Happy new year 2019! As the new year dawns, you should be aware of the upcoming holidays and observances in Singapore so that you can plan for promotional goods and corporate gifts in time for these occasions. Gifting promotional goods to your customers, employees and other company stakeholders during holidays and observances is a smart and cost effective way to spread brand awareness and at the same time appreciate your stakeholders.
Why should you plan for promotional and corporate gifts in advance
As mentioned in our previous post, planning and ordering promotional and corporate gifts way in advance of the festival will bring about several benefits and help you to avoid various issues. Planning and buying promotional and corporate gifts at the last minute is never a good idea! Here’s the lists of “to-do” and “to-avoid”!
#1 – Lower the MOQ (minimum order quantity) required
Typically, suppliers ask for a MOQ for each order. When the order is very rushed, the suppliers are less likely to give in to your requests to lower MOQ. When you have more time allowance, you can negotiate harder for lower MOQ and they are more likely to accept your requests. You don’t want to be forced into purchasing at a higher MOQ!
#2 – Lower cost
Expecting your suppliers to provide you with your required promotional and corporate gifts under a tight timeline would logically means a higher price. To avoid paying unnecessary high premium, plan and order early so that your supplier can take their time to produce the gifts at a normal pace.
#3 – Getting what you want.
If you place the order too late, you risk not being able to purchase the gifts that you want as most suppliers would be packed and unable to take up last minute orders. Even if you offer higher price, suppliers might not agree to it as they are really max out in their production capacities. The more customised your product is, the more difficult it is to be produced under short notice.
#4 – Reduced risk of missing deadline
You might run into issues with a tight timeline. Tight timeline means that you have lesser allowance for mistakes and delays. In the production and shipment of goods, it’s normal to run into problems and delays. If you definitely need the goods before a certain festival or date, you should not risk having a tight timeline.
#5 – Reduced risk of imperfect goods
With a rushed production lead time, it means that your suppliers would be under pressure to produce a large quantity under a short amount of time. Naturally, the odds of messing up the quality of goods increases. Not all suppliers work well under time pressure.
Holidays and Observances 2019
Here’s a list of the holidays and observances in Singapore for 2019. Take note of these important dates and do your planning accordingly!
|01-Jan||Tuesday||New Year’s Day||National holiday|
|05-Feb||Tuesday||Chinese New Year’s Day||National holiday|
|06-Feb||Wednesday||Chinese New Year’s Day 2||National holiday|
|15-Feb||Friday||Total Defense Day||Observance|
|08-Mar||Friday||International Women’s Day||Observance|
|01-Apr||Monday||April Fool’s Day||Observance|
|19-Apr||Friday||Good Friday||National holiday|
|01-May||Wednesday||Labour Day||National holiday|
|18-May||Saturday||International Museum Day||Observance|
|19-May||Sunday||Vesak Day||National holiday|
|20-May||Monday||Vesak Day observed||National holiday|
|05-Jun||Wednesday||Hari Raya Puasa||National holiday|
|01-Jul||Monday||Singapore Armed Forces Day||Observance|
|21-Jul||Sunday||Racial Harmony Day||Observance|
|09-Aug||Friday||National Day||National holiday|
|11-Aug||Sunday||Hari Raya Haji||National holiday|
|12-Aug||Monday||Hari Raya Haji observed||National holiday|
|28-Oct||Monday||Diwali/Deepavali observed||National holiday|
|25-Dec||Wednesday||Christmas Day||National holiday|
|31-Dec||Tuesday||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
Singapore School Holidays 2019
If your company’s targeted audiences are Singapore students from primary school, secondary schools, junior college, polytechnics and universities, then you have to be familiar with the school holidays and term holidays. Knowing their holidays allow you to plan for events and activities accordingly, and to purchase appropriate promotional and corporate gifts for them in time for their holidays.
#1 – School Holidays
All MOE primary and secondary schools will begin its’ school year for 2019 from 2 January to 15 November 2019.
Youth Day, 7 July 2019
Teachers’ Day, 6 September 2019
Children’s Day, 4 October 2019
#2 – School Term Holidays
After Term 1 Saturday, 16 March to Sunday, 24 March 2019
After Term 2 Saturday, 1 June to Sunday, 30 June 2019
After Term 3 Saturday, 7 September to Sunday, 15 September 2019
After Term 4 Saturday, 16 November to Saturday, 31 December 2019
Popular and relevant gifts for 2019
From our “Product in Spotlight” series, you can find out in-depth information about these ever-relevant promotional and corporate gifts:
- Product in Spotlight: Non Woven Bags
- Product in Spotlight: Water Bottles, Flasks, Cups
- Product in Spotlight: Pop Up Greeting Cards
From our “Insights and Ideas” series, you can explore various promotional and corporate gift ideas for different occasions and festivals:
- Gifts for your employees!
- Perfect promotional gifts for households!
- Chinese New Year Special! Gifts for the Auspicious Year of Pig!
- Christmas Special! Gifts for the Festival!
Always plan early for your promotional and corporate gifts! If you plan and buy too late, you might not be able to get what you want, and even if you do, you have to do it at a premium pricing due to high demand and low supply. Now that you know about all of the holidays and important dates in 2019, start planning now!