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Design Inspiration: Trending Themes for 2020 Holidays

When it comes to creating new designs for your shop, incorporating trends can be a great way to find inspiration and reach new audiences. Tapping into trends doesn’t have to mean compromising or creating work you’re less proud of. Some of the most original, creative artists on Redbubble are masters at identifying and incorporating trends that align with their own tastes, passions, and style. Below are some themes that are set to be popular this holidays. We hope you’ll find something that inspires.

Bold Colors

Bold colors have been on the rise for a couple of years but they’ve been particularly popular in 2020 – especially on home decor products. Customers are spending more time at home and looking to brighten up their living space with a vibrant, positive, optimistic splash of color.

Designed and sold by VeeraNoir and Rene Hamann

Psychedelic 60s and 70s

When you think of retro-inspired designs, mid-century modern influences have dominated over the past few years but psychedelic art is growing in popularity. We’re seeing more hippie vibes, 60s pop art references, curvy typography, and clashing color combinations that are reminiscent of the late 60s and early 70s.

Designed and sold by goldendazeart and Nat M

2020, Coronavirus and the New Normal

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on many of our lives and that’s set to continue into holidays. Redbubble artists have responded with some inspired designs that have helped us adjust to the “new normal” or enjoy a much needed laugh during the year.

Designed and sold by Megan Dignan and Milkyprint

Wanderlust and Travel

This theme makes the list again this year, but with a bit of a twist. In previous years we’ve seen artworks that celebrate unplugging and heading out on road trips or grand camping adventures. This year it’s about appreciating the nature in your own neighborhood (bees, butterflies, moths, birds, gardening), or dreaming about far flung destinations that you may not be able to visit for a while.

Designed and sold by The-Drone-Man and Mel Armstrong 

Masks with Messages

Redbubble masks have been providing a way for people to express themselves and connect with others at a time when we’re physically distancing and spending more time apart. Some of our most popular masks take self expression literally, telling us what the wearer is really thinking. From puns to politics, creative typographic designs are always popular.

Designed and sold by Kacien and Chestify 


Designs featuring animals are always popular on Redbubble. Dogs and Cats are firm favorites, but frogs, bees, butterflies, owls, corgis, and bears are stealing some of the limelight at the moment. We’re still seeing a lot of love for animal prints and patterns, with cows and cow prints moooving higher up the list (sorry).

Designed and sold by Giulialibard and TigaTiga

Positive Messages

Many of us have felt more disconnected from friends and family during 2020. Gifts featuring uplifting messages are a great way to spread positivity and show appreciation and support for those who matter most to us.

Designed and sold by EsterKay and TheLoveShop 


Creating products that celebrate hobbies or interests can be a great way to reach new audiences. Unsurprisingly, many of this season’s most searched hobbies are related to the home. Knitting, sewing, reading, writing, gardening, and cooking are all set to be popular this season. It’s also a great idea to explore some niches by comparing search volumes using Google Trends and looking for ideas that don’t already have a lot of designs.

Designed and sold by allisonrdesign and Miri-Noristudio

Are you incorporating any trending themes into your designs this holiday season? Have you noticed anything that’s becoming more popular? Are there any subjects, objects, colors or techniques you’re obsessed with at the moment? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.



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