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Planning May Promotions: Upcoming Holidays and Other Important Dates


We’ve all heard the phrase, “April showers bring May flowers” – and for good reason: May is one of the spring months when we tend to see an abundance of colourful, blooming flowers everywhere we turn. And May is often our last chance for milder springtime weather, with the heat of summer just around the corner.

Besides beautiful flowers and weather, May is also filled with a number of holidays, observances, and other important dates that you can emphasize when planning your May promotions. Let’s take a look at what May has in store.

Month-long and Week-long Observances

National Burger Month (U.S.)
National Pet Month (U.K.)
National Smile Month (U.K.)
Skin Cancer Awareness Month (U.S.)
Sun Awareness Week – May 9-16th (U.K.)
London Wine Week – May 23-29 (U.K.)

Calver_BurgerWhile handing out actual hamburgers for National Burger Month may be a bit messy, you can substitute the real thing for these Hamburger Stress Toys. More interested in appealing to those eager to chow down on a real burger to celebrate? No problem! Few things go better with a juicy, delicious burger than a beer, so consider gifting people the Fist Bottle Opener or Half Pint Glass to help them enjoy their ice cold brew.

There are lots of promotional gifts available for lovable pups during National Pet Month. Dogs can’t get enough of this Felt Bone or Rope Frisbee. Or, if you’re more inclined to help out dog owners themselves, you can offer them a branded Dog Lead for when they take their pets out for a walk. They’ll remember who you are multiple times a day.

National Smile Month was created to get people thinking about oral health. Show people you want them to take care of themselves and promote your business at the same time with a Sharon Toothbrush Set or this Dental Floss Keyring.

mob-mo7455_blackFor Skin Cancer Awareness Month or Sun Awareness Week, show your customers that you’re dedicated to protecting their health and their skin by giving them something practical to use. Try these Suntube Lip Balms, which come in SPF 15 for lip balms and SPF 30 for sunscreen lotion. And while they’re out in the sun, you can also provide customers with some stylish shades like these America Sunglasses.

And we can’t forget London Wine Week! Give the connoisseurs something to remember you by with a premium wine set or even just a simple wine stopper.

Holidays and Important Dates

May 1: May Day (U.K.)
May 3: National Teacher Appreciation Day (U.S.)
May 7: Kentucky Derby (U.S.)
May 8: Gourock Highland Games (U.K.)
May 12: International Nurses Day (World)
May 18-19: IP Expo Manchester (U.K.)
May 21: FA Cup Final (U.K.)
May 24-28: RHS Chelsea Flower Show (U.K.)
May 30: Memorial Day (U.S.)mob-mo8765_lime
May 30: Spring Bank Holiday (U.K.)

Whether you’re celebrating the arrival of spring or the fact that you’re getting out of work the next day, May Day is a great time to remind people about your business. Try using promotional products celebrating the warm weather and outdoor activities such as Fold-Up Frisbees, Koozie Picnic Baskets, or Prima Picnic Sets.

On May 3, Americans can show teachers they care by giving them traditional items they can use every day in the classroom such as a Colour Pad or a colourful Sticky-Mate Note 4. Want to go for something a little different? Give teachers a great way to bring their lunch to work with the 6 Compartment Cooler Bag.

HorseFor all the horse lovers out there, give away a Horse Stress Toy on the 7th for the Kentucky Derby watchers to grip while they wait in anticipation of which horse will cross the finish line first.

The International Highland Games actually continue throughout May and June, but the Gourock Games on May 8 mark the beginning of seasonal festivities. Help make customers more comfortable and prepared to enjoy the sports, music, and dancing with Foldable Chairs, Canvas Totes, or Strato Umbrellas.

Don’t forget your favourite nurse on the 12th for International Nurses Day. Honour nurses and all they do by promoting your business with a Pronto First Aid Kit. A Canvas Tote is also a nice choice for nurses to take all of the essentials with them to work.

mob-mo5001_blackTarget businesses looking to increase efficiency through innovations in IT (as well as vendors at the event) by gearing products toward IP Expo.  Nothing says IT like Power Mate Powerbanks, Twister USB Flash Drives, or Flip iPad Mini Cases.

If you’ll be attending the Chelsea Flower Show, why not give consumers something to display their flowers in when they get home with a glass vase. Or go digital with a solar flower.

And finally, when the United States celebrates Memorial Day and honours those who have died while serving in the armed forces, offer customers the opportunity to remember their loved ones with a personalized Finn Photo Frame.

With so many holidays, observances, and important dates throughout the month of May, it can be hard to keep up. But at Calver, we want to make it easier for you to make the most of the month and your promotional opportunities. So call us today to see how we can make a difference for your next promotional products campaign.

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