Holiday Email Marketing Calendar: A Complete List of Important E-Commerce Events 2024

Holiday Email Marketing Calendar: A Complete List of Important E-Commerce Events 2024
16 December, 2023 • ... • 35531 views
Valeria Shulga
by Valeria Shulga

People spend more during holidays — that’s why targeting customers around the events throughout the year works for e-commerce email marketing. Technically, almost every day is a celebration 🎉 But not all holiday campaigns are a good fit for all industries and customers.

For your convenience, we’ve picked the most important and interesting holidays for email marketing campaigns. Use our email marketing holiday calendar — and grow your business with flying colors!

Why you need a holiday email marketing calendar

You probably know some email marketing milestones like Black Friday or Christmas by heart — why do you need a holiday calendar? A calendar can help you improve your emails in several ways:

  • It makes planning easier. If you have an email marketing calendar, you can come up with a content plan for the entire year and start working on content copies in advance instead of cramming overnight.
  • It helps you keep track of everything. Especially if you’re a solopreneur with no employees to do all the marketing for you! A calendar will bring some structure into your life and make it easier and less stressful.
  • It brings mindfulness into your email strategy. The choice of holidays can be an important part of your brand image and policy. Everyone sends Christmas emails — what about Blue Monday? Use the calendar to create outstanding email campaigns and give your subscribers interesting and relevant content no one else has done before.

Email marketing holiday calendar 2024

Now that you know how a holiday calendar can benefit your email marketing strategy, let’s take a look at the list of holidays you can celebrate by sending emails from your brand. Keep in mind that our calendar doesn’t contain all the possible options and not all of these dates are mandatory.

January

A January monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being New Year, Dry January (alcohol abstinence)
  • New Year’s Day (Jan. 1st) It’s a good time to start different challenges, create bucket lists to track new useful habits, and build your marketing campaigns around New Year resolutions. Don’t forget to use some winter-themed email templates!

Don’t know which emails to send on the New Year’s Day? Doubting if it’s even important because Christmas outshines New Year in every way? Drop everything and read our guide with New Year email ideas and inspiration examples.

  • International Mind-Body-Wellness Day (Jan. 3rd) This holiday reinforces the concept of self-care and highlights the importance of mental well-being. Use emails to send your customers wellness tips, checklists to track their mental health, and a selection of your products to improve their overall well-being and become the best version of themselves.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (the third Monday of the year, Jan. 15th) This day is great for focusing on your company’s values and showing that you care about human rights and equality. In your email newsletter, highlight your company charities, or offer the subscribers to participate in volunteer activities by purchasing some of your products or services.
  • Blue Monday (the third Monday of the year, Jan. 15th) It’s believed to be the most depressing day of the year. Use it as an opportunity to cheer up your customers with discount codes or uplifting articles from your blog.
  • Get To Know Your Customers Day (the third Thursday of each quarter, Jan. 18th) It’s a perfect time to send emails with surveys, ask for feedback, and learn more about your customers.
  • National Compliment Day (Jan. 24th) Brighten someone’s day and bring people joy by emphasizing their strengths! Don’t sell anything — simply send a thank you email and show how much you value your customers.

February

A February monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being Black History Month
  • Groundhog Day (Feb. 2nd) It’s the annual ritual in the US when a groundhog leaves hibernation to predict when spring will arrive. Use this holiday as an opportunity to promote winter sales or announce spring-related products via email.
  • Galentine’s Day (Feb. 13th) It’s an unofficial holiday for ladies to celebrate sisterhood and female friendship. It was invented by the creators of the well-known TV show Parks and Recreation. Share Galentine party ideas, or even create a girls-only promotional campaign — but segment your email list first.
  • St. Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14th) It’s a great time to cherish your relationship with the customers. Send the most loyal ones a small personal discount which can be used on Valentine’s Day only. You can also save your customers’ time and give them ready-made lists with ideal gifts for their loved ones.

How to make your St’ Valentine’s email campaign bring more sales? In our guides on Valentine’s Day emails and Valentine’s Day subject lines, we put together tips and tricks and top examples that’ll help you level up your campaign. You can also check out our write-up on Valentine’s Day marketing ideas.

  • Chinese New Year (changes every year, Feb. 10th through 24th) Also called Lunar New Year, this holiday lasts for 15 whole days. Use it as an opportunity to send an email sequence and boost sales or, for example, educate your subscribers about the Chinese zodiac or holiday traditions.
  • Singles Awareness Day (Feb. 15th) It’s Valentine’s Day for singles, the holiday to treat yourself and express self-love and gratitude. Choose the products that can improve the single life and send a selection to your subscribers. You can also invite the customers to make gifts for their friends, parents, and others.
  • Love Your Pet Day (Feb. 20th) It’s a chance for pet parents to flood social media pages with photos of their beloved furry friends. Create a UGC for brand awareness — send invitation emails for a challenge or a funny flash mob, where users post pictures of their pets with a special hashtag.

March

A March monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being feminism, equality
  • National Dress Day (Mar. 6th) This holiday was created by fashion designer Ashley Lauren. If you sell women’s clothing, that’s definitely your chance! Create selections of dresses for all occasions, and give your customers discounts and promotions. Or, if you have nothing to do with fashion, start a flashmob of photos under the hashtag #NationalDressDay.
  • International Women’s Day (Mar. 8th) Send emails that celebrate and praise girl power! Highlight the idea of women supporting women and show that your brand cares about feminism and equality.

Learn more tips and best practices for International Women’s Day campaigns in our blog.

  • St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17th) It’s a global celebration of Irish culture. Lots of green and lots of beer! Launch a promotional email campaign with a festive flavor. For example, give a discount on everything green in your catalog. As the clover 🍀 is also a symbol of luck, offer subscribers to take part in a raffle.
  • International Happiness Day (Mar. 20th) This holiday recognizes the importance of happiness. Offer a generous discount, free shipping, or simply send heartwarming wishes. It’s also the best time to promote charity and volunteering.
  • Easter (changes every year, Mar. 31st) Most Easter marketing emails have different purchase incentives. It’s not the only way though — you can send a simple warm email with Easter greetings or celebration tips.

Find some inspiration for Easter email marketing campaigns in our guide.

April

An April monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being Earth Month, environmental protection, ecological awareness
  • April Fools (Apr. 1st) Get crazy and have some fun! Play some pranks, exercise your creativity — do everything that may splash the dash of laughter.

Here’s a source of inspiration for your April Fools’ emails.

  • National Siblings Day (Apr. 10th) If you have a sibling, it’s the day to honor your family bonds and express your love and gratitude. Provide your customers with a good selection of gifts with lucrative pricing for their beloved family members.
  • Earth Day (Apr. 22nd) In your Earth Day email, highlight that your brand is eco-friendly and share sustainability tricks — for example, tell the story of your company and show that your products don’t harm the environment. Use storytelling to make your message more powerful. Or launch some charity activities and let customers contribute by purchasing from you.

May

A May monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) This holiday used to be a military victory celebration — but now it’s associated with honoring Mexican-American culture. It wouldn’t hurt to send an educational newsletter or give a holiday discount!
  • Mother’s Day (the second Sunday in May, May 12th) Celebrate maternal bonds and honor our brave and hard-working mothers!

Need inspo for a Cinco de Mayo email or Mother’s Day email marketing campaign? Welcome to our blog!

  • Memorial Day (the last Monday in May, May 27th) It’s an American holiday for mourning the soldiers who died while serving the country. This holiday has different meanings for different people — be mindful if you don’t want to offend anyone with your campaign. Check out our Memorial Day email guide for best practices and examples.
  • National Creativity Day (May 30th) It’s a great day to start another UGC — like a contest for photos/sketches/videos/whatever is suitable for your brand. Email campaigns like this can drastically improve the visibility of your business.
  • National Smile Day (May 31st) Share something to cheer up your subscribers. Share a good story or start a generous promotion — it depends on your industry.

June

A June monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being Pride Month
  • National Best Friends Day (Jun. 8th) For this holiday, offer your subscribers a card to send to their friends or choose a memorable treat for their loved ones. It’s possible to start a social media contest for the best photo or video about friendship as well.
  • National Children’s Day (the second Sunday in June, June 9th) Show that your brand cares about the children — give subscribers an opportunity to donate to related charities. A selection of gifts for kids also comes in handy.
  • Father’s Day (the third Sunday in June, Jun.16th) Get creative and launch some promotional activities dedicated to this day. Let the readers choose the best products for their fathers and great deals with reasonable pricing: use promo codes, time-limited offers, and gift selections.

Read our article to learn about what makes Father’s Day email marketing campaigns effective for sales and brand loyalty.

  • Juneteenth (Jun. 19th) It’s the holiday that celebrates the freedom of the last enslaved people in the US. If you’re running an email marketing campaign for Juneteenth, it is important to be mindful of the target audience and the content.

There are many ways to run a Juneteenth email campaign. Read our article about the Juneteenth email marketing strategy to learn more.

  • First Day of Summer (Jun. 21st) That’s the day when astronomical summer begins. You’ve probably prepared a summer collection in advance — and that’s a perfect time to represent it to your audience. In summer emails, show what you have in store for hot days and tempt the readers with juicy pictures of summer vacations.
  • Social Media Day (Jun. 30th) — billions of people around the world now use social media, so that’s a holiday for literally everyone. Tell about your social media activities via email — give a challenge and make a UGC.

July

A July monthly calendar with holidays
  • Independence Day (Jul. 4th) The 4th of July emails lift patriotic spirits and focus on timeless values: the unity and freedom of the nation. Try to appeal to patriotism and a shared cultural heritage. A good idea is to implement flag colors or images in your email design template.

Wish your customers a happy holiday and boost your sales with an engaging 4th of July email marketing campaign. Look through our selection of 4th of July emails to get inspired.

  • National Bikini Day (Jul. 5th) Even if you don’t sell bikinis, you can use this holiday as a marketing opportunity. Promote any other products that may be related to beach activities and have a summer vibe.
  • World Chocolate Day (Jul. 7th) Treat your subscribers not with chocolate but with sweet discounts. Another option is to use choco-themed design templates.
  • International Friendship Day (Jul. 30th) Celebrate it by promoting personalized gifts with affordable pricing for loved ones and reminding readers to hug their friends.

August

An August monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being the first day of school, depending on your country
  • National Lazy Day (Aug. 10th) Encourage subscribers to tell about their favorite “passivities” — what do they like to do when they feel like doing nothing? Launch a photo/video challenge with the hashtag #NationalLazyDay.
  • Son and Daughter Day (Aug. 11th) If your business targets parents, motivate them to treat children with some products from your store.
  • World Photography Day (Aug. 19th) Give your talented subscribers a chance to express themselves — start a social media campaign where they can share their favorite pictures.
  • National Beach Day (Aug. 30th) It’s your last chance to promote summer sales and treat customers with good discounts, so don’t miss it!

September

A September monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)
  • Knowledge Day (Sept. 1st) It’s a holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new school year. If you target school or college students and their parents, hop on the opportunity and promote back-to-school essentials. Or give a guide on how to adapt to the school schedule after a summer break.

Don’t miss a chance to help your subscribers start a school year — use our guide on back-to-school emails to create a fire campaign!

  • Labor Day (the first Monday in September, Sept. 2nd) It’s a day to celebrate and honor the achievements of industrious American workers. It’s also time to make plans for a new season.

Not sure how to design your Labor Day emails? We have some inspo for you!

  • National Grandparents Day (first Sunday after Labor Day, Sept. 8th) Give your audience ideas of heartwarming gifts both for grandparents and grandchildren and offer a generous discount.
  • International Day of Peace (Sept. 21st) It’s the awareness day established by the United Nations to remember the key values of humanity. Launch a volunteer campaign or support non-profit organizations.
  • First Day of Fall (Sept. 22nd) Summer is officially out: start promoting your autumn and winter collections! Remind customers to get ready for the cold season.
  • National Cooking Day (Sept. 25th) Even if your business has nothing to do with cooking, use this holiday as an opportunity to become closer to your customers and “humanize” your brand. Share your or your employees’ favorite recipes, start cooking challenges on social media — choose whatever correlates with your marketing goals.
  • World Tourism Day (Sept. 27th) Engage with your customers by asking them questions about their favorite destinations, travel stories, etc. If your business has something to do with traveling, send promotional emails too.

October

An October monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)
  • World Teachers’ Day (Oct. 5th) Encourage subscribers to make their teachers feel appreciated and prepare a guide on thoughtful presents from your online store.
  • Halloween (Oct. 31st) The evening before All Saints’ (or All Hallows’) Day is the favorite holiday for people of all ages. Announce holiday drops, give a spooky discount code, and have fun with scary email design templates and pumpkins all over the place.

And our guides on Halloween email marketing and Halloween email subject lines will help you create scary good holiday emails that will keep your subscribers awake at night — ordering from your store, of course!

November

A November monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being National Native American Heritage Month
  • Veterans Day (Nov. 11th) This is a holiday to commemorate our heroes, so don’t overwhelm your newsletter with promotions and be mindful when writing it. Check out our guide on Veterans Day emails for inspiration.
  • Singles’ Day (Nov. 11th) It’s a Chinese holiday that is also called Bachelor’s Day. It celebrates single people. Start a Single Day sale and offer subscribers to choose gifts for themselves or share ideas on spending this day with their friends and family.
  • International Men’s Day (Nov. 19th) This holiday is good for promoting or dropping men’s products. You can also send heartfelt messages to show how much you value your male audience.
  • Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November, Nov. 28th) This day, all American families get together to have a meal and appreciate everything they already have. However, this holiday’s history is pretty disturbing — to the point, many people consider not celebrating Thanksgiving anymore. You still can do a campaign but be mindful about its content.

In our article, we put together the best Thanksgiving email marketing techniques.

  • Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov.29th) It’s the biggest sale of the year — start promoting your best deals and discounts.

And if you don’t know where to start, look at our selection of the best Black Friday-related articles: email marketing and subject line ideas, best marketing campaigns, inspiration, and more.

  • Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 30th) It’s a chance to tell the customers more about your business and the people behind it. You can send promotional emails as a part of your email marketing strategy this day as well.

December

A December monthly calendar with holidays and topics throughout the month being Hannukah (the sunset of December 25 till sundown on January 2), Christmas and New Year sales
  • Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving, Dec. 2nd) It’s the biggest online e-commerce holiday. Don’t miss the chance to send some promotional emails!

We looked through the best Cyber Monday email examples — use our selection to get some inspo!

  • Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Dec. 3rd) This holiday is celebrated five days after Thanksgiving. It was suggested in 2012 and it promotes the idea that every act of generosity counts. For this holiday, send emails that encourage customers to donate to charities of your choice.

Check out our article with Giving Tuesday email examples and the Giving Tuesday special project we made with causes to support.

  • Green Monday (the second Monday in December, Dec. 9th) and Panic Saturday (the last Saturday before Christmas or Christmas Eve, Dec. 21st) are the busiest retail shopping days in the US. Christmas is in two weeks, so the sense of urgency is in the air! Remind the subscribers about Christmas gifts and promote “last chance” sales with the best pricing you can offer.
  • National Free Shipping Day (mid-December, Dec. 15th) This holiday was created in 2008 by Luke Knowles to encourage online shoppers. It’s quite appropriate to offer free shipping for all orders this day 😉
  • Christmas Eve and Day (Dec. 24th – 25th) It’s a great time to offer Christmas gift guides, share celebration ideas, or simply express gratitude to your subscribers.

Need some email design inspo? Look at our selection of Christmas email templates and ideas!

  • Boxing Day (Dec. 26th) Part of the Christmas celebrations in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
  • New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31st) Support your subscribers in the pursuit of excellence and offer them attractive holiday promotions and gift ideas.

Wrapping up

Make the most out of holidays — use them to increase brand awareness, build stronger customer relationships, and boost sales. And a holiday email marketing calendar will help you keep track of all the important holidays, plan campaigns in advance, and build effective content creation and distribution processes for your business.

Obviously, our holiday calendar doesn’t include all the possible important dates for marketing emails. But this selection can be a good starting point — use it and feel free to add or exclude the holidays that don’t fit in your marketing strategy or add your own.

16 December, 2023
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Valeria Shulga
A writer by nature, study, and trade with more than 7 years of experience. Contributor at Selzy wearing many hats: I create special content projects, write articles, and own Facebook and Reddit communities. My expertise lies in email and content marketing, but I also have experience with the topics of real estate and immigration. Outside of work, I like spending my free time learning foreign languages, seeing plays at our local theaters, and doing yoga.
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