying and untying
- Available in 17 different colors and styles
- Machine washable for super easy maintenance
A soft and decadent bath robe that’s perfect for nursing students who need a self care day!
When you’re looking for awesome Christmas gifts for nursing students, an ornament might be just what you need for the holiday spirit! This beautiful charm ornament has a heart-shaped Nurse pendant inside a traditional globe shape.
The overall nurse ornament is created using sturdy brass covered in silver. This makes it super durable, unlike many glass ornaments. Each ornament arrives in a gift-ready fabric pouch.
- Nurse Christmas ornament feels personal
- Sturdy brass construction with a sterling silver finish
- Beautiful diamond cuts catch the light
- Charming design that looks great on the tree
- Comes in a black gift bag, so you don’t need to wrap it
Nursing School Backpack
These backpacks make good practical gifts for male nursing students and female nursing students alike! The water-resistant technology is built specifically to combat storms, and the bottom panel is abrasion-resistant.
Inside, you’ll find several compartments to organize your things. There’s a lined laptop sleeve that can hold Macbooks of up to 15 inches. A valuables pocket in the front repels water and keeps your items safe. Meanwhile, the shoulder straps can be adjusted for maximum comfort. You can also browse even more nursing school backpack options.
- Rugged water-resistant backpack with abrasion-resistant bottom
- Available in 17 different colors and styles
- Water repellent front pocket keeps valuables safe
- Soft interior laptop sleeve holds up to 15 inch notebooks
- Adjustable shoulder straps for maximum comfort and weight dispersion
A great gift for nursing students who need to stay organized while handling a lot of school supplies!
Getting through classes and clinicals sometimes takes more than just 8 hours of sleep! We love Yeti products for their durability and design. Able to keep your beverages hot (or cold, depending), you can sip on your steaming hot coffee for hours!
- Dishwasher safe
- Magnet lid makes for easy opening and closing
- Great color options to choose from
Herschel Duffel Bag
Is the nursing student still using an old dumpy sports bag from high school to tote items to and from home on the weekends? It’s time for a duffel bag upgrade so that they can arrive home for long weekends in style.
- Shoe compartment keeps dirty shoes separate from other items
- Synthetic leather straps
- Suitable for carry-on for flights
This sleek duffle bag is the quality you'd expect from the Herschel brand! Perfect for weekends and includes a separate shoe compartment.
Gifts for Nursing Students FAQ
What do nursing students want for their birthday?
Every nursing student is different! But you might look for beautiful gifts like this Rose Gold Stethoscope option.
What’s a practical gift for nursing students?
A planner for nursing students is a solid practical gift, as this helps them stay organized and happy about their work.
What’s a good gift for male nursing students?
What are funny gifts for nursing students?
You can get personalized items like wine glasses to deal with the stress. Or funny shirts like the Future Nurse shirt.
The best gifts for nursing students are whatever gifts show you care. Whether the student in your life has a hilarious sense of humor, a need for some self-care, or a desire to stay organized, there’s something on this list to suit your taste.
Our top overall pick is the Nurse Mates Ultimate Bag. No matter where a student goes or how far they are in their studies, this stylish and practical bag can help them on the go. It even made our list of the best bags for nurses.