A few days ago, I cleaned out my purse in public. I was at the pool with my kids and my friend and her kids, and I just had it. I was looking for something. I don’t even remember what but I couldn’t find it. Instead, I found Skylanders. And random pieces of food. (gross!) And melted chocolate. Oops. I broke my rule about eating all the chocolate again. And a whole lot of trash, at least some of which I didn’t put there. And a stuffed animal. And goggles.
No wonder moms need big purses! Except on date night. On date night, I’m all about the small purse.
Okay, okay. I just love purses. But I don’t ever really spend much on them. That’s a shame.
I have to admit it, I love to have a pretty purse or bag. I hate to spend money on a new purse for myself though, so I am very excited when I am given a nice one as a gift! I’ve picked out the ten best purses I would love to get as a gift, based on brand reputation, reviews on Amazon, and adorable cuteness or elegant swank. This is my purse wish list. I’m willing to share – it can be your purse wish list too.
1. I really love this beautiful and large cross body bag from Fossil. I might have to buy this one. It’s gorgeous, neutral, and has 4.5 stars which is pretty much as high as it gets for handbags on Amazon. It comes in brown, dark brown and black ( I love all three) and is 100% Leather.
2. I’m a big fan of pink purses. Splash of color and all. And this gorgeous and generously sized purse from Kate Spade makes me drool. I need some Kate Spade in my life! Made of 100% Cow Spit Leather (never heard of that term before) and available in 34 *gorgeous* colors!
3. Everybody wants a good COACH purse right? This one makes me smile, and the color choices are numerous but I chose this elegant neutral silver for this design. I’ve heard COACH purses last forever. Someone needs to get me one so I can test that against Mommydom! This one gets 5 stars on Amazon. Nice!
4. Purple. I’m not an old woman yet, but I shall certainly wear purple if I find some I like. This purple purse is the perfect color of purple for me – dark enough to not jump out at you, and girly enough with an understated elegance. Also, Michael Kors. And big enough to carry my computer. It says it’s a “medium tote bag”. But (ahem) I have a large body and need a large body purse. And I’m a mom. This is purse is my size!
5. I have some Levenger bags. The leather is so beautiful and soft and real and they come with a sweet velvety bag to store them in! I love my Fortunata Tote. I especially love this beauty. I actually carry this bag in canvas every single day. It’s so handy! I’ve had my eye on the leather version since the bag came out this year.
6. Okay this handbag – from Kattee – is cute. 4.5 stars on Amazon. Two-color options ( this one or black) and perfect for date night or any time it’s a little too dressy to go BIG. Still a great size!
7. I didn’t even know Dooney and Bourke existed before tonight (I thought that was something fake on TV) but they do have very sweet handbags in real leather and FIVE STARS on Amazon which is huge. I love this red one. I’ve been looking for a red bag.
8. Vintage and Floral. And leather. And American-made. I am loving this gorgeous floral purse from V-Mate. I’ve never heard of this brand, but this looks like quality and I would buy it in a heartbeat. Beautiful.
9. Can we say date night again? Because this bag is little but ADORABLE and I would carry it on a date any day. So orange! So Fall! So sweet. Okay, enough. It’s Tory Burch. It’s orange.
Ann James says
Oh I love number 10!!!!
So do I
Angela M. says
Love! ?Love! ?Love! ?
Number 6 is cute. I’ve never had a fancy purse. Usually a jean purse or something just small but cheap and served it’s purpose.
Sonia Baez says
These bags are lovely. They look very elegant.
Deanna Harrison says
I really like the bright colors of the purse, and it would go perfectly with my tendancy to wear black, white and pops of color.
Amy C says
I could use a new purse and the flowers and color on this one are fabulous!
So pretty! I get in a rut with purses and always buy brown or black.
Cute purse-I don’t often spend money on purses so this gave me a bit of direction, thanks
Andrea F. says
This purses are just adorable. Might have to buy some for myself!
Darcy Carmichael says
I would love to win because I’m pretty sure my niece would love this!
What a way to carry summer with you. Beautiful!
Joede F says
Good purses are hard to come by at affordable priced and receiving one free is a great price.
Nicole Sparks says
My current purse is falling apart.
I’m actually an incredibly non-competitive person! I do not like to win AT ALL and usually feel bad if I do win at something. However, with give-a-ways, I love to win those because I “pay it forward” and give the gift to someone else!
I love it and it’s cute! I need a new purse
Dianna Auton says
It’s such a beautiful bag, who wouldn’t want to win it.
I don’t splurge on purses for myself, and I would love to win this one! I like your top 10 list…especially the hot pink Kate Spade, the silver Coach, the purple Michael Kors, the vintage V-Mate, and of course the floral Kate Spade. Awesome choices!! Have a great day!!
Cheryl s. says
Love number 10 – I love totes!
Lori H says
It’s nice to get nice things ?These purses are nice.
Tara H says
I love purses!
What a perfect list!
How about showing us purses that are good yet affordable? I cannot justify spending over $50 for a purse and I know all of these brands run in the hundreds of dollars. I have four kids and their needs come before a freaking purse.
Amy Blevins says
Sadly, the purses I usually purchase ($9-12 on clearance) have unexplained tears, stains, rips, and holes within a few months. So I keep making that purchase over and over. I have heard that a high quality purse can last for years and years. I’d like to test that theory. I have six kids and can understand the cost issue. It’s why I don’t have my own pair of tennis shoes, wear jeans that are four years old, and shop at thrift stores. That’s also why I wouldn’t buy one of these for myself, but would love to get something this amazing as a gift. My husband does occasionally splurge on me for which I am always grateful.
Brenda Lim says
WOW!!!!! I must say you have nice taste in purses. When I purchase purses I think of them more out of necessity vs fashion statement. So I never considered splurging for one as an accessory. A pop of color would definitely be a change for me!
Amy Blevins says
I do not purchase purses like this for myself, I usually by the ones that are just a few dollars off the clearance rack. But I’ve been told over and over by friends that the brand name purses last forever, and the ones I get on clearance certainly do not last long. I would *love* to get one of these as a gift. Like I said, these are on my wishlist.
I love bags, but due to the last few years a new name brand bag is out of reach. Would love to win this giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.
Lisa Fetty says
These bags are all gorgeous! That Kate Spade is so pretty!
I have always used a backpack. It would be nice to have a classy purse for a change. Love it!
Lori B. says
I like to win stuff as then I have money to spend on other things we need! I’ve never had an expensive purse before!
I have not bought a new purse in 20 yrs. I really love #1
Jill Miller says
what’s not to love about winning??
I love this post! I love purses, but haven’t bought myself a new one in a LONG time.
Amy Blevins says
I tend to buy myself the $9 kind on clearance. But I would love to be given one of these as a gift!
What’s not to love…Kate Spade is great.
Kristina Stephens Gray says
I love purses!
Melissa Cazares says
3 and 7 are really cute.
I like 1,3,6 and 7
I like to win so that I can give the item away as a present! This one would be especially perfect for my sister! Trying to be frugal and save money, especially with Christmas shopping starting, winning a giveaway would help with the budget!!
I am a bag/purse lady too! And I refuse to spend a lot on them. Love your picks and I extra love the giveaway! ❤️
I love the Kattee purse, too, but it’s much too small to be a functional purse for me as a mom of four…okay, nevermind the mom part; I just haul a lot around with me. The Levenger is more my style (love totes!), but I think I like it a little bigger. Also found it to be pricey, especially the leather ones!! So for now I’ll stick with what I have. 🙂
Karyn H. says
I would love a new purse. Fun!
Tamara Dillard says
These are beautiful purses. I would love to be able to buy purses like this but on a soldier’s income and college kids that isn’t possible. I am always hoping to win one. My best friend has told me I need to buy myself just 1 Coach purse or Kate Spade purse before I die because I would totally understand the love of them. Maybe one day. Thanks for sharing this list. I definitely love to window shop online!
Sarah Richter says
I definitely love Number 10 the best but they are all beautiful. I would love a bag that I can take to my homeschool co-op and stay better organized rather than the million bags I feel like I’m always hauling and searching through. Thanks for this great giveaway!
I love, love, love Kate Spade! It holds up and looks classy. I’ve splurged on a few & they’re wearing so well! But something colorful like that would be such a fun addition.
I love this blog because I’m a homeschool Mom and I;m always looking for that perfect purse to carry many things. This blog was amazing and the purses are all so beautiful! Thank you. 🙂
Donna McBride says
They are all beautiful. Normally I keep my eye out at the thrift shops as I can not bring myself to spend a lot of money on something that is meant to hold my money. The one time I did spend good money on a nice purse my 4 year old daughter took it and filled it up with stuff and said it was her’s.
Absolutely love the colors in the Kate Spade purse !
Amy Blevins says
me too! It’s so cute.
Kimberly R says
I would love to win because purses can be so expensive and I would love to get a new one. I haven’t purchased a new one in several years as we have a limited budget.
Orange is my color.
Danielle Clark says
Amelia Lightle says
Would LOVE this bag!
Angela K. says
I actually looked at this article to get ideas for a new purse because my old one just bit the dust, but these are all way out of my price range. I do have to admit that I had been looking at the Fossil bag though… alas, just a dream.
Annie Currier says
I would love to win! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect purse for years! I’m going to research all of your suggestions.?
My kids were just noticing last week that my shoulder strap is coming apart on my current purse. It would GREAT to win a new purse!
Jennifer Lang says
I love Kate Spade purses!!!
Clarissa West says
Leiah Zaragoza says
This color! This light neutral shade is perfect! With the reversible two options, would match practically any outfit, and put a little pep in a busy mom’s step!
These are all so cute! I love all things pink for summer. Thanks for the chance to win.
Wendy Miles says
Green, orange or magenta would have to be for sure my favorite colors for a fun summer bag. I have a Coach purse now and the durability is absolutely amazing!
Lindsey R. says
I love basic black handbags, but the floral is lovely!
Sheryl Roth says
My favorite is the white with beige coach design.
Amy M. from NC says
I happen to like them all! I like both vibrant, springy colors and neutral any season colors.
I’d say #6 … but it’s nearly a tie with #7! =)
I would love violet or purple for a summer tote! Lovely purses!
Michelle Taylor says
I am using a tan right now. I would love a aqua or bright blue.
I’d pick the khaki color. I love a good tote.
Glenda B. says
My favorite summer tote is the Coach City Tote. But the only way I would ever own an expensive bag like this is to win one. If I did win though my favorite color for the bag would be the color shown above, the Light Khaki & Chalk color combo. I tend to go with soft, neutral colors.
The pink Kate Spade one looks incredible. I love purses but don’t really have fancy ones.
I like number 5
I would opt for a deep purple.
thanks for hosting. I may need to check out the levenger canvas bag
Lisa H says
I love the light neutral color. I have a nice dark purse and just got a bright pink 🙂 but am lacking a good light-colored purse.
My favorite colored summer purse is a blue and white Vera Bradley. I do like the neutral white of the pictures Coach purse. I would love to win this! Thank you for doing this giveaway!
Sandy M says
I like tan because it goes with almost everything and hides any dirt that might get picked up from shopping carts, benches or the hands of the littles as they help! 🙂 Another brand I LOVE is Miche! Easy to swap out the exterior for a whole new look in one minutes flat!! 🙂 Definetely a busy mom bag!!
Janice Adams says
I LOVE #3 , I would like it even more in a black or brown
Jessica Boivin says
Love a classical timeless purse!
Sharon Normark says
Number 8 is my favorite. I love the vintage rose!
Kristin J DeFazio says
I don’t have a favorite color tote.
Enjoyed “window” shopping with you! So many other priorities that I don’t often think about special purses. I would totally wear purple with you!
C. Webb says
I love bags in neutral colors, but I’d love a pretty aqua bag.
Love the pink! Thanks for the give a way!
Nancy C. says
I love all the bags but the Fossil purse in light brown would be really nice.
Keri Archer says
The silver coach bag is my favorite. Thank you for the opportunity to win the gorgeous tote and clutch.
Stephanie Gaddis says
Love the Kate Spade bag!!
Nikki Rod says
I love a neutral purse. Brown, grey, tan… not too flashy.
Chalk color is good.
elisabeth s says
MY favorite summer purse that I own is cream with large blue flowers on it. FRom your list my favorite is the sliver coach. I do prefer more neutral colors, so I like the color of the tote shown in the video.
Amy Crawford says
I like my bags to be in neutral colors.
Amy McPherson says
Amy P says
I love the purple purse also.
Angela S says
These are awesome! I love a good neutral colored purse… but I also love a pop of color sometimes.
Jen M. says
I appreciate the recommendations, but it would be nice to see some non-leather options. I never realized what went into making leather (of course I always knew it was cow skin) but didn’t ever think of the realities until recently. I think it’s important to see where it comes from and make sure you’re ok with carrying that around. More non- cow skin purse options would be great! Thanks for your input!
Brittany Haley says
Loving these options! Looking into some of the crossbodies!
I came across your blog while searching for the perfect purse for a mom. Mine just bit the dust and I also hate spending a lot. I have 4 kids, so I’m not ready to downsize too much, but I don’t want to carry a suitcase around!
Evelyn Nathan says
With the kids, many mothers find it difficult to carry handbags. So she likes to take a small purse. you share the beautiful and loving purses. I like that. Thanks a lot for this beauty Enjoying article with me. I appreciate it very much!