Cyber Monday (see Affiliate Marketing in November) sales in 2011 were up 20 percent from a year earlier as of noon Eastern time according to International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) According to ComScore,online purchasing was forecast to rise to $1.2 billion from $1.03 billion last year.
And it’s not just the Americans who made online sales records during the Christmas shopping frenzy. Folks all around the world seem to be happy to open their wallets during the festive season, even during a recession!
Offerings are as varied as the individual recipients, but there are definitely ‘staples’ in the realm of gift-giving.
Think electronics, clothing, toys & games, books, jewelry, food & beverages, personalized items and keepsakes…. and oh, just go take a look at what’s trending at Gifts.com Top Picks for Christmas to get very specific ideas. 🙂
And as is the case every other month of the year, December includes a number of holidays and unique special event days that you can tie into your affiliate marketing promotions.
- Hi Neighbor Month
- National Stress Free Family Holiday Month
- Read A New Book Month
- Safe Toy and Gift Month
- Universal Human Rights Month
- Write to a Friend Month
Most notable special days in December 2016:
- December 11, Rosalind Gardner’s birthday 🙂 (BTW, I stopped counting at 50.)
- December 20, Hanukkah (begins at sundown the previous day)
- December 25, Christmas
- December 26, Kwanzaa
- December 26, Boxing Day (UK, Canada, Ireland)
- December 31, New Year’s Eve
Celebrations by Day in December 2011:
- 1 Eat a Red Apple Day
- 1 World Aids Awareness Day
- 2 National Fritters Day
- 3 National Roof over Your Head Day
- 4 Santas’ List Day – we hope you are on the “Nice” list
- 4 Wear Brown Shoes Day
- 5 Bathtub Party Day
- 5 Repeal Day – The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition. I’ll drink to that!
- 6 St. Nicholas Day
- 6 Mitten Tree Day
- 6 Put on your own Shoes Day
- 7 International Civil Aviation Day
- 7 Letter Writing Day
- 7 National Cotton Candy Day – would you like some fairy floss?
- 7 Pearl Harbor Day
- 8 National Brownie Day
- 8 Take it in the Ear Day
- 9 Christmas Card Day
- 9 National Pastry Day
- 10 Human Rights Day
- 11 International Children’s Day – Second Sunday in December
- 11 National Noodle Ring Day
- 12 National Ding-a-Ling Day
- 12 Poinsettia Day
- 13 Ice Cream Day
- 13 Violin Day
- 14 National Bouillabaisse Day
- 14 Roast Chestnuts Day
- 15 Bill of Rights Day
- 15 National Lemon Cupcake Day
- 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
- 17 National Maple Syrup Day
- 18 Bake Cookies Day
- 18 National Roast Suckling Pig Day
- 19 Look for an Evergreen Day
- 19 Oatmeal Muffin Day
- 20 Go Caroling Day
- 21 Forefather’s Day
- 21 Humbug Day
- 21 Look on the Bright Side Day
- 21 National Flashlight Day
- 21 Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year.
- 22 National Date Nut Bread Day – or September 8!?
- 23 Festivus – for the rest of us
- 23 Roots Day
- 24 Channukah – date varies
- 24 National Chocolate Day
- 24 National Egg Nog Day
- 25 Christmas Day
- 25 National Pumpkin Pie Day for recipes see Pumpkin Nook ‘s Cookbook
- 26 Boxing Day
- 27 Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
- 27 National Fruitcake Day
- 28 Card Playing Day
- 29 Pepper Pot Day
- 30 National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
- 31 Make Up Your Mind Day
- 31 New Year’s Eve
- 31 Unlucky Day
My favorites (in addition to my birthday) are St. Nicholas Day (SinterKlaas in Dutch), the solstice, Festivus and Christmas. LOTS and LOTS of gift-exchanging to be done.
What are your plans for the festive season?
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