In keeping with the holiday gift theme this month (did you catch my kind-of-a-gift-guide last week?), I’m thrilled to share not one but TWO lovely giveaways with you all. Though be warned: if you win you “may” just want to keep these for yourself (no judging).

First up?

Mermade Brooklyn.

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Mermade is the creation of Meredith Siegel – who is as warm and funny as she is creative and super-talented. She’s whipped up a fun collection of handbags and clutches that are handmade, well-priced and simply adorable.

Meredith works mostly in burlap (black or natural) and denim, with trim options ranging from lace to suede fringe to velvet and more. And the insides are given just as much love  – all bags are fully lined with a same-yet-different material.

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Mermade bags come in various sizes too – from “bag-in-a-bag” (remember these?) type pouches, to clutches, to cross-bodies. They are the perfect “one size fits all” gift for teachers, babysitters, co-workers – you name it.

Or maybe you’ll win this cutie, which Mermade is giving away to one of my lucky readers!

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It’s Mermade’s classic burlap body, trimmed with deep purple pom-poms and lined with a fun medallion-print fabric. Size is 9 1/4″ x 6 3/4″.

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To enter, leave a comment here telling me your favorite “perfect for anyone” holiday gift (be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment).

The giveaway is open through Friday, December 12th at 5 p.m. EST. The winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Saturday, December 13th. Update: Stephanie is the lucky winner! Thanks for participating!

As no two bags are alike, I encourage you to take a look at Mermade’s Instagram account, where you can see all of the possibilities – and you can contact Meredith directly about a special request too (Mermadebrooklyn at gmail dot com)!

Good luck and happy shopping!

Note: I was not compensated for this post. Mermade Brooklyn kindly sent me a bag to give away; all comments and opinions expressed here are – as always – completely my own.


  1. Amy Zerman on December 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Love the bag. Love Meredith. Too bad I already have that bag or I would enter to win it!!

  2. Karen on December 9, 2014 at 9:12 am

    My favorite gifts to give my girlfriends are a gift certificate to a favorite exercise studio (rowing class, yoga, nia, surfset) or a favorite restaurant with fancy cocktails so we can go to an exercise class or go have a drink together in the new year

  3. Shari on December 9, 2014 at 9:48 am

    The bag is adorable. Meredith is as talented as she witty and beautiful. My favorite perfect for anyone gift is probably my Parmesan crisps or the latest FUV Live CD.

  4. steph on December 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I like to give everyone the same but slightly different thing, based on their personality…bookmarks, etc

  5. Pam Eskind on December 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Meredith’s bags are wonderful. First time I am seeing them. My very favorite holiday gift to give is cashmere socks. They are a luxury for all.

  6. Jamie Greenfield on December 10, 2014 at 11:56 am

    These bags are wonderful – they read as fun yet practical
    stylish but unpretentious, pretty but not fussy.
    I especially love the totes.

  7. Lacy on December 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Something letterpress or barwear! I guess not perfect for kids.

  8. annie on December 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Love these bags! And the lining and tags…every detail is perfect inside and out!

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