WHAT: Designer Handbags and Wallets
*WHERE: Reputable High End Consignment Stores (Brick and Mortar or Online)
SHOP IT LIKE A BOSS: Focus on classic luxury: I think the best gifts are from Louis Vuitton, Goyard, Bottega Veneta, YSL, Henry Beguelin, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Loewe, Chloe, and (the big guns) Hermès and Chanel. Seek styles unrelated to specific seasons (unless requested), and only purchase bags that have been authenticated or come with original proof of purchase (most consignment shops like Common Threads provide this service and/or information). Inspect the bag carefully: consider the trim, lining, interior and exterior pockets, and closures, and give it a good smell. Nothing need be perfect, but everything should be neat, clean and in working condition. Always ask for the dust bag (many high end consigned bags come with the originals, and they are divine to have). At home, wipe the bag gently with a damp cloth inside and out to remove dust; stuff to give the shape a little encouragement. You can keep the bag stuffed to wrap, or remove stuffing after letting it sit for 48 hours or so. Place the bag in its duster, or simply place it in a plain brown card board gift box lined loads of tissue paper.