Doing a quick Google search shows that the second week in January is Letter Writing Week and today, January 10th, is Bittersweet Chocolate Day, in addition to Houseplant Appreciation Day and Peculiar People Day.

What an interesting combination.  How can you turn that into an adventure?  Easy, with a scavenger hunt of course.

The winter months tend to keep people indoors, unless you’re a snow or cooler weather adventurer.  Sure, we have social media to keep us connected to friends and family, but did you think about trying a new way to communicate or making the old new again?  Let’s go retro.

Try mailing a hand-written letter.  Seriously?  Yes.  Pull out that old stationary and put your pen to paper for some good old-fashioned correspondence.  In fact, make it an adventure by adding fun clues to create a scavenger hunt.  How would that work?

Simply, use social media and your letters to hide clues, answers and hints.  Really make it exciting by incorporating the daily celebrations into small gifts or acknowledgements.  Make sure to always attach clues for more excitement.

Here’s a list of awareness days and celebrations.


  • National Bath Safety Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • Hot Tea Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month

Week Celebrations:

2nd Week Letter Writing Week

January 2017 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

  • 1 New Year’s Day
  • 2 Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
  • 3 Festival of Sleep Day
  • 3 Fruitcake Toss Day
  • 3 Humiliation Day
  • 4 National Spaghetti Day
  • 4 Trivia Day
  • 5 National Bird Day
  • 6 Bean Day
  • 6 Cuddle Up Day
  • 7 Old Rock Day
  • 8 Bubble Bath Day
  • 8 Male Watcher’s Day
  • 9 Play God Day
  • 10 Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • 10 Houseplant Appreciation Day
  • 10 Peculiar People Day
  • 11 Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend’s Day
  • 12 Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
  • 12 National Pharmacist Day
  • 13 Friday the 13th
  • 13 International Skeptics Day
  • 13 Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • 14 Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • 15 National Hat Day
  • 16 Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday  , celebrated on the third Monday
  • 16 National Nothing Day
  • 17 Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
  • 18 Thesaurus Day
  • 18 Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie’s author A.A. Milne
  • 19 National Popcorn Day
  • 20 National Buttercrunch Day
  • 20 National Cheese Lover Day
  • 20 Penguin Awareness Day
  • 21 National Hugging Day
  • 21 Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • 22 National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23 National Pie Day
  • 23 National Handwriting Day
  • 23 Measure Your Feet Day- we only ask….”Why!?!”
  • 24 Beer Can Appreciation Day
  • 24 Compliment Day
  • 25 Opposite Day
  • 26 Spouse’s Day
  • 27 Chocolate Cake Day
  • 27 Punch the Clock Day
  • 28 Chinese New Years – date varies
  • 28 Data Privacy Day
  • 28 Fun at Work Day
  • 28 National Kazoo Day
  • 29 National Puzzle Day
  • 29 National Cornchip Day
  • 30 Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – last Monday of month
  • 30 National Inane Answering Message Day
  • 31 Backward Day
  • 31 Inspire Your Heart with Art Day


Supply clues on social media of what to expect in the mail.  That really helps to build excitement and pure entertainment.  Then, send the gifts that correlate to the clues and the days of celebration.  Maybe you have a sweetheart in a long distance relationship.  This would be a great way to lead up to St. Valentine’s Day by giving daily gifts.

Give items such as the movie The NeverEnding Story for January 16th,  National Nothing Day.

Really create the day of celebration by giving hints and several items such as a bottle of water or even rubber boots for January 11th, Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend’s Day.

Opposite day on January 25th could be a blast, especially if you’re sending clues and challenges.   Combine that with January 31st, Backward Day.

If you, your friend, family member or significant other loves animals, celebrate January 14th, Dress Up Your Pet Day; January 16th, Appreciate a Dragon Day; January 20th, Penguin Awareness Day; and January 21th, Squirrel Appreciation Day.  Give clues or challenges to highlight these days.

Of course, we all know and have participated in January 23th, National Pie Day.  Perhaps turn this highly celebrated day into more than just a day to eat, well, pie.

There are so many directions to take with theses suggestions to start off the New Year with an adventure.  Always have fun with your scavenger hunt.  More to come on these ideas.

Did you create your very own scavenger hunt, or did you participate in one?  Share your story with us!

If you’d like to learn more about our suggested themes and ideas, let us know.  We’d be happy to discuss and provide you with a free quote.

Thrill of the Hunt exclusively develops and administers to themed scavenger hunts for public and private events such as team building activities, company outings, fundraisers and private parties.

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