The right purse makes a great gift for anyone, thanks to the variety of styles out there. There’s something for your vintage-obsessed friend, your classic-loving mom, your luxury snob sister, and even yourself. But between crossbodies, clutches, totes, and shoulder bags — not to mention the array of colors and materials out there — it can be overwhelming to narrow down just what type of purse you want to buy.
We already know the basics: The ideal purse should be both functional and fashionable, allowing its wearer to carry around all of their necessities (and then some). It should also align with their personal style, without being so statement-making that it ends up at the bottom of their closet. With those factors in mind, the search simplifies ever so slightly.
To completely ease your holiday shopping, however, we’ve gathered the best bags from each category. From trendy new releases to classic luxury styles, these eight purses offer something for everyone — you may even find yourself tempted to treat yourself.
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Ugg just made Telfar’s it-bag that much more desirable. Covered in suede and shearling, this Shopping Bag will satisfy anyone with a penchant for plush purses. If you throw in a pair of matching Uggs, you’ll be gifting the chicest (and most comfortable) winter uniform.
Telfar totes are notoriously hard to get, however, and most models resell for double or triple their retail price. Luckily, this collaborative purse — arguably more exclusive than most — is available for pre-order. It may not arrive in time for the holidays, but the promise of a Telfar is better than no Telfar at all.
Sometimes, all you need is a big ass bag to throw all your belongings in. This iteration, perfectly capable of holding your laptop, snacks, books, and anything else you need to survive the day, is made of recycled heavyweight nylon and is machine washable.
Unlike a tote bag, this purse features interior pockets to organize your stuff, as well as an exterior pocket for easy access. Thick straps make carrying the bag comfortable, and when you’re done using it, the puffy purse packs down to a miniature pouch. Convenient and cute.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your mom, or your vintage-obsessed friend, you can’t go wrong with this classic Coach purse. An updated version of the brand’s archival Ergo style, this hobo bag features a credit card slot, adjustable strap, and interior zip pocket. Not too small and not too big, the purse is just right for carrying a wallet, keys, sunglasses, phone, and chapstick.
Soft leather guarantees the purse will only get better with age while minimal color blocking keeps it looking modern. “[This is] by far the best Coach silhouette,” reads one glowing review of the Ergo bag. “It makes me feel like a better version of myself when I carry it around!” Need I say more?
Made for the person who insists they’re not extra — but totally is, and loves it — this bright shearling bag features luxurious lambskin lining and gold hardware. It’s sure to make a statement by itself, but can also be paired with an equally statement-making outfit.
Quality materials, a designer name, and a mass celebrity following (see: Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Kim Kardashian) are behind this purse’s whopping price. But comparing Bottega Veneta’s resale value to its retail price quickly classifies this bag as an investment, meaning trendsetters can trade out the style for another even years down the road.
No brand has quite dominated the Gen Z space like Marc Jacob’s Heaven. Defined by funky graphics, trendy silhouettes, and unconventional materials, the line celebrates ‘00s alternative culture (and its current-day revival). Heaven’s best-selling shoulder bag, now covered in grungy daisy print, will delight trendsetters and teenagers alike.
Boasting a puffy nylon construction and rubber handle, this purse balances between cute and utilitarian aesthetics, meaning it can be styled a number of ways. No matter how it’s worn, though, you can trust the bag will make an appearance on its recipient’s Instagram feed. It’s a match made in #heaven.
Hypebaes need stylish bag options too. This Supreme sling bag is an upgrade from the typical fanny pack, and not just because of its logomania. Made of water-resistant nylon and sporting two zippered compartments, adjustable straps, and compression straps, this bag is as functional as it is fashionable.
Unlike other statement-making offerings, this bag is guaranteed to get regular wear. Its design is suitable for running errands, bar hopping, or putting the finishing touches on any fit. And with an array of colors to choose from — black, purple, camo, and orange are still available — this Supreme bag can adapt to anyone’s wardrobe.
Sometimes all someone needs is a black bag that goes with everything. This slim suede purse features a silver chain strap and embossed crocodile print, adding just the right amount of detail to a look. In line with its minimal style, this bag fits only the essentials; a phone, wallet, keys, and lip gloss, according to reviews.
Suitable for a friend who loves to go out — or anyone in need of a basic bag upgrade — this affordable purse is a great, no-brainer option.
Gucci’s Jackie bag may be the most popular bag of 2021. Beloved by influencers, TikTokers, and celebrities alike, the designer style comes in an array of colors and can be personalized with your recipient’s initials. Quality leather means the archival bag will be a gift that lasts a lifetime.
The history behind the Gucci purse proves it’s a classic that will never go out of fashion. Whether your recipient prefers street style or vintage looks, the Jackie bag — named after first lady Jackie Kennedy — can be styled a number of ways. An additional, detachable shoulder strap lets the bag be worn from its top handle or as a cross body.