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This will be my last Christmas themed blog for the year, promise. But I thought in the lead up to that most exciting day, it would be nice to offer you some practical information. I know everyone’s mind is overloaded with what to cook, what to give Auntie Marg, and of course, what to wear. So perhaps this blog may help make one decision easier. Which tote is hot right now for schlepping all the Christmas items? Gifts, wines, bon bons, and even a change of clothes (if you’re in Australia, you’ll understand Christmas usually involves swimming, so cossies, towels etc. are staples on Christmas day).

One thing you’ll notice about my top 3 fave Totes is they all have a similar feel, all using raffia or raffia-effect. For some reason at the moment I’m just loving this vibe. More casual and less formal, just as I prefer my Christmas to be this year.

1. Eliza Gran Venice Tote

This straw tote is just super cute. The colourful pom poms give it that special festive touch. I just love that it’s collapsible too. By the way, I also love the Eliza Gran Topanga tote. Perhaps not quite as practical (handles not as long, and doesn’t collapse), but equally chic looking.

Above Left: Eliza Gran Venice Tote. Right: Eliza Gran Topanga Tote.

2. Truss Woven Raffia-Effect Tote

This Truss tote is inspired by traditional market bags used in Oaxaca, Mexico. Handmade by artisanal weavers from strands of water-resistant raffia-effect polypropylene, it’s super stylish and practical all at once. It even has feet to protect the base.

Truss Woven Raffia-Effect Tote

3. Alexander Wang Woven Raffia Tote

As you’d expect from Wang, a masterpiece. Just stunning in my eyes. Raffia with leather trim. Interior zip pocket, and like the Truss Tote, protective feet.

Alexander Wang Woven Raffia Tote.

I’d hazard a guess that all 3 could be delivered in time for Christmas if you ordered them now, perhaps the perfect last minute gift from a loved one that has no clue what to get you?

So now you should be totes organised (sorry, just can’t help myself), and ready to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year.

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