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Dec
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Nurse Teeny’s Favorite Things: 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

I may be a bit of a Scrooge this year, but that won’t stop me from making a list and checking it twice. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There’s some good stuff out there , and I would be remiss if I didn’t offer some suggestions for gifts to give your favorite nurse or nursing student. It has become a Nurse Teeny tradition, after all!

iStudiez Pro

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This brilliant app is available for your Mac, iPad, and iPhone and it is worth every penny (and can be yours for $2.99 for the mobile version and $9.99 for the desktop app). I’m sure there are free time/studies management programs out there too, but I love that you can sync between all three versions, as well as with your Calendar app, track your grades, and manage your assignments. I love how it looks, how it performs and how it allows me the satisfaction of checking off assignments and tests as I go. I love that I can type everything into the Desktop version (where I will always be faster on the keyboard) and have everything show up on my iPad. I had an older version of this app on my first iTouch and didn’t use it as much because I didn’t have consistent Internet access. But now that I am a bonafide Mac geek and getting an iPhone when I upgrade my wireless plan in January, I have a feeling this baby will be my most utilized app when school starts again.

Timbuk2 Messenger Bags

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Ever since I saw one of these bagsย via Twitter, I have been totally geeking out over them. Mama wants. I love how environmentally friendly the company is, how they have videos for each product that actually show how everything fits, and how they offer a fit guide for your laptop. It’s a nursing student’s best friend. And this nurse (and soon to be nursing student…again) would love to review one of these beauties in person. I’m just sayin’. (P.S. I also want to work here someday. They offer yoga classes to their employees, have a company keg and are a dog friendly work place. I mean…)

Charmed, I’m Sure

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I’ve had the same stethoscope for five years. It works great. But it’s not quite as exciting as it was when it first arrived in the mail. It’s just…a stethoscope. So when Jennifer, a San Diego artist and physician, contacted me about her charMED products, I got very excited! These babies will add a little bling to your ever-present version of a “necklace”. Buy a few and mix it up. Get a monogrammed one and never confuse your stethoscope with your co-worker’s again. Jennifer even has beautiful holiday-themed charms. I’ll be doing a review in a few weeks, but these would make great stocking stuffers!

White Noise App

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It seems so simple (and it’s often free), but I don’t know what I would do without the soothing sounds that emanate from my phone and lull me to sleep in between shifts. It’s become indispensable to my routine and is oh so comforting. And like I said, there are some great apps that cost absolutely nothing! (Just slip a little homemade gift certificate into your beloved nurse’s stocking or install it for him/her on Christmas morning. Who says great gifts have to cost anything?) My favorites? Lightning Bug for Android (the basic app is free and you can buy upgrades like the “Jungle Play Pack” if you have a particular noise pattern that is especially comforting). A close second is Yocto Clock for iPhone/iPad. Not quite as much variety as Lightning Bug, but it’s free and I loooooove the Canyon Flute soundscape. I also like that I can set multiple alarms for different situations and create custom playlists for each alarm from my iTunes music library. When I switch to iPhone in January, this will be my go-to sleep app.

Get Personal

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If there’s one website I love, it’s Etsy. It practically planned my wedding for me. I have found numerous meaningful gifts for loved ones near and far through this site. It’s like giving your favorite person a special art project and having it actually look good. As opposed to attempting a DIY project you saw on Pinterest and having it fall miserably flat. Not that this has happened to me… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is a roundup of some of my favorite nursing-related gifts that you can order (and in the process, support someone who is creative and gifted). And if you don’t like any of these, just go to the main Etsy page, type “Nurse” in the search box and you will get thousands of options…

Give a Little

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The holidays are a joyful time, but they can also be lonely and difficult for many reasons. There is an apartment complex in my area that is evicting all of its residents on the last day of the year. Merry Christmas, huh? In today’s economy, many of us are struggling but many more are wondering where their next meal will come from. What better gift than to donate in your nurse’s name to a non-profit or charity that means something to them? It’s a tradition in my own family, and one that has come to mean more than any object I could receive. My chosen organization every year is George Mark House, a pediatric hospice and respite facility in the Bay Area of California. My sister picks Advocates for Youth, a D.C. group that advocates for adolescent and young adult reproductive health. My brother loves the Environmental Nature Center in our hometown. This year, why not ask the nurse in your life where his or her heart lies?

**Disclaimer: I wasnโ€™t paid or perked by any of the companies here, although I did receive one stethoscope charm for a full product review to come. I do happen to like (or want) their products. ๐Ÿ™‚

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