Each December, I am asked the same question over and over: why should I buy my nerdy tech-savvy friend, spouse, co-worker, boss, etc.?

It is an excellent question, however, there may not be a good, single answer since technology is so personal!  Just last week I was asked by a parent of a college-aged son what cell phone they might consider picking up for their child for Christmas and unfortunately the best I could do was offer a less-than-helpful “it depends!”

However, there is one stocking stuffer that I would very much recommend for any tech-savvy person: the excellent Belkin SurgePlus Mini Travel Surge Protector!

Power is one of the most critical needs of a technophile.  As our bags and pockets fill up with gadgets and devices that run on power, we have a greater need than ever to pick up extra juice on the go.  If you have ever been to a conference, professional development workshop or meeting, this need is complicated by fact that not only are you carrying around 2+ devices that require power, so does everyone else in your meeting!  Outlets are at a premium and are quickly filled by others.

The Belkin is an excellent device device because it combines a surge protector with three outlets and two USB ports.  With this single device, you can easily turn one outlet into three (allowing you to share with others!) while creating two mobile device power ports without the need of carrying  separate USB charger ports.  I now have a few of these devices: one in my daily carry bag, one in my travel suitcase and one on the office.

At just $16.99 from Amazon, this is a great stocking stuffer, small gift or even office white elephant gift!

And don’t take my word for it!  A recent reader poll at Lifehacker named the SurgePlus the best portable power strip, beating all other competitors combined!

Pro tip: Amazon does offer an older version of this item for less, just $10.99, however, the USB ports offer less juice meaning a slower charge on your phone or tablet.  Spend the extra six bucks… it is well worth it!

What is your favorite tech-savvy stocking suffer for your tech-minded friends and family?  Comment below or give us a shout-out on Twitter!

Belkin SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports from Amazon

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