Next month I’ll be posting an “April Showers” poem and card for the secret pal idea of the month. To set the stage for that spring poem, consider making a DIY umbrella for your secret pal. At this time of year, umbrellas can be found at discount stores, so this could be a relatively inexpensive gift for your secret pal.
I did a little research on Pinterest, and here are some great DIY umbrella ideas that I ran across:
As spring approaches, you can’t go wrong with an umbrella for your secret pal gift. And as I said, watch for next month’s “April Showers” poem and printable card for your secret pal as a clever follow-up!
p.s. If you need the card and poem early, just message me through my “Contact” form page. I’d be happy to send it to you as an attachment!
This is another image I ran across on Pinterest, but it originally came from an article in Country Living magazine. That link will provide you with the instructions for creating these cute little Valentine’s Day gifts for your secret pal or office buddy:
Photo by Seth Smoot (countryliving.com)
Visit Simply Sublime for more great DIY ideas like this one.
Image: Cake Central
I’ve noticed that traffic to Secret Pal Teachers typically slows down quite a bit after the holidays. So from now on, I’ll be posting once a month instead of once a week.
There are lots of great Secret Pal ideas in the archives though, so be sure and come back to search for gift cards, bag and box patterns, and, of course, more gift ideas, whenever you’re in need of a gift for your Secret Pal or Office Buddy.
For January’s gift idea, how about these “melting” snowman cupcakes? This idea comes from Cake Central, where you can find some pretty amazing cake-making ideas. I stumbled across it via Pinterest though.
I can imagine filling a gift basket with Easter “grass” and plunking these guys on top of the greenery. Then maybe tape a little orange cardstock “sun” to the basket’s handle, to show that the snowmen are melting. How cute would that be?
In January, we all need a little sunshine, right?!
Check out these holiday cupcakes from catchmyparty.com (I found them on Pinterest):
Wouldn’t these be great for your Secret Santa reveal party? That’s what I was thinking!
As Christmas day is just two weeks away, I thought it would be a good idea to offer a “reveal” poem. Now, if you’re new to Secret Santa/Silly Santa, you may not know what people are talking about when they say, “We’re going to meet for our big REVEAL” on Friday this week” (or whenever). Some Secret Santa or Silly Santa groups will go whole-hog on the big reveal, giving their Secret Santa a gift with a value of $20 or more. For other groups, it’s more important that you be clever about your “reveal” rather than spendy.
Either way, the poem I’ve posted below could be just what you need the day of the big reveal, although if your final gift is supposed to be a spendy one, you’ll need to attach the poem to a nice gift (like a CD of Christmas music or a Hickory Farms treat box or something like that).
What most groups do for their big reveal is meet somewhere (like a break room, staff room, or downtown at a coffee shop) to reveal who had whose name all through the Secret Santa / Silly Santa event. This means it’s the end of your Secret Santa / Silly Santa exchange, but it’s exciting to finally meet the person who was your Secret Santa / Silly Santa.
With that explained, here’s the poem I recommend for your big reveal gift:
Just take a look. This image shows the DIY Christmas card gift bag in all its stages of creation:
Every year I post my gift bag pattern, and every year it gets lots of hits. So here it is once again.
You just place the pattern over the top of a colorful old Christmas card from last year, trace, cut, and tape. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Next week I’ll post a picture of a finished DIY gift bag, so you know how it should look when it’s all done.
I’ve got another neat image from my Pinterest page. The written instructions for this particular project are found at OwlPrintPanda (Blogspot).
Don’t these paper roses make an incredible Christmas gift topper? And the images make it look so easy! This is a DIY project I’ll definitely be using this year!
FYI: I checked out wowsai.com but found it was written in Chinese. My computer tried to download a translation, but it got locked up. I believe it’s China’s Etsy though, so you may also be able to find this on wowsai.com when they get their translation wrinkled out.
I get lots and lots of hits for my Secret Pal/Secret Santa sign-up sheet form. So I didn’t think it would hurt to re-post it as we approach the holiday season:
I always appreciate when someone shows their appreciation for my creations by passing this on through social networking.
Again, I’ve been storing up all kinds of goodies on my Pinterest page to share with you at a later date. Here’s a free printable Christmas journaling card set for labeling your Secret Santa gifts in December.
It looks like this one came from onevelvetmorning.wordpress.com so be sure and pay them a visit if you use these printable cards.
The one in the upper right-hand corner might be just perfect for passing out to Secret Santas right before you embark on this year’s Secret Santa fun!
Courtesy of OneVelvetMorning.wordpress.com