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November 17, 2021

The end of 2021 is here! Can you believe it? It’s been a tough year, but we’ve made it through and can look forward to 2022! Christmas is the main December holiday people focus on, but there are a couple of other smaller holidays that can give you great ideas for designs! Check out our December 2021 trends report for product inspiration and marketing ideas!

December 9: National Llama Day

Is there a funnier animal than a llama? They’re fuzzy, sassy, and have grown in popularity over the last decade. Now, there’s even an official holiday for them!

National Llama Day is all about appreciating llamas. A lot of people don’t realize, but they actually make great guard animals. They’re known to go after dogs or coyotes and scream loudly when strangers approach them.

They’re also loyal and can live up to 30 years!

Product Inspiration

Llamas look so cute on everything, so why not put them on everything? Stickers are versatile and allow your customers to personalize whatever they want! They can put llamas on their water bottles, computers, and even their cars!

Sticker Details

  • Made of white vinyl
  • Satin finish
  • Water-resistant
  • UV resistant
  • Easy to remove
  • Leaves no residue
  • Bubble free
  • Microwave safe
  • Greenguard certified
  • Has a thickness of 4 millimeters
  • Ink is water-based, semi-gloss, and latex
Street signs with colorful llama stickers on them

Marketing Inspiration

Use social media, especially image-heavy platforms like Instagram and Facebook. People love looking at llamas! Look for funny llama memes and videos to grab your audience’s attention.

Once you have their attention, make sure to show off your product in a variety of ways. You can record a video of you putting a llama sticker on something or you can have a bunch of photos showing the stickers on everyday objects.

CTA Examples

Do you love llamas?! Check out our new llama stickers!

Are you looking for more llamas in your life? Check out our new collection!

December 17: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

What used to be a dreaded gift from grandparents is now a badge of honor. Ugly Christmas sweaters have taken the world by storm, being worn by those who celebrate the holiday and those who don’t. Ugly Christmas sweaters got their own holiday in 2011 and have since then only gotten more outrageous.

People do everything they can to find or make the ugliest sweater possible and make the people around them laugh.

Product Inspiration

Make your own ugly Christmas sweater! Depending on your audience’s location, you can go with a t-shirt with a sweater design, a long sleeve shirt, or even a sweatshirt! Just because they’re called ugly sweaters, doesn’t mean they always have to be sweaters, they just have to have similar patterns.

T-Shirt Details

  • Heavyweight
  • Durable
  • Features double-needle hems and neckband
  • Loose fit
  • Solid colors are made of 100% cotton
  • Charcoal Heather is 50% cotton, 50% polyester
  • Sport Grey is 90% cotton, 10% polyester
  • Ash is 99% cotton, 1% polyester
  • Products are print only

Long Sleeve Details

  • Heavyweight
  • Loose fit
  • Made of preshrunk jersey knit
  • Features double-needle hems and neckband
  • Solid colors are 100% cotton
  • Charcoal Heather is 60% cotton, 50% polyester
  • Sport Grey is 90% cotton, 10% polyester
  • Ash is 99% cotton, 1% polyester
  • Products are print only

Sweatshirt Details

  • Made of heavyweight fleece
  • Durable
  • Features double-needle hems and neckband
  • Comes in sizes small through 4XL
  • Pill-resistant
  • Solid colors are 50% cotton, 50% polyester
  • Light Steel is 90% cotton, 10% polyester
  • Features rib cuffs and waistband
  • Products are print only
Dark red long sleeve shirt with tan reindeer sweater pattern on it

Marketing Inspiration

Ugly Christmas sweaters are a very social thing, so it would make sense to use social media to get the word out about your products. While using platforms like Instagram and Facebook are great options, another option to focus on is Pinterest.

When it comes to ugly sweaters, many people end up making their own or modifying one to make it uglier. Where do people go to get craft ideas? Pinterest.

By creating an ugly Christmas sweater board, you can attract their attention. People like things to be easy. So, would they rather put time and effort into making an ugly sweater or buy one with the push of the button? We all know which one most people would pick.

CTA Examples

‘Tis the season for ugly sweaters!

Check out our ugly Christmas sweater collection, we think we outdid ourselves this time!

December 29: Still Need to Do Day

New Year’s Eve and Day is all about what you’re going to accomplish in the next year, but what about the current year? Still Need to Do Day is all about getting those final resolutions done before the new year begins.

Product Inspiration

What’s better to write down to-do lists in than a journal! You can write down what you still need to do in 2021 and what you want to accomplish in 2022. If you design journals with fun covers, you’ll entice your customers to buy a few of them.

Did you know that some people like to collect journals?

Journal Details

  • Cover is made of a luxurious soft-touch laminate matte finish
  • Features 150 lined pages
  • Pages are perforated making them easy to rip out
  • Design can be on the front and back covers
Sunset color journal with "Keeping Going" in black cursive on the cover

Marketing Inspiration

Focus on Instagram and Pinterest for this product. Both platforms tend to have people who want to organize their life and looking for ways to do it. You can also use the inspirational angle of making goals as well, many people look to Instagram for lifestyle inspiration.

Encourage your customers to get their lives organized and start 2022 off right!

CTA Examples

Need a place to write your to-do lists? Check out our journals!

You’re more likely to keep your resolution if you write them in our journals!

Major December Holidays

December 25: Christmas

Do we really need to say much about Christmas? It’s one of the most popular and profitable holidays of the year. It’s important to make sure your customers know you’re open for business.

Marketing Inspiration

People love buying Christmas gifts, so make sure they’re buying their gifts from you. The best way to do this is to use social media and an email campaign so you can always be in their sight.

With social media, make sure to highlight your products by posting a ton of photos of them. Make sure to always include “Christmas” and “gift” in your captions. Someone who is mindlessly scrolling through will see those words easily if Christmas gifts are on their mind.

With email, doing a countdown to Christmas is a good idea. This way you can email them multiple times without being annoying. Make sure each subject line shows how many days they have left to get products in time for Christmas.

Using both of these methods, you’re sure to make some last-minute Christmas sales.

CTA Examples

# days left until Christmas! Have you gotten all your gifts?

This (product) makes for the perfect Christmas gift!

December 26: Boxing Day

Boxing Day is similar to Black Friday, though this holiday is more popular in Europe and Canada. Boxing Day is all about sales! If you want to make some end-of-the-year profits, you should use this holiday to help market your store.

Marketing Inspiration

Emails will be great for this holiday. Create an email campaign that focuses on sales and discounts. Make sure to highlight those discounts in the subject header.

You can also create special promo codes that only work on this holiday. If you choose to do this, make sure to mention it in the email as well.

CTA Examples

Boxing Day is here! Special promo code inside!

It’s time to shop! Special Boxing Day only prices!

December 31: New Year’s Eve

While not being the most profitable holiday, you can still create some products or sales around New Year’s Eve. People like to host special parties for this holiday and look for themed products, or you can create an “end of the year clean out sale” for your products.

Marketing Inspiration

Depending on what you want to do, there are different ways to market yourself. If you are going the product route, use social media to connect with your party planning customers. Show your products with high-quality images and ask your audience what their New Year’s Eve plans are.

If you’re going the sales route, emails will be a better choice. Choose a subject line that will grab readers’ attention while conveying you’re having a sale. Build up the excitement by having multiple emails up until the day of the sale.

CTA Examples

Get your New Year’s Eve party needs here!

End of the year clearance sale!