There are so many wonderful things about the holiday season, that I'm sure if you were to write them all down, the list would be as endless as Santa's. If I had to narrow it down, festive fashion would be up there, in particular wonderful holiday themed handbags. Of course, festive fashion would come behind spending time with loved ones, giving thoughtful gifts, and obviously holiday food. Anyone else got a soft spot for brussels sprouts and roasted chestnuts?
This year there has been a surge in designers creating novelty handbags with many designers embracing this whimsical trend. From Anya Hindmarch's novelty clutches to Olympia Le Tan's book clutches to Larissa Hadjio's sea creature themed bags, there are a million options to choose from. One of the best parts about this trend is that many affordable stores have also created novelty handbags to rival the designer styles, so we can all grab a piece of the fun. A couple of my favorite styles include Skinnydip London's Holographic Take Out Bag and literally any bag by Charlotte Olympia.
As it's the season to be jolly, here are a bunch of festive themed novelty handbags to start your holiday season with a bag full of cheer!
1. The Snowman Bag
Xmas Snowman, $27, Etsy
The snowman is an iconic festive figure, he's appeared in countless Christmas movies, so keep this cute little guy close with his sweet wrist handle.
2. The Gingerbread House
Moral Of The Storybook Bag, $31, Mod Cloth
There are certain childhood holiday activities which you can still enjoy as an adult. One of these is creating a gingerbread man house. This sweet handbag takes inspiration from Hansel and Gretel and there's a moral of the story to be learned: don't be tempted to devour this beautiful house!
3. The Letter To Santa Bag
Katie Glitter Clutch With Faux Fur Pom, $24, Boohoo
Doesn't this adorable glitzy clutch look like a sparkly letter to Santa? You best be nice not naughty this year to get one of these metallic beauts, which come in gold or silver.
4. The Glitter Lips Clutch
Gold Glitter Perspex Lips Clutch, $390, Lulu Guiness
If you fancy a bit of a splurge this season, invest in a designer piece such as this divine golden glitter pout clutch by Lulu Guinness.
5. The OTT Christmas Tree
Let's face it, if you're going to wear a novelty handbag this season, you may as well go all out. This blinged up, bejewelled Christmas tree bag is just the ticket.
6. The Pink Present
We Now Present You Bag, $68, Modcloth
This pretty pink Betsey Johnson bag is sure to appeal to your girly side. It's made of vegan leather and topped with a sequin covered bow. This is definitely on my Christmas list this year; I may even gift it to myself.
7. The Subtle Christmas Tree Style Clutch
Tiered Fringed Suedette Clutch Teal, $25, Missguided
Fancy something a little more modest? This fringed, green bag looks a little like a section of a Christmas tree, so try this clutch on for size!
8. The Holiday Themed Tote Bag
Holiday Tote, $4, Forever 21
I feel like Forever 21 looked through a window into my brain and picked out literally everything I love about the holidays. This tote would be great for delivering your Christmas presents.
9. The 2D Gift Bag
Monki Gift Parcel Bag, $33, ASOS
A novelty bag should be cute and comedic and this 2 dimensional style Monki bag ticks all of the boxes.
10. The XMAS Scrabble Bag
Skinnydip Exclusive XMAS Glitter Cross Body Bag, $54, ASOS
In the case of this handbag, all that glitters truly is gold. This quirky bag is metallic, sparkly, and makes a reference to a much loved board game — what more could a gal wish for?
11. The Christmas Shopping Tote
I seriously love Christmas present shopping. You get the same thrill of the purchase but then realizing you're going to make someone happy is an awesome added bonus. So take this tote with you on your holiday shopping adventures.
12. The Realistic Santa Clause Bag
Polymer Clay Purse - Santa Claus, $70, Etsy
Check out this totally kooky clay purse in the likeness of Santa. It's so eccentrically awesome.
13. The Scrooge Clutch
Bah Humbug Christmas Clutch, $38, Topshop
This handbag goes out to all the Scrooges out there who hate every minute of the holiday season. Hopefully this clutch bag will make it a little more bearable.
You'll have holiday cheer in the bag with a novelty festive themed handbag.
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