Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

#Summer #GiftBasket idea and poem for #SecretPal @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

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Artwork by ASF. Poem by Chelly Wood.

As my regular followers know, this website is all about gift ideas for Secret Pals/Office Buddies/Secret Santas.

What do you give your secret pal in July? How about everything he/she will need to enjoy a good beach read?

Put together a gift basket that’s lined with a beach towel and stuffed with snacks, sunscreen, flip-flops, and a pair of sunglasses. Print the bookmark shown above and slip it into a book. Drop the book into the basket, and your pal is off to the beach for a little rest and relaxation.

But what if your office pal policy is to keep gifts under $10? Give each piece of the “gift basket” as a separate gift, and offer the bookmark and book as the grand finale.

You can also save money by purchasing goodies at your local dollar store. Buy books used at yard sales and flea markets.

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FREE pattern for #Renfaire #crafts or #SecretPal gift @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Image of tiny pink dragon with wings laying on his belly and sleeping. His arms, legs, and tail are spread out. He is made of scaley-looking fabric. Overlay says, "Chelly Wood dot com for free, printable sewing patterns and tutorials."

For the free, printable patterns & tutorial for making this dragon pin cushion, visit ChellyWood.com

This little pincushion is so cute! It’s perfect to give to a secret pal or office friend, especially if they’re a fan of Lord of the Rings, Renaissance Faires, or fairy tales.

 

I’ve actually posted this pattern on my doll clothes patterns website, ChellyWood.com. Visit this link to see my craft patterns on that website. This link will take you to the how-to video that shows exactly how you piece together this adorable little guy.

 

I must warn you, though: this project is not for the beginner. It is tricky to make. If you want to find an easier pin cushion pattern, please visit my pin cushion board on Pinterest.

 

 

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Give a #FloralGift and #Poem to Your #SecretPal w/Ideas from SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

wedding bunch of flowers on a green table

Image: iClipart

In May, the northern hemisphere begins to blossom and bloom with spring. So why not take advantage of it?

Go to a yard sale and pick up a pretty flower pot that may need to be repainted or just cleaned. Fill it with fresh-cut flowers from your garden and a little sugar-water.

Add a ribbon and a sweet little springtime poem or saying, and voilà! You have a super-simple, easy-made gift for your Secret Pal. And just to make it even easier for you, I’ve written this little spring poem, which you’re welcome to include:

 

April showers

Brought May flowers

To the little garden of mine

I hope this gift

Of a rose bouquet

Leaves my Secret Pal

Feeling fine

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List of 10 #Giftideas for #TeacherAppreciationDay on SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com #Education

Tuesday, May 3rd, is Teacher Appreciation Day. Since you may need a little time to find or make your gift, I thought I’d post my Teacher Appreciation Day gift ideas a little early, in April.

Here’s a smattering of great ideas for Teacher Appreciation Day gifts:

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Need a #StPaddysDay Gift for your #SecretPal? Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com #StPatricksDay

Need a quick and easy Secret Pal gift for St. Patrick’s Day? Buy a box of gumballs, Gobstoppers, or Milk Duds, paint the box light green or rainbow-colored (or use construction paper), and glue the following emblem on the sides of it:

Image of shamrock with the words "Leprechaun Loot" on it.

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for more free Secret Pal gift ideas.

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#SecretPal or #AmigoSecreto gifts for #PresidentsDay from SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

44_us_presidents_with_names_n_mugIt’s an election year, so we’ve got to take advantage of President’s Day this year! Need some President’s Day gift ideas for your Secret Pal/Office Friend/Amigo Secreto? There are some great gift ideas on Cafe Press! But get your order in early!

By the way, this would be the perfect gift idea for a history teacher, any time of the year, wouldn’t it? Check out that coffee mug with all the presidents on it!

 

 

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#SecretSanta Goes Into #Hibernation in Anticipation of #SecretPal Events

16424613835_867c66ab9d_zDuring the holidays, this blog, SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com, gets its peak viewership. That makes sense, right? Everybody loves to give Secret Santa gifts.

When January comes, I only post once a month, for those who continue to do Office Buddy or Secret Pal gift-giving. So yes, I’ll still post my gift ideas, but no, you won’t be inundated with unwanted emails and tweets about Secret Pal gift ideas. (Nobody likes an overloaded inbox, right?)

My first post actually looks forward to next month’s February “Secret Pal” or “Office Buddy” gift idea. How do you give your Secret Pal a February gift without seeming too romantic in lieu of Valentine’s Day? Focus instead on Groundhog Day! Bake your Secret Pal some Groundhog Day cupcakes with just a few brown M&M’s, a box of chocolate cake mix, and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Or, if you don’t have a box of chocolate cake on hand, here’s a recipe from Bakerella (see her website for some great step-by-step pictures and tips):

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup hot water
FROSTING
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
2 Tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Fill cupcake tray with 18 cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together with a wire whisk. Add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined. Add hot water and mix. It will be very liquid.
  • Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Pour into liner with a large spouted measuring cup for ease.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until done.
  • For chocolate frosting, beat 1 cup butter until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Slowly add confectioner’s sugar and cocoa and mix until combined. Add 1-2 Tablespoons milk and mix until creamy and smooth.

The image and recipe shown here come from blogger and baking guru, Bakerella.

 

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FREE #SecretSanta or #SillySanta Reveal #Poem

 

Secret Santa Reveal Poem

If you enjoy my poetry, please show your appreciation by liking, pinning, and/or posting on Facebook with acknowledgements for Chelly Wood. Thanks!

As Christmas day is just five days 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, offering a gift of $20 each 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.

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How to Make a #DIY Mini #Holiday Stocking for Your #SecretSanta w/ FREE Pattern from SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Last week I gave you the free, printable sewing pattern to make these cute little miniature stockings (along with a brief holiday poem you can stick inside). This week I’m showing you how to make them.

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Make a Tiny #Christmas Stocking for your #SecretSanta or #SillySanta w/ Free Pattern at SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Image of sewing pattern for a Christmas stocking and bell-bottom or boot-cut pants that would fit a Barbie-sized doll.

ChellyWood.com offers lots of free, printable doll clothes patterns like this.

 

In addition to this Secret Santa blog, I also run ChellyWood.com, which offers free, printable sewing patterns for doll clothes and doll accessories. This year, for the holidays, ChellyWood.com is offering this free pattern for a miniature Christmas stocking. So I thought, “Hey! I should share this with my Secret Santa followers too!”

Next week I’ll post my sewing tutorial, which shows you exactly how to make the little holiday stockings. Even if you don’t sew, this is an easy project to make. You could probably even use felt and hot glue. (But my tutorial shows you how to make them with a needle and thread.)

These Barbie-doll-sized stockings would be great to stuff with a simple candy cane, M&M’s, or one of my Christmas poems. So be sure and check back here next week to see the tutorial.

And just for good measure, here’s a poem you can include in your stocking with some blue M&M’s:

 

This stocking is red

The M&M’s are blue

Secret Santa is sweet

To someone like you

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