Everyone in my family knows about my love for handbags. My mom's eyed some of my bags and said how much she likes them, but she'd never spend more than $50 for a decent leather bag. I'd like to buy her a nice designer bag this Xmas, but I can't spend all that much (I can't spend the same amount I spend for myself or I'd have nothing left over for the other gifts I need to buy!) She really liked my small Balenciaga, but of course, that's way out of my league (my small Balenciaga was a previously owned bag and I saved up 6 mos to buy my Med sized bag). Here are my "requirements": 1. My mom is 62 years old and walks to and from work every day (it's a short walk, but still - it needs to withstand cold, Chicago temps & snow). 2. It has to be a shoulder bag - she doesn't like arm bags, and preferably one with a zipped top. 3. It can't be anything overly huge - she's more on the petite side, and she doesn't like what she calls "luggage" (she thought my Med Balenciaga was HUGE!). 4. Nothing "flashy" with "bells & whistles" - preferably a plain black or brown leather bag, maybe with 1 or 2 small pockets on the outside. 5. I'd like to stay under $200. I was thinking about the LV Accessories Pochette - http://eluxury.com/estore/browse/product_detail.jsp?id=10022588 For me, this is way too small, but I know some people carry this as a small handbag. It's small and simple. I know it's more than my $200 self-imposed "limit" but it's LV - a classic, and I'd spend it for that. Does anyone have this & use it for a handbag? What other bags can you suggest? When I look at bags, I only see what I like and it's hard for me to choose something for some one who's tastes are so different from mine. That's why I need your help - Suggestions, please!!!