Believe it or not, we’re almost halfway through the year, making this the perfect time to plan out your email marketing calendar for the remainder of 2021. You might be tempted to rush through this part, but don’t! You’ll save yourself a lot of time and headaches later by figuring out your email marketing calendar now. Here’s your guide of what to do and when to do it for email marketing during the second half of 2021.
We’ve also created a holiday marketing calendar to make your job even easier. From large global holidays (think Christmas and Easter) to smaller, more niche holidays that are a marketer’s dream (Waffle Day or Singles Awareness Day), everything is included on this helpful marketing calendar. Click the plus sign by the “Google Calendar” text in the bottom right-hand corner so you’ll never miss a holiday!
LGBTQ Pride Month (all month)
LGBTQ Pride Month will be celebrated around the world throughout the month of June, with LGBTQ+ communities and their allies flooding the streets — and our inboxes — with an infusion of color, pride and love. With exuberant rainbows as the defining symbol of the festivities, the design possibilities are endless! Draw on our LGBTQ Pride Month email templates to create your own rainbow-filled email!
Father’s Day (June 20)
In the U.S., Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year. Get creative with your copy, colors and CTAs as you design a Father’s Day email to promote your Father’s Day sales. A simple, sleek Father’s Day message like this Joe’s Jeans email can promote your products or event as the holiday approaches.
Subject line: Last chance for Father’s Day
Other June Holidays
- Republic Day, June 2
- World Environment Day, June 5
- Dragon Boat Festival, June 14
- Juneteenth, June 19 (If you choose to send a Juneteenth email, make sure to be sensitive and thoughtful of the BLM conversation — and to share how you’re taking action.)
- First Day of Summer / Summer Solstice, June 21
- Social Media Day, June 30
Independence Day (July 4)
A patriotic email for Independence Day (July 4 in the United States) can help boost your engagement and sales this summer. Make a splash and increase your conversions like Unsun Cosmetics did with this creative, patriotic email.
Subject line: Happy Independence Day!! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
World Emoji Day (July 17)
World Emoji Day might not be on your customers’ calendar. But for email marketing purposes, this holiday presents a wide range of fun opportunities! Using emojis in email adds personality to your brand. Emojis also grab attention and help get your point across. Celebrate the power of the emoji with Navid Nosrati’s template Emoji World Day or with our other World Emoji Day email templates.
Other July Holidays
- Amazon Prime Day, July 12 – 13
- Bastille Day, July 14
- Olympic Games begin, July 23
- International Day of Friendship, July 30
Get to Know Your Customers Day (July 15 and October 21)
Get to Know Your Customers Day takes place every quarter — the third Thursday of January, April, July and October. It’s the perfect time to focus on creating strong customer relationships, so it’s a must-add for your email marketing calendar. Get to know your customers by sending out a survey that asks for their opinion. We love this survey email from Alpyn Beauty. Check out our other Get to Know Your Customers Day email templates for more inspiring examples.
Subject line: Complete our survey. $25 gift 💕
Back to School Month (all month)
It’s that time of year again: Back to School Month (in the U.S.). Advertise your school supplies for sale and connect with parents through a smartly-designed back to school email. We love this Back to School Discount Code email from Instacart: It combines a cute infographic with convincing copy to create the perfect email advertising Instacart’s sales.
Subject line: Back-to-school made easy with $10 off and Staples
Other August Holidays
- International Cat Day, August 8
- Book Lover’s Day, August 9 (Check out our Book Lover’s Day email templates.)
- Muharram / Islamic New Year, August 10
- World Humanitarian Day, August 19
- Senior Citizens Day, August 21
- Women’s Equality Day, August 26 (Check out our Women’s Equality Day email templates.)
- International Dog Day, August 26
Labor Day (September 6)
Next up on the email marketing calendar: Labor Day, a U.S. holiday that marks the end of summer. In other words, it’s the perfect time for brands to squeeze in one last summer sale. Dropps got the job done with user-generated content, a funny GIF (keep scrolling to see) and cool blue tones.
Subject line: Labor Day just got even easier…
First Day of Fall (September 21)
Usher in a new season by creating a special sale or promotion for the First Day of Fall on September 21. First Day of Fall emails are a lot of fun to design — think pumpkins, GIFs and warm tones of orange and brown. If you’re launching a new collection of products, check out our New Fall Collection It’s Here template by Yorbi Barriento.
Other September Holidays
- Video Games Day, September 12 (Some people also celebrate this holiday on July 8; check out our Video Games Day email templates.)
- Oktoberfest, September 18 – October 3
- International Day of Peace, September 21
- World Tourism Day, September 27
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (all month)
Kick off the month of October by recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chances are, this disease has personally touched many of your customers. Sharing a Breast Cancer Awareness Month email helps raise awareness about the disease and connect with people who have been there. Get your inspiration from MANGO to take action for a good cause.
Subject line: Together we’re stronger | Breast cancer awareness month
Halloween (October 31)
For email marketers, Halloween is a can’t-miss holiday. Combine spooky stock images, creative CTA buttons and vibrant HTML colors to share a special fall promotion or some Halloween-oriented content. Take a look at this adorable Halloween email from Carter’s to kickstart your email design:
Subject line: First Halloween’s deserve spooky cute costumes! 🎃
Other October Holidays
- International Coffee Day, October 1 (Check out our International Coffee Day email templates.)
- World Vegetarian Day, October 1
- Cinnamon Bun Day, October 4
- Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, October 3 – November 2
Thanksgiving (November 25)
Is your target audience based in the U.S.? Don’t forget to send a Thanksgiving email on or before November 25. When it comes to Thanksgiving email marketing, authenticity is key: Show genuine appreciation for your customers and make them feel like part of the family. Check out this Thanksgiving Day email by Andrea Dall’Ara to send a heartfelt thanks to your email subscribers.
Black Friday (November 26)
Black Friday is a major retail holiday brands can’t afford to miss. And since your customers’ inboxes will be flooded with emails, it’s your job to do everything you can to grab their attention. Black Friday email templates make your email design job easy. This sparkly Lord & Taylor email is a great way to promote products and sales.
Subject line: A Black Friday deal SO good, we brought it BACK!
Other November Holidays
- Singles’ Day, November 11
- World Kindness Day, November 13
- Small Business Saturday, November 27 (Check out our Small Business Saturday email templates.)
- Cyber Monday, November 29 (Check out our Cyber Monday email templates.)
- Giving Tuesday, November 30
Hanukkah / Chanukah (November 28 – December 6)
We’ve made it all the way to December and it’s time for some holiday celebrations! Start with a Hanukkah email to mark the Jewish festival of lights that in 2021 runs from November 28 to December 6. Naja’s colorful and attractive Hanukkah email is the perfect way to kick off the season.
Subject line: Happy Hanukkah
Christmas (December 25)
When December rolls around, it’s time to get your Christmas marketing emails out the door! Come up with a creative campaign, such as sending a holiday gift guide or offering 12 days of deals, to get your subscribers engaged. Milligram chose a wintry blue-and-silver color scheme in this Christmas email example.
Subject line: Give a Milligram gift card this Christmas
Kwanzaa (December 26 – January 1)
Kwanzaa celebrates African-American culture and heritage. Each day in this week-long festival is centered around one of the seven principles: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith. The holiday is inspired by African tradition, although individual families celebrate in different ways. It typically culminates in a feast called Karamu, which takes place on New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve (December 31)
Close out your 2021 email marketing calendar by ushering in the New Year with style. Sending a New Year’s Eve email to wish your customers a Happy New Year can help ensure your brand is top of mind as your readers move into the new year. Michael Kors created a helpful lookbook for subscribers who want to ring in the New Year looking their best.
Subject line: Level up your New Year’s Eve look
Other December Holidays
- Saint Lucy’s Day, December 13
- First Day of Winter / Winter Solstice, December 21
- Boxing Day, December 26
Looking ahead to 2022
Email marketers know better than anyone that the holiday grind never stops. Before you even put up your Christmas tree, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s, and then Valentine’s, and everything starts all over again. Use these email design ideas to prep for 2022 and start off your New Year marketing on the right foot.
New Year’s Day (January 1)
Start the new year off strong by celebrating with a fun New Year’s Day email. Don’t be afraid to pull out the glitter and fireworks for this fun holiday! Consider creating a special discount code or offering a sale for email subscribers. You could also share a year-in-review email, hitting the highlights your brand experienced over the last 12 months — like this email ClassTag sent at the end of 2019.
Subject line: 2019: Year in review!
Other January Holidays
- Pizza Day, January 17
- Epiphany and La Befana, January 6
- Data Privacy Day, January 28
- Northern Lights Festival (January 26 — February 2nd)
- Fashion Week (Fashion Week takes place multiple times a year; these Fashion Week email templates can help.)
Black History Month (all month)
Black History Month is celebrated in the U.S. during the entire month of February. This monthlong observance is a time to honor Black Americans and everything they’ve contributed to the world. Use your email newsletters to support Black communities and share how your company supports racial justice initiatives. This free Honoring Black Stories email template, created by Derek Brumby, is a great way to highlight influential Black voices and encourage your readers to support Black creatives. You can draw inspiration from our other Black History Month email templates, too — and from real-life email examples like this Cratejoy message.
Subject line: Support Black-owned business | This & every month
Valentine’s Day (February 14)
Consumers are ready to spend some serious money for Valentine’s Day. A little strategic email marketing can position your brand as the best option for the reader’s gift-giving needs. Hearts, colorful pink backgrounds and elegant typography can be the best way to go if you’re designing a Valentine’s Day email. For example, this Cute Root email uses a pink background color and the code “LOVELETTER” to create a seasonal promotion for subscribers to enjoy.
Subject line: Eco-friendly Valentine’s Day ideas for you and your valentine
Other February Holidays
- Waitangi Day, February 6 – 8
- Super Bowl Sunday, February 7 (Check out our Super Bowl Sunday email templates.)
- Lunar New Year, February 12 (Celebrated from February 11 to February 26; check out our Lunar New Year email templates.)
- Singles Awareness Day, February 15
- Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday, February 16 (Check out our Mardi Gras email templates.)
St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
This traditional Irish religious holiday is celebrated today with parades, music and lots of food and beer. No matter what industry you’re in, it’s a great time to get on top of some email marketing! Send a festive green and gold St. Patrick’s Day email offering a deal that will help your customers feel the luck of the Irish. If you have products to showcase, this Sur La Table email demonstrates a few great ways to highlight those items. Our other St. Patrick’s Day email templates will provide you with some lucky design inspiration as well!
Subject line: Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day
International Women’s Day (March 8)
International Women’s Day is a holiday designed to bring awareness to the ongoing struggle of gender equality and to celebrate the powerful women in our communities. Our Happy International Women’s Day template, created by Martin Nikolchev, is highly versatile: Use it to announce a sale, launch a fundraising campaign or simply design a thoughtful email that will resonate with readers. Or check out our other International Women’s Day templates.
Other March Holidays
- Maslenitsa, March 8 – 14
- Mother’s Day, March 14 (Check out our Mother’s Day email templates.)
- Father’s Day, March 19 (Some countries celebrate this holiday in March; check out our Father’s Day email templates.)
- First Day of Spring, March 20
- World Water Day, March 22
- Waffle Day, March 25
- SDG Global Festival of Action, March 25 – 26
- Earth Hour Day, March 27
- Holi Festival, March 29
Easter (April 4)
Pull out your fuzzy bunnies, chocolate eggs and pastel email backgrounds to create a springtime Easter email for your clients. This year, Easter is on April 4, which means you’ll need to get started early with your Easter email design. We recommend using one of our Easter email templates to shorten the design process — like this Special Easter email designed by Martin Nikolchev. We’re also loving the design of this Too Faced email that popped up in our inbox this spring.
Subject line: Peep this: 30% OFF Easter sale starts now!
Earth Day (April 22)
Encourage people to make the world a better place by sending a well-designed Earth Day email. Your customers care about climate change and the world they live in. Sharing an Earth Day email that outlines how you’re taking action can inspire them to do the same. Levoit uses a creative product photo, strong fonts and earthy colors to create an email sharing info about the company’s Earth Day initiative.
Subject line: Happy Earth Day! 🌎
Other April Holidays
- April Fool’s Day, April 1 (Check out our April Fool’s Day templates.)
- Tulip Festival, April 1 – 30
- Carbonara Day, April 6
- World Art Day, April 15
- Shakespeare Day, April 23
Wrap-up: Holiday email templates
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