I remember when men had no more to carry than a billfold with a couple of compartments for a driver’s license and maybe some photos. They usually hated carrying change (probably still do) because it wore holes in pockets, so they dumped the day’s accumulation into car cup holders and jars on dresser tops. Well, they may still dump the change, but guys today have a lot more stuff to lug around: Credit cards, commuter cards, phones, computers, and who knows what else. But they still need to look cool (or at least keep their cool) while hauling and handling a load.

So, with Father’s Day coming up, I picked a couple of Etsy shops that have some great bags to choose from. You can click my picks to get the details, but do browse these shops and check out their other bags and offerings.

Leather iPad Bag by Nadira Bag Leather iPad Bag by Nadira Bag

This leather iPad bag is made to order by Nadira El Khang at NadiraBag in New York. It’s 11.5″ high x 10″ wide x 2.5″ deep, making it perfect for the iPad and similarly sized tablets. Click the image or click here for full details. Nadira also has a nice selection of leather backpacks.

Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag by Two Oaks Trading

Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag by Two Oaks Trading

This rugged waxed canvas bag is made to order by Katie Faragher at TwoOaks Trading in Scandia, Minnesota. It’s big enough to hold most laptops and has an interior laptop sleeve with leather button stud strap for security. It has both cotton webbing adjustable shoulder straps and high quality utility leather straps. The back has a leather handle for easy carrying, and a large “newspaper” pocket. This bag is built to last using steel hardware and reinforced stress points. And there are several color options.