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10 Great Gifts for the Essential Worker in Your Life

The season of giving is a perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for the sacrifices they make.

A healthcare career is an essential job for everyone in your community. Healthcare workers work tirelessly without expecting anything in return. The season of giving is a perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for the sacrifices they make.

The right gift can be the difference between someone’s day ending with a sigh or a smile. You don’t have to break the bank to find the perfect gift; just a little thought and care is more than enough. Here are 10 gifts to consider adding to your holiday shopping list:

Goal: Comfort

Even when you’re not there, you can trust that these gifts will put a smile on someone’s face and keep them cozy in even the coldest conditions.

1. Insoles

Healthcare workers spend a lot of time on their feet, which can be pretty draining. Insoles are a great way to give someone a little extra support – literally! There are a variety of insoles to put a little pep in anyone’s step and take away some discomfort.

2. Pullover

Whether they’re on the clock or enjoying some much-needed relaxation at home, a pullover is a gift we all could use. Keep them warm this holiday season with a pullover in their favorite color.

3. Lotion

Constantly washing and sanitizing your hands is an essential practice but can result in dry skin. Lotion is the perfect combination of practical and luxurious. Pick out a scent that isn’t overpowering, and you’ll show someone a little extra appreciation.

Goal: Convenience

A little organization can go a long way. You can help a healthcare worker manage their busy schedules with a gift that makes their lives a little easier.

4. Multi-Pocket Bag

Nurses carry a lot of supplies, and they need to be organized. A multi-pocket bag or backpack can make a world of difference — it’s a great way to stay organized without sacrificing style. There’s no shortage of colors and designs to choose from.

5. Insulated Tumbler

Keep them happy and hydrated with an insulated tumbler. Whether sipping an iced coffee before work, hydrating during a shift or enjoying a well-deserved hot beverage this winter, a stainless steel tumbler can be the ultimate gift.

6. Anti-Fog Nose Clip

For someone who wears glasses or goggles at work, this can be the perfect gift. These handy tools were created to prevent glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask and can be a gift they’ll always use but may never have thought to buy themselves.

Goal: Creativity

For the healthcare worker that has it all, a creative solution to common problems is always appreciated.

7. Mask Band

Wearing a mask for long periods can cause some ear strain. Give someone some relief with mask headbands. Both functional and stylish, mask bands make masks more comfortable — and essential when you’re working a long shift.

8. Stethoscope Tag

Add a personal touch to a tool they’ll use every day. Stethoscope ID tags are a great way for healthcare workers to easily identify which stethoscope is theirs. You can get creative with your design or message, whether it’s just a monogram or a reflection of your unique personal style.

Goal: Caring

At the end of the day, you want to show admiration and appreciation with a thoughtful gift from the heart.

9. Meal Prep Service

With such busy schedules, healthcare workers don’t always have the time or energy to prepare a meal when they come home. Save them a trip to the grocery store or give them a memorable evening to share with family by purchasing a gift card for meal prep or food delivery service.

10. Handwritten Note

One of the greatest gifts you can give is a reminder that you are thinking of them. What seems like a small token of appreciation can make a world of difference to a healthcare worker. It’s a great way to remind them that they are valued and can be kept for years to come.

While a thoughtful gift can make a healthcare worker’s life easier, the greatest gift a healthcare worker can receive is the peace of mind that comes from a healthy community. There are plenty of ways you can do your part to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and ensure that their selfless sacrifices don’t go unnoticed.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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