These Are the Top 5 Back-to-School Trends on Etsy Right Now

Unsurprisingly, parents are looking for safe kids’ masks, at home learning necessities and more to help the 2020-2021 school year feel as normal as possible.
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By Nehal Aggarwal, Editor
Published August 11, 2020
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The 2020-2021 school year is definitely not a normal one. The coronavirus pandemic has placed parents and caregivers in the difficult position of deciding whether or not it’s safe to send kids back to school and, if not, come up with alternative solutions. One thing that has not changed, however, is back-to-school shopping. Yet, according to Etsy, the top trends definitely look a little different this year.

Today, Etsy released its back to school data for 2020, which shows how parents, students and shoppers are preparing for the unprecedented school season. Among this year’s trends are kids’ masks and accessories, teacher and school staff appreciation and at-home learning necessities. Below, a full breakdown of their findings, along with products you can shop for each.

Kids’ masks and accessories

In the past three months, “face mask” has consistently been a top search on Etsy. In fact, the data found that there was a reusable or washable face mask related search every second on the platform over the past 30 days.

Kayandtif Tie Dye Face Mask for Kids, $10,

The Blackboard Bunny Bio Kinder Mask, $13,

Bay Lake Boutique Face Mask Bag, $9,

Teacher and school staff appreciation

Many parents usually opt to get teachers gifts towards the end of the school year, however the data shows parents are thinking about appreciation now. There’s been a 26 percent increase in searches for teacher gifts and a 27 percent increase in searches for school faculty gifts in the last month (when compared with the same time last year).

Owl and Other Personalized Thank You Teacher Mug, up to $26,

Oliver and Olivia Kids Teacher Appreciation Tote, $13,

Shop Royal Banana Personalized Tumbler and Straw, $21,

At-home learning necessities

As parents figure out alternative and at-home learning solutions, in the last month Etsy has seen a 131 percent increase in searches for desks and desk accessories. Searches for homeschool planners have also increased by 216 percent, while searches for learning charts have increased by 68 percent and searches for periodic tables have increased by 31 percent. (This is all compared to the same time last year.)

Mirus Toys Wooden Clock, up to $25,

Haverly Home Desk Organizer, $58,

Dabble Ink Kids’ Weekly Calendar, $9,

Wall decor

In the last month, Etsy has seen a major spike (up 866 percent) in searches for wall collage kits, as well as 500 percent increase in searches for homeschool decor and a 168 percent increase in searches for peel and stick or removable wallpaper.

Stephen Edward Graphic Numbers Set Wall Decals, up to $40,

Sweetums Signature Colorful Crayon Decals, up to $33,

Kenna Sato Designs Rainbow Polka Dot Decal, $34,

Reimagined first day of school signs

Many parents like to document their child’s first day of school with a picture and school sign. This year, however, many are looking for new variations, with searches including “first day of distance learning signs.”

Bloom Owl First Day of School Chalkboard, up to $45,

Swanky Design Co. First Day of Virtual Kindergarten Sign, $5,

The Ritzy Rose First Day of Distance Learning Sign, $25,

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