hmmm... i'll take a stab at it.
It depends on several things like are you buying an everyday purse or an evening purse? If an everyday, it will probably need to be larger, large enough for wallet, phone, pens, make up, hair brush, etc...If your lady is very fashionably minded I would advise you walk through the mall and take a gander. Some of the purses are quite simple (what I prefer) and some are quite gaudy. I have a cool purse that actually has a cell phone pocket in it! I prefer leather and usually darker or something neutral that can go with many different times of year and types of clothing yet not be too conspicuous. If looking for an evening purse, then I'd say get one that matches to a nice evening dress she has that doesn't already have a match for, or small and black. In otherwords, it kinda depends on what your lady likes. When all else fails.....buy leather and keep the reciept! lol
I wouldn't carry one!!!!!! HAHAHAHA of course I'm not a purse type of guy either. This is one area way out of expertise - my typical response to my wife is "find something you like, wrap it up, and I will suprise you with it on your birthday". I found out that it's better to let them pick. Heaven forbid you pick something too small (im so fat!!) or too large (you think im fat!!). Either way you're screwed! Gift certificates are small and easy to wrap! Good luck!
Alwest, are you single???! lol I'd be kind of upset if my family or bf just handed me a gift certificate. That would mean no time or energy or thought went into getting the gift. Granted you might not score on the CORRECT gift, but if you do keep the receipt, you won't be the one returning it. You outta suprise your wife and get her something cause half the fun is just the suprise of not knowing what you got, at least for me anyways. Guys think so differently.... It's the little things....
Actually we have been happily married for 7 years. We both gave up on buying clothes and stuff like that for each other. I wasn't suggesting that gift certificates were the ony thing to buy - just maybe a wise choice in the clothes & purse categories. We both have specific likes and dislikes and its much easier to go the goft certificate route as opposed to shopping and returning/exchanging. the thought is still there - we just eliminated the need to return things.