National Zoo & Aquarium Month
June is a time to celebrate the role zoos and aquariums play in wildlife education, conservation and community enrichment (www.aza.org). Provide branded merchandise these clients can sell or give away as part of the fun, including stuffed animals in logoed T-shirts, wildlife calendars, safari-style hats and more
Student Safety Month
This initiative aims to encourage teenagers across America to make safe decisions during the school-end festivity season of graduation, proms, parties and other events. Partner with schools by delivering wristbands, neon T-shirts, bumper stickers and more that proclaim anti-drinking-and-driving messages.
International Surf Music Month
Concerts take place all over to celebrate surf music – a subgenre of rock n' roll that resounds with the freedom and joy of surf culture (www.nesmasurf.org). Provide official concert swag and promotional materials (T-shirts, signs). Also, deliver T-shirts, hoodies and stickers for participating bands.
PTSD Awareness Month
In June, groups including The National Center for PTSD promote awareness and effective treatments for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (www.ptsd.va.gov). Fuel their efforts with ribbons, caps, T-shirts and USBs with information about PTSD and what the public can do to help.
National Business Etiquette Week
A week that aims to encourage companies to review with salespeople and other employees business etiquette/intelligence, from how to network properly to how to remember names. Augment the learning by delivering practical solutions that help put the lessons into action – items like business cards and branded business card holders.
National Donut Day
Founded in 1938, Donut Day annually celebrates one of America's favorite treats. Provide bakeries and coffee/donut shops with travel mugs they can give to customers who stop in on this especially sweet day.
National Cancer Survivors Day
Hundreds of communities nationwide honor survivors who are living with and beyond cancer (www.ncsd.org). Awareness-themed bracelets, totes, pens, water bottles, scarves and even pedometers help pay tribute to survivors and victims while promoting the push for a cure.
National Nursing Assistants' Week
Help nursing homes and other long-term care centers thank their valuable nursing assistant staffers with logoed cosmetic bags, stand-up mirrors, full-zip cardigan sweaters and more. (www.cna-network.org.)
World Blood Donor Day
Empower blood banks to motivate people everywhere to donate blood – and to thank those who do – with appropriately themed products (www.who.int). Consider magnets shaped like blood droplets, blood drive coloring and activity books, bendy pens with a heart on top and even heart-shaped lollipops.
Go Skateboarding Day
Provide T-shirts, flat-bill caps, hooded sweatshirts and stickers to skate shops, local skate clothing lines and skate parks. All of those potential clients may be celebrating this official holiday of skateboarding – a day that gives people passionate about the extreme sport the chance to drop everything and kick-flip their way to some fun.