Well, the Christmas shopping is almost complete. Now is the time I usually remember I've got to buy some gifts for my technicians. I float a little bit so I don't feel obligated to buy for everybody, but there are some regular technicians that I've worked with for quite a while and I do like to get something for them. In fact, there are a few of them who are REALLY good, and at Christmas I really want to show my appreciation for them helping me out so consistently. And obviously, I know they don't make the salary that I do. Sometimes you work in a place where you know one or two techs really well, and the others not so much. It's a little awkward but sometimes I have to slip them a gift out of sight of the others.
I usually go with gift cards. If I know they like to shop at a certain place or eat lunch at some favorite spot, I get those. Failing that, I figure everyone can use a Target or a Wal-Mart card. It's not too imaginative, but I feel weird about just giving someone money. You chat with people all year long but unless they have some over-riding passion that you identify with them, it's sometimes hard to remember (what was that restaurant she said she really liked??) I hope it's not too much of a cop-out. I just want to give them something they can use.
Any technicians out there who got a gift they really liked?