Decorating and gifting tips for the upcoming season.

There are two types of people in this world—one that gears up for the holidays the day after Labor Day and the other that will buy a tree, presents, and decor a mere week (or even days) before the actual event. Now I’m not saying one is better than the other—celebrate the holidays the way you want to! But it’s no surprise that the folks at Etsy are in camp number one here—they just released their 2023 Holiday Trend Guide, which looks at how people will be decorating and gifting this holiday season.

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“Mantelscaping” will be a big trend this year.


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“What I love about this year’s trends is that they all have classic holiday elements that we love so much, but have uniquely modern takes,” says Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. “Take ‘gingerbread girl,’ for example. This trend embraces the nostalgia and charm we crave during the holidays but pulls in elements from other popular 2023 trends like ‘tomato girl’ and ‘cottagecore.’”

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When it comes to decorating, other trends include “mantelscaping,” where people will be going all out with their mantels; “grandpa chic,” a masculine spin on grandmillennial and coastal grandmother styles; and “candycore,” which is inspired by playful, over-the-top sweet treats.

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Leather details are all part of the trending “grandpa chic” style.


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“We’ve all seen trends cycling faster than ever, which is why the concept of duality—combining several, sometimes seemingly opposite, trends—has been so widely adopted throughout the year, and the holiday season is no different,” Dayna says. “This winter, we’ll see shoppers mix and match aspects of their favorite holiday trends to create a space that’s truly unique to them. The best part: There’s no right or wrong way to do this!”

As for gifting, Dayna predicts shoppers will be gifting with intention and gravitating towards special and meaningful gifts that will be used for years to come. Etsy’s new Gift Registry can also help with the gifting process—users can build and share their own holiday wish lists, whether they’re giving or receiving.

Take a Look at the 2023 Holiday Trends:

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