So you want to buy a handbag for someone this holiday but you’re not quite sure what to get. There are so many decisions that need to be made when purchasing a bag: color, shape, material, brand, price…the list goes on. There are ways, however, to narrow your search and help you choose that perfect handbag gift.
Style: Start your search by answering this question – what type of person is receiving this gift? Is she a stylish woman who wears designer labels with pride? Then of course nothing but a designer handbag will do. Look for names like Cole Haan, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Botkier just to name a few. Not looking to spend that much but still want something trendy? Check out more affordable but still stylish options from brands like Big Buddha, Jessica Simpson, Vieta, and Piazza. Look for bags that feature the latest trends which include hardware (studs and grommets), patents (shiny leather or faux leather), and exotic prints (snake print, croc, etc.).
Shape: Next, think about what the bag will be used for. Will it be an everyday bag she’ll carry to work and around town? Look for a shoulder bag with a decent amount of pockets or a roomy tote bag. Does she go out at night often? A simple evening clutch will work for any night outing from casual to formal. Does she travel often? A cross-body bag is a great option for style and safety.
Material: You can’t go wrong with leather (except if she’s a vegan). Leather handbags are timeless. They’re always trendy and go with just about everything. And leather bags aren’t just brown and black. There are beautiful options in bright colors like red, yellow, and pink. Faux leather gives you the look of leather – especially patent leather – for less. Plus, it’s animal-friendly. Does she have a more natural look? Look for straw handbags or even eco-friendly bags made from repurposed and sustainable materials. Fabric handbags are the way to go for beautiful patterns – Vera Bradley and Fossil are two brands that offer handbags with bold patterns.
Color: If you’ve ever shopped for handbags before, you know that they come in all the colors of the rainbow (and some that you’ll only find in a crayon box). How do you narrow down what color to purchase? Consider these two things – season and outfits. If you want to purchase a handbag that can be used immediately, don’t pick something in a spring color like bright yellow, green, or pink (unless you know she loves one of those colors). Look for deeper shades that are winter-friendly like deep reds, purples, and greens. Gray is also a trendy color this season. Black is also a timeless and classic color that goes with everything and that few women dislike. Also, be sure to think about the outfits she wears often. If her style is funky and includes bright, bold colors, something “out of season” like bright pastels might be just what she wants. However, if she’s a more classic dresser, stick to the more neutral colors like tan, brown, black, and gray.
Still can’t decide? Why not let her choose her perfect bag instead? Get her a gift card to eBags and she can pick out exactly what she wants. eBags gift certificates are available in any denomination and are delivered free on the date that you specify (or immediately for you last minute shoppers). You can personalize your gift certificate with an email greeting card and send it directly to the recipient, or you can send it to yourself and present your gift in person.