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A Good Pair of Scrubs
This one may seem obvious, but not all scrubs are created equal, and healthcare providers can never have enough high-quality scrubs. Look for those that are soft, flexible, and moisture-resistant — and if the person is fashion-conscious, go for jogger style.
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Working in healthcare is physically demanding. Shifts are long, sometimes up to 24 hours, and much of the time is spent standing. A massage gun can work wonders for sore muscles, aches, and pains.
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Healthcare workers wash their hands and use hand sanitizer all day long, which can dry out the skin and lead to painful cracking. A good moisturizer can go a long way. Try to avoid those that are heavily scented, though, since some patients may be sensitive to the chemicals. Hydrating single-use hand masks are another great option.
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Easy Meal Solutions
Gift cards for food delivery services are a great way to facilitate easy meals for healthcare workers. Whether they’re on shift or just got off, cooking most likely is not at the top of their priority list, so this can be a practical way to be supportive and make their lives a little easier.
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Custom-Tailored Lab Coat
The long white lab coat is a rite of passage for physicians, symbolizing all the hard work they’ve put into their career. A custom-tailored and embroidered white lab coat is the perfect gift for any physician.
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If you’re looking to splurge, a spa package is a great way to encourage your healthcare worker friends and family to indulge in some much-needed self-care. The pandemic has been going on for almost 2 years now, and a good massage and sauna session is a great way to help unwind, ease the burden, and destress.
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Anyone who’s on the go for their job can use a travel mug, especially now that we’re entering winter. This will keep coffee (or tea, hot cocoa, or soup) at just the right temperature for extended periods of time.
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Most healthcare workers are probably aware of the benefits of compression socks. They prevent muscle soreness and stiffness in the legs, and just like regular socks (and scrubs), you can never have too many.
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Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Sitting in front of a computer for extended periods of time while inputting patient charts can strain the eyes. Blue light glasses – which can be either prescription or non-prescription – filter out blue light, supposedly reducing strain. Evidence for the glasses are mixed, but many swear by them.
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If they don’t already have one, a smartwatch that tracks health data and does so much more is a perfect gift for a healthcare worker. Not only are smartwatches convenient for checking the time, but they can also monitor activity and exercise levels and overall well-being and sync with mobile phones for calls, alerts, and many apps.