What Would you Fill your IT-Themed Christmas Stocking?
One of the most common and popular traditions of the holiday season is filling Christmas stockings. Much like giving presents, the items you bring together make the most impact the more you personalize them to the person. A kid who loves arts and crafts would love a stocking filled with different art supplies. Adults can have fun with Christmas stockings as well. If you have a sports superfan, you can fill their stocking with merchandise from their favorite team.
Have a Very Techie Christmas
Over the past few days, we asked our users and the No-IP team what would be the best things, both literally and figuratively, in an IT-themed Christmas stocking:
The most popular suggestion we received was the Flipper Zero. This multitool is a toy-like portable device that “loves hacking digital stuff, such as radio protocols, access control systems, hardware, and more. It’s fully open-source and customizable, so you can extend it in whatever way you like.” The Flipper Zero looks like a handheld portable game console and has a cyber-dolphin to entertain and assist you on your projects. This is the perfect item to instill amusement and remind you you’re never too old to have fun.
Travel-Friendly Cleaning Cloths
Not only can you find cleaning cloths for gently wiping down LCD screens, phone screens, and lenses, or camera lenses, but you can also find them in cool and quirky designs and packaging. These are a great way to have fun. Take a look at a few from Nerdwax that look like tacos or a Wagyu steak. Microfiber cloths are one of those things that you need when you least expect it. Microfiber cloths are common in our everyday lives, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with them.
Compact Pocket LED Flashlight
This was the next most popular suggestion: A compact, but mighty LED flashlight. IT Administrators aren’t just sitting at their computers all day. They are also up and about managing server rooms, re-routing cables, or having to physically investigate connection hang-ups. Having a flashlight with a long battery life, but also easy to keep and carry can be crucial for certain tasks. There are ones that are more serious and straightforward like the Nebo LED Penlight or you can opt for something more fun and whimsical.
The Gift of Privacy
You don’t only have to give tangible gifts to friends and loved ones. Most gift options in an IT-themed Christmas stocking are ones you can’t stuff in a stocking. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a technology that establishes a secure and encrypted connection between your device and the internet. We have written many educational blogs on the many benefits of owning a VPN to browse the internet in freedom. No-IP has a partnership with IPVanish that provides different options for users to choose from at competitive prices.
Encryption and Protection
SSL Certificates help protect online transactions or applications on your domain using strong encryption. This holiday season, No-IP is offering a 50% off coupon on our popular Rapid SSL Wildcard DV Certificate. SSL Certificates are a great way to enhance your website’s credibility and security and thus are a great option for a small business owner or startup gaining traction.
Peace, Love, Joy, and Gifts They’ll Actually Enjoy!
There are so many different ways to celebrate the holidays, and traditions can be generations old, or brand new. Whatever the case, gift-giving has always been a wonderful way to show those you care about matter. Sticking with a theme, even IT-related, can be a way of sparking joy and laughter in even the most pragmatic and cynical techie in your life.