Vera Bradley is best known for her quilted totes and handbags in a variety of ever changing seasonal patterns. As far as designer brands go, her line is affordable with many items selling under $100. Vera Bradley bags and accessories are designed to accommodate various women's lifestyles, making her merchandise ideal for new moms. If you are buying a gift for a woman having her first baby, there are several Vera Bradley items that would make a great choice. And starting September 22nd, you can choose from four new patterns from the Winter 2011 collection: Tea Garden, Floral Nightingale, Rhythm and Blues, Suzani.
The Baby Bag
Every new mom needs a baby bag filled with bottles, toys, wipes, snacks, and diapers when she's on the go. And the Vera Bradley baby bag comes with a matching changing blanket. In addition, the lining is plastic for easy cleaning when the baby bottle leaks (and you know it will.) Price: $99
Perfect Pocket Tote
The tote bag is Vera Bradley's signature item. But the perfect pocket tote does something different. It gives you two deep outside pockets that are big enough to hold 1 liter water bottles. So imagine new moms out shopping or running errands and being able to grab keys, baby toys, or a phone without having to open up and fumble through a handbag. Price: $62
The Julia Handbag
A crossbody bag is great for new moms. She can keep her hands free while she tends to her baby. But I like the Julia handbag for another reason. It comes with a top handle in addition to a detachable shoulder strap. So this Vera Bradley bag transforms from a convenient carry all to a classic stylish handbag for those rare times mom gets a night out alone with her husband or girlfriends. Price: $52*
The tech case is designed for holding items like phones, iPods, and cameras. But this little gem is roomy enough to carry a phone, credit cards, spare key, and cash ( I tried it!) And there's a detachable strap so it doubles as a wristlet. This way new moms can carry their handbag essentials without the bulk of a traditional handbag. I like this more than the All-In-One Wristlet because everything can be safely zippered up. Price: $25
*Note: The Julia handbag has just been retired. Keep an eye out for markdowns in stores, Vera Bradley outlets, and online!
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