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Gift Guide: The Best Purses

Gift Guide: The cutest purses (and mostly all on sale!)

Welcome to the latest gift guide… it’s all about purses! And, thanks to Cyber Monday, so many of these gorgeous girls are on sale. This is the perfect gift guide to share with a loved one looking for a fab gift for you (just direct ’em my way!). It’s also perfect for treating your mama, bestie, etc to something a little more special.

Last year, I gifted purses to my PR work team and I’m pleased to say, it was a huge hit. I loved finding items that fit their personality and to treat them to something they might not have splurged on.

I’m so in love with each of the options below.




Ann Taylor Velvet bow clutch

Gift Guide: All the best purses (and mostly on sale)

Don’t let the size of this image fool you… this gorgeous clutch is larger than it appears with plenty of room. I’m obsessed with velvet right now and loving how this goes with everything. It’s also available in a really pretty rich blue.


Cuyana Mini Bow Bag

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This purse, by Cuyana — an up-and-coming brand — is so gorgeous and just a little bit different. Wear the strap, or take it off and hold the purse by the bow. Real leather, and in a classic black (it also comes in red), it’s the type of black bag everyone will want to know where you got. Plus, you can easily wear it with denim, or with your LBD. Love that!


Heart of the Tiger Envelope Clutch

Gift Guide: All the best purses (and mostly on sale)

There’s something about this clutch that I’m so in love with. Maybe it’s that Gucci vibe, I’m not sure, but either way this envelope clutch is so freaking cool… and a WAY better price than Gucci. It’s for sure the easiest way to totally elevate your go-to black top and jeans look (you know what I mean… we all do it). 😉


Rebecca Minkoff Velvet Envelope Clutch

Ok, ok… if the one above is too much for you, be sure to add Rebecca Minkoff’s envelope clutch to your wish list… or gift it to someone for sure. They’ve been so popular she features them in so many colors, prints, etc. (check them out here or here, currently on 25% off promo!), though I’m personally partial to this gorgeous velvet that has that luxe feel…. and best of all, this, and a few others are marked down 30% to under $67!


Tuckernuck Bow Clutch

Gift Guide: All the best purses (and mostly on sale)

I’m sorry but is your purse a bow?! SWOON. How freaking cute, and under $50. That is all. You win.

Gucci Camera bag

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This quilted Gucci is such a stunner and instead of a traditional black go for a wear-with-everything taupe, which you’re more likely to wear year-round as well. I have this Gucci and even though I got it last holiday season as an evening purse, I find myself wearing it so much more than I could have imaged, even daytime when I just need a smaller purse. These fit so much more than you can imagine.


Tory Burch McGraw Satchel

GIft GUide: All about the purses

A beautiful investment, this satchel comes in a few colors (perfect if you are due for a new black or camel bag), however I’m so partial to this gorgeous blush that literally goes with everything in your closet. EVERYTHING. This satchel is so beautiful, is perfect for everyday use with the compartments and side zipper (plus a longer strap perfect i you’re carrying other items), and is currently 30% off.

Street Level Reversible Tote with Wristlet

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The best tote money can buy… especially because it’s like 2-4-1! At $48, this reversible tote is an amazing addition to any wardrobe…. check out the 1K+ reviews on Nordstrom’s site! I have one from a few years ago except I wish mine was this black/camel combo — mine is a camel/coral so I usually wear it in spring/summer. The faux leather has a really nice feel and I love how it fits a laptop/e-reader, etc and plenty of essentials without feeling heavy.


Sole Society Leopard Crossbody

The ultimate neutral: leopard! So in love with this leopard crossbody for under $80 via Sole Society. The leopard print on the flap detail is so pretty without being an all-over print some might find overwhelming. You can easily use this for work, for happy hour or for date night. It’s a great size with ample pockets and storage.


Rebecca Minkoff “Regan” Satchel

Personally, this and the Tory Burch above are my favorites (with this having a better price tag). This satchel — which is 25% off today! — has so many interesting details, has the softest, buttery leather, can be worn cross-body if you’re toting around groceries, kids, etc and the tassels add that cool girl vibe. I’ve always debated this purse and have never pulled the trigger though I must confess, my friend Lauren got it a few months ago and every time I see her I want to steal it from her. 😉

Tory Burch Link Tote

A classic, beautiful tote at just under $200 you’ve likely seen all over by now! It reminds me so much of the Louis Vuitton Neverfull (without the price tag, obv). I have a few friends who have and love, love this tote because it holds everything — you can even get an organizer and make it a baby bag.



Mark & Graham and Madewell: classic leather “camera bags” under $150 

Gift Guide: All the best purses (and mostly on sale)

Gift Guide: All the best purses (and mostly on sale)

Love the look of a classic leather cross body without the price tag? Both of these have been on my personal list for awhile now. I stumbled across the Mark & Graham option (the top one in red) when I somehow got on their mailing list but it worked out… I’m seriously in love with so much! This — like the Madewell option — comes in a handful of colors — and is real, well constructed leather. Both are classic, yet one of these pieces you always wished you had, right? I do. It’s fun to have “fun” pieces but then I’m going to an outdoor fair, a green market, running a quick errand, etc., and I wish I had something cute, functional and light-weight. These are those.




Calpak luggage

Umm….. ROSE GOLD LUGGAGE. YES. Just all the yes. It also comes in the prettiest shades of brushed gold, silver & white (with black detailing) but I just can’t get enough of this rose gold.


Find the purses above — plus a few other goodies! — right here:


PS: The “Holiday Sale Alerts” page here on The Modern Savvy has been updated with the Cyber Monday deals! 

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    December 3, 2017 at 12:11 AM

    I’m in need of a camera bag. My current one is getting really worn out. I love the Mark & Graham version.


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      December 4, 2017 at 3:41 PM

      Totally agree… the Mark & Graham is also my favorite. The leather looks so nice, and I love the monogram feature.

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    November 27, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Hands down my favorite gift to receive! Swooning over the velvet clutch with the bow!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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    November 27, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    I love the Rebecca Minkoff satchel. I have one and it is by far one of my favorite bags! Get one!

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      November 27, 2017 at 3:07 PM

      Is it?? Ahh, that’s so good to know! It might have to be my next bag purchase (or gift request!) 😉 Thanks, Robyn!!

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    November 26, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    I want the rose gold luggage! I wonder how it holds up because I have the marble set and it gets so easily dinged. Great picks!


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      November 27, 2017 at 3:08 PM

      Does it? That’s unfortunate. I’ve heard great things about Calpak but it’s always risky with that lighter luggage for sure.

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    November 26, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    Love that bow bag too!!

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      November 27, 2017 at 3:08 PM

      So awesome, right?! LOVE.

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