National Nurses Week and Teachers Appreciation Week are coming soon, and while KEMI promotes workplace safety with these groups year-round we thought it would be fun to share some creative ideas to help you express your gratitude for these two important professions!

Ideas for Nurses

  • Homemade Treats – Bonus points if they are nurse-themed!
  • Lifesavers Candies – Snag a few bags of Lifesavers gummies or hard candies and attach a sweet note!
  • Pens – Tablets and computers are more common in hospitals and medical offices, but who doesn’t love a good pen?
  • Handwritten Note – Personalized thank you cards cut right to the heart and give nurses all the feels.
  • Discounts – If your business offers a product or service that could benefit nurses, offer a discount or promotion to say “thanks!”
  • Gifts – An insulated tumbler, an umbrella, or even a simple gift card are great gifts for nurses.
  • Catered Meals – Nurses are often too busy catering to the needs of their patients that they don’t have time to leave and grab a good meal, so consider bringing a good meal to them!
  • Ice Cream Bar – Put out a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings to let nurses know they are cool!

Ideas for Teachers

  • Flowers – Encourage each kid in the class to bring in one flower, then put them all together making a one-of-a-kind classroom bouquet!
  • Personal Notes – Write a note to express your appreciation to a teacher (cursive writing is not required).
  • Discounts – You don’t have to be a math teacher to appreciate a good discount. Why not offer a deal for teachers when they present their ID badge at checkout?
  • Lunch – Soups, sandwiches, salads, or taco bars are great options.
  • School Supplies – Gather a handful of school supplies that can be used in the classroom.
  • Sweet, Salty, or Healthy Treats – Fill the teachers’ lounge with themed snacks or desserts (visit Pinterest for fun theme ideas)!
  • Volunteer – Time is one of the most valuable (and fleeting) commodities in a teacher’s day. Offering to help in the classroom is one of the best ways to say thanks and show that you care!

These are just a handful of ideas to show nurses and teachers that you care about them. KEMI also offers a variety of safety resources to help keep nurses and teachers safe on the job.

If you have other ideas, we’d love to hear from you at!