This blog post is an extract from our 2016 Holiday Report. Access the 100+ page report here.


As far as promotions go, Winter Solstice—which takes place on December 22 this year—isn’t very most popular. In fact, MailCharts only received 10 emails mentioning “Winter Solstice” or “first day of winter” in 2015. Since few companies are leveraging this holiday, you have the opportunity to jump in and promote your best-selling items.

Let’s take a look at some of the Winter Solstice emails sent in 2015 to inspire your 2016 campaign.

Company: Swimsuits For All

  • Subject: “Winter Solstice Savings – 75% OFF”


Swimsuits for all rolled out a one-day sale that actually lasted two days.

Although December isn’t typically a huge month for swimsuit shopping, the brand manages to create a timely reason to shop. Reminding subscribers that the holiday and the offer are both quickly expiring helps create a sense of urgency. The imagery used makes you crave a warm day on the beach.

Company: GigSalad

  • Subject line: “? This sale will end quicker than the Winter solstice!”

Gig Salad Winter Solstice Email

On November 23, 2015, Gig Salad sent a Thanksgiving-themed email with “Winter Solstice” in the subject line:

Interestingly, this offer is entirely tied to Thanksgiving, not the Winter Solstice. If you look at the timestamp, it was sent one day before Thanksgiving.

Gig Salad likely used a Winter Solstice reference to make its email stand out. As Mailchart data reveals, many retailers email their audience on Thanksgiving, but their themes and subject lines tend to be fairly consistent. They did a great job zagging while everyone else is zigging.

Company: Estee Lauder

  • Subject: “It’s the longest night of the year…”

Estee Lauder Winter Solstice Email

Lastly, Estee Lauder did a phenomenal job tying the holiday to one of their products. In this email titled “It’s the longest night of the year…” they promote their “Advanced Night Repair” serum.

How to Optimize Your Winter Solstice Campaign:

  • Simply sending a Winter Solstice campaign will set you apart
  • Use the fact that it’s the shortest day of the year to your advantage. That can translate into a short promotion or simply promoting a product customers use at night
  • A good way to stand out is to mention “Winter Solstice” in your subject

Happy Emailing,