Forget candy canes and big green wreaths—this year, holiday decorating trends are going in a funkier direction, according to Etsy.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated October 16, 2018
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Snow may not be falling quite yet, but certain go-getters are already working ahead on their holiday decorating—crafted-goods emporium Etsy is reporting a spike in searches for holiday décor starting in October.

Etsy compared this year’s searches to last year’s to determine what holiday trends home decorators are looking for, and the results are not at all traditional. According to Etsy’s report, holiday decorations are moving away from tried-and-true classics such as globe ornaments and Christmas china in favor of more colorful, personalized picks. Love it or hate it, consider these trend predictions a sneak peek at what the holidays will look like in homes all around you (and on social media feeds) this season.

Holiday Décor Trend #1: Boho(ho)

Etsy’s cheesy pun aside, the boho holiday trend is colorful, cute, and delightfully quirky—think pom poms, festive llama ornaments, and macramé table settings.

Get the look: Large Multi-Coloured Yarn Pom Pom Wreath, $160;

Holiday Décor Trend #2: Neons and Brights

Etsy says it’s seen more than 1.3 million searches related to neon—people are looking for bright, eye-popping colors in everything from ornaments to menorahs to gift wrap. If last year’s look was all about pastel trees, this year’s spins more toward hot pinks and electric blues.

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Holiday Décor Trend #3: Food Gets Festive

The overall obsession with food and foodie culture hits the holidays in food-themed décor, with Etsy reporting a 415 percent rise in searches related to “foodie.” This translates to food-shaped tree ornaments and food-focused servingware.

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Get the look: Hand-Lettered Typographic Cheese Board, $20;

Holiday Décor Trend #4: Farmhouse Chic

Shiplap and items of the sophisticated rustic aesthetic have all but taken over homes across the country, so it’s no surprise that this look’s domination has spread to the holidays. Etsy has seen more than 7.7 million searches related to “rustic” this year—during the holidays, this means you can expect to see lots of linen, raw wood, and pared-down wreaths.

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Holiday Décor Trend #5: Finding Peace

People are looking for peace this holiday season, literally. Etsy reports more than 695,000 searches related to “peace” and predicts lots of decorations with peace, joy, and love graphics, plus dove-shaped items.

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Get the look: Peace on Earth Print, $7;

Holiday Décor Trend #6: It’s Personal

Custom items—particularly for hosts to offer during gatherings—have long been popular on Etsy, but the site is reporting a 19 percent rise in searches related to customizable party décor. The trend means you can expect well-prepared hosts to offer personalized place cards, invitations, and coasters at Friendsgiving and other holiday parties.

Get the look: Wreath Name Place Cards, $7 for four;