Appreciation Gift Ideas for Essential Workers - Header Gift Box Lid says Thank You for all that you do

Essential workers like teachers, nurses, nursing assistants, emergency services professionals, and veterinarians perform necessary, rewarding, and often heartbreaking jobs to keep our world spinning.

We’re here to help you express your gratitude with appreciation gift ideas for the essential workers in your life.

A photo of an opened thank you gift for teachers, featuring a motivational tumbler, tea, coffee, and sweets.

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teachers do more than instruct—they change lives, working both inside and outside the classroom.

Show the teacher in your or your kid’s lives just how much you appreciate them with a gift box like our A+ Teacher Thank You Gift Box! Cover every part of a teacher’s workday with coffee and a tumbler for an energy boost, tea to unwind, and candies as sweet as them. The Red Ginger Saffron candle can then help fill their homes with a calming scent.

A great time to give a teacher thank you box is in the first full week of May, which is Teacher Appreciation Week.

A photo of an opened thank you gift for healthcare workers, featuring a motivational tumbler, tea, coffee, and sweets.

Nurse Appreciation Gifts

Nurses and nursing assistants spend their days focusing on others, with unwavering positivity and support. Give thanks to the nurse, nurse assistant or nurse-in-training in your life with a gift that allows them a moment of indulgence.

If you’re looking for the perfect appreciation gift, try sending one that’s both sour and sweet, calming and caffeinated. Our Healthcare Heroes Thank You Gift Box has all that and a reusable tumbler that celebrates healthcare workers, so they can be reminded of your gratitude, again and again.

Save the date: National Nurses Week is May 6 through 12.

A photo of a gift basket with a thank you ribbon, fruits, sausage, and cracker crisps

EMS Appreciation Gifts

Nonstop and on-the-go are two words that describe these crucial essential workers. Say thanks with a well-rounded assortment of fruits, sausages, and cheeses that they can enjoy from anywhere.

Whether they want a snack to take to work or enjoy a meat and cheese plate as their dinner, the Thank You Premium Fruit & Snack Gift Basket has everything they need.

If you want to give an appreciation gift to an emergency medical worker, you could surprise them during National EMS Week, from May 16th through the 22nd.

A photo of an opened thank you gift for healthcare workers, featuring a motivational tumbler, tea, coffee, and sweets.

Nursing Assistant Appreciation Gifts

Being an essential worker is about balance: balancing emotional and physical needs, paperwork and people, and more.

This Thank You Sweet & Savory Gift Box is also about balance—the balance of flavors. Don’t choose between savory or sweet; This box has everything for the nursing assistant who’s juggling and doing a great job at it.

Gift baskets for nursing assistants are perfect for National Nursing Assistants Week in the second full week of June.

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Veterinarian Appreciation Gift Baskets

Nothing says “thank you” like candy, especially for people who are sweet enough to spend their lives caring for our little, furry friends.

Sweet or sour, chocolatey or fruity, this Thank You Sweets Gift Basket has it all.

Mark June 18th on your calendar and pull out an ink pad so you and Fido can both sign your names—and paw prints—on the card you send your vet on Veterinarian Appreciation Day.

The Finishing Touch to a Thank You Gift Ideas: A Heart-Felt Note

Whether they care for humans or animals, essentials workers love to help others. Pairing your appreciation gift with the perfect thank you note will let them know the impact that their daily work has on others’ lives.

Show your nurse, nursing assistant, EMS, or veterinarian how their patients have fared after they’ve cared for them. If the patient has improved, consider including a photo that shows how happy they are. Teachers love notes or drawings from students as well.

Then, look ahead. Even if you’ll likely never see this essential worker again, others will. Remind them that even if others don’t say it, you know they’re forever grateful, too.

Show your appreciation to a special someone that goes above and beyond with a carefully curated thank you gift basket from Hickory Farms.


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