There may come a time when you decide to buy your wife a purse as a gift. Perhaps she has been asking for a new one around her birthday or Christmastime, or you just want to surprise her with something nice. Chances are that your wife won't want to have just any bag as her primary purse.
Begin by going through the types of purses your wife currently owns. There is really no better way of knowing what she likes than by seeing what she owns. Don't just look at the one or two (or more) purses that she currently uses. You should also notice any purses she owns that she doesn't use. Make mental notes about the types of purses she has packed away. If she doesn't use them, you shouldn't buy her another of that type of purse.
Know what type of purses your wife likes. Does she prefer a tote bag, or is she more likely to carry a satchel? Are her purses made of leather or some other material? These are things you'll need to know before going out to any store.
Know if a designer label is important to your wife. It may not mean anything to you, but your wife may have her heart set on an expensive purse from Chanel, Coach or Louis Vuitton. If that is the case, she may even want a bag that explicitly shows the designer name right on the bag. Coach bags, for example, often have a large “C” somewhere on the bag.
Consider your wife's personality when choosing color and design. You should know your wife's favorite color (or colors). Search for a purse in that particular color. Perhaps your wife has somewhat of a “quirky” personality. If so, search for an elaborate purse with plenty of decoration. Don't get caught up trying to buy a purse that you think looks nice. This is a gift for your wife, not for you.
Pay attention to the types of straps found on the purse before you buy it. This is something that is a make-or-break consideration for many women when choosing a purse. Most women like to carry a purse over one shoulder. Some like to hold the bag down at the waist, while others keep the bag a bit higher. Purses come with one, two, three or sometimes four straps depending on the bag and type of purse. Know how many and what type of straps your wife likes. You want the bag to be both fashionable and comfortable for your wife.