6 Gift Ideas to Say Thank You to Healthcare Workers

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6 Gift Ideas to Say Thank You to Healthcare Workers

The last year has been particularly rough on our nation’s healthcare workers and first responders. There have been almost too many big emergencies to count. But the two most influential events were undoubtedly the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests that echoed across the country.

These events affected us all, but healthcare workers and first responders carried most of the burden. While we can’t eliminate that burden entirely, we can come up with some creative gift ideas to show them how much we care, especially if one or more of our family members are involved. Let’s take a look at some of these great gift ideas now.

The Burden Healthcare Workers Carry

First responders and healthcare workers of all stripes have had a tremendous burden over the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic was difficult enough by itself. But it was exacerbated by people who simply refused to follow quarantine procedures or who decided that they didn’t need to isolate themselves when they were sick. Then they spread the disease to other people carelessly and unnecessarily.

The result? Healthcare workers have had to work exceedingly long shifts for the last year, putting themselves in physical danger just to treat people who became ill due to their own risky actions.

Furthermore, many front-line healthcare workers aren’t paid nearly as much as they deserve. They’re called essential, but they don’t always make enough to make ends meet, especially if they have one or more kids.

Suffice it to say that healthcare workers have carried and continue to carry a heavy burden.

Ways to Say Thank You to Healthcare Workers

While we wish we could snap our fingers and make everything normal again, we can’t. But if you have anyone in your family who is a healthcare worker or first responder for emergency situations, you can make things a little more bearable by saying thank you. Here are some of the best ways to do so.

Offer to Do Chores or Laundry

The one thing that many healthcare workers don’t have lots of is time. Their jobs take up tons of time and energy. In many cases, healthcare workers come home and don’t have enough energy left to take care of household chores or do simple maintenance tasks, like take care of the laundry.

Therefore, one of the best gifts you can give them is time to relax. If you know someone who works in healthcare and who is drained at the end of every day, offer to come over and take care of basic household chores like dish cleaning, vacuuming, and more.

Gift giving isn’t always about spending money, after all – it’s about showing that you care and support those family members and friends who provide healthcare services to other people all day long. In some cases, simple gifts like this one are the most effective.

Apparel for Them… and You! 

We all know that healthcare workers don’t usually think of themselves first. In fact, that caring nature is probably part of what got them into the healthcare industry in the first place. But that means they often need clothes besides scrubs.

You can support healthcare workers in your family or in your community by picking up clothing, especially during the winter months. Hoodies, shoes, and hats are all great gifts, especially if you pick ones that are created with healthcare or first responder-supporting imagery.

For example, Printed Kicks has an extensive line of supportive apparel that you can check out right now. Our hoodies are particularly comfortable and great gifts for any occasion.

But there’s something else you can do that might make shoes, hats, or shirts even better as gifts. You should wear them too.

Think about it. The best gift we can give the brave men and women who fight fires, treat injuries or imprison bad guys is to show our support publicly and loudly. We all know that they get plenty of criticism from the mainstream media as it is.

To that end, picking up apparel that supports first responders and healthcare workers is a great idea. It shows the world – and the uninformed people who push against healthcare workers – that you have their back. That support can sometimes mean much more than clothing by itself.

Make Them Dinner

Have a family member or friend who’s in healthcare? Figure out the next time they have some time off and offer to make them dinner at home if you know how to whip up a good meal. In many cases, healthcare workers and first responders only spend the bare minimum of energy necessary to feed themselves. They just don’t have time or energy for anything else.

But you might. So you can come over and create a delicious, home-cooked meal for them with leftovers to spare. It’s touching, practical, and a great way to show that you care without spending money on things they might not notice right away.

Even if you can’t come over, you can still make them food and bring it over if they’re in a hurry. Every little bit helps!

Decals and Decorations

You might also consider getting several decals or decorations. This is doubly true if you know a healthcare worker who’s young or who just moved into a new home. Chances are that they haven’t had time to fully decorate their place.

You can take away that minor burden and give them some supportive gifts, like pictures, plaques, and other goodies. All of these can help to spruce up their living space and show your support for what they do every day.

Get Them a Flag – Consider Waving It on Your Property, Too

Our frontline first responders and healthcare workers are the biggest patriots in America. Therefore, you can’t go wrong with getting an American flag, and preferably one with a big “Blue Line” on it to show your support for their work. 

A flag is more than just a decoration. It’s a statement of support and solidarity for our first responders who risked their lives to keep the rest of us safe.

Just like with clothing, you can go the extra mile and put a flag on your own property as well. Don’t underestimate the gift of companionship and solidarity, especially in times as socially complex and tense as these.

Buy a Tumbler for Those Late Nights and Early Mornings

But maybe the best gift of all for healthcare workers and first responders is something that can help get them through a stressful workday. While you can’t provide them with any big equipment specific to their job, you can give them something else: a tumbler.

In fact, a tumbler can be a great gift since most people use them to hold coffee: that delicious elixir that first responders and healthcare workers need more than anyone else. Many of us become cranky when we don’t have our coffee first thing in the morning. Imagine having to wake up for a full shift at a hospital and not getting a cuppa Joe!

Tell your healthcare worker family member that they don’t have to spend tons of money at Starbucks anymore. Instead, you can supply them with delicious coffee, pre-ground and ready to go, and a tumbler to put it in. This does two things:

  • It saves them money since they don't have to go to a fast-food chain every day to get their caffeine fix.

  • It gives them a place to hold their coffee for a long time in case they can’t drink it all right away.

Of course, you should give them a good tumbler instead of just any tumbler you can find at a regular store. A good tumbler should last for a long time, not change the flavor of any beverage inside, and be affordable.

Good news! Printed Kicks has a tumbler just like that already. It’s made of high-quality stainless steel, so it's durable and built to last. It also features a powder coat finish, which boosts its durability even more. The tumbler is vacuum-sealed, so it can insulate cold drinks for up to 24 hours and hot drinks for up to 12 hours.

In other words, an emergency responder that uses this tumbler will be able to enjoy their coffee long after it’s poured. Even better, our tumbler comes in a few different colors and designs. So you can pick the design that best fits your family member or friend’s personality.

Summary

In the end, the best thing we can do for healthcare workers as COVID-19 continues is to be as supportive as possible. But we can also get them some nice gifts from time to time to show how much we appreciate everything that they have sacrificed over the last year.

Be sure to check out our dedicated first responder page for more great gift ideas and supportive purchases. We know how much constant support means to our healthcare workers, and we hope you’ll join us today!

 

Sources

Steel, Glass, and/or Plastic Bottles: What is the best choice?  Michigan State University

Burnout in Healthcare Workers: Prevalence, Impact and Preventative Strategies | NCBI

Essential but undervalued: Millions of health care workers aren’t getting the pay or respect they deserve in the COVID-19 pandemic | Brookings 


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