Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

Bags, Boxes, and Containers for Your Secret Pal/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 Halloween, I’ve included a gift bag for today’s holiday (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 coming in, to sub at the drop of a hat.

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.

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Easy DIY Secret Pal/Secret Santa Gift Boxes: Snowman Cups

Check out this easy DIY gift box for your secret pal from Blue Cricket Design (just click on that link to take you to their website where you can see the steps to make it):

Easy DIY gift box craft project for secret santa secret pal containers boxes bags


Isn’t this an easy-peasy gift box for Christmas candy, trinkets, or smaller gifts? And it’s truly adorable…

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Free Secret Santa Christmas Card for the Holidays–Printable of Course!

I know it’s only October, but I’ve found with years past that it’s best to start posting my Secret Santa cards, poems, and gift ideas early so those Secret Santas out there can plan ahead. If you do print this, I’d appreciate it if you’d also tweet, like, or pin it. Thanks!

So here’s a generic holiday card–something you could give with any Secret Santa gift–and it’s free for you to print as many times as you like. Just put this little card with each of your Secret Santa gifts. It’s straightforward and simple!

Secret Santa Gift Card

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Book Page Necklace: a DIY Project for Your Secret Santa, Secret Pal, or Office Buddy

This is another one that I found on Pinterest. A lot of teachers love to read, so it seems like an ideal gift for a teacher! If you’d like to see the steps in creating it, just pop on over to HappyHourProjects.

Book Page Necklace DIY Project for Secret Santa Office Buddy or Secret Pal


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Leafy Rose Bouquet Makes a Great Fall Gift for Your Secret Pal Teacher Friend

Take a look at these beautiful blossoms, which I found on Pinterest!

They seem to have come from a website called, but my computer blocked that website for some reason. So I caution you about going there.

But wouldn’t this bouquet make a lovely fall gift for your Secret Pal Teacher Friend?

leafy roses

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