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

Well, the calendar says it’s spring, but it sure isn’t acting like it around the Chicagoland area. Cold, windy, and snowy. Sounds more like the middle of January than a spring day. Believe it or not, May 2016 is just around the corner, and in a few short weeks, the unofficial beginning of summer will be here!

I’m definitely ready for the warmer weather so I can officially put my winter coat away for at least a few consecutive months. But we’ve got to get through the next month and a half before we can celebrate the beginning of flip flops and shorts.

That’s enough wishing about summer; we’re here to talk about all the incredible holidays, observances, and awareness dates coming up in May. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next marketing giveaway, check out the calendar below for a ton of ideas!

Right off the bat we get to celebrate teachers on May 3 with Teacher Appreciation Day. When May arrives, the school year is winding down, and with every passing moment students’ attention spans decrease significantly. Teachers deserve way more than one day of appreciation, but you can use this day to show how grateful you are for their dedication by giving them custom chocolate. If you hold annual year-end events, you can use that opportunity to recognize the outstanding educators with engraved awards.

Speaking of people we appreciate, Mother’s Day falls on May 8. Mom not only helped raise us, but she also fills the roles of chef, doctor, and teacher all in one. She does it all selflessly and a lot of the time without recognition. Get Mom a personalized picture frame or, better yet, a custom spa kit to really relax. You know she deserves it.

Memorial Day falls on May 30 this year, and the day serves as a reminder of all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country. Your community might hold a parade to honor these fallen heroes, which gives you an opportunity to hand out little tokens like a patriotic stress ball or pencil as a small gesture to show your support for everyone in a military uniform.

Of course, Memorial Day weekend usually serves as the unofficial start to summer. And that means seeing more people outside enjoying the (hopefully) warmer weather and even breaking out their bicycles for the first time this year. National Bike Month falls in May, so if you’re looking to promote bike safety check, out a bike light. If you’re sponsoring a team for a long-distance bike ride the riders will need promotional water bottles that can easily fit on their bikes.  National Running and Fitness Week is May 22 – 28, so if riding a bike isn’t your flavor, you can hand out shoe lights or personalized shaker cups.

That’s just a snapshot of all the different ways to promote your business during the month. Be sure to check out the calendar to get even more ideas!

Did the products in our calendar catch your eye? Find them right here on our website: Bike Bottle (20 Oz.) and Grill Master Barbecue Kit.

Soon May will be upon us, and summer will be right around the corner. So don’t wait to get your next marketing campaign off the ground. We’re always around to help you with whatever you need. Our sales representatives will 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.

Do you have any promotional plans for May? Any holidays or observances we missed for the month? Let us know in the comment section below!

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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


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    Thanks for all the information you share with us about holidays. thanks.

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