What to give the person who travels 

click to enlarge The much-anticipated Parallel 37 will open Monday at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco — helmed by award-winning chef Ron Siegel. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The much-anticipated Parallel 37 will open Monday at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco — helmed by award-winning chef Ron Siegel.

It is exactly two weeks before Christmas, and you’re still scrambling to find a gift for your loved one to enjoy. Here are five ideas for the person who loves to travel — all gifts are virtual, in a way, and will not take up a lot of legroom or cabin space.

For the unguided

Frommer’s Guide to San Francisco
Free to download

Frommer’s is currently offering its San Francisco iPhone app free on iTunes. Borrow your loved one’s iPhone for a few minutes and download the free Frommer’s Travel Tools app. From there, you can download the San Francisco guide for free, and other cities are available at varying prices.

For more information, visit itunes.apple.com/us.

For the foodie

Dinner at Parallel 37
$25 and up

The dining room at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco — expertly run by chef Ron Siegel — has won AAA’s five-diamond award 14 years in a row. This fall, the restaurant closed for renovation of a new restaurant concept — also run by Siegel — called Parallel 37. Set to open Monday, what better way to gift foodie friends — or take them out to dinner — at what is sure to be The City’s newest hot spot?

Inspired by the geographic latitude running near the Bay Area, the restaurant will feature meats, fish, fruits and vegetables from the Bay Area — complemented by a wine program focused on California wines, many from Napa and Sonoma counties. As for its appearance, Parallel 37 will feature a dramatic glass entrance from the lobby — contrasting with the Nob Hill hotel’s neoclassical architecture. Gift cards are available in any amount.

For more information, visit www.parallel37sf.com.

For the frequent flyer

In-airport massage
Cost varies

With four locations at San Francisco International Airport, XpressSpa is offering online gift certificates in $25 increments.

The airport spa — which also has locations throughout the U.S. and in Amsterdam — offers several treatments, such as foot massage, neck-and-back massage, manicures and pedicures, all of which can be customized in 10-, 15-, 20- or 30-minute appointments. To book a treatment, contact the spa branch you are visiting the morning before your flight.

For more information, visit www.xpresspa.com.

For oenophiles

Virgin America’s wine club
$79.99

Virgin America — which has a main hub at SFO’s new Terminal 2 — offers a wine club: Virgin Wines Explorers Club. Ask for your loved one’s Elevate member number and sign him or her up for the club.

For $79.99 (an average of $5.33 per bottle), the recipient will receive 12 wines — including free shipping — and three bottles of award-winning Malbec.

For more information, visit virginwines.com or call (866) 426-0336. At booking, use code 3491001 as well as the Elevate number.

For the shopper

A night on Union Square
$199

Sometimes, a getaway from home — even in your hometown — is a great way to refresh during the holidays. Consider giving someone a night in Union Square.

The iconic Westin St. Francis — located across the street from Union Square and the Safeway holiday ice rink — is offering an Extraordinary Holiday Savings package starting at $199 per night. Your loved one can enjoy the hotel’s festive spirit,  featuring a 15-foot, glimmering white-and-silver holiday tree decorated in LED lights; the country’s largest sugar castles; and proximity to San Francisco’s most popular holiday shopping district. Gold-embossed St. Francis Holiday Dollars — valid toward room reservations and in all hotel outlets, including dining and spa services — are available in increments of $50.

For more information, visit www.westinstfrancis.com.

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Kathleen Jay

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