Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

Easy-to-Print Generic Card for Your Secret Pal

on January 30, 2012
printable card for secret pal or office buddy

Image: iClipart

Yeah, I’ve made an easy-to-print, pretty much generic card for your secret pal (and mine). Its theme is about as basic as it can get: a smiley face, with the words “Have a nice day!” How much more simple can you get? But hey, it works for everybody, whether your secret pal is a teacher or the guy you play tennis with.

Here’s the card. Just click on the highlighted words, and you can download it and print it at home on your printer. Fold it in half, then fourths, and voila! You’ve got a basic generic card for your secret buddy.

This week I’ll be giving my secret pal teacher friend a set of classroom letters. Now if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, find a friend who has a Cricut paper-cutting tool, and cut out your own letters, using various fun papers. Then put them all in little envelopes labeled A, B, C, etc… Some teachers like to put up bulletin boards, but most think the chore of punching out letters is tedious. To have it done for you is such a blessing!

I purchased my classroom letter set from Ready Letters on Amazon, and I’ve provided a link there. But you can buy them in a lot of office supply stores. They range in price from two dollar sets to fifteen dollar sets. Most teachers have a few sets already, but if you work in close  proximity to your teacher-secret-pal-friend, then you’ve probably seen which sets he/she already owns. It wouldn’t take much to find a set in a different color.

If you own a Cricut, or you know someone who does, then you could spend an hour or two cutting out shapes to go with your secret pal’s letters: a schoolhouse, boy and girl shapes, or shapes that remind you of the subject he/she teaches. I’ve provided links to the Wikipedia article of Cricut and the company’s actual site here,  so if you want to learn more about this fantastic cutting tool for teachers, that’s where I’d look.

Don’t forget that I also run a journal-writing prompt blog for English teachers at englishemporium.wordpress.com (check it out).

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