Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

Make a Marshmallow #Snowman for Your #SecretSanta #Gifts @



Image of whimsical snowman made of marshmallows with round candy eyes and candy cane arms and a red rope for a scarf and cinnamon buttons.

Image: iClipart


There are plenty of ideas for making an edible snowman on the web, but just to make it easy for my followers, I’ve created a bunch of helpful links to various edible snowmen:

Melted Snowman Oreo Cookie Ball Recipe from Cookies and Cups

Snowman Sugar Cookies Made to Order from BakeMePretty on Etsy

Snowman Cookie Idea from Ingredients, Inc.

Powdered Donut Snowmen from The Celebration Shoppe

And here’s a link to my “Fun With Food” Pinterest page, which has a bunch of marshmallow snowmen ideas, like the one pictured above.

Next week I’ll offer the perfect “Tasty Snowman” poem to accompany your Secret Santa snowman gifts, so check back with me in another week for the follow-up!

Leave a comment »

Printable #SecretSanta #Poem for Your #SecretPal @


Christmas Poem for Secret Santa First Gift

Images and Poem:

Feel free to print this holiday poem, written by me, to give to your Secret Santa/Secret Pal. It’s a super-neat poem for the start of the Secret Santa gift-giving season. I only ask one thing in return: please pin it on your Pinterest boards, tweet about it, like it on Facebook, or share it through some other social media means. Thanks!

Leave a comment »

Easy #DIY #Mittens for Your #SecretSanta

One of my Facebook friends made this video last winter, so I thought I’d share it with you. These mittens would be a super-easy DIY gift for your Secret Santa / Secret Pal:

Leave a comment »

#Snowman #Chocolate Bar for Your #SecretSanta from

Here’s an idea from Jessie at and it’s perfect for a Secret Santa/Silly Santa stocking-stuffer gift:

Image of Hershey bar wrapped in white paper and decorated to resemble a snowman.

Image used with permission from


  1. Wrap a Hershey bar in white paper.
  2. Tie red embroidery floss around it.
  3. Use a hole punch to make black dots for eyes and mouth.
  4. Cut a long triangle from orange paper.
  5. Glue facial features onto paper.
Leave a comment »

Bags, Boxes, and Containers for Your #SecretPal /Silly Santa Gifts/ #Halloween #Gift Bags

Gift Box Pattern

Image: iClipart

This is a re-post from last year. Hopefully the links still work. Sorry if there are glitches!

It’s still early! I recommend that you order bags, boxes, and containers online, while there’s still time. Since it’s almost Halloween, I’ve included a gift bag for that upcoming holiday too (although it’s probably too late to order it online–but it might give you some creative ideas).

One of my favorite companies for secret pal gift giving is Current, which is located at on the web (Colorado Springs, CO, in real life). But I’ve done all the necessary bag and box shopping for you, and I’ve got these links to help you find what you need:

Daisy Purse Gift Bags

Cardstock Holiday Treat Boxes

Spendy but Cute Scroll Basket

Snowflake Felt Treat Bags

Christmas Owl Bags

Gable Box Value Pack

Santa Paws Gift Bags for Dogs

Non-holiday Black and White Gift Bag Set

Halloween Felt Owl Gift Bags

Polka Dot Hip Hop Bags

Designed Gift Bags (All-Occasion)

Country Themed Gift Bags

Assorted Solid-Color Gift Bags

That last bunch, the “assorted solid-color gift bags” are something I keep in my classroom for on the spot gift-giving, like when I’m trying to put together a small token of my appreciation for an emergency substitute teacher. I’ll pack it with soda, popcorn, and candy from the teachers’ lounge’s vending machine. Then I’ll throw in a few pens, pencils, and other supplies, so the sub won’t have problems with students who come to class unprepared. I also keep note cards in a secret location in my room so I can say thanks for being my on-the-spot sub.

Well, I do hope these gift bag ideas come in handy for your gift giving this year. If you need more gift ideas, please look back through my old posts. I’ve got bunches of ideas here!

And if you haven’t visited it before, check out my sister blog, English Emporium, which is an online MLA handbook for students grades 6-12.

Leave a comment »

Here’s a #BossDay #Poem that’s #Funny for a Workaholic Boss @

Image of male and female in business suits and holding briefcases with cityscape in the background. Facial features are exaggerated for comical effect.

Image: iClipart

Does your boss work too much? Does he have a great sense of humor? If so, I have the perfect Boss’ Day poem for the man or woman in charge:

For a Male Boss:

He’s in my business

He’s having lunch downtown

He’s playin’ Fantasy Football

When no one’s around

At the water cooler

He gets the first drink

‘Cause he’s the boss

No matter what you think

But when everyone else

Goes home for the day

He’s still here working

He has to stay

That’s why they made him

The kahuna grande

‘Cause he works lots of weekends

And comes back every Monday


Or for a female boss:

She’s in my business

She’s having lunch downtown

She’s shopping on Amazon

When no one’s around

At the water cooler

She gets the first drink

‘Cause she’s the boss

No matter what you think

But when everyone else

Goes home for the day

She’s still here working

She has to stay

That’s why they made her

The leader of the band

‘Cause her personality charms us

And she rules with a fair hand

Leave a comment »

#Dinosaur DIY masks make a great gift for your favorite #science #teacher! @TetraVariations

Image of man wearing 3-dimensional mask of a Tyrannosaurus Rex made entirely of paper

T-rex mask is $7.50, which is very reasonable, but some masks are even less expensive!

If your secret pal or secret Santa buddy happens to teach science, boy are you in luck! While browsing Etsy, I ran across Tetra Variations, a shop where you can purchase a DIY origami-like mask that comes in a number of different dinosaur designs. When I saw this product, I immediately thought of the science teachers I work with. I’m sure you’re doing the same: thinking of the person you know who would walk around school all day wearing one of these dinosaudorable masks!

If you want to see what else Tetra Variations offers, visit the creator’s website. In addition to the dinosaur masks, the company also offers a Cleopatra headdress, a Trojan helmet, hand puppets, and more–all made with scissors, glue (or tape), and paper. They’re DIY kits. What an amazing gift for your secret pal!

Before posting this article, I contacted Matthew, who runs Tetra Variations, and found he was a school teacher, like you and me, who has founded a fun side-business, creating these wonderful masks. He maintains a Tumblr account in addition to his website and Etsy store. He was super friendly and professional to chat with.

So why not jump on the Jurassic bandwagon? Grab up your T-Rex or Pterodactyl mask and flaunt it proudly. We can’t have just the science teacher wearing these! How silly would that be? Heck, buy one for every member of your staff to wear on International Archaeology Day (October 17). Can you just imagine how much fun the kids and the teachers at your school will have, with everyone wearing a dinosaur mask for an event like that?

Leave a comment »

Magnetic Clothes Pin Clips Make an Easy DIY #SecretPal #Gift @ #edchat

Image of flat wooden Christmas tree cut-outs glued to clothespins to form a clamp

Image: iClipart

Clothes pins are an inexpensive thing to buy at your local five and dime (or dollar store), and they’re so easy to decorate. Attach a piece of magnetic strip to one side, and you’ve got a decorative refrigerator magnet that holds paper notes and reminders.

What does your Secret Pal really love? Golf? Horses? Hershey’s Kisses? Slap a little paint on a clothespin and attach photographic images, clipart images, or three-dimensional representations of whatever your Secret Pal collects to the side of the clothespins opposite the magnet. Voila! It’s a clever little creation you can make in no time at all.

Here’s a list of objects you could use to decorate your magnetic clothes pins:


  • ribbons, buttons, and lace (for someone who sews)
  • pages from a book cut into shapes (for a librarian)
  • paint the clothespin like camouflage and attach a plastic green army guy toy (for veterans or National Guards)
  • stickers representing a person’s alma mater
  • doll-sized kitchen utensils (for someone who loves to cook)
  • colorful Washi Tape for a generic gift
  • silk flowers or fake plants (for a gardener or florist)
  • felt stuffed animals (for a veterinarian or daycare provider)

Didn’t find what you wanted in that list? Try looking in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store for small paper objects that can easily be attached to the clothespins. Your dollar store may also have some miniature goodies in the birthday decorations section, as well as the toys.

It’s also nice if you attach the clothespins to a cute little poem:

To your fridge

Attach this pin

Open its jaw

To stick messages in

Leave a comment »

Cinco de Mayo Gift Ideas for Your Secret Pal

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, and you don’t have to be Mexican to enjoy Cinco de Mayo. There are lots of great gift ideas online for Cinco de Mayo, but here are half a dozen for you to consider, when planning a gift for your secret pal or office buddy:

Uno cards

Bean dip and a bag o’chips

Home-made salsa

Sombrero cupcakes

Sombrero cookies

Piñata cookies

A piñata pyramid (easy to construct)

Tiny traditional piñatas

Piñata cacti made from TP rolls

A mariachi band made from TP rolls and stuffed with goodies


Leave a comment »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,177 other followers