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13 Holiday Gift Ideas for Perioperative Nurses

13 Holiday Gift Ideas for Perioperative Nurses

December 1, 2019   

Looking for holiday gift ideas to show your colleagues you care? Start shopping with these ideas from AORN nurses.

With the busy pace in every perioperative setting, it can be hard to find time to recognize a colleague to let them know you appreciate them. Take time during this holiday season to give a gift a colleague or members of your team will appreciate.

1. Personalized Lunch Tote

Taking time to pack healthy snacks can be more fun when you have a stylish yet functional lunch bag to pack it in. Check out this personalized insulated tote designed for nurses.

2. Fun Compression Socks

Surgical attire doesn’t allow for personalized style, but socks are a fun way to show who you are. These compression socks offer a range of styles to help a nurse rock individual style and maintain vascular health during long days standing in the OR.

3. Practice Knowledge

As patient advocates, what better gift for your favorite periop nurse than the latest practice standards for safe patient care? Preorder the 2020 edition of Guidelines for Perioperative Practice today and lock in 2019 pricing. Or gift a subscription to AORN’s Facility Reference Center to give direct access to practice guidelines, implementation tools, and more.

4. Sentimental Tree Ornament

Share how you feel about a fellow nurse in a way he or she can remember during the busy holiday season each year with this scrub shirt ornament that can be personalized with a name and ten lines of words to show you care.

5. Podcast Subscription

Taking time during a break or a long commute to listen to an interesting podcast can be a good way for a nurse to recharge. Gift a subscription to a podcast streaming service with a range of podcasts, from news updates to improv comedy.

6. A Day Off for Learning

Gift purchases are available for admission to a live AORN professional education event such as one of the Guideline Implementation Workshops. Plan to attend together for a day outside of the OR to catch up and learn the latest in safe surgery practices.

7. Relaxation

Nurses are known for thinking of themselves last. Help your favorite nurse take time for self-care with a gift card to their favorite respite retreat, whether it’s the spa, a trip to Starbucks, or a fun dining experience.

8. Membership

Give the gift of endless professional development opportunities with an AORN membership.

9. Travel Treasures

Spoil a nurse who travels for work with a collection of gifts to make life easier, like this UV light sanitizer wand that also works to sanitize a smartphone, or a travel pillow to help them catch some zzz’s on the plane.

10. Time to Unwind

If you are a perioperative leader looking for ways to help your staff stay centered through the busy end-of-year stress, consider a free “chair massage week” with enough time slots for all in the department or free yoga or mindfulness classes on site. Even healthy snacks or relaxing coloring book in the lounge can help your staff take time for health and wellness.

11. Help at Home

Take the stress of house chores off the list with a gift card for a house-cleaning service to help a nurse colleague prepare their home for holiday guests.

12. Hydration

Drinking enough water can be a challenge for a busy nurse, especially when they spend the day in the OR. This personalized and insulated water jug can help a nurse keep up with enough water to feel good and stay healthy.

13. An Anaheim Experience

Are your team members planning to attend AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020 in Anaheim? Gift cards to Anaheim attractions or special discounted tickets to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will be available to attendees for pre-order in December.