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Ten designer cardholders for when you can’t really afford the full whack


By Ellen Bird
13th Dec 2018
Ten designer cardholders for when you can’t really afford the full whack

It’s Christmas! Well, almost… and if you’ve the pleasure to be besotted with someone who has expensive taste (subtly apologising to my boyfriend), Christmas shopping can rack up a hefty bill. As most of us aspire for designer (well, I do anyway), you know something oh so glamorous would make your nearest and dearest a happy gal (or guy!). But if an embroidered Gucci crossbody, velvet Saint Laurent clutch, or a Dior Saddle bag isn’t reflecting your current pay-check, what could be better than gifting your loved one with a designer cardholder? It’s the gift that will give you a high-fashion edge, without the designer bag price-tag.

Even if you’re preparing yourself for a splurge of your own while awaiting a Christmas bonus, or you’re dropping not-so-subtle hints to give your other half (forward on the link, darling), there’s a gorgeous designer cardholder to suit anyone’s tastes – whether it’s Miu Miu glitz, thick Prada leather or Dolce & Gabbana’s floral embroidery. From Net-A-Porter, Farfetch, and My Theresa to our very own Brown Thomas, I’m screaming over the treasure chest of drool-worthy designer goodness. With only a week left until Christmas, check out my curated edit of stylish cardholders you can buy as of today. Happy shopping.

Textured-leather cardholder, Prada, €180 at net-a-porter.comOphidia GG card case, €195 at gucci.comMonogram quilted-leather cardholder, Saint Laurent, €195 at matchesfashion.com

Classic card holder, €300 at chanel.comRockstud leather card holder, Valentino Garavani, €240 at mytheresa.comMatelassé card holder, Miu Miu, €239 at farfetch.comSnapshot card holder, Marc Jacobs, €90 at Brown ThomasPrinted Dauphine calfskin card holder, €195 at dolcegabbana.comTwo-tone card case, Burberry, €170 at farfetch.comParis love leather cardholder,Christian Louboutin, €266.52 at brownsfashion.com