A Handbag Gift Guide Just For You, Curated By TZR's Fashion Editors


When it comes to putting together a holiday wish list, the practical usually takes backseat to the fantastic. Sure you could ask for more wool socks or a stockpile of soap but well, it's just not as fun to tear open a box stocked with something banal as it does when what's inside is a decadent treat. You have the rest of the year to buy things you need, but December is the month to ask for what you want. Which is why a handbag gift guide, handpicked by TZR's editors is exactly where to begin your dreaming and scheming this season.

A great bag isn't just an investment piece; it's also the exclamation point of any outfit. Slick, shiny patent leather can streamline an otherwise colorful look, while a belt bag can add extra style points to an already trendy ensemble. Your purse punctuates your personal style in a way coat or boots just can't. And if you feel the need to justify your dream handbag request to those actually doing the buying, here's an honest fact: a bag you'll use every day will have a lower cost per wear than just about anything else you might ask for. So then, maybe a lust-worthy bag is a practical purchase after all.

Below, find a list of the bags TZR's editors have their eyes on now, along with a little extra explanation as to why they should make your holiday wish list too.

"Just going to go out on a limb here and say cowhide is the new snakeskin, and this Staud bag proves it." — Lauren Caruso, Managing Editor

"I think about Prada's sleek bags more than I'd care to admit. I love that the brand can perfectly toe the line between sophisticated and sporty." — Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor

"I have a soft spot for belt bags, especially when working or running from appointment to appointment (remember NYFW this past season?). This style from CFDA Elaine Gold fellows, ASHYA, is phenomenal! From the beautiful rich Citrine-yellow color to the modern utilitarian design, I need to finally have this in my rolodex of accessories for 2019!" — Mecca James Williams, Contributing Market Editor

"Who *doesn't* need a chainmail bag?" — LC

"I've long loved Loewe's clever puzzle bags from afar, but the recently launched mini size may just convince me to finally pull the trigger. It's the perfect everyday bag that fits the necessities while forcing me to cut down on clutter." — AM

"The structured silhouette of this handbag mixed with the very cool buckle detail has me obsessed." — MJW

"This suede tassel clutch from Carolina Santo Domingo barely even fits my phone, let alone my wallet. But I still very much want it." — LC

"My obsession with Kim Jones' work at Dior runs deep, and though the saddle bag below is technically a men's design, I would give up a lot of things to get my hands on it. Sadly, it's basically impossible to score online, so some smart IRL shopping would be wholly necessary." — AM

"I adore Ratio Et Motus bags. They are simple, classic, and super modern. The neutral, monochromatic bags would be a beautiful addition to my collection." — MJW

"Just about every bag from By Far sells out, and this sage green croc-effect bag will be no different." — LC

"I already have Wandler's adorable leather belt bag, but I love the combination of the unexpected shape and pop of color that the Hortensia provides. It would be easy to style with neutrals, but as someone whose not afraid to mix and match bright colors, I wouldn't be afraid to do that too." — AM

""You can never go wrong with a bucket bag, and this beauty could hold all my holiday travel essentials and more!" — MJW