System Administrator Appreciation Day (SysAdmin Day) is tomorrow! Wait, you totally forgot about it, didn’t you?
It’s okay! Unfortunately, this unofficial holiday is not as prominent as “National Donut Day” or “Pi Day”, but it’s a perfect occasion to show your appreciation for the colleagues that keep your company’s network secure, your computers running, and your office printers jam-free.
If you’re short on time (and cash), here are a few last-minute gifts ideas for SysAdmin Day:
1. A special lunch
Tomorrow, a lousy sandwich and salad combo just won’t cut it. Go all out with a special catered lunch for your IT team! It could be anything from wood-fired pizza, a DIY salad bar, or a delicious spread of BBQ! For larger IT teams, consider renting a local food truck for a few hours! Alternatively, you can plan a special breakfast with bacon-topped donuts and fresh coffee.
2. Let them eat cake!
We celebrate birthdays, office anniversaries, and company milestones with cakes, brownies, pies, cookies, and champagne–why not do the same for your SysAdmins? It might be a little too late to order a customized cake, but if you have a steady hand, go ahead and add some decorations yourself.
3. Bluetooth headphones
The perfect gift for any SysAdmin is a great pair of headphones they can use at work, at home, or on-the-go! For small companies and teams, ask your colleagues to pitch in $5 to $10 to purchase these Jabra Move Wireless headphones ($100). For larger teams, I’m sure your SysAdmin would love these Bose QuietComfort Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones ($349).
4. A portable charger
Another great gift idea is a portable charger for your SysAdmin’s laptop or mobile devices! The Poweradd Pilot Pro2 ($85.99) is an affordable and practical choice for any SysAdmin who travels frequently with a laptop. For mobile devices, look into the Anker PowerCore with 20,100mAh ($41.99) that can charge their iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, and other mobile devices.
5. A colorful keyboard shield
Help your SysAdmin protect their computer or laptop keyboard from dirt, dust, stains, and sticky keys with a new keyboard shield. This Insten Keyboard Skin Shield for the MacBook Pro ($5) comes in a variety of colors. Or you can pair this colorful Agate crystal print keyboard cover ($12) with a matching laptop skin ($16)!
6. A gift card
Can’t figure out what your SysAdmins want or need? The easiest and most effective solution is to have your team pitch in $5 each to purchase your SysAdmins plastic or e-gift cards from Amazon, iTunes, Visa, or Mastercard.
7. Effective monitoring software
Help your IT team boost your company’s productivity, reduce costs, and protect your network and data by investing in a network management service if you haven’t already done so. Pro tip: Offer to buy Dashlane Business with complete security monitoring and reporting for SysAdmins–and it’s free to try for 30 days!
But perhaps the most important gift you can give your SysAdmins is to make an effort to prevent common technology and user errors. That means creating a stronger network password, not spilling coffee or soda on your keyboard, keeping your devices up-to-date, and learning how to identify and prevent cyber threats, like phishing, social engineering, and malware. A little effort can go a long way.