BAG IT

World class shoppers, unite! You know who you are, and now you can recognize your colleagues, veteran shoppers who have a passion for boutiques, shopping malls, discount outlets and plain old acquiring. The National Bag Lady Academy, created by cartoonist Richard Quindon, calls itself a "semi-prestigious institution dedicated to the advanced study of strategic shopping and other survival techniques." Student ID comes with each item shown. Now you can "shop till you drop" and get full credit.

National Bag Lady Academy T-shirt, $10; cap, $6; tote, $10; mug, $6. Heartland Apparel, Inc., 520 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, Minn. 55401. 800/328-4669. CARRYALL

Apaches still use this authentic burden basket for gathering their crops. But this handsome sweet grass and buckskin design would serve just as well resting on the wall in your country or city home. Why not invent a whole new tradition and put this basket on display? Ask it only to hold your burdens, your worries day by day. That way, it will last longer and, more important, so will you.

Indian basket. $585. The Silver Phoenix, Hunter Mill Plaza, 2946-D Chain Bridge Rd., Oakton, Va. 22124. 255-3393. RARE FINDS

If you capture hundreds of these pandas, tigers or snow leopards, you will still not endanger the species. In fact, you will help to preserve them. You can buy these creatures, by Determined Products, for someone dear and still give the live creatures a better chance to survive. A portion of the cost of each stuffed animal goes to support the work of the World Wildlife Fund. Each animal carries its own official green WWF medallion and tiny but well-written booklet explaining its habits and habitat.

Stuffed animals: panda, $29; tiger and snow leopard, $21 ($3.95 for shipping and handling). Tools for Living, 400 S. Dean St., Englewood, N.J. 07631. 800/228-6333 for orders only; 201/569-9717 for customer service. MOTHERS' WORK

Two working mothers, frustrated by the search for suitable day care for their children, created Metropolitan Mothers at Work, a resource center for working mothers. Now their research has been published in paperback. The book lists more than 420 area day care centers and pre- schools, organized geograph- ically, so that mothers can find help in their own back yards.

The Metropolitan Mothers at Work Book. By L. Kim Smith and N. Susan Satter- field. $8.95. At area book- stores or from Metropolitan Mothers at Work, Suite 303, 6917 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20814. 986-0725.