Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

#4thOfJuly #GiftIdeas for your #SecretPal

Image shows a worn baseball glove holding a baseball next to two mason jars filled with home-made lemonade over ice.

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I realize it’s only June 4th, but we’ve got to plan ahead, right?

For my 4th of July Secret Pal gift idea, I’d like to suggest putting together all the fixin’s for your secret pal to make himself/herself some home-made lemonade. Search for a recipe online and print it out. Also place the following goodies in one of those summer jars you see on sale at every store in town:

  • A dozen fresh lemons
  • A bag of C&H pure cane sugar
  • A wooden spoon
  • A juice squeezer

Tie a big yellow ribbon around the jar, and you’ve got a 4th of July gift for your Secret Pal!

 

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#MothersDay or #FathersDay #GiftIdeas from SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Image shows a young woman putting together a scrapbook.

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Here’s an inexpensive gift you can make for your mom or dad that will really make them smile!

Step 1: Go through your old scrapbooks and find old photos of yourself and your siblings.

Step 2: Use a scanner to make digital copies of the photos or just take pictures of them with your cell phone.

Step 3: Edit the photos in a photo studio program, giving them sepia tones, silly mustaches, frames, captions, or another theme. (I recommend sticking to one theme throughout the production — like just silly mustaches on every page or just frames or just sepia.)

Step 4: Purchase an inexpensive photo booklet with sleeves that are easy to flip through.

Step 5: Put the photo booklet together with occasional famous quotes or written memories on every other page or so.

Step 6: Mail it to Mom or Dad using the postal service.

 

Please note that although my posts only happen once a month most of the year, these posts occur weekly during the holidays, when it’s “Secret Santa” season, so it’s a good idea to bookmark this website for later reference.

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DIY #ornament makes a great #SecretSanta or #SillySanta gift w/ free pattern @ ChellyWood.com

In case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, here’s a link to the pattern you’ll need for making this adorable holiday ornament. As I said before, this ornament looks complicated, but really it’s not! My girls, ages 13 and 16 even said it looked a lot harder than it really was. (We’ve made a half dozen or so of them this holiday season.)

Remember, if you love my free poems and craft projects for Secret Santa or Silly Santa, please show your appreciation by sharing this video on social media! Thanks, and happy holidays!

 

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Free Pattern for Easy #DIY Quilted #Ornament #SecretSanta Gift @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Free printable sewing pattern for a holiday tree ornament that looks like it's quilted but is really a no-sew DIY project using a styrofoam ball, straight pins, and squares of fabric. The pattern offers a website where the matching tutorial can be found: ChellyWood.com

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Next week I’ll post the tutorial showing you how to make this easy, no-sew holiday ornament. The blue and white one makes a great ornament for friends or family members who celebrate Hanukkah.

My brother-in-law is Jewish, so my sister’s family has a tree but also a Menorah. I put together the blue ornament as a holiday gift for us to give my brother-in-law when we all get together for the holidays. It honors his Jewish heritage with the blue and white colors of the flag of Israel (which are also the colors commonly associated with Hanukkah), but it can also hang from their family’s Christmas tree, honoring the religious beliefs of both sides of the family.

Unfortunately the star at the center of the quilted holiday ornament is not a true “Star of David,” like one finds in the center of the flag of Israel. So don’t be confused by that. The Star of David has only six points; whereas these ornaments’ stars have eight points.

I suppose you could try to alter the pattern for a six-pointed star, but that might be tricky. If you’re going to try that route, please leave a comment, letting me know how you accomplished it and how the end result fared.

If you’re looking for a Christmas tree ornament, of course, you can’t go wrong with this nifty ornament in red, green, white, and/or gold. In a hurry to create your ornament? The video tutorial for making this holiday ornament will post earlier on ChellyWood.com and my YouTube channel than here. Navigate to those locations to make your ornament early.

This is my last post before Christmas, so you may want to see my Secret Santa reveal poem again before it’s all over. Just click that link to find the poem I’ve posted in years past.

Remember, it’s always friendly and kind to pin, like, or tweet about my creations. That helps spread the word that my websites exist. So if you enjoyed using my Secret Santa poems, projects, and patterns this year, please show your appreciation by pinning, liking, or tweeting about them. Thanks!

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More #holiday #poetry for your #SecretSanta @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for free, printable Secret Santa Poems.  Image shows a bookmark with a tiny tree at the top and a poem about a Christmas tree ornament at the bottom. Poem is cute but not hilarious. It rhymes nicely and would go well with a Christmas tree ornament.

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for free, printable Secret Santa Poems.

Here’s yet another Secret Santa poem. Again, this one goes great with a Christmas tree ornament or decorations for the home.

Print it exactly as it is, and it will make a great bookmark for a holiday book gift as well.

If you’re enjoying my free, printable poetry for Secret Santa/Silly Santa, please show your appreciation by doing one of the following:  pinlike, or tweet about my free Secret Santa poems and goodies.

 

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Give this #Poem to your #SecretSanta with a #TreeOrnament. WebSite: SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for more Secret Santa poems and gift ideas.

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for more Secret Santa poems and gift ideas.

This Secret Santa poem is designed to go with a Christmas tree ornament or other holiday decoration.

More themed poetry is waiting to be posted, so please follow my blog or Twitter feed.

Please show your appreciation by taking the time to pinlike, or tweet about my free Secret Santa poems and goodies.

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#Funny #Poem for #SecretSanta @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for more free Secret Santa Poems and gift ideas. The image is a printable poem that goes with any gift.

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for more free Secret Santa Poems and gift ideas.

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Need a #StPaddysDay Gift for your #SecretPal? Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com #StPatricksDay

Need a quick and easy Secret Pal gift for St. Patrick’s Day? Buy a box of gumballs, Gobstoppers, or Milk Duds, paint the box light green or rainbow-colored (or use construction paper), and glue the following emblem on the sides of it:

Image of shamrock with the words "Leprechaun Loot" on it.

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#SecretPal or #AmigoSecreto gifts for #PresidentsDay from SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

44_us_presidents_with_names_n_mugIt’s an election year, so we’ve got to take advantage of President’s Day this year! Need some President’s Day gift ideas for your Secret Pal/Office Friend/Amigo Secreto? There are some great gift ideas on Cafe Press! But get your order in early!

By the way, this would be the perfect gift idea for a history teacher, any time of the year, wouldn’t it? Check out that coffee mug with all the presidents on it!

 

 

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#SecretSanta Goes Into #Hibernation in Anticipation of #SecretPal Events

16424613835_867c66ab9d_zDuring the holidays, this blog, SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com, gets its peak viewership. That makes sense, right? Everybody loves to give Secret Santa gifts.

When January comes, I only post once a month, for those who continue to do Office Buddy or Secret Pal gift-giving. So yes, I’ll still post my gift ideas, but no, you won’t be inundated with unwanted emails and tweets about Secret Pal gift ideas. (Nobody likes an overloaded inbox, right?)

My first post actually looks forward to next month’s February “Secret Pal” or “Office Buddy” gift idea. How do you give your Secret Pal a February gift without seeming too romantic in lieu of Valentine’s Day? Focus instead on Groundhog Day! Bake your Secret Pal some Groundhog Day cupcakes with just a few brown M&M’s, a box of chocolate cake mix, and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Or, if you don’t have a box of chocolate cake on hand, here’s a recipe from Bakerella (see her website for some great step-by-step pictures and tips):

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup hot water
FROSTING
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
2 Tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Fill cupcake tray with 18 cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together with a wire whisk. Add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined. Add hot water and mix. It will be very liquid.
  • Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Pour into liner with a large spouted measuring cup for ease.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until done.
  • For chocolate frosting, beat 1 cup butter until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Slowly add confectioner’s sugar and cocoa and mix until combined. Add 1-2 Tablespoons milk and mix until creamy and smooth.

The image and recipe shown here come from blogger and baking guru, Bakerella.

 

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