Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

The Very Best Gift You Can Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day

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As I said last week, I”m taking a break from Secret Pal gift-giving in this week’s post.

Mother’s Day is approaching fast, and you might be wondering what to give your mom. Sadly, my mom passed away in 2008, but I can tell you about the most special gift I gave her before she died.

My mother was battling with a cancerous brain tumor. But no matter how much that tumor ate away at her gray matter, her bond with her daughters never disappeared.

She came to stay with me for her birthday in 2007. By that time, the doctors had already determined that her days were numbered. What kind of birthday gift do you give a mother who is definitely going to die? I thought about this for a long, long time. It kept me awake at night. I could only think of one thing that would be of value to my mom…

TIME.

She needed time with me. So I set an appointment to spend the day with my mom, at the spa. We had our nails done. We were given facials. A professional masseuse rubbed sore muscles until they were like mush.

But best of all, we spent time together. Just talking. Just sharing. Just being a mom and her girl.

With mother’s day coming soon, be sure to give your mom a little of your time. You don’t realize how valuable it is, until time runs out…

 

If you’re an English teacher, like me, and you’d like to see all my cool assignments and stuff online, here’s the link to my academic blog.

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Gardening Accessories for Your Secret Pal (Also Great for Mother’s Day)

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So this month I’ve been suggesting springtime ideas for the secret pal who loves to garden. In addition to the goodies I’ve already suggested (birdfeeder + birdseed, gardening tools, etc.), here are a few things that I plan to give my secret pal teacher friend this month:

Audubon Society stickers–Teachers can always use stickers as prizes, if not for other things.

A Bird-Shaped Moisture Meter–These devices help you test the moisture of the soil before watering. They’re best for indoor plants, but I suppose they can be used outside as well.

Bird Wind Chimes — It’s possible to find theses at the dollar store, if you’re lucky.

Outdoor Thermometer–I think I mentioned this a couple of posts back, but you can find them very reasonably priced. You can get an ordinary one for your secret pal’s garden, or a decorative one like the bird-shaped one in the link I’ve provided.

As I typed this blog post, I’ve been looking through the bag of goodies I’ve bought. There’s only one thing left to mention: a rain poncho. Those little packaged yellow rain ponchos that people can pack around in their purse–that’s what I’m talking about. It comes in handy in the spring, when a rainstorm can hit unexpectedly. I’m going to include this with my other gardening goodies, in a gift package.

And that’s really all I have for the gardening gifts. I might skip next week’s posting, because honestly, I’ve got enough here to last me into May without any problem.

I hope my ideas are helpful!

 

If you’re an English teacher, like me, and you’d like to see all my cool assignments and stuff online, here’s the link to my academic blog. I hope you get something good there too.

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This Secret Pal Gift Is For the Birds!

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In conjunction with my April gardening gift ideas, I’m going to give my secret pal some bird-lovers’ gifts. I found this simple window bird feeder at Fred Meyers for eight bucks. That will be the first gift I give my secret pal, with regard to bird feeding.

Then, for the days that follow, I’ll be giving him a few additional bird-related gifts:

1.) The Beginner’s Guide to Bird Feeding by Donald and Lillian Stokes

2.) Cellophane-wrapped bird seed.

3.) A bird-shaped outdoor thermometer.

4.) A hand-painted wooden bird house.

Now the second of these gifts will be something I can spread out over several days’ time. You simply buy a big bag of bird seed for, say, six to ten bucks, at a gardening store. Then get some pretty, decorative cellophane (or tulle) and curling ribbon. Bundle the bird seed into fist-sized bunches and wrap it with curling ribbon. Be sure to put a gift tag on it that says, “birdseed,” so your secret pal doesn’t think it’s for him/her to eat!

And like I said with last week’s gift, you might include some other goodies, like packages of garden seeds or pots for plant starts. That might be a cute way to give your secret pal the birdseed too–inside a plant start pot with a curly ribbon around it and a gift tag explaining what it’s for (to go with the bird feeder you gave as a first gift).

The hand-painted wooden bird house is a fun little gift. You can decorate it with your secret pal’s name, his/her favorite color, or something silly (like camouflage print, if he likes to wear camo or shamrocks if she’s Irish). This makes the gift very special and personal.

 

If you’re an English teacher, like me, and you’d like to see all my cool assignments and stuff online, here’s the link to my academic blog. I hope you get something good there too.

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‘Tis the Season for Gardening Gifts

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This month I’ll be giving my secret teacher pal gardening gifts. It just so happens that my secret pal has a degree in agriculture/horticulture, so gardening-type gifts are right up his alley.

Of course there’s the traditional gift of trowel, transplanter, and cultivator. Here’s a link to a set from Fiskars, the folks who are famous for making nice scissors. But honestly, you can sometimes find these garden tool sets at your local dollar store (if you’re hard up for cash). If you buy a set of three, like this, you can give one the first week, another the second week, and the final tool on the third week–spread them out like that.

The same is true of garden gloves. If you buy a set of three, like you see in this link, you can spread out the gift-giving over the course of three days or weeks.

Some other possibilities include:

  • packages of seeds
  • a gardening hat
  • sunglasses
  • a knee guard pad
  • pots for planting starts
  • potting soil
  • a watering can
  • markers with signs that say “tomatoes” and “onions” and such

So you could fill the entire month of April with these little goodies. Heck, seeds cost next to nothing, so why not include a small pack of seeds with each little gift? Bundle them together with a ribbon or top them off with one of those sticky-backed bows. Put a bunch of things in a plant-start pot. It can look very cute.

 

If you’re an English teacher, like me, and you’d like to see all my cool assignments and stuff online, here’s the link to my academic blog. I hope you get something good there.

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Happy Easter for Your Secret Pal at Work

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Trying to think of a good Easter-related gift for your secret pal office/teacher friend? The M&Ms company put out cute bunny-eared M&M candy dispensers this year. What a fun thing to find on your desk at work, right? There are lots of great Easter candies:

  • chocolate bunnies
  • Pez dispensers
  • Easter-egg-shaped Reeses Pieces
  • the traditional Peeps
  • etc…

But you can also give your secret pal bunny ears, a potted plant, or a ready-made Easter basket.

What you need to make your Easter gift especially special, though, is a thoughtful poem. How about this:

Easter candy (or other gift–insert words here)

For my secret pal

Looking forward to Easter Sunday

Walk around

With a smile on your face

Because it’s such a fun day

I know, that’s sort of silly and cheezy, but if your secret pal thinks you wrote it, that makes it special. You can adapt the poem to suit your gift, like this:

M&Ms

For my secret pal

To eat on Easter Sunday

Chew them up

With a smile on your face

Because it’s such a fun day

OR

Bunny ears

For my secret pal

To wear on Easter Sunday

Walk around

With these on your head

And you will have a fun day

Transfer the poem onto a home-made card–in your own handwriting–and your secret pal will certainly think you’re the genius who came up with that little poem. And heck, if you adapt it to whatever gift you’re giving, then you DID come up with that poem, right? So there.

 

If you’re an English teacher, like me, and you’d like to see all my cool assignments and stuff online, here’s the link to my academic blog. I hope you get something good there.

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