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Buying Gifts for Pro AV Colleagues This Year? What’s On Your List?

What would installers and pro AV colleagues like to receive or buy as a holiday gift? We’re hoping you’ll clue us in on your shopping list.

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We know many companies have had a hard year financially and in terms of layoffs, but we also know that no matter what challenges they face, some integration firms like to celebrate employees with little gifts around the holidays. Sometimes, it’s a boss recognizing their hard-working team; sometimes, it’s a couple of pro AV colleagues who are also buying each other gifts as friends; sometimes, offices hold “secret Santas.”

Whatever your reason or your budget, we are trying to put together a list of great gifts for the pro AV person in your life, and we would love your input.

Installers: what would you like to receive as a gift from a coworker (or even a very thoughtful friend/partner?)

Thoughtful coworkers: are you planning on buying someone a gift, and if so, what’s on your shopping list?

Are you buying your pro AV colleagues or family members anything this year?

Last year’s list featured quite an assortment: from smaller tech-themed knick-nacks & tools, to very expensive, top-of-the-line items you’d only get for someone if you owed them big time or wanted to give them an end-of-year bonus.

We featured things like a portable SSD for the data hog; really nice wireless earbuds for the music- and podcast-obsessed; a Google Home Hub for those who like to monitor their home or need help getting up in the morning; a thermal mug for the frequent steepers; a network sniffer for the integrator tossed into the network troubleshooting; a go-anywhere portable speaker that is built for dusty job sites; an extended-life battery bank for those who need a bit more juice in their day-to-day; and even a VR gaming system for those who had been extra nice.

When this year’s version of the story goes live, we’ll have updated the piece include specific models reflecting this year’s technology trends. But we really could use a peek at your own lists — if you’re one of the few who have already started your holiday shopping.

Read Next: History of Tech Nerd Gifts: From Atari to Amazon Echo, These Are the Most Nostalgic Holiday Tech Gifts

Whether you’re buying for a pro AV colleague, employee, or family member — or trying to soften the heart of an AV Scrooge — the hope is that they’ll actually like and use what you get them. So if you’re already set in this department, please consider helping us out!

You can email me whatever is on your list at:

Thank you in advance!

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Adam Forziati is the former senior web editor for Commercial Integrator and MyTechDecisions.

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