There are a lot of great deals to be had at Nordstrom’s early Black Friday sale. While recently scouring the sales section, we scoped out this recently added, rarely on-sale Longchamp tote for 20 percent off. It makes a can’t-miss gift for plenty of hard-to-please people on your list, from your mom who’s going back to the office to your college-age niece who’s finally ready to upgrade her Fjällräven backpack. Strategist deputy editor Maxine Builder says her 15-year-old Le Pliage tote is a “classic in our household” that her fiancé has “permanently borrowed.” Seattle-based knitwear designer and blogger Elisa Yip also recommends the classic Longchamp tote. “The bag repels water to protect all my important stuff,” she says, including her iPad, phone, wallet, makeup bag, and eyeglasses. Yip also notes that it’s a great bag for traveling, since it can fold up and fit into a carry-on, making it a good choice if you’re gifting someone who takes a lot of business trips. And if that still isn’t enough to convince you to on the timelessness and practicality of this bag, New York Magazine deputy editor Alexis Swerdloff says hers has withstood nearly two decades of wear and tear.
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