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    20 Small Gifts To Make The Healthcare Worker In Your Life Feel So Appreciated

    Not all heroes wear capes. Some of 'em are wearing scrubs. 💪🏾💕

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    1. A soy candle to encourage your loved one to take a moment after a long day of tending to others, light a candle, and exhale.

    Baum Designs Shop / Etsy

    The candle is available in multiple scents including Amber Noir and Moonlight Path (mmm! Bath & Body Works fans know what time it is! This scent is inspired by it). Also, this candle is meant to burn for about 100 hours! Yass!

    Promising review: "Shipping was super fast and this made my friend’s day!" —Mizzouatheart

    Get it from Baum Designs Shop for $24.95 (available in eight scents and three lid colors).

    2. An "Essential + proud" sweatshirt they can cozy up in when they're chilling around the house like the off-duty hero they are.

    Cardio & Coffee / Etsy

    The sweatshirt is made with air-jet spun yarn which is meant to reduce pilling so it'll look like new for much longer. Heads up 🗣️: The sweatshirt runs in men's sizes SO if you want the typical women's fit, then be sure to size down.

    Get it from Cardio & Coffee on Etsy for $30.99+ (available in seven colors and men's sizes S-4X).

    3. A vibrant tote bag decorated with healthcare workers just like your loved one. This'll carry all the essentials they need to get through each day on the front lines.

    The Trinigee / Etsy

    Get it from The Trinigee on Etsy for $25.

    4. OR a travel cup decorated with healthcare workers so they can still enjoy their morning joe or tea even when they're on the go.

    The Trinigee / Etsy

    Get it from The Trinigee on Etsy for $32 OR get the mug version for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    5. A personalized stethoscope necklace that'll serve as a small reminder that you love them and are rooting for them always.

    Etsy / Code Blue Jewelry

    Promising review: "I got this for a gift for my EMT sister who is also in paramedic school and she loves it!" —Melissa Schnaible

    Get it from Code Blue Jewelry on Etsy for $45.99+ (available in multiple lengths and metal finishes; guaranteed replacement if your order is received defective; free shipping).

    6. An encouraging washable face mask that's non-medical so they can wear it off-duty and continue to protect themselves ~while~ spreading a positive message.

    Made By Tab / Etsy

    You can also get this mask personalized so it displays their name OR a specific saying you know your loved one likes to share all the time.

    Get it from Made By Tab on Etsy for $14.

    7. AND a button headband that'll be SUPER helpful for preventing the face mask strings from rubbing their ears raw after hours of wear.

    The B Mill Co / Etsy

    A friend of mine is a nurse who received this as a gift and she was over the moon about it. She also noted that it was really helpful since face mask strings can irritate her ears after wearing them for several hours at a time.

    Promising review: "Thank you so much!!! The headband is great and saves my ears during a long shift!!! It's great quality and it arrived fast! <3" —StePHaTron

    Get it from The B Mill Co on Etsy for $14 (available in eight prints).

    8. A stemless wine glass with a cheeky saying that'll be perfect for the nurse in your life who more than deserves a little vino after a long day at work.

    The B Mill Co / Etsy

    Promising review: "I asked for customization and it came exactly as I wanted. The glass is high quality and was shipped very quickly. Thank you!" —Emily Apony

    Get it from The B Mill Co on Etsy for $16+ (available in two font designs; available with personalization for an additional $6; free shipping).

    9. And! A Winc gift card so they can buy their favorite wine online or try out a new one!

    Instagram / Winc / Via, Winc

    Right now, there's an offer to get 40% off with a four-bottle purchase.

    Get it from Winc for $60+.

    10. An Atlas Coffee Club subscription so you can treat them to the convenience of having a fully stocked coffee stash (from SO MANY PLACES all over the world. Hence the "Atlas" in the name) without them having to think about it. It'll be one less thing on their to-do AND grocery lists.

    Instagram / Atlas Coffee Club / Via

    You can order a half, single, or double bag of coffee to be delivered every two or four weeks. Each box includes a curation of the world's best single-origin coffee from different countries, coffee and a postcard from a new country each month, tasting notes and brewing tips for each batch, your beloved's personalized preferences. You could also have it shipped based on whatever works for their schedule.

    Get it from Atlas Coffee Club for $9+ (available in a half, single, or double bag; three roast preferences; two grind types; can be shipped every two or four weeks).

    11. A "You Are Essential" self-care box to remind your loved one to take time to relax and love on themselves. You'll also get to personalize this box with the scents and colors that best suit who it's intended for!

    Kitsch and Fancy / Etsy

    The box will come with bar soap, a bath bomb, lip balm, and a skincare mask to wear after a long day wearing that protective face mask. Heads up: This shop opens up on Etsy each day to accept new orders. If you head to it and it's closed, that means she's accepted as many orders as she can for the day and will reopen the next day. You can even press a button to receive an email when the shop opens back up each day.

    Promising review: "I sent this to my nurse friend who came to help fight COVID-19 in NYC. She said that these products are great and make her hotel bathroom feel like a spa!" —Karinina

    Get it from Kitsch and Fancy on Etsy for $29.99 (available in multiple scents and colors).

    12. OR an "I'm So Proud Of You" skincare box to remind them just how highly you think of them and their lifesaving work.

    Etsy / Gratia Box & Co

    The box includes handmade soaking salts made with mineral-rich Himalayan salts and lavender essential oil, an "All The Love" soy candle, a handmade calming loose leafed tea blend, a colorful greeting card personalized with your special message (just type it in the personalization box before you place your order) — all placed inside a simple yet beautiful gift box tied with a satin ribbon!

    Promising review: "This sweet package arrived promptly and was perfect to cheer up a friend! I will get this again! Thank you!!" —Mkrodger

    Get it from Gratia Box & Co on Etsy for $37.

    13. A stethoscope ID tag to give their most prized tool some extra swag — and to keep all the other doctors from accidentally nabbing it.

    Etsy / 3LittlePixiesShoppe

    Promising review: "I loved mine so much after ordering that I got my friend one soon after!" —Jazzlynn Cantrell

    Get it from 3LittlePixesShoppe on Etsy for $8.95+ (available in four different metal finishes and 13 font choices for the name engravement).

    14. A colorful Crocs pin set so they can decorate their go-to work shoes with something bright and cheery.

    Nordstrom Rack

    Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $9.97 (originally $14.99).

    15. Hydrating hand masks that'll give their skin the TLC it needs after so much hand-washing. The best part is that these are touchscreen-friendly so they'll work their magic ~while~ they continue scrolling through your phone.


    Promising review: "I am constantly washing hands in my healthcare profession. This mask brings life to my hands whenever I use it." —Fabulous

    Get it from Target for $4.99.

    16. An "essential worker" car decal designed in the shape of a stethoscope so they can wear their title with pride every time they drive to and from work.

    Thorn Flower Designs / Etsy

    It's available in a ton of colors. Just put the color you prefer in the "notes to seller" option when you're placing your order.

    Get it from Thorn Flower Designs on Etsy for $3+ (available in five sizes and 32 colors).

    17. A gift card that'll definitely get the point across about how appreciative you are of their hard work and contribution to keeping our world safe.


    Get it from Target for $5+ (available in multiple value selections up to $1,000).

    18. Custom shortbread cookies so you can give 'em some sugar. Honestly, there'll be no sweeter way to say "I appreciate you" than with a scrumptious snack.

    Uncommon Goods

    BTW, these cookies are handmade in the US!

    Promising review: "I crafted a cute message and the cookies turned out perfectly. They are also individually wrapped, which means they stay fresh longer." —Maya

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $36 (available in a 24-pack).

    19. A vibrating mini massager they can use when on the job or at home to work out any sore kinks they may have.


    It'll come with batteries inside of it that power it up.

    Get it from Target for $4.99 (available in three colors).

    20. A tin of popcorn that'll serve as a sweet and savory message to reassure them that they're doing amazing and you're proud of them.

    The Popcorn Factory

    The tin features three types: cheese, butter, and caramel popcorn.

    Get it from The Popcorn Factory for $29.99 (available in two sizes; the amount is worth 28 cups of popcorn; free shipping using the code "WITHPOP").

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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