Where does come from?
The shopping bags emoji was approved under Unicode 7.0 in 2014. The emoji comes in many different shapes and colors across platforms, but always in a pair—because, you know, who stops in just one store? Well, unless it's Target .... Apple's shopping bags design, for instance, looks more like birthday gift bags while Google's resembles something they give you buy something at a fancier department store.
Who uses ?
We humans love our stuff, so it's not surprising the shopping bags emoji sees a lot of uses. Many use the emoji for gift-giving, from birthdays to gift-giving holidays to buy-buy-buy days.
Happy birthday Banana ❤🎉🛍️ love you shorty @queenhayna
— di.🍃 (@ddrilla_) October 26, 2015
Happy Valentines eve! 💕💋🛍️
— Ayden McPhail (@GreasyAsJuice) February 13, 2016
— AlishaMarie (@ALISHAMARIE) November 24, 2017
Others use the emoji for recreational shopping, whether it's on a special trip or just for some retail therapy.
Belgium and France here we come ✈🍫☕️🍞🧀🎀🛍️
— JAY (@jackiev_love) March 11, 2016
In the age of online shopping, retailers frequently use the shopping bags emoji to promote giveaways, advertise sales, or boost their social-media presence. Sephora has used the emoji in headers: Sale: Up to 60% Off 🛍️ | Sephora Singapore. Prestige Concepts Boutiques has included the emoji as part of its Instagram branding: 🛍️Prestige Concepts Boutique🛍️. Even high culture doesn't snub its nose at the shopping bags emoji.
Still hunting for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Share your love of art with a special Mother’s Day tour and breakfast at the Museum (🎟️: https://t.co/Ulbw0F2W1t), or a gift from #MoMADesignStore (🛍️: https://t.co/vjadRopXRf) 💐 pic.twitter.com/dgpmdzpvXv
— MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art (@MuseumModernArt) May 7, 2018
Beauty-product vloggers on YouTube often use often use the shopping bags emoji to illustrate a haul, a popular genre sharing product and pricing information about a large number of purchased items, like this "🛍️Marshalls Haul🛍️”:
Happiness is… shopping, lunch and games with your bestie.🛍️🍕🍗🎮😍😇
@jia_habib, May, 2018
📰 Raleigh News 📰 The city is continuing to grow! Here is yet another building project in downtown that will provide mixed use opportunities: office 🖥️ retail 🛍️ and dining! 🍲🍽️
@HuntHousesNC, May, 2018
Betsey Johnson pink and white heart bag 🛍 ✨💐super cute and in good condition! It has a few marks on the side but not too noticeable. It's a perfect size if you're looking for a not too big or small bag! […] 🛍🌿🛍🌿🛍🌿🛍🌿
@strawberryswishers, Depop, April, 2018