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Without a doubt, snakeskin has been the biggest accessories trend of 2011. Everyone from Gucci to Valentino to Diane von Furstenberg has clamored for a piece of the exotic pie, and we’re betting that if you have a handbag lover on your list, she might want a little bit of snake in her stocking as well. Worried that you don’t have the budget for an exotic? Fret not, we have you covered.

From a little to a lot of snakeskin and from printed to embossed to the real thing, the latest installment of our Holiday Gift Guide 2011 deals with all things that slither (or that walk on hooves, but now we pretend that they slither so that we can save some cash). From wallets to everyday satchels, if it has scales, we’ve got it covered.

Gucci 1973 Medium Python Flap Bag, $2900 via Neiman Marcus

Elie Tahari Tammie Bag, $398 via ShopBop

Stella McCartney Falabella Faux Python Tote, $1435 via Net-a-Porter

Kotur Morley Embossed Minaudiere, $560 via Neiman Marcus

Diane von Furstenberg Zip Around Continental Wallet, $245 via ShopBop

Valentino One-of-a-Kind Snakeskin Satchel, was $2895, now $1939 via Neiman Marcus

VBH Brera Shiny Python Tote, $4800 via Bergdorf Goodman

Carlos Falchi East-West Gathered Python Tote, was $2495, now $1671 via Neiman Marcus

Marc by Marc Jacobs Snake Print Nylon Tote, $190 via Net-a-Porter

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  • rose60610

    Nice selection, I like the Valentino best. I like the way exotics can punch up an outfit.

  • mia

    The Kotur Morley one is adorable but the VBH one is just drop dead gorgeous.

  • Chris

    The Gucci is beautiful. I love the different shades of purple and the G’s that are not too prominent – you have to look twice. And the Valentino bag, of course, it is gorgeous.

  • Angela

    Drooling over the VBH bag – just gorgeous!

  • nappy

    i agree with angela.. but i’m kinda digging the Retro-Disco vibe that the Gucci one is giving..

  • Elyse Greenberg

    I saw that stella bag in the store recently and the color is to die for

  • Shirley J

    snakeskin is such a great print and texture…love the Kotur Morley Embossed Minaudiere clutch :)

  • JackieMar

    Skins are so much fun! The Marc Jacobs would make a great funky staple bag.

  • Alice

    I’m personally not a big fan of skins just because they tend to have or acquire a shiny plastic look. But the Stella is definitely a stand out as is the Valentino!

  • Antonia

    I love the Valentino and the Gucci ones!

  • Katia

    I love snake skins! you can do no wrong with snakeskins

  • Nadia

    Am I the only one that hates the Marc bag? I looks so cheap to me

  • Mari

    Snakes make me nervous, this trend really isn’t for me. So the marc jacobs is really the only one I’d wear.

  • Sil

    the valentino one is perfect! prett much the only one i like
    and the marc bag is just ugly

  • Jennie

    Love the print on the mbmj tote! Its a nice alternative to real skins.

  • Sarah

    I love python but I’d have to go with the faux type. The care involved with the real python terrifies me.

  • popaccessories

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  • camilla

    snakeskin? awful