Backpacks have become more than drab carry-alls. When you're commuting to and from work, or wandering during the weekend, they can also be fashion statements. And what better way to make a statement than with a design-your-own backpack from Timbuk2?
The Custom Prospect Laptop Backpack is a snazzy weatherproof backpack that comes with a tricot-lined pocket for a 15-in. laptop, a separate tablet pocket and a large main compartment with an internal organizer. You can add a reflective strip for another $10 and a water-bottle pocket for $5.
But best of all, you can build the backpack from scratch, mixing and matching materials (Cordura nylon, water-resistant waxed canvas, wool, twill or faux leather) and colors (crimson, aquamarine, charcoal, midnight and dozens of others). Choose whatever you want for the top, flap, body, boot (bottom), side, binding and even the logo. Select one-color conservative, two-color chic, or go nuts and pick a different color for each section.
Just keep in mind that with Timbuk2's lifetime warranty, the person you design this backpack for is probably going to be using it for a long, long time.
Direct price: $134
-- Barbara Krasnoff