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There comes a time where you’re going to want to give the person you love something truly remarkable. Yes, something handmade is always the most thoughtful, but let’s face it, not all of us are artisans able to create a masterpiece as beautiful as the thought behind it.

That’s why Coach has done something kind of incredible this year – allowing you to customize their iconic bags and wallets to make something truly unique to its wearer. From tea roses to rivets to souvenir pins, play to your heart’s content. When you’re done, Coach’s professional leatherworkers will turn your creation into reality. Because while that macaroni frame was cute when you were 6, you should really be leaving it up to the pros by now.

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Either create and order fully online, or have a play on the website before coming into the shop to create your very own dream bag. What’s that experience like? Let me walk you through it.

Selecting your bag and design

There are a plethora of wallets, bags and colours to choose from, starting from a small wallet (from $80) to clutches (from $112) to larger handbags (from $279). From there, you can choose how you’d like to customize your item — with either funky rivets, your choice of numbers and cheeky souvenir pins or the brand’s gorgeous signature tea roses.

I went with the roses. After choosing the flowers, a template of the design is placed on the bag and the leatherworker carefully pierces tiny holes where the centre of the flowers will be placed.

Rivets are hammered in

Then roses are positioned on the bag, and the rivets are secured using a heavy duty machine.

Embossing

When the actual bag is finished, you can go to town on your hang tag. That includes initials, cute little characters like dinosaurs, stars, hearts and other adorable things you’ll probably spend 45 minutes deliberating over. Did I mention you can pick the colours out too? (I chose my name and a shooting star, in case you’re curious.)

The reveal

And just like that, the lucky recipient gets their very own bag. Want to keep it a surprise? You can also purchase beautifully wrapped Coach Create gift card packages that tell the person they’ve been gifted with their very own customizing session, so you can share the experience together.

WHO IT’S FOR:

The person you love the most.

HOW MUCH?

Wallets with design starting from $115

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Coach or in person at select Coach stores

Tis the season to be jolly (and a bit stressed from shopping, list-making, cooking and more shopping). But don’t get yourself too worked up, because we’re here to help you cross those names off your list one day at a time, one gift at a time. From now through December 24, we’re wrapping up daily gift ideas, Monday through Friday, so you can get back to more important festive pursuits, you know, like drinking eggnog. We’re going to make this so easy, you’ll want to shop this way every year.