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FAB FIVE gifts for travelers
By Patty Burness


Stylish Sanuk Safari sandals
photos: Patty Burness
Whether hip flip flops, skin conditioning finds, or a handy travel tool, these gifts are sure to be a hit with the traveler in your life.

Yoga ‘Safari’ Sandals
Sanuk makes these sandals from yoga mats – comfortable, durable and stylish. Sanuk means “fun” in Thai and that’s just what the company and their products are all about. From the biodegradable bag to the recyclable materials, Sanuk’s designs are unique. San Francisco Surf Company, 2181 Union Street (near Fillmore), 415-771-0600,; $32

Waleda Shaving Cream
With sweet almond oil, goat’s milk and organic pansy extract, this fresh, herbal-scented skin-softening treatment calms and conditions sensitive skin so your guy’s face is clean-cut and smooth. And in a convenient 2.5-ounce tube, he can slip it in his carry-on and stay that way while he’s away. Real Food Company, 3060 Fillmore Street (at Filbert), 415-567-6900,; $12

MyChelle Dermaceuticals All-in-One Travel & Gift Kits
MyChelle’s award-winning natural skin-care products are nontoxic and free of phthalates, parabens and fragrances. These trial kits are great gift ideas, come in perfect travel sizes for several skin types (normal, oily, dry/mature, sensitive, anti-aging, or sun-damaged), and include an FAA-approved resealable bag for travel. VitaminExpress, 2047 Fillmore Street (at California), 415-922-3811,; $23–$26

Alba Botanicals Facial Masks
Rich in fruit and plant extracts, vitamins and natural botanicals, these detoxifying masks are made for the person on the go. The Papaya Enzyme mask increases circulation while improving firmness and texture, and the Deep Sea mask with kaolin clay, sea algae and aloe vera tones and revitalizes. Real Food Company, 3060 Fillmore Street (at Filbert), 415-567-6900,; $10 & $13

This Leatherman "Charge AL" is an
essential travel tool

Leatherman ‘Charge AL’
This legendary travel tool is a must-have for road or cycling trips, camping or boating excursions. With over 20 separate tools including knife blades, files, needle-nose pliers, crimpers, screwdrivers, saw, ruler, and more, it measures only 4 inches long and comes in a leather case. Cole Hardware, 2254 Polk Street (at Green), 415-674-8913; $100

Patty Burness is the travel writer for Northside San Francisco. E-mail:

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