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The IT Pro’s 2012 Wish List

Whether or not you go in for Black Friday* madness, it’s officially wish list season. If you’re an IT pro, we’ve got just the items you’ll love:

For the gift that keeps giving, get a Loot Crate subscription. Loot Crate is a beer-of-the-month club for geeks: a monthly, themed box of “epic geek and gamer swag.” Past crates have had items like Diablo shirts, Zelda mints, and 8-bit sunglasses.

At some point, every guy has to wear a tie. It may as well be an awesome tie, with a pixel skull or a circuit board or a hexadecimal design.

IT pros might be on their feet all day … or not at all. Either way, a Fitbit is a great companion. We’re big fans of the little fitness gadget that tracks your activity. With graphs, badges, and leaderboards to increase motivation–and satisfy number-crunching cravings.

The Pro Tech Toolkit promises to “dish out sweet repair justice.” With 70 tools, from spudgers to rulers, this kit is as good as a solution in hand.

Instead of the tired photo card, send a holiday greeting in QR code. The convergence of creativity, code, and cheer will be appreciated.

Good earbuds. Audiophiles put up with poor quality sound from the rest of the world on a daily basis; let them enjoy their portable sounds with Klipsch Image earbuds.

Gaming and caffeine are life essentials for techies. Equip them for both with a Tetris heat-changing mug

Everyone needs a foam Minecraft sword. Why? Don’t ask why.

For the ultimate GoT fan, go with a Game of Thrones… throne. Sorry, it does not qualify for free shipping. So you’ll have to think carefully about whether this gift is worth the $29,999 blood price.

And of course, no gift list would be complete without mentioning a CBT Nuggets subscription! What’s better for an IT pro than unlimited access to the best IT training in the galaxy?

*For our friends outside the U.S.: “Black Friday” refers to the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a popular day for people to shop for Christmas presents. 

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