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Trends That Celebrate Dads and Grads

May 31, 2018

by Dayna Isom Johnson

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It’s officially Dads and Grads season! This year, up your gift-giving game. Etsy’s global community of 2 million sellers offer unique, personalized and one-of-a-kind gift options for Father’s Day and Graduations.

From what shoppers are searching for on Etsy, to what sellers are making, below are the freshest trends in gifting to make your Dad or Grad blush.  

Old School Pride
A tasteful token to gift a grad that you won’t find at your campus bookstore is a vintage college pennant. Etsy’s 700-plus “vintage college pennant” options makes the hunt for your grads (now) alma mater banner that much easier.


#ThrowBackThursday
Let Dad relive his glory days, while embracing the “hip Dad” that he is. With over 420,000 vintage shirt options listed on Etsy, there’s bound to be nostalgic find that speaks to his favorite band, team, or pastime.


Wearable Art
Take a sweet note, handprint, or arts & craft project, and have it transferred onto cufflinks to create a truly priceless, meaningful and wearable gift. There are 7,000-plus results for “engraved cufflinks” on Etsy, ensuring that shoppers will find a pair that best fits Dad’s style.


Raise an (Etched) Glass
Etched glassware was a huge trend over the holidays, and we’re predicting another spike in interest this Father’s Day and Graduation season. With 9,000-plus items related to “etched glassware” on Etsy, shoppers stock the minibar with personalized barware. Cheers to that!


Because, Dad Jokes
On Etsy we’ve seen over 6,000 searches related to Father’s Day Card in the past four months. When it comes to finding the ideal one for Dad, funny is the way to go. There are over 7,000 results for “Funny Father’s Day Cards” on Etsy, so there’s something special just for your dad.


Make the Impersonal, Personal
Let’s face it, new grads really need cash! Money might seem like an impersonal gift, but with 40,000-plus items related to “Graduation Cards”, Etsy can help you make their investment into the brave new world a little more special.