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11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Perioperative Nurses

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December 9, 2020

If there was ever a year that your colleagues deserved something special, it’s 2020. Make sure your favorite perioperative nurse knows their hard work matters even as we all remain socially distant with the holidays approaching.

AORN nurses helped compile this updated list of fun, practical, and meaningful holiday gift ideas. Help make your friends and colleagues feel appreciated as we say farewell to 2020.

  1. Local Restaurant Gift Certificates
    Treat your perioperative pals to a take-out or delivery meal from their favorite restaurant. Nothing says you’re valued and appreciated like a delicious meal. Plus, it’s a great way to support your local economy this holiday season.
  2. Create Your Own Spa Package
    By the time the holidays are here, it may still be tough to make an appointment at a spa. Don’t let that stop you from pampering your peers with a spa gift bag that could contain an aromatherapy candle, lotion, bath salts, facial mask, lip balm, tea, or even a bottle of wine.
  3. 2020 Year of the Nurse Tumbler Mug
    The World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Treat your entire team to one of these mugs that accommodates both hot and cold liquids to show your appreciation.
  4. Crazy Compression Socks
    Compression socks are a fun way to show some personal flair. These compression socks offer a range of styles to help your teammates rock their individual style and maintain vascular health during long days in the OR.
  5. Nurse-Specific 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. Order this personalized insulated tote designed for nurses.
  6. AORN Foundation Pins
    Every perioperative nurse in your life would love to receive a stylish hemostat pin or AORN lapel pin to show their love for the perioperative profession year-round.
  7. OR Scrubs Holiday Ornament
    Share the holiday spirit with a fellow nurse in a way he or she can remember during the busy holiday season each year with a fun, personalized scrub shirt ornament.
  8. “Call the Midwife” Books or DVDs
    The Jennifer Worth books or the BBC series DVDs are favorites among AORN nurses. Either would make a great gift for your favorite perioperative nurse this holiday season as we all spend more time at home snuggled up on the couch.
  9. AORN Membership E-Gift Card
    AORN Membership is now more important than ever, making an E-Gift card the perfect gift to give a nurse colleague or friend this holiday season.
  10. A Fun and Stylish Mask for Off-Hours
    Since masks will probably be a part of our wardrobes for some time, why not treat your colleagues to a fun and fashionable one they may not buy for themselves. Here is a fun list from the stylish to the silly and for every personality.
  11. Pre-Order the 2021 AORN Guidelines
    Celebrate your teammates by pre-ordering the 2021 AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. Plus, order by Dec. 31, 2020 and you’ll receive an extra gift of a free Periop Mastery 2.0 Module: Malignant Hyperthermia.*

    *Valid one per customer.

    Each pre-order includes a complimentary access for one user to AORN’s Malignant Hyperthermia Periop 202 module. AORN’s Experience Services will send you information on how to access your free module within 48 hours after your preorder.

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Pre-Order the 2021 AORN Guidelines Today

Receive an extra gift of a free Periop Mastery 2.0 Module: Malignant Hyperthermia* when you pre-order the 2021 AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice by Dec. 31, 2020. Learn more