There’s always an audience for print on demand products. People love them! Thanks to personalization and POD services, print on demand products are everywhere. They make thoughtful gifts and can be an affordable way to decorate your home, too.
While POD products are popular in general, you can probably guess that trends and niches come and go. One of the best things about POD products is that they are easy to create, and that makes it easy for creators like you to pivot to new niches as they become popular. Here are some of the hottest products and niches for print on demand products.
Our first niche is items for the kitchen. These items may include the following products:
- Kitchen towels
- Potholders and oven mitts
- Wall art
- Decorative stickers (for storage containers, etc.)
According to Shopify, the global market for kitchen towels alone is expected to reach $20.9 billion by 2026. What I like about kitchen products is that there are several options that can allow POD product creators to turn a profit. If you’re someone who likes to design patterns, you could create a pattern and sell kitchen items featuring it on Redbubble. If you want to offer personalization, you could create designs for towels and aprons, list them in your Etsy store, and partner with a POD provider who can fulfill your orders.
Digital Wall Art
Everyone likes to have artwork to display in their home and digital wall art provides an affordable way to get what you want – in the size you want it. According to Statista, the global online market for digital art is expected to exceed $9 billion by 2024.
The good news is that there are many POD suppliers who are ready to partner with artists to provide high quality, fine art prints to customers. Most offer printing in an array of sizes, and some may even offer framing services.
Some of my favorite POD providers for fine art printing include the following.
What sets these providers apart is their ability to provide high resolution, high quality prints on canvas, paper, and other materials. Most offer integration with Etsy and Shopify, making it easy to sell your artwork online.
Reusable Water Bottles (and Other Eco-Friendly Products)
Most of us realize that we have collectively burned through a significant percentage of the planet’s resources. It’s for that reason that the market for reusable water bottles is booming – and is expected to continue to do so. The global market for reusable water bottles was $8.38 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow by 4% annually through 2028.
There are many print on demand providers who have added reusable water bottles to their product inventory in materials ranging from plastic to glass to aluminum. By creating unique and memorable designs to be printed on these bottles, you can take advantage of this hot niche.
Mental Health Awareness
One of the ways in which society has adapted is in the way we talk about mental health. Where things like depression and anxiety were once stigmatized, there is a new openness in discussing mental health – and for that reason, there’s also a high demand for products promoting mental health awareness.
Some of the items that you may want to consider in this fast-growing niche include:
- T-shirts, hats, and other apparel
- Technology accessories, such as cell phone and tablet cases
- Mugs and reusable water bottles (see above)
- Wall art
- Keychains and other personal items
What I like about this niche is that it reflects a beneficial change that can help people. If you’re someone who enjoys creating positive and affirming designs, this could be the right niche for you.
One of the trends that seems to only increase in popularity is true crime. People can’t get enough of it and if you’re someone who listens to podcasts or watches YouTube videos, you have probably experienced this growing niche first-hand.
True-crime inspired POD products can include:
- Wall art
People who love true crime really love it – and they’re always eager to get their hands on new products related to their passion.
Anything with Dogs (or Cats) on It
People love their pets and while the niche of pet-related print on demand products isn’t new, it is certainly evergreen.
An Etsy search for the keyword “dog designs” returned more than 39,000 results, and a similar search for “cat designs” returned 30,559 results. As you might expect, some of the print on demand products popular with pet owners include:
- Dog sweaters
- Food and water dishes
- Pet beds
- Pet toys
People also love to surround themselves with items celebrating their pets, which means you can add to your profits by selling apparel and accessories featuring pets.
The only thing better than buying a print on demand t-shirt for yourself is buying matching t-shirts for the whole family! Like the pet niche, family-related products are hugely popular and have been for a while.
Some of the unique POD products I’ve seen for families include:
Selling these items is a terrific way to boost your profits because you’re bundling multiple products with the same design. Most family bundles offer two adult items and two kids’ items, but your best bet is to allow for some customization for larger or smaller families.
Selling print on demand products is a fantastic way to give your customers what they want in the way they want it. Best of all, it’s easy to take a digital design and resize it to look great on any product – meaning that the profit possibilities are endless!
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