Tuesday, December 13, 2011

From Etsy’s Merchandising Desk: December 2011

December’s Trends:
  • Holidays: Personalized stockings, ornaments, outfits and card sets.
  • Wizardry, magic, owls, and mysticism with the DVD release of the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • 2012 Calendars: Wall, desk, pocket, multifunctional and creative new styles.
  • Personalization: Gift ideas with monograms, initials, text, numbers, zodiac, constellations, portraits, custom labels, stamps, fingerprints and family trees.
  • Gadget Accessories: Creative gadget cases, docking stations and accessories, especially geared around the iPhone 4S and iPad.
  • Moustaches & Beards: They’re still here and going strong.
  • Weddings: Handmade and vintage variations on the wedding dress, engagement rings, creative invitations, save the dates, and signage are on the rise.
  • Fashion: Winter accessories, vintage boots and patterned leggings. Sheer layers, lace sleeves, brocade, trenches, tailored jackets and blazers. Bright solids paired with black, platform pumps, cocktail rings, tribal and native references.
  • Culinary Trends: DIY culinary kits are on the rise. Classic cocktails, home brewing, beer and wine accessories, herb infusions and kits, garden to table.
  • Designer Vintage: Authentic fashion, collectibles, bikes, and auto accessories.
  • Letters, Numbers, and Symbols: Large vintage signage letters, letterpress blocks, monogram housewares, and typewriter keys.
  • Natural History: Woodland forest themes and animals, namely birds, owls, squirrels, hedgehogs, chipmunks, bunnies, butterflies, feathers, nests, eggs, acorns, leaves, trees, branches, woodgrain, and natural colors.
  • Lockets, secret hiding places, skeleton keys, arrows, diamonds, paper cuts, silhouettes, fortune cookies, wishbones, constellations, fortune telling.
  • Large scale vintage and handmade paper maps, botanical and anatomy charts.
  • Upcycled lights, lamps, exposed bulbs, and chandeliers.
  • Vintage cameras, especially Polaroids with film.
  • Bike caddies, baskets, and creative accessories.
  • Cottage chic decor and accessories
  • Video game-inspired references
  • Writable chalkboard surfaces
  • Wall and laptop decals
  • All things steampunk
  • Mermaids
  • Peacocks
Upcoming Dates to Remember
  • December 1: World AIDS Awareness Day
  • December 1: Start of Summer, Southern Hemisphere
  • December 5/6: Sinterklaas (aka St. Nicholas)
  • December 5: Ashura
  • December 7: Letter Writing Day (UK)
  • December 8/9: Fête des Lumière in Lyon
  • December 10: Human Rights Day
  • December 12: Poinsettia Day
  • December 17: Day of Reconciliation, South Africa
  • December 20-28: Hanukkah
  • December 22: Winter Solstice: Shortest day of the year
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: Boxing Day
  • December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve
  • December 31: Hogmanay (Scotland)
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