National Nurses Week is here and, more than ever, nurses deserve to be celebrated. If you have a nurse in your family or neighborhood, consider showing your appreciation with a special gift. And if you're a nurse yourself, send this post to your family and friends as a friendly hint!

Nurses are already healthcare heroes for the consistent quality care they provide to patients. Now, in light of the pandemic, we’re realizing even more just how important they are. Today, May 6, kicks off National Nurses Week. Use the ideas below to honor the nurses in your life.

1. Order some groceries (or takeout!)

We’re all struggling to get dinner on the table, especially now as we’re all juggling more than we bargained with COVID-19 shutdowns. It’s even harder for nurses who are still leaving their homes and families to work long, exhausting shifts. Gift them a grocery delivery to take one task off of the to-do list or place a delivery order to their home from their favorite local restaurant. You could even gift a meal delivery service like Blue Apron, Home Chef, or Sun Basket.

2. A fun pair of scrubs

It’s the daily uniform of nurses and they can’t get away from it. Help bring a smile to their day by gifting them with a fun pair that highlights their personality like this avocat one or sloth-themed one.

3. A coffee subscription

Every nurse needs something to keep them going through the long shifts. Give the gift of coffee and take one last thing off their morning to-do list. If they’re a Starbucks drinker, send them a virtual gift card. If they like Panera coffee, set them up with a monthly subscription. For the coffee drinkers who prefer local, third-wave coffee, find a local shop that is still offering curbside and see if you can purchase a gift card to make morning pick-ups easier.

4. A stethoscope tag (or other nurse gear)

Similar to the idea of gifting a pair of scrubs, simple gifts like a personalized stethoscope tag, fun pens to carry with them, or stethoscope covers, you can brighten a nurse’s day with a subtle reminder that someone beyond their facility values them.

5. A thank-you card

Like most people, nurses want to know that you see their hard work and care about the sacrifice they make day after day to take care of the sick and vulnerable. Nothing says it better than a card, delivered the old fashioned way via snail mail. If you have time to order a special card, here are a few of our favorites: this printable one, this shrimp-themed one, and this hero one.

Whatever you decide to get or say to show your appreciation, the most important part is that you just show it. Even something as simple as a shout-out on social media goes a long, long way.

Happy National Nurses Week!

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