Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

Give a kite for your #August #SecretPal #GiftIdea!

Image shows a rainbow-striped triangular kite on a blue sky (with a few clouds) background.

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It’s pretty straightforward. A kite is a super-fun item to play around with on the beach, down at the lake, or even in your own backyard.

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy playing with a kite. Unwrapping one from its packaging brings out the inner child in all of us!

So consider giving your Secret Pal a kite for his/her July or August gift. They’re available at Walgreens, Walmart, and many toy stores.

 

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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#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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#SecretPal #GiftIdeas for #MayDay

Even if you don’t know anything about embroidery, a daisy stitch is a simple and fun stitch that can be used to make a cute card for your Secret Pal or office friend. Just have a look at the tutorial above. How easy is that?

Now consider using yarn and a yarn needle to daisy-stitch a gift card. Inside, you may want to put a little poem for May Day, like this:

Monday, May first

Is the first day of May

As the flowers bloom

Children come out to play

Your Secret Pal

Wishes to say…

Happy May Day

 

And there you go! It’s as simple as that. 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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Another free #SecretSanta/#SillySanta #poem @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for free printable poems and other Secret Santa gift ideas. Poem is affixed to the image of a sun on a yellow background.

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for free printable poems and other Secret Santa gift ideas.

Here’s the Secret Santa poem that accompanies my cupcake topper from last week. The idea is simple; bake a cupcake (or a bunch of them) and stick the cupcake topper into the cupcakes with the topper taped to a toothpick. Include this poem with it, and shazaam! You’ve got a sunny, happy Secret Santa gift!

More themed poetry is yet to come. Please show your appreciation by taking the time to pinlike, or tweet about my free Secret Santa poems and goodies.

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Free Printable Cupcake Topper for #SecretSanta or #SillySanta @ SecretPalTeachers.wordPress.com

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for more free printables for Secret Santa  or Silly Santa. Image of bright yellow sun on a soft yellow background. Watercolor.

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for more free printables for Secret Santa or Silly Santa.

You might be thinking: “What the–” because a sun seems out-of-place for a Secret Santa gift. However this little printable cupcake topper goes with a very silly winter poem that I will post next week.

Think of it this way; for people who live in Hawaii, a snowman seems sort of out-of-place, right? Well what about wishing someone a sunny Christmas? Is that possible? Of course it is!

The poem I’m planning to post next week will make it all go together nicely.

For now, bake your cupcake gifts, print this little watercolor sun, tape it to a toothpick, and jam the toothpick into your cupcake. Then wait for the poem… It’s coming soon!

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#Summer #GiftBasket idea and poem for #SecretPal @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

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Artwork by ASF. Poem by Chelly Wood.

As my regular followers know, this website is all about gift ideas for Secret Pals/Office Buddies/Secret Santas.

What do you give your secret pal in July? How about everything he/she will need to enjoy a good beach read?

Put together a gift basket that’s lined with a beach towel and stuffed with snacks, sunscreen, flip-flops, and a pair of sunglasses. Print the bookmark shown above and slip it into a book. Drop the book into the basket, and your pal is off to the beach for a little rest and relaxation.

But what if your office pal policy is to keep gifts under $10? Give each piece of the “gift basket” as a separate gift, and offer the bookmark and book as the grand finale.

You can also save money by purchasing goodies at your local dollar store. Buy books used at yard sales and flea markets.

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