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April 2016 Holidays, Observances, and Awareness Dates: Plan Your Promotions!

Can you believe Google has already started mass production of its self-driving car? April Fools! OK, so I might be a little early on that front as April is still a couple weeks away. But, at least in my opinion, it’s never too early to begin thinking about spring and warmer weather, as well as your next promotional giveaway.

We’ve had some decent weather in the Chicagoland area recently (and by decent, I mean no snow), and it’s getting me in the mood for some extended sunny days, temperatures in the mid-70s, and firing up the grill nearly every night of the week. Can you tell I’m ready to get rid of winter once and for all?

Don’t let anyone fool you; April is chock-full of unique holidays, observances, and awareness dates. Check out the calendar below for some ideas you can use in your next marketing campaign!

While we wouldn’t recommend playing too many jokes on your customers on April Fools, the month seems to love a good chuckle. First, the entire month is National Humor Month, and, second, April 1-7 is Laugh at Work Week. We’re sure no matter what freebies you pick to hand out in April, they’ll make people smile.

April showers aren’t going to wipe away dedicated golfers’ smiles, especially after they’ve been inside all winter long dying to get out on the links. Golfer’s Day is April 10, and we have more than just imprinted golf balls to offer.

If your targeted demographic would rather listen to the latest hits rather than hit the links, April 16 is Record Store Day. It’s a great opportunity to hand out custom earbuds or a guitar-shaped stress ball.

Administrative Professionals Day falls on April 27 this year. You could get some nicely engraved pens or monthly planners, or you could go the other way and get that irreplaceable employee a Wine Gift Set or Deluxe Mug Gift Set.

With all the laughter that April seems to bring, it doesn’t mean there aren’t some stressful moments. That’s probably why April is also Stress Awareness Month. Because this is promotional products company, it’s almost an obligation that I mention our vast array of stress balls and relievers. Of course, you could choose the more luxurious side and get the Spa Set in Box. You really can’t go wrong either way!

Of course there are plenty of other awareness weeks you can draw inspiration from if you’re looking for ideas. Try out an engraved bookmark for National Library Week (April 10-16), or The Park Picnic Blanket for National Park Week, April 16-24.

Shower your customers and clients with amazing promotional products this April! Be sure to check out our full calendar to see all the holidays coming up soon.

Want to order the products featured on our calendar? You can find them right here: Round Stress Reliever, Twilight Tracer SuperNova Glowing Golf Ball, and Whoopee Cushion (6″).

April might not be for another couple of weeks, but you don’t want to wait until it’s a few days away before you place your order for the month. Luckily, we’re here to help you! Have a question? Looking for a specific giveaway? Our friendly sales representatives are waiting to hear from you. They’ll do their best to answer any questions you have, or help you narrow your search down to a product that will help your brand. You can contact a Quality Logo Products® representative by phone (866-312-5646), by email (, via live chat, or by leaving a comment below.

What are you planning to hand out in April? Have a crazy April-themed giveaway story? We want to know! Share it with us in the comments!

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Bubba is the Quality Logo Products mascot. He may have started out as "just a stress ball," but he's come a long way since the company's launch in 2003. Bubba has been immortalized in numerous vector artwork designs for internal and external promotions, and you can see him change outfits on the Quality Logo Products homepage whenever a holiday rolls around. Oh, and he thinks pants are for the birds. You can connect with Bubba on


  1. David Willits

    Whoopee cushions are the single greatest promotional item ever created. It doesn’t matter if you work at a proctologist office, office chair manufacturer or clown university.

    In all seriousness, earth day and Arbor Day do jump out at me as great reasons to get going with some promo goodies that will get “green” living and tree planting in people’s minds.

  2. Stacy Gruca

    My Goal this month is to get one of my clients to embrace April fools day and surprise their staff/clients with an awesome promo gift. Its light hearted fun and puts their brand in peoples hands. The whoopee cushion is Fabulous! Decent imprint area for a large logo and a hilarious way to put your name out there. I mean… who doesn’t love a good fart now and then.

  3. Cody

    Who knew that April was such a holiday-laden month! It certainly does make sense that it is Stress Awareness Month, considering it starts with April Fool’s and has the deadline for taxes right in the middle of it. Not to worry, though, it really is a great idea to prepare for these events with great stress balls or even a customized yo-yo! How much joy would it bring to an office on Laugh At Work Week to have a Walk The Dog competition with your company branded yo-yos or maybe Frank in accounting was a world champion. Who knows?

    I really see great potential here for anyone to make the most of April and really surprise everyone at a trade show or even just when someone is using your company-branded pen. Better yet, why not make sure those April showers don’t bring your mood down with a Cool Sun Stress Ball.

  4. Anthony

    Woo!! Another month closer to summer! And it is about time! April Showers… am I right?! April is a time where I see some business’s start working on their promotions coming up for the busy time of year. Why not start early and plan either a fun April Fools joke or bring Earth Day Awareness around!!?? With all jokes aside, we will all be laughing here in the “Team Awesome Great Job” Office! Laughter is the best medicine! Here is to an awesome month!! Great Post Shaun!!

  5. Kelly Bird

    It only seems logical that April Fool’s Day would kickstart Laugh at Work Week and National Humor Month. QLP has a lot of fun products to help celebrate. At the same time though make sure you check out all of our great Autism and Stress reduction related items to bring awareness to some more serious issues. Spend some of that tax return money on the people that make your life better and buy some quality items to show your administrative professionals and volunteers how much they are appreciated. So much to celebrate, so many promotional products for every occasion!

  6. Rondell Caraos

    NICE… April is almost here! Being born and raised in Chicago, I actually like the different seasons but, the end of March is such a tease. I’m usually READY for Summer and the warm weather! Cabin Fever stinks and my kids love the outdoors! These blogs are pretty cool because I have never heard of so many awareness days/weeks. It is nice to know what is going on with topics for the month. This is normally where we start ramping up in sales so it is good to know what some clients will be interested in as a promo item. Thanks!

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