2014 Holiday gift ideas for medical professionals

Gift Ideas for your Favorite Healthcare Professional

With the holidays approaching quickly, we thought we’d help out with some gift ideas for the medical and veterinary professionals in your life – family, friends, a special nurse, your dentist, vet tech, favorite doctor, physical therapist or any other medical professional you want to acknowledge with a special gift. We’ve come up with some that are unexpected, some medical themed and fun and some that are practical.

The Unexpected:

  • A spa day or treatment – everyone loves a little pampering. Even the guys would love a massage.
  • A “date night” – plan a special night for just the two of you. Whether you cook for that special person or take them out to a favorite restaurant or plan some other activity you know they enjoy. Plan all the details and make all the arrangements….
  • Coupons – they can be for anything – a spa treatment, a week of doing the dishes, groceries or gas for the week, a special meal you know they love
  • A weekend away – even if it’s a “staycation” where you stay in a local hotel and see the sights in your town
  • Books – reading is a source of relaxation for many people. Find out their favorite author and see if they have a website where you can order an autographed copy of their books.
  • Flowers – there are beautiful holiday arrangements at your local florist.
  • “SURPRISE” – most people love surprises – use your imagination and plan something unforgettable!

The Medical Themed and Fun:

We found these on a Pinterest Board titled Medical Crafts and Gifts.

  • Syringe shaped USB cords
  • Band-aid shaped business cards
  • Syringe pens
  • Medical themed iPhone covers
  • EMS Monopoly
  • Hand-painted medical themed martini glass

The Practical – these items are all top sellers available on our website. Enter the Style # in the Search field at the top of our website and Voila!

  • 3M™ Littman® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #CLASSC2 available in Black, Burgundy, Ceil Blue, Navy, Pearl Pink and Raspberry
  • 3M™ Littman® Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #LTWGHT2 available in Lilac, Black, Burgundy, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue and Seafoam
  • Zensah Unisex Compression Leg Sleeves – Style #ZE6055 available in Electric Purple, Aqua, Magenta, Navy, Beige, Black and Pink in Sizes XS/S, S/M L/XL
  • 3M™ Littman® Cardiology III Stethoscope – Style #CARDIO3 available in Black, Hunter, Navy and Plum
  • Nurse Mates Women’s Compression Trouser Socks – Style #LO883 available in Pink, Ceil Blue, White and Black
  • Prestige Basic Fingertip Pulse Oximeter – Style #PR456 available in Purple, Hot Pink and Black
  • Nurse Mates “Medical Compression” 15-20 mmHg Full Support Pantyhose – Style #881610 available in Nearly Nude and White in sizes A- EE
  • 3M™ Littman® Select Stethoscope – Style #SELECT available in Peach, Pine, Purple, Raspberry, Royal, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue, Black, Burgundy and Ocean Blue
  • Prestige Clinical I Stethoscope – Style #CLINICAL available in Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Pink, Black, Navy, Purple and Stealth
  • Nurse Mates 15-20 mmHg Medical Compression Knee Highs – Style #LO8816 available in Black, Nude and White in Sizes A/B, C/D
  • Nurse Mates “Why Nurses Rock” Scoop Tote Bag – Style #LO914WNR
  • Nurse Mates Black Floral Lunch Cooler – Style #LO9284BF

No Time? No Ideas? No Problem! A Uniform Advantage Gift Card is always a great and welcome choice!

Happy Shopping! If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Team and they will be happy to help you!

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Firework Safety 101

It’s that time of year again. Just when you think that summer is coming to a quiet lull of relaxation, the 4th of July is here to wake you up with some good ole American patriotism.  What blowing stuff up has to do with our country’s independence is yet to be determined, but if that’s “American tradition” then who are we to argue?? So put on your blue jeans (that still fit, fingers crossed) and your tackiest American flag shirt to ensure you are brightest star this country has to offer.4th of of July fireworks around the Statue of Liberty

Though we are a young country, we are a great one. This holiday commemorates July 4th, 1776: the day a collection of our brave, founding fathers signed The Declaration of Independence, thereby severing the colonies from English control. Perfectly embodying the free American spirit, the Declaration of Independence has set the tone for the rest of our country’s history and development.

With all this holiday-hullabaloo, most people lose sight of one of the truest American virtues: safety.

Just do the exact opposite of these following tips and we guarantee that you will have your most show-stopping 4th of July yet!

  1. Hold the fireworks close to your face as you light them so you can get an inside look at how they work!
  2. Make sure to light fireworks close to your small dog so they know where the noise is coming from and won’t be scared!
  3. Want an authentic 4th of July? Have a large crowd stand nearby the firework launch site so they can get the true patriotic feel that our founding fathers experienced under gunfire in the Revolutionary War.
  4. Want to be the star of the show? Wear the most flammable clothing possible to really sparkle!
  5. Consume heavy mayonnaise-based potato salad and at least 10 hotdogs to feel full and satisfied for the long journey of standing and lighting fireworks that awaits you. Who cares if your full belly renders you completely useless in the event that you must run away from a stray firework?
  6. Show your kids how much you trust them by letting them light the fireworks; they’ve going to have to grow up some time!
  7. Tired of spending big bucks on fireworks but still want the pizazz of a big show? Try DIY fireworks! This new trend will put your craftiness to the test!
  8. Be sure to douse your fireworks in quality gasoline to avoid any disappointment from possible duds.

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All jokes aside, we wish that you have a happy and safe 4th of July. Though fireworks definitely contribute to the holiday spirit, please be sure to exercise caution if you are lighting them or are nearby someone else who is.

A Father’s Day Ode to Healthcare Dads

Nurse Dad Poem

 

You’re the first face that patients see.

Care, dedication, and compassion are what you guarantee.

You’re a hero to some, a life-saver to others, and a role model to your little ones.

From sun up till sun down,

On your patients’ faces, there will never be a frown.

Instead of a utility belt and cape, you sport a stethoscope and scrubs…

A sign of a man that is truly loved.

 

When people are at their worst, frightened and scared,

They will always be able to find you there,

by their side as a reassuring, hopeful light.

Taking the worries off their shoulders

With your gentle might.

 

Your healing presence is a comfort to their soul.

With ever-present positivity,

you make your patients whole.

When family and friends are not near,

you never fail to bring cheer.

 

To your patients you give time and attention.

To your kids you give love and affection.

We could not think of a better role model…

We know you go the extra mile just to make your patients smile.

So thank you, dads, for always lending a helping hand.

Don’t change a thing you do,

We will always cherish you.

 

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5 Quick and Easy Red, White & Blue Treats!

Memorial Day is the day that we remember and honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though we’ve been celebrating Memorial Day for almost 150 years in this country, the spirit of the holiday remains the same even today. However, the way in which we celebrate has certainly changed over the years. Where it began a sad, mourning holiday, it has grown into a celebration of life, a time to be with our loved ones and honor those lost.

Everyone is talking about their Memorial Day plans to vacation, bbq, or just relax. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to take time off from being a superhero, like so many of you in the healthcare industry! Just because you may have to work, doesn’t mean you can’t still partake in Memorial Day cravings. For those with crazy hours or barely enough time to each lunch, take some quick snacks for you and your work family to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend with some red, white & blue themed treats.

Here is a list of 5 Quick and Easy ones that will get you started:

  1. I pledge allegiance to the flag – All you need is a platter, grab some Blueberries, yogurt pretzels and cut up strawberries and be the center of attention with this delightful, healthy, and Memorial Day themed treat for your entire floor!
  1. Dip baby dip – Dip the most delicious berry in melted milk, dark, or white chocolate and toss on star shaped sprinkles. However, you don’t have to get fancy…even if you put chocolate on the side with a container of sprinkles and strawberries, it would still be a hit!
  1. Mocktails are better than cocktails – We know this is for work, so it can’t be a true cocktail…but flavored juices, whether freshly made or not, can cool you down when your shift gets too much to handle. Make up some fun names or use red, white and blue cups!
  1. The rockets’ red glare – Pack up some twizzlers that look like rockets and lay them out in grabbing reach…add some black licorice pieces to give it a kick!
  1. Bright stars thru the perilous fight – If you want to stick with some of the healthier choices, this easy cut-out technique will leave everyone in awe. Try using a star cookie cutter with all types of fruit like pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon…etc! This is also is a great way to get your kids to eat fruits!

 

Hopefully, some of these will inspire your own creations. You can’t bring in red, white & blue themed treats without dressing the part! Make sure you sport your red, white & blue Uniform Advantage scrubs, or some of our fun holiday prints.

We would love to see some of your red, white & blue creations! Send us pictures, links, recipes…whatever you have, we’d love to see it and share it.

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WE WANT COOKIES! — UA Holiday Cookie Exchange!

Ahh the holidays…the time of the year where tripling your daily intake of sugars, carbs, and fats are expected, especially if they come in the form of cookies! It is so hard to resist the sprinkles, peanuts, and frosting on top of holiday treats. To get in the spirit this holiday season, our Uniform Advantage corporate office gathered their best cookie recipes for our very first cookie exchange!

The rules: Anyone who wanted to participated had to bring in 3 dozen of their favorite cookies…homemade of course (no store bought cookies allowed)! We set all of the cookies in our break room and were told to grab whatever we wanted. Typical cookie exchanges have order and allow each participant to take home the equal amount of cookies…but at the sight of the fabulous spread, all the rules went out the window!

Hands were flying, crumbs were spilling, and mouths were being stuffed with delicious cookies to decadent holiday treats. Plates and Ziploc bags were filled to the brim and everyone left the break room with big grins on their faces. As our tummies filled, we concluded this amazing event will now be an annual tradition, giving us one more way to celebrate every holiday season!

Even though the holiday season is coming to an end and it’s time to say goodbye to all the holiday treats, that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to holiday scrubs. You can still feel festive in several of our scrub prints like the UA Let it Snow Eggplant Print Scrub top or the UA Holiday Poinsettia White Print Scrub top.

Do you have traditions at your work place that are new this year, or something you do annually? Do you wear Holiday inspired scrubs during your cookie exchange? Share with us your holiday traditions and pictures, we would love to hear from you!

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Scrubbing In For Halloween!


Are you on the hunt for that perfect Halloween costume!? We have compiled a few outfit ideas using our scrubs of course, that will keep you comfortable in your costume AND let you channel the leading characters from a few of today’s hottest TV shows! Whether you’re a fan of Piper’s prison chic look in Orange is the New Black, Dexter Morgan’s forensics expert turned serial killer persona in Dexter, or the pill-popping and drama filled life of protagonist Nurse Jackie we’ve taken care of your costume shopping list for you.  Be sure to comment letting us know which look is YOUR favorite, or if you have another idea of your own that incorporates our medical uniforms.

UA Scrubs Halloween Costume Ideas

Piper Chapman from Orange is The New Black

UA Scrubs Halloween Costume Ideas

Dexter Morgan from Dexter

UA Scrubs Halloween Costume Ideas

Nurse Jackie Peyton from Nurse Jackie

UA Comes to Polyvore!

We’ve received such good feedback from our “Switch & Mix These 6″ collections that we sent out via email that we decided to expand into providing customers with more scrub outfit ideas via Polyvore.  Now we can share with all of our followers on Polyvore and Pinterest our latest “Switch & Mix” scrub outfit creations.  It’s our goal to show our customers how they can get the most bang for their buck by coordinating their favorite pair of scrub pants with several different tops to create many workday scrubs outfit combinations!

Keep in mind, these creations are only our ideas, we look forward to seeing what variations and unique “spins” our customers put on these templates that we create.  Check out these two sets we did recently for the 4th of July next week.  Are you planning on dress patriotically for the upcoming holiday?

UA Scrubs Patriotic Scrub Set Polyvore

UA Scrubs Patriotic Scrub Set Polyvore

UA Scrubs Patriotic Scrub Set #2 Polyvore

UA Scrubs Patriotic Scrub Set #2 Polyvore