Can you believe it? It’s that time of year again. Christmas is a lovely time what with all the presents we receive and all the food we get to eat. However, finding the PERFECT gifts for loved ones can be taxing and stressful especially if you have a very long shopping list. There’s immediate family, relatives, colleagues, friends, and sometimes, even patients!
If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping (or just want to window-shop), our comprehensive list of holiday gift ideas should be very helpful. We’ve divided our gift suggestions into categories but the quick links below should be helpful.
To quickly go to the category that you want to explore, click on the links below to jump to that portion of our list. If you want to get back to the beginning of the article, just click on “back to top” linkies available at the end of each category.
Important Note: Always check prices on the actual Amazon site as they are subject to change due to either hike-ups or (happy) lightning discounts. Click on any title or photo to get the Amazon page of the item you are interested in.
Have fun exploring our list!
Our Holiday Shopping Guide For:
- Tweens and Teens
- Twentysomethings and up (For Siblings and Friends)
- For the Wife
- For the Husband
- For the Oldies (Parents, Grandparents, and so on…)
- For fellow Nurses
This cute backpack is perfect for a bouncy toddler. There are many whimsical designs to choose from and the bag itself is durable.
This very popular toy has 9 melodies your toddler can play to. It’s also a music toy that can teach letters, numbers, and music!
The top bestseller in Kids’ outdoor chairs, we love the darling designs on these Melissa & Doug chairs. It’s very sturdy as long as you don’t let your tots stand on it.
Get your favorite little on a Harley! This cool ride has big foot pedals and rugged tires. It’s also got a fun “clicking” key.
These Leapfrog Play pals are SUPER popular. We know this because our own kids have them. You can personalize them and babies love them!
Beat child obesity with these pretend play toys. Keep the lawn looking good with this toy lawnmower.
According to reviews, this play tent is very durable, very cute, and definitely value for money. Don’t we want one of these?!
This is an enjoyable and sturdy toy t-ball set. It’s the perfect introductory toy for future Little Leaguers.
This first slide is loads of fun and highly durable. For very young kids, make sure they play assisted!
Gift a child with real play with this classic toy rocking horse. It comes in blue and pink.
Kids will have fun taking photos with this digital camera! It takes still pictures (256MB), video, and it also has a voice recorder. Photos can be edited with cute cartoons or crazy effects.
Here’s another darling lawn mower. It’s got a fun feature though. It blows bubbles!
I had seriously thought that Frozen was outdated but I went home to my favorite niece wearing a makeshift blue cape and belting out “Let the storm rage ooooonnn…” at the top of her lungs. I lost count of how many times I had to listen to Let It Go. So, this Christmas, you can bet the niece is getting this dress. Great ratings too!
Stomp away to make this air-powered outdoor rocket toy go as high as 200 feet. No fuel or batteries needed! Parents are calling this FANTASTIC and huge loads of fun. “Top Toy of the Year” according to Creative Child Magazin and winner of iParenting Media’s Hot Toy Award.
Fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will love pretending to be their favorite turtle with this cute pretend toy. Be sure to check out the size as it might be smaller than expected.
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game is a great first game board for a child. It teaches matching, sorting, counting, and simple math skills.
For Minecraft lovers! This toy is recommended for 4 years old and up but watch out for small parts!
So here’s something we want for ourselves. This cool map book features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.
This is the number 1 bestseller in Magnetic Dress-Up dolls. You get 2 dolls with doll stands and 56 magnetic pieces of clothing for hundreds of dress-up options.
You can’t go wrong with Lego! This Lego City fire truck has an extendable ladder with rotating base, retractable hose with water element and an opening hatch with equipment storage box.
This is an absolutely adorable bag and your Minecraft-loving kiddo will love you for it!
10. Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register
We love this toy cash register! Large buttons are easy for little hands to press and cash drawer makes a “cha-ching” sound when it opens, just like a real register (We read the reviews and one happy customer even used it as a real cash register for a garage sale. Ha!)
Does your kiddo want to become a doctor? Get this doctor set complete with stethoscope and pager with realistic sounds!
Hello dinosaur lovers! This “roaring” toy has cool transforming tech armor and cannons that fire at the press of a button.
More Lego! But this time, it’s an ocean explorer!
Have the bucks to spend? Get your precious one this Play Kitchen Set. Reviewers talk about how good quality all the parts are (not cheap plastic!) and both boys and girls love it!
I’ve already bought several sets of these from Amazon this year as they were on my godchildren’s wishlists. They don’t seem too different from the other trendy collector toys except that they can be brought to life digitally so kids can play with them online, too. There is an awesome variety in this pack so you really get your money’s worth.
TWEENS AND TEENS
Very affordable! Just $3! This gift is perfect for kids who love to laugh and crack jokes.
2. HedBanz Game
Perfect gift for kids and their families! It’s a simple game but you get hours of fun and hilarity.
This adorable charm bracelet will make a memorable keepsake for any tween or teen.
This is an educational AND hilarious book for boys. It teaches how to grill a steak, tie a tie, wear cologne, change a tire, clear a sink drain, find a stud in a wall and so on. Although labeled for boys, girls will also find a lot to learn from in this fun book.
No stress chess is a surprising hit with both kids and adults. One side is for the chess newbie and comes with hints and fun guides. The flip side is for standard play.
Get butterflies shipped to your giftee. Watch them grow and let them go!
This cute journal can be programmed with a password. Not exactly foolproof but it’s a lot of fun for young kids.
Gift many hours of magical activities with this Magic Science Kit. This gift is perfect for budding scientists and wizards-in-training!
Gadgets are a great giveaway these holidays and you can’t go wrong with this Anker power bank.
Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. Yep. That’s exactly what the blurb says. Other than that, the reviews are positively raving for this quirky game.
Build over 100 exciting projects with this Electronics Discovery Kit. It’s the number 1 bestseller in Physics Science kits and highly recommended by most everybody who purchased this product.
If your tween or teen is a gamer, then this gift card will be a sure winner! They’ll be able to buy the downloadable game of their heart’s desire with this gift card.
Get your teen off the computer and get them outdoors for some exercise with this highly recommended scooter. Just don’t be surprised if Dad wants one too!
Is your tween or teen a fashion-lover? If yes and you don’t want to make the mistake of picking out clothes, go for the safe choice and gift a Fashion21 gift card.
We love our Kindles and what better gift for a child than his or her own Kindle eReader? So many books… so little time!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS AND UP
This is a very affordable yet chic gift. The pages are tan white and are great for sketches and notes.
It’s no secret that we love adult coloring books. If you know somebody who needs some respite from stress, gift this book!
With today’s gadgets, who doesn’t need this super cute, handy, and high-quality power bank?
The Enchanted Forest coloring book is one of our favorites. It’s got a story and a surprise at the end!
Once your Sprout pencil is too short to use, you can grow this pencil! The Herb Pack contains 8 Sprout varieties: basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Ain’t it super cool?
Believe us when we say that we combed online stores for the best Doctor Who sonic screwdriver. This is the best we’ve seen so far!
The number 1 bestseller in Toys and Games. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card. Deceptively simple but HUGE fun. Highly recommended!
For the Starbucks and coffee addict. Nuff said.
This is a sterling silver necklace featuring two-piece moon pendant engraved with loving message of “I love you…to the moon & back”. Very beautiful and sentimental.
There’s a Monopoly Game for everything including this Game of Thrones collection. Check out their other titles too!
This is the perfect gift for adults (or kids) who love to put things together to make them work. The Brain Crunch Smart Machines construction kits allows you to build your own motorized vehicles and machines and control them with the included infrared remote.
Star Wars droid! Read the reviews carefully before buying so that this little guy can meet expectations.
13. Apple iPhone XR
One of the priciest items on our 2018 Holiday Shopping Guide For Nurses. If you have the bucks to spare, get the latest iPhone model for your loved one (if she or he’s an Apple user). You can also get your Apple products straight off the Apple store.
FOR THE WIFE
This book provides the step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe guidebook to the Whole360 program. Gift your beloved spouse with a lifestyle transformation.
This soft and satiny kimono robe is perfect for lounging comfortably around the house. And it’s stylish too!
According to reviews, the actual earrings are true to size and color. These are beautiful earrings which should match any outfit.
We love the bling on these earrings. They are sparkly and look great for everyday casual wear. Highly recommended by those who’ve purchased this product. Value for money!
You can never go wrong with the Kindle Paperwhite. This gift is perfect for the spouse who loves to read!
Have the budget for an awesome gift? Get couple Apple watches. Not only are they a perfect complement to your iPhone, they’ll also help you remain active and sporty. If this is too expensive, track down the later models.
FOR THE HUSBAND
A Swiss Army knife is a must these days! Who knows when a zombie attack will happen?
These are special hand-made cufflinks made from pewter. Personalize this gift with your beloved’s initials.
This is an awesome piece of techwear for tracking steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. You can also monitor how long and well you sleep.
Amazon All-new Echo Plus is the number 1 bestseller in new release home audio speakers. Apart from playing all your music and providing 360º omni-directional audio, it answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules. It even controls lights and switches. The new model offers better bass, clearer sound, and an integrated temperature sensor.
Boom 2 is a 360 degree speaker. Switch songs, adjust volume and take phone calls from up to 100 feet away. The rechargeable battery has 15 hours of playback. This gift is perfect for the music-loving spouse.
7. Echo Dot
Get an Echo Dot for your home. Its a great home assistant as it uses Alexa to control your home devices, make calls, play music, answer questions, set your work alarms, and so much more.
FOR THE OLD FOLKS
This book is full of funny, creative, and inventive ways to enjoy retirement. Great reviews all around for this quirky book!
We have this book! This is the number 1 bestseller in Home Cleaning, Caretaking & Relocating . The author breathes fresh air and positive vibes into organizing our cluttered environment. One reviewer captures the essence of this book perfectly. ” The basic concept is to only surround yourself with things that spark joy.”
Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each Willow Tree figurine from her art studio on Kansas City, Missouri. We love the inside which says: “Love that transcends the years”.
Made from fine pewter and handcrafted in Rhode Island, this is a great long distance gift for a loved one.
Want to entice your parents or your grandparents to travel? Give them a broad hint with this Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting.
Weather is so fickle and quick to change these days making this ambient weather station the perfect gift for our loved one. This indoor-outdoor weather station is simple to set up, easy to re-program if you choose, easy to read, and reliable.
A remote control doesn’t seem too exciting a gift but for old folks who struggle with a gazillion remotes, this universal remote is a very practical and functional gift. This is the number 1 bestseller in Universal Remotes.
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We hope our 2018 Holiday Shopping Guide For Nurses is useful and helpful!
Don’t forget. Apart from buying gifts from the store, we can also give creative and handmade gifts like letters or DIY crafts or cards. Alternatively, you can also donate to your favorite charity in the name of your giftee. See more ideas on our FB page.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, NURSES!