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Needless to say, graduation plans for the class of 2020 look very different this year. No grand parties, no confetti tosses and no regal voice calling names on a stage. For many graduates, it's a disappointing way to wrap up years of hard work and dedication.
Even though the global pandemic has thwarted everyone's plans, it doesn't mean people aren't celebrating this tremendous moment of accomplishment. In fact, people are turning to Etsy to do so.
The e-commerce site, known for its handmade, vintage and custom gifts, has seen a 317 percent increase in searches for graduation signs in the last three months, compared to the same period last year. Additionally, there's been a 2,754 percent increase in searches for virtual invitations and a 325 percent increase in searches for care packages, a representative for Etsy told In the Know.
If you're not sure what to get the graduate in your life, take some notes from Etsy's trend expert, Dayna Johnson.
"Some of my favorite picks for high school graduates are friendship bracelets and personalized frames," Johnson explained. "For college grads, I’m loving care packages and personalized cuff bracelets."
While there are surely less bells and whistles this year, graduation is still something to be held dear. So, whether you're looking to do a virtual party, a drive-by celebration or sending positive vibes from across the country, we've rounded up some of the most popular gifts to help graduation feel more memorable.
Shop: Personalized Graduation Picture Frame: Class of 2020, $25.99+
Shop: Inspiring Graduation Gift with Disney Quotes, $14.40+
Shop: Personalized Journal for Graduate, $16.99 (Orig. $19.99)
Shop: Class of 2020 Face Mask, $12.99
Shop: Custom Graduation Gift for Her, $16.99
Shop: Personalized Graduation Necklace, $35+
Shop: Graduation Door Hanger/Graduate 2020, $45
Shop: Graduation Gift Box Best Friend, $24.99+
Shop: Friendship Bracelet, Graduation Gift, $5.75
Shop: Engraved Cuff, Personalize Bracelet, $22.95+
Shop: Graduation Gift Box, $49.85+
Shop: Personalized Nothing Can Stop Me Graduation 2020 Shirt, $17.99+
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