Humorous gifts for nurses

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Humorous gifts for nurses
Make your favourite nurse smile with a humorous nursing related gift. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Finding the perfect gift for the special nurse in your life can be a difficult task. However, if she has a sense of humour, a funny gift may be the perfect option. Consider getting her a special humorous gift to brighten her spirits after a long stressful day on her feet at work. No matter what the reason for the gift, there are a number of creative and humorous gift ideas made especially for nurses.

Apparel and Accessories

There are several types of humorous apparel and accessories that you can purchase for a nurse. You can purchase T-shirts, hats, mouse pads, bumper stickers and other items from speciality online retailers, such as Zazzle (, that have funny pictures and sayings on them especially for nurses. If she has her own office or an at-home office, you can also purchase posters and framed signs for her to adorn her walls with. You can also get many pieces of apparel and accessories personalised yourself. Pick a shirt or sweatshirt she will love and have it embroidered or screen printed with a phrase such as "I can't cure stupid," or "Nurses call the shots."

Pens and Highlighters

Nurses use pens and highlighters constantly throughout their day to write notes and document events and information about their patients. Give the special nurse in your life a set of comical pens to brighten up her day. Consider buying pens with cartoon figures or large characters on top of the pen, or pens that are bright, sparkly and light up. There are even pens available that dispense candy, if she has a sweet tooth. There are also pens and highlighters available for purchase at speciality stores that look like syringes. These pens can make her day a little more lighthearted and get positive attention from her patients.


Most nurses have to work long, gruelling shifts, and many of them need coffee to stay awake and alert. If the special nurse you're buying for loves coffee, consider getting her a humorous or personalised coffee mug. Many online retailers sell funny mugs. Try buying her a mug that has a nurse related joke or phrase on it such as, "drop your trousers, I'm a nurse," or "you can't scare me, I'm a nurse." You can also personalise a mug and add a photo to it at an online photo shop such like Walmart ( Add your own funny saying, or a picture of your nursing friend looking tired and sleepy with a clever saying such as "I don't save lives till my third cup of coffee," on it.


If the hospital or nurse's office your nurse works at allows employees to wear their own scrubs, try buying her a humorous new pair to wear at work. If she works with children, try getting her funny cartoon or children's themed scrubs that her patients will find funny, or get her a pair that feeds into her own sense of humour. Many online retailers and speciality scrub and medical supply stores sell various prints, colours and patterns of scrubs. Make sure to get them in the right size, they should be big enough to be comfortable in all day, but not so big that she swims in them.

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