Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

Decorate his or her desk with holiday lights

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Want to make a big impression? Decorate your secret pal’s desk with holiday lights!

Just come in after school, ask the custodian to open his/her room for you, and string some holiday lights all around his/her desk. (I recommend you use the kind with an on/off switch, so he/she can turn them on when he/she comes in; or maybe you can show up early for work and have them turned on when your secret pal arrives.) How fun!

  • String twinkle lights around your secret pal’s computer.
  • Line the edges of her desk with them as well.
  • Have them curl around his overhead projector, frame his Smartboard, or top his bulletin boards.

Your secret pal may even leave them up after the holiday season. You can leave a note on your secret pal’s keyboard that says simply, “Your Secret Santa was here!” Or leave a note with a wee little poem inside:

Secret Santa came by today

To light up your holiday!

Hope you like the twinkle lights

When grading papers day and night

This string of lights is yours to take home

Or leave in the classroom ’till the new year’s come

What a festive way to light up your days

And calm the classroom during the holiday craze

If it’s not Christmas time, think of a theme your secret pal might enjoy. Maybe even use lights in your school’s colors. Here are some links to fun twinkle lights available on Amazon.com:

If you know your teacher pal loves something in particular, try to search Amazon for lights that match his or her fancy.

One more thing, if you’re an English or reading teacher, you should visit my sister site, English Emporium, where I offer journal writing prompts.

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Give your secret pal something she really needs…

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Pens and pencils! Show me the teacher who has never had her pens or pencils stolen! There’s no such teacher!

Kids are always coming to school without a writing utensil, so the number one, most useful item you can give a teacher is a pen or pencil (or a package of a dozen of them).

During the holidays, offer pens or pencils shaped like a candy cane, or give her a pencil with a Santa-shaped topper.

Sometimes you can find giant pens and pencils at the dollar store. These are great for loans, because a student can’t leave the classroom with a monster pencil without looking conspicuous.

For back-to-school, decorate a mason jar with a bright orange and yellow ribbon and fill it with ordinary number-two pencils.

Party stores tend to carry seasonal pencils–Halloween, Christmas, Easter-themed, etc…

Or take an ordinary pencil and decorate it yourself with colorful paper, pipe cleaner curly-cues, or paper pencil toppers.

Here’s a link to an Amazon page where you can order a giant pencil.

Here’s a link to an Amazon page where you can order a giant pen.

Here’s a link to an Amazon page where you can order a giant eraser (for really BIG mistakes).

Here’s a link to an Amazon page where you can order other great writing utensils for your secret teacher pal.

One more thing, if you’re an English or reading teacher, you should visit my sister site, English Emporium, where I offer journal writing prompts.

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