The 77 Best Hashtags for Your Christmas Contest or Giveaway

The Best Hashtags for Your Christmas Contest or Giveaway

The 77 Best Hashtags for Your Christmas Contest or Giveaway

Are you looking for ways to connect with more customers this holiday season? Of course you are! And I’ve got an idea that’ll help you meet your goals: a Christmas contest or giveaway.

Running a Christmas or holiday-themed giveaway is a smart move for any marketer, especially since the competition for views, clicks, and (ultimately) shoppers is high, and a giveaway allows you to get out in front of the holiday craze.

A giveaway also gives you the opportunity to crowdsource data, build email lists, and drive traffic to your website or online store. To get even more eyeballs on your giveaway, incorporate hashtags. You can double down by using hashtags two ways:

  1. Make hashtags a part of the fun by incorporating them in your contest.
  2. Use hashtags strategically to market your contest to your brand’s highest-converting and/or largest audiences.

Incorporate hashtags in your contest, by creating a giveaway with a hashtag feed

Use a hashtag as part of your contest by collecting entries using a hashtag feed. For this giveaway, entries are collected when they’re branded with the specified hashtag, and then they’re displayed in a feed. You can select the winning entry at random from within the database of entries. A major benefit of this type of giveaway is that the method of entry is virtually frictionless: There’s no form to fill out, people just have to post a photo, hashtag it, and they’re entered.

This campaign was built with ShortStack’s Hashtag Contest Template

Three ways to use hashtags to promote your contest or giveaway

1. To Increase discoverability

On Instagram, a best practice when growing followers is to use 11 or more hashtags on a post. Each hashtag taps into a different audience, so use them strategically to reach a large, general audiences. For example, #cupcakes appears 4k times every hour. #birthday is another relevant hashtag you could use with a cupcake post and it appears 334k times in an hour. Using these hashtags would help the discoverability of your post since you could reach people who are searching for cupcakes or maybe just looking for birthday ideas.

Keep in mind that using super popular hashtags like #cupcake and #birthday also means your post will get pushed down pretty quickly which is why you also want…

2. To target a specific audience

Use specific hashtags to tap more relevant but smaller audiences. #atlantacupcakes may be used less often, but anyone searching for the best cupcakes in Atlanta could easily find posts with that hashtag and be motivated to pop into your shop!

3. To archive content for future marketing

Remember that hashtag you used in your Christmas contest or giveaway? Those entries can be displayed in a feed on your website, in a Shopify Store, or wherever you like. You can even use individual posts in your marketing efforts (if you have permission from the person who created the post).


User-generated content (UGC) is all the rage these days and for good reason – UGC is a powerful form of word-of-mouth marketing.”

Here are some of the best (most searched for) hashtags to use with your Christmas giveaway or contest. I found the lists of hashtags below using a free tool called RiteTag (ritetag.com) to see which hashtags are trending now, and to see which will be trending over time.

Use these holiday-related hashtags now:

#love
#tbt
#beautiful
#happy
#friends
#fun
#smile
#food
#family
#music
#travel
#photo
#party
#christmas
#red
#home
#holiday
#give
#contest
#giveaway
#shopping
#win
#game
#art
#decoration
#cook
#etsy
#iphone
#wine
#thankful
#life
#today
#handmade
#hot

Use these hashtags when promoting your Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals:

#blackfriday
#cybermonday
#deal
#deals
#hotdeals
#price
#amazon
#year
#people
#discount
#coupon
#sale
#free
#freeshipping
#ebay
#promo
#friday
#couponcode

Use these hashtags in the coming weeks as we get closer to the Christmas/holiday season:

#christmastree
#lights
#weekend
#time
#hanukkah
#giftshopping
#giftsgalore
#prize
#card
#eating
#day
#jewish
#ideas
#dinner
#breakfast
#night
#bohemian
#bowtie
#drinking
#bottle
#cheers
#bubbly
#people
#things
#lucky

The Christmas and holiday season is just starting to heat up! These tips — and hashtags — will get your contests and other holiday promotions in front of more people during this competitive time of year.

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Jessica Miller
jessica@shortstacklab.com

Jessica Miller helps ShortStack customers get started, and get the most out of our platform by creating “how to” tutorials. She also recommends strategies for customer success.



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