Give the Gift of Purse Essentials (DIY Gift Idea)

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Got a friend in need of some organizational help? Know a mom who gives all the time but can’t justify upgrading her own stuff? Give a purse organizer kit with purse essentials to help make her day easier.

purse essentials next to a purse with keys and a sunhat.

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How many of us drag around a load of junk in our purses? [raises hand] Guilty as charged. I’ve found some amazing bits and pieces that would make you laugh in my shoulder bag over the years.

This little purse essentials gift is inspired by those moments of rummaging around in my bag for a mint or a pen. Why can’t I find the hair ties or my lip balm?

Bet your friends struggle in the same way. Give some lucky lady a bag full of tricks. This little kit can really perk up any purse.

What are purse essentials?

Purse essentials are those essential items a woman might need while she’s out and about, from a water bottle to a compact mirror, portable phone charger to feminine products. While you might not gift all the things, creating a little “perk up the purse” gift is a great way to help a friend get organized and enjoy a little piece of mind with her newfound “survival kit”.

purse essentials wrapped as a gift with a bow.

Why Give a Gift of Purse Essentials?

The purpose to this gift is to compile a bunch of fun stuff that your friend may or may not buy for herself. You can add special touches, by buying an extra special pen or notebook, her favorite protein bars, or getting extravagant in the dollar amount on the gift card.

Think about what would make her smile and then add that!

Not only does this bag include all sorts of great treats to gift to a friend, but it’s fairly economical, too. Run by Walmart or the dollar store for some things, fill in the gaps with pricier pieces like the gift card to your favorite coffee shop, or even upgrade your friend’s everyday bag with the newest model.

This is the perfect gift for friends who might not have a lot of disposable income for these handy handbag essentials. I’ve made a dozen at one time as thank you gifts for teachers and Christmas gifts for friend.

Purse essentials are nice token gifts at the end of the school year or the end of a Bible study session. They make fun stocking stuffers at the holidays and are perfect for Secret Santa gifts.

Make a batch of these purse essentials to gift to your mom friends at Mother’s Day.

What to Include in a Purse Essentials Gift

Here are just a few of the things you might include:

  • small makeup pouch – great for holding all the things
  • travel pack of tissues 
  • small notebook and favorite pens
  • granola bar, protein bar, or bag of trail mix
  • small wallet or coin pouch
  • mints, chocolates, or gum
  • lip balm or lip gloss
  • bobby pins, hair clips, or hair ties
  • hand sanitizer or wet wipes 
  • essential oils or mini diffuser
  • gift cards
  • credit card holder
  • mini Bible
  • first aid kit
  • compact mirror
  • small phone charger
  • safety pins and/or sewing kit
purse organizers assembled in bulk to give to friends.

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close up of purse essentials wrapped with a bow.

Purse Essentials Gift Bag

Give your favorite mom friends the gift of a purse essentials refresh. These fun basics make great gifts that every woman needs.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • pen or marker


  • travel kleenex
  • small notebook and pen
  • travel snacks
  • lip balm
  • hand lotion
  • hand sanitizer or wipes
  • coffee gift card
  • mints, chocolate, or gum
  • make-up bag
  • optional items, personalized to the person such as a mini bible
  • gift card
  • ribbon


  • Place all the items inside the make-up bag.
    travel kleenex, small notebook and pen, travel snacks, lip balm, hand sanitizer or wipes, coffee gift card, mints, chocolate, or gum, make-up bag, optional items, personalized to the person, hand lotion
  • Inscribe a personal message in the gift card and attach with ribbon.
    gift card, ribbon
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This post was originally published on December 15, 2012. It has been updated for content and clarity.

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  1. I just did this for my 3 best friends this year! 🙂 I called it they’re “just in case” bag. I put in tissues, matches, tea lights, flashlights, cough drops, chapstick, pen/paper, hand sanatizer, little toothbrushes (with caps) and some band-aids. 🙂

  2. I love this idea to late for school stuff for Christmas maybe I will do this for the end of the year

  3. I really like this idea. There are several ladies in my family whom I’d love to gift, but just don’t have funds to do something big for all of them. This would be ideal and super easy to do in big batches too. Thanks!