10 Gifts for the First Responder in Your Life

Lauren Joseph

For many of us, the way things are now has started to feel...somewhat normal. But for first responders, things are still very much not normal. There's no time for garden focaccia or banana bread, no Dalgona coffee or scallions sprouting on the windowsill to share on Instagram.

There are a lot of doctors in my family—and during this pandemic, five of them are first responders. No amount of nice cookware or luxurious hand balm is going to be enough of a thank you to them, or anyone who is risking their health right now to take care of us. But that doesn't mean sending a great thank you gift hasn't been the endless topic of family text threads of late. Here are some of the small luxuries we considered as gifts, things the highly practical first responders we know wouldn't buy for themselves but would very much love to receive. Maybe the first responders among your friends and family will love them, too.

A Beautiful Baking Dish for the Eventual Day Off Baking Project

Staub Baking Dish

$50.00, Zwilling

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A Refreshing Body Scrub For When Caffeine Alone Isn't Cutting It

Malin + Goetz Peppermint Scrub

$35.00, Malin + Goetz

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Endless Coffee for Endless Shifts

Trade Coffee Co. Subscription

$13.00, Trade Coffee

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Compression Socks They'll Never Want to Take Off

Comrad Compression Socks, Set of 3

$69.00, Comrad

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A Salad Bowl So Pretty They'll Want to Cook

Farmhouse Pottery Turned Beechwood Painted Wooden Bowl

$220.00, Food52

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A Low Maintenance Herb Garden For Very Busy People

The Smart Garden 3

$100.00, Click and Grow

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A Tea Pot That Elevates the Morning Cuppa

Degrenne Salam Insulated Teapot

$148.00, Food52

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A Bougie Hot Sauce That's Worth the Money

Truff Hot Sauce

$17.00, Amazon

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A Winning Waffle Maker for the Rare Lazy Sunday

All-Clad Stainless Steel 4-Square Belgian Waffle Maker

$162.00, Amazon

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A Reusable Bag They'll Actually Carry

Standard Baggu Shopping Bag

$12.00, Amazon

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Originally Appeared on Epicurious