Good design meets practicality in these carrier options

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No doubt all the people on your list have stuff to carry or contain. Peruse these bags -- in all their forms -- that hold everything from personals to pleasures.

Baby talk

Dads need diaper bags too. Recognizing that need, DadGear designs bags that appeal to men. The DadGear Courier has a rugged look modeled after the classic bike messenger style. It offers "hands free" styling so dad can change, feed, and entertain his children without having to set the bag down. It features a convenient quick access wipes window and a refillable wipes case. A changing pad is included -- in its own zippered pocket -- and stroller straps attach to any style stroller and store neatly when not in use. ($60; major retailers such as Walmart and Meijer)

Moms will love the high fashion of the new Baby & Co. Hercules Dots Diaper Bag in pink and brown. The flap top opens to a roomy interior for all baby essentials. It has multiple pockets, an adjustable shoulder strap and includes a coordinating zippered pouch and large diaper-changing pad. ($30; major retailers including Sears and Walmart)

Face it

Looking for a unique place for make-up? Look no further than the cult favorite tokidoki, a Japanese inspired cast of colorful characters that pop up in everything from make-up and jewelry to clothing and toys. Tokidoki Passe Pouches are a set of make-up pouches in three sizes. Each bag includes a tokidoki logo charm on its zipper pull and the printed polyurethane outer shell and nylon lining are easy to wipe down. ($32; Sephora exclusively)

Food stuff

Lunchtime is lively -- and pretty -- with the new Verve Lunch Bag from BUILT, the folks who pioneered the neoprene tote. This insulated bag raises the bar on bringing lunch to go. It expands to fit a variety of containers, and is machine washable. It comes in three fashion-forward styles: basic black, vine or scatter dot. ($30; major retailers)

Reusable grocery bags are earth-friendly and available everywhere. Find out where your giftee food shops and purchase enough bags to carry them through a healthy shopping tour.

Fore men and women

Named to Golf Digest's 2010 Hot List for golf bag design, OGIO's Ozone Stand bag has taken a cue from the fashion industry with new colors and fabrics. The Ozone ($170) features the Woode top with integrated grab handle, Lift Grip integrated trunk handle, EVA molded shaft dividers, Crossbow Lite shoulder strap, umbrella containment system, and the new ARC Lite stand system. For women, check out OGIO's Diva Stand bag ($180), a dramatic combination of new colors and patterns. It offers a 9-inch Woode top, full-length three-way dividers and new integrated grab handle, a removable accessories pocket, increased thickness on the hip pad, Crossbow double shoulder strap system, an internal cell phone pocket, towel and scorecard containment, plus eight protective pockets, and the ARC Lite stand system. (sports retailers such as Dick's Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy and Golfsmith)

Pop the clutch

Because a clutch bag, a fashion staple since the '50s, is bigger than most evening bags, there's room for the essentials plus your phone. Kohl's Apartment 9 Bar Harbor Leopard Clutch combines a hot shape with a hot trend: animal prints. Its silver-tone frame adds shine and the interior has credit card slots and zip and slip pockets. ($32; Kohl's) For a daytime look, Betsey Johnson's Get Ruff To It Checkbook Clutch combines black leather with a ruffle and has the added bonus of a chain to give you a carrying option. The lining is a leopard print and is has a slip pocket as well as center zip divider pocket. ($98; major retailers such a s Macy's) For a designer bag check out Coach Kristen Studded Leather Pleated Clutch. The design is crackled metallic leather with studding and contains multifunction pockets inside including a cell pocket. ($348; Coach stores and major retailers)

Sporting life

High Sierra's Switch Blade sports bag is a reasonably priced choice for all kinds of high-energy activities for kids and adults. There's room for team uniforms and sporting gear and it features a large, easy-access main compartment, a mesh-paneled wet compartment, a top-loading end compartment with CD/MP3 player pocket and headphone port. ($29.95; major retailers such as REI)

From Sherpani comes Meta 4, a lightweight and sporty duffel that serves as a stylish gym bag and an ideally sized carry-on. Zipped main closure keeps everything inside, while large internal mesh pockets and zipped pockets both inside and out help to keep you organized. A mesh travel bag is included. Bottom straps hold a yoga mat or a rolled blanket for a picnic. ($59.95; retailers such as Erehwon and REI)

Take a little trip

Step into 21st century travel with polycarbonate composite carrier, also known as a hard-sided suitcase. Heys P2 Drive 21-inch dual hardside spinner (also available in 25- and 29-inch) has a handsome high gloss finish that not only looks good but gives an extra measure of protection for your belongings. It's frameless with dual spinner wheels and has an aluminum telescopic handle. There's a front-pocket, a 3-digit TSA lock, and the case is expandable to give you up to 25 percent more packing space. ($170; major retailers such as Bloomingdale's) Also from Heys comes polycarbonate in popular kid designs. Disney by Heys -- featuring Pooh, Nemo, Cars, and Mickey -- offers frameless construction, specially designed inline wheels with metal bearings and embedded led lights and an internal handle system designed especially for children. ($70; major retailers such as Sears.)

Work it

Sherpani's design philosophy of pure, bold, original and soft is evident in its Viso Slimline Laptop Bag. This mobile office has a padded side to protect your laptop while the other side opens like a desk drawer . The outside zipper pouch makes for quick retrieval of needed materials, while the handles make this laptop bag comfortable to carry. ($109.95; retailers stores such as Erehwon and REI)

Providing ultimate protection and security is the ZERO Halliburton aluminum computer case for 17-inch laptops. The classic silver heat-tempered aluminum shell has the strength of steel at only one quarter the weight. Features include triple digit lock with slide latch, comfort-fit durable handle, padded, adjustable shoulder strap, padded laptop area with Velcro tie-down and Robo Feet, providing exterior hinge and support freeing up more space for laptop and accessories. ($325; specialty stores such as Irv's Luggage in Mount Prospect and major retailers such as Bloomingdale's Oakbrook Center)

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