Secret Pal Ideas for Teachers

Need an idea for your secret pal's next gift? Here you go!

April Showers Poem and Printable Card for Your Secret Pal

I created this card and poem, so you can print it and attach it to a package of Skittles for your secret pal in April. I always appreciate when my readers and followers “like” my freebies and/or link to my blog and/or promote my site in any other way you can. Thanks!

Printable April Card for Secret Pal Gift

Image: My Own Creation

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A DIY Umbrella for Your Secret Pal’s March Gift

DIY umbrella project

Image: iClipart

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!

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Heart Pincushions for February’s Secret Pal Gift (Great for Valentine’s Day)

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:

Gift for February Birthday

Photo by Seth Smoot (

Visit Simply Sublime for more great DIY ideas like this one.

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Cupcakes for January Gift Basket

melting snowmen cupcakes January gift for secret pal office buddies teacher gift present

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?! ;)

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Holiday Cupcakes for Your Secret Santa or Silly Santa

Check out these holiday cupcakes from (I found them on Pinterest):

Wouldn’t these be great for your Secret Santa reveal party? That’s what I was thinking!


Secret Santa or Silly Santa Reveal Poem

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:

Secret Santa Reveal Poem

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What does my DIY Christmas card gift bag look like when completed? Here it is…

Just take a look. This image shows the DIY Christmas card gift bag in all its stages of creation:

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Make Christmas Gift Bags Out of Old Christmas Cards–an Easy DIY Secret Santa Project

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!

gift bag for Silly Santa presents that are inexpensive

Image: iClipart

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.

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Christmas Gift Toppers Take a Rosey Turn: a DIY Paper Rose Gift Topper for Secret Santa

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!

paper roses DIY Christmas Gift Topper with written instructions easy DIY

Image: iClipart

FYI: I checked out 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 when they get their translation wrinkled out.

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Secret Santa Sign-Up Form for Teachers

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:

Secret Pal Sign-up Sheet 2

I always appreciate when someone shows their appreciation for my creations by passing this on through social networking. :)



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