All products recommended by Auvik in this gift guide for IT pros are selected by our editorial team, and not influenced by any promotional considerations. Links to purchases are suggestions only. Buyer beware, do your own due diligence, prices are not guaranteed!

Is anyone else in shock that it’s already the end of 2022?! It’s been another whirlwind of a year, but the holiday season is back again. And that means racking our collective brains to come up with gift ideas for the IT pro in your life (AHEM *Auvik swag*).

But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Once again, our team has scoured the internet and plumbed the depths of our company Slack channels to bring you a round-up of suggestions. Here’s hoping we can spark some inspiration, and save you some stress on the quest to find the perfect gifts in our 2022 installment of the Auvik holiday gift guide!

We’ve broken our gift suggestions into five categories to make things easier for you:


Home Networking

Everybody has an opinion on what makes the best home networking setup. Maybe you’re a homeowner with a lot of options to open walls and run cables. Maybe you’re a renter, and everything needs to be packable when you move on.

Either way, our editorial team didn’t have much of an argument: Ubiquiti continues to be the reigning champ for the home. Stock, however, continues to be hit-and-miss.

Wi-Fi

AmpliFi Alien

AmpliFi Alien

Source: AmpliFi

If current availability or future-proofing is a concern, the AmpliFi Alien is a great option too. Ready to go in less than a minute, this mesh-enabled router boasts 7685 Mbps total capacity and 2x coverage over other retail routers. As one of our experts said, “AmpliFi Alien is a beast and best for most out of the box.”

Buy the Alien from AmpliFi – $379

Asus RT-AX86U

Asus RT-AX86U image

Source: Asus


Also known as the AX5700, this router consistently tops the charts for Wi-Fi 6 capabilities. With a measured peak throughput of 929.7 Mbps, lag is not an issue, and multiple streaming and gaming options are at your fingertips.

Buy the RT-AX86U from Amazon – $269

Access Points

Ubiquiti U6 Long-Range Access Point

Ubiquiti U6 Long-Range Access Point

Source: EvanMccann.net


If you’ve got the infrastructure, stop messing around with just one wireless router. We have to hand it to the best-selling U6LR AP from Ubiquiti. With ranges of up to 600 feet, this indoor and outdoor access point supports nearly 1200Mbps across 2.4 and 5 GHz. Also Wi-Fi 6 ready.

Get the Ubiquiti U6LR from Ubquiti – $179

At the time of publishing, the U6LR was out of stock at ubiquiti.com due to chip supply shortages. For indoor use, or if you can’t wait, the U6 Pro is a powerful alternative.

Switches

Ubiquiti Switch Flex Mini

Ubiquiti Switch Flex Mini

Source: Ubiquiti

A switch in the space where you need it is a simple and effective way to reduce cable runs through walls. For that reason, we recommend the compact Switch Flex Mini—a simple (and cheap!) 5-port Layer 2 PoE switch that can be powered with PoE or a 5V USB-C adapter. Drop one of these in your room, and you’ll only need one LAN from your main switch or router to get up and running.

Buy the Ubiquiti USW Flex Mini from Amazon – $51

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine Pro

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine Pro

Source: Ubituiti

If you’re really looking to step up to a prosumer option, the Dream Machine Pro is your all-in-one networking console. Integrated security gateway, 8-port switch, and enterprise-level threat detection—all in one rack space. It’s a best-seller for a reason.

Buy the Dream Machine Pro at Ubiquiti – $379

If this is more than you think you’ll need, consider last year’s recommendation, the Switch Lite 8 or the Switch Lite 16.


Tech & Tools

From keeping things working to keeping things charged, everyone needs to have the tools and technology to keep a work (and play) from home set up and running smoothly.

UGREEN Nexode 200W USB C Charger

UGREEN Nexode 200W USB C Charger

Source: UGREEN


Time to build the ultimate charging station. The Nexode can easily handle up to 6 devices simultaneously. Powerful enough to charge a Macbook Pro, and smart enough not to overload your phone.

Buy the UGREEN Nexode at Amazon – $199

Caldigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Caldigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Source: ShutterMuse.com

For the ultimate professional dock, we’re going with the 15-port, 87W-charging capable behemoth that is the TS3 Plus. Simultaneously power two external monitors (up to 4K60), route audio in and out, drop tonnes of different SD cards in, and still have USB ports to spare.

Buy the CalDigit TS3 Plus at Amazon – $588

Xiaomi Mi Computer Monitor Light Bar

Xiaomi Mi Computer Monitor Light Bar

Source: Xiomi

Saving your eyes without flooding your space with harsh light or glaring up your monitor screen is the aim of a monitor light bar. The Mi light bar connects directly to your monitor’s USB inputs, saving plugs and wires on the ground, and providing even color-accurate light. “Bought one for my setup recently and LOVE it!”

Buy the Xiaomi Mi Computer Monitor Light Bar at Amazon – $99
Elgato Stream Deck MK.2

Elgato Stream Deck MK.2

Source: ZDNet

Everyone is a streamer. Be it at work or at play. Take control of your streams (and a whole lot more) with the Elgato Stream deck. 15 full-customizable hotkeys to create shortcuts for your most common processes. Automatically maps macros from apps like Twitch, OBS, Hue, and Adobe. And with a bustling Stream Deck Store, you’ll always have new ideas to try out.

Buy the Stream Deck Mk.2 at Elgato – $210.

Elgato recently released the Stream Deck Plus, which is basically the same thing, but with fewer buttons and a row of assignable knobs, if that’s what you’re into.

Timeskey NFC Stickers (10 Pack)

Timeskey NFC Stickers (10 Pack)

Source: Makerfabs

About the size of a quarter, but infinitely more useful, these NFC stickers can be programmed to do a whole host of things: share contacts and social info, connect to Wi-Fi and trigger smart home routines. Each sticker can be re-encoded 100,000 times and lasts up to 10 years.

Buy the Timeskey NFC Stickers from Amazon – $12

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni Robot Vacuum and Mop

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni Robot Vacuum and Mop

Source: Ecovacs

As one Auvik staffer said, “this is a BEAST.” A vacuum that empties itself. A mop that cleans and dries itself, and refills its water reservoir. A functioning security drone. A dedicated voice assistant. It’s packed with intelligent obstacle avoidance, powerful suction, and a 4-hour battery. Just be ready to pony up for the luxury.

Buy Deebot X1 Omni at Amazon – $1500

Google Nest Thermostat

Google Nest Thermostat

Source: MadeByGoogle.com

The cost of heating is going up. That’s it. That’s the whole argument. But really, the Nest Thermostat, and its bigger brother the Learning Thermostat, have a lot of neat functionality built in to help you save money on heating and cooling without really having to think about it. From learning your normal patterns to downloading schedules from your local utilities to save more, it’s kind of a no-brainer. Plus, many states offer cash-back incentives to move to a smart thermostat.

Buy the Nest Thermostat from Google – $179

Ultraloq Smart Lock U-Bolt Pro

Ultraloq Smart Lock U-Bolt Pro

Source: Ultraloq

Smart locks don’t have to cost an arm and a leg to be effective. Take the U-Bolt Pro from Ultraloq. An ANSI Grade-1 lock, fingerprint ID scanner, Bluetooth, and optional Wi-Fi control. You can even issue one-time codes for friends and family, and set up auto-lock and unlock features.

Buy the Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro from Amazon – $249

These two classics were unanimously voted back onto the list!

Leatherman Surge

Leatherman Surge

Source. KnivesAndTools.com

A network pro likes to tinker. If it’s in the house, they’ve probably taken it apart and put it back together. And there isn’t a better name we can think of when it comes to tools for this job than Leatherman. In particular, the “Surge” has just about everything you’d need in one handy multitool, and a 25-year warranty.

Buy the Surge 21-in-1 Multitool from Leatherman – $172

Micro-Mini II Precision Screwdriver set

Micro-Mini II Precision Screwdriver set

Source: Amazon

And for finer work, you need to have a precision screwdriver set handy. For Torx, Philips, or flat, you’ll find this inexpensive set from Platinum Tools can get you into just about any modern electronic device with screws. I own this one, and it’s worked on my Macbook, my Canon DSLR, and my Peavy 5150 guitar amp.

Buy the Micro Mini II from Amazon – $41


Gaming & Entertainment

Whether it’s the weather, the WFH, or the general chaos in everyday life, gaming scored the absolute tops across our team’s recommendations. But it’s not just consoles and PC rigs. Our team wants to build the ultimate gaming environment—with customization at its heart.

PS5 Covers and Accessories

PS5 Covers and Accessories

Source: Sony

We know there are some other people making covers for the PS5 (ahem), but for our sake, we’ll stick with first-party here. Sony has finally rolled out a suite of exclusive covers and dual sense controllers in six different colors perfect for any gamers’ enclave – Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Nova Pink, Galactic Purple, Starlight Blue, and Gray Camouflage.

Shop the PS5 accessories store now

Nanoleaf: Shapes & Lines

Nanoleaf Lines

Source: Nanoleaf Lines

Nanoleaf Lines

Source: Nanoleaf Lines

Nanoleaf lighting kits offer you a real opportunity to make your gaming experience as cool, hot, or whatever feeling you want it to be. Whether you want to start with Shapes – mini or regular-sized triangles, hexagons (or a pre-made bundle of both), or the newer Lines segments, you can customize the layout to whatever you can afford. Replete with 16 million color options, dynamic animations, and music visualizers. We recommend starting off with a “starter kit” and building from there.

Shop Nanoleaf Lines
Shop Nanoleaf Shapes

Autonomous SmartDesk Core

Autonomous SmartDesk Core

Source: Autonomous

This could honestly fall under Gaming or Tech & Tools. A solid best-seller, the SmartDesk Core comes in up to nine different top colorways, and three leg options. It also includes 4 programmable height settings and a cable pass-through slot. A lot of thoughtful finishes for this price point.

Buy the SmartDesk Core from Autonomous – $499

Samsung Odyssey G5 34” Curved Gaming Monitor

Samsung Odyssey G5 34” Curved Gaming Monitor

Source: Samsung

If you’re setting up a PC battle station, or a private console gamespot away from your TV room, go with a monitor that’ll flex your specs. The big vote-getter this year has to be the Odyssey G5. With a 1000R curve and a manageable 34” size, this speedy 165hz panel boasts 1440p resolution, HDR, AMD FreeSync, and 1ms response time. Perfect for any gaming scenario.

Buy the Samsung Odyssey G5 at Best Buy – $549

Arcade1Up – Pac-Man Collection Gaming Table

Arcade1Up - Pac-Man Collection Gaming Table

Source: Best Buy

I have so many memories of these tabletop games. Sitting at my local pizza restaurant, waiting for food, begging my mom for a quarter to play Pac-Man at the table I could reach. For “folks of a certain age”, who wouldn’t want to adorn their basement/playroom with one of these throwback cabinets? And the best part about a retro-mod? It has 12 games to choose from, including Galaga, Dig Dug, and Galaxian. I might just have to buy this for myself…

Buy the Pack-Man gaming table at Best Buy – $399

Atari VCS 800 All-in Bundle

Atari VCS 800 All-in Bundle

Source: Best Buy

It’s not the true classic we tricked out into a switch configuration device, or the Lego Atari we tricked out to play like the real thing, but it might be just what you’re looking for to satisfy your retro gaming needs. With a wireless set of controls and 4K output, the All-In VCS included over 100 retro games and apps for you to enjoy.

Buy the Atari All-In bundle at Best Buy – $399

Steam Deck

Steam Deck

Source: The Verge

We’d probably be in trouble if we left off the Steam Deck. A capable gaming PC in a handheld form factor? The concept isn’t new, but there really hasn’t been a decent product yet. Until now. Steam partnered with AMD to create this console capable of handling some of the most demanding games on the PC market today. Available in 64/256/512GB configurations, shipping is now up to speed in time for the holiday season.

Buy the Steam Deck at Steam.com – $499+


SaaSmass!

New for this year, we decided it’s high time to start including applications in their own category. Please note this has nothing to do with Auvik’s recent acquisition and expansion into the world of SaaS application monitoring. Nope. Nada.

Cozi – Family Calendar: https://www.cozi.com/ (Free)

Source: Cozi

“Cozi is the must-have organizer for families. It helps coordinate and communicate everyone’s schedules and activities, track grocery lists, manage to do lists, plan ahead for dinner, and keep the whole family on the same page.”

Strava – Exercise Tracker: https://www.strava.com/features (Free/$6.50 per month)

Source: Strava

“Strava turns every iPhone and Android into a sophisticated running and cycling computer (and we work with your GPS watches and head units, too). Start Strava before an activity and you can track your favorite performance stats, and afterward, dive deep into your data.”

Notion – Idea/Team Management: https://www.notion.so/ (Free-$8/user per month)

Source: Notion

Available for mobile and desktop, “Notion is more than a doc. Or a table. Customize Notion to work the way you do. As a first step, we are blending much of your workflow into an all-in-one workspace. Want a task list? A product roadmap? A design repository? They are now all in one place. You can even customize your own workspace from dozens of LEGO-style building blocks.”

Masterclass – Online Learning: https://www.masterclass.com/ ($20-$30 per month)

Source: Masterclass

Billed as “Video lessons that inspire”, Masterclass now has over 2500 lessons you can work through in bite-sized chunks. “Cook like a chef, write a novel, sell a TV pilot or learn how to run a company with online classes taught by the best to ever do it.” Watch on your computer, TV, phone or tablet.

Duolingo – Language Education: https://www.duolingo.com/ (Free)

Source: Duolingo

“The loch ness monster is drinking whiskey.” “Without a doubt, I want to eat ham.” “When I was young, I was not allowed to wear pants.” These are just a few of the amazing things Duolingo will actually teach you to say in a foreign tongue. “With quick, bite-sized lessons, you’ll earn points and unlock new levels while gaining real-world communication skills.”


Cool & Unclassified

Finally, let’s finish off with a few things we just loved but don’t need a category all on their own.

Die Hard Advent Calendar – $47

Source: Leatherhead LaserWork


Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Celebrate the truth by watching Hans Gruber plummet from the Nakatomi Plaza for 25 glorious days.

Shokz OpenRun Pro Headphones – $179

Source: Shokz


Considered some of the best headphones for runners, this bone-conduction set boasts impressive bass, all-day comfort, water resistance, and noise cancellation. Bone conduction allows you to hear your surroundings: other pedestrians, passing cars, and any other potential hazards.

Spibelt – $26

Source: Spibelt


Speaking of, the Spibelt was crafted specifically with runners in mind. “Perfect for walking, working out, travel, medical needs, and so much more. Keep all your exercise accessories, headphones, keys, ID, and credit cards safe, secure, and close at hand.”

Build-on Brick Coffee Mug – $20

Source: Amazon


Available in eight colors, this working coffee mug allows you to build off its body with “blocks” to really make it your own. BPA-free and safe for hot beverages. Just don’t step on the pieces.

Bluetooth Beanie – $20

Source: Billion Xin

I personally wouldn’t leave my house with this on, but you do you. These folks look like they’re having fun. The integrated speakers boast 8-10 hours of play time, and it’s washable. There’s not much else to say, so here’s a fun fact: in Canada, we call these touques.


Finally, the thing on every holiday gift guide and this year’s MUST BUY gifts for IT professionals….

Auvik Swag!

We relaunched our entire Auvik swag shop with all new gear, designs and accessories, just in time for holiday delivery. Check out the new collections in unisex, men’s, women’s, and kids’ styles. It’s like a holiday gift guide unto itself!


That, friends, is our Holiday Gift Guide for 2022. And should any of these gifts for IT Pros just happen to make it into your own stocking, well… you probably deserve it too.

Good luck and let us know if we helped you in the comments! No fighting or you’re getting coal.


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Ryan LaFlamme is Auvik's Senior Content Manager. Ryan has worked as an advertising and marketing professional for over 12 years, working with leading global brands in Canada and internationally. Will probably pet your dog.


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