Can you believe the most wonderful time of the year is knocking at our doors? We can sit around and chat about how fast the year flew by, but it is time to get our shopping lists made and start buying gifts for those we love (and also for ourselves, of course). For those of you who are looking for great handbags under $500 for holiday gifts, we have a list of the 9 best, just for you.


Alexander Wang Lydia Embossed Clutch | $460 via ShopBop

Alexander Wang always delivers amazing accessories and recently the entire PurseBlog team has been crushing on his clutches. I love the glazed and embossed finish on the aptly named red leather (they call it Spice). A hidden push-lock closure at the front flap and zip gussets at the sides finish this option off.


Marc by Marc Jacobs Natasha Leather Shoulder Bag | $370 via Net-A-Porter

If you know someone who loves the look of Marc Jacobs but can’t afford to pay the hefty ticket price, turn to the little sister line, Marc by Marc Jacobs. The Natasha Bag has been done and re-done in a variety of ways, but the bright green leather is just the pop of color the holidays call for.


Botkier Misha Snake Embossed Shoulder Bag | $445 via ShopBop

Do you know someone who wants a classic bag? Turn to Botkier for this special person. There is an entirely polished and elegant appeal to the Misha Snake Embossed Shoulder Bag. The olive leather is offset by gold metal trim and I see this bag being a wardrobe staple for years to come.


See by Chloe Hilo Small perforated leather shoulder bag | $375 via Net-A-Porter

For the gal who loves a little bit of preppiness and femininity, I love the See by Chloe Hilo Bag. The blush and cream leather can be worn as a winter white and easily transition to spring and summer. There are perfect touches to make this bag stand out.


Theyskens’ Theory Anta Mini Flap Bag | $495 via ShopBop

Are you shopping for someone that loves a little bit of funk and color? Turn to Theyskens’ Theory and this hand-painted leather flap bag. Another really neat finishing touch to this bag is the nifty cross-strap detailing.


Rachel Zoe Jane Satchel | $450 via Neiman Marcus

BANANAS. Rachel Zoe has delved into the designer handbag world and if her collection reflects on her own personal bag style, then we are in for many treats. The Jane Satchel can be gifted for the lady who needs a proper work bag or the lady who wants a sleek structured bag.


LeSportsac Platinum Sherry Small Passerby Satchel | $88 via ShopBop

Fun and flirty, this LeSportsac Satchel stands out because of its two toned sequin body. This is also the least expensive item on our list, costing only $88 and suited so well for the season of sparkles and glitter.


Cambridge Satchel Company | $155 via ShopBop

Let the Cambridge Satchel Company obsession continue! I love the structured schoolbag feel paired with incredibly bright neon hues. Choose from pink, green, yellow, and orange.


Carlos Falchi Baby Python Satchel | $395 via Saks

Last but certainly not least, I found you an amazing option from Carlos Falchi. Not only is this bag python skin (for under $400), but also it is made in the USA. The design is taken from one of Carlos’ most iconic bags and shrunken down to be the perfect bag to take out on the town.

  • MizzJ

    The Theyskens bag is SO COOL! I’m crushing on the A. Wang as well.
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  • Papertiger

    Love the Chloe and the CF python is a bargain IMO

  • lucy

    Fyi, re: the Falchi (and I have posted on this previously but I’m on a mission to really warn you guys!), I bought one of their python bags in May, 2010. In one year, the color went from a rich, creamy ivory/grey/beige to muddy yellowish yuck. They told me it’s normal for skins to turn darker and refused to take the bag back or do anything about it. Then they stopped even responding to me. I now have a $1500 bag that I won’t use and cannot sell. So purchase a Falchi at your own risk, girls!

    • Papertiger

      Thank you for your advice lucy

  • Beralis

    Botkier Misha Snake Embossed Shoulder Bag is gorgeous! Santa Please bring this to me! xoxo

  • jennesia

    The theysken’s is gor-geous! and the rachel zoe bag looks very similar to the Dolce & Gabbana Ms. Sicily

  • mandi

    The Botkier is on my wish list!

  • Shirley J

    Cambridge Satchel Company and Marc by Marc Jacobs Natasha Leather Shoulder Bag hands down :)

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    Marc by Marc Jacobs Natasha – classy, stylish, practical, and lovable.
    Theyskens’ Theory Anta Mini Flap Bag – edgy, cool, adventurous, addictive.
    I love them both!