Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

Secret Pal Gift Idea: Home-Baked Bread

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Doesn’t everyone love a fresh loaf of home-baked bread? There are lots of ways to make this easy on yourself though. It doesn’t have to be an all-day chore.

Just go down to the grocery store and buy a loaf of frozen bread. Follow the directions on the package, and voila! You have baked bread for your secret pal.

But if you feel like being fancy, try making a bread braid, and glaze it with egg. Or buy the frozen cinnamon rolls and bake those instead. (My mouth is watering as I type this…Mmmm!) Who could resist it?

To make it really special, you might consider getting up early to bake it right before going to work. Or, if you’re not much of an early riser, bake it the night before and just stick a toothpick in it with a fun cartoon character taped on top. If you know that your secret pal loves Spiderman Comics, print an image of Spiderman on your computer printer, cut it out, and tape it to a toothpick, then stick that into the cinnamon roll or bread loaf.

Everyone else at your office will be envious of your secret pal!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you could even put a Thanksgiving graphic on your bread. Glue an image of a turkey to the outside of your bread sack with a computer-generated message that says “Happy Thanksgiving”.

A cautionary note though: some people have food allergies. Make sure you know whether or not your secret pal has dietary issues. Even diabetics have to be careful not to ingest too much white bread. So ask around. Make sure your secret pal can eat your treat, after all your hard work.

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Recipes with school spirit: a great Christmas gift for a coach or school sports fan!

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Whether your secret Santa teacher pal coaches or not, most people have school spirit. Want an easy-to-make gift that shows your school spirit? Create your own recipe cards with school themes.

What’s your school’s mascot? A pirate? A raider? A tiger?

Whatever letter of the alphabet your mascot begins with (i.e. pirate = P, raider = R, tiger = T), choose recipes that begin with that letter. How do you do this? Just look in the index of a Betty Crocker or other cookbook. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • P = paintbrush cookies, palace court salad, pan biscuits, etc..
  • R = radish canapes, raised doughnuts, raisin bread, etc…
  • T = taffy, tamales, tangerine jelly, etc…

Now combine your school mascot with the name of the recipe to create an alliterative title for your recipe cards:

  • Pete the Pirate’s Paintbrush Cookies
  • Rough and Ready Raider Raisin Bread
  • Tasty Tiger Tamales

You can make a whole stack of recipe cards with alliterative titles like this. Print them in Microsoft Word with a picture of your school’s mascot in the corner (use “insert picture”). I recommend using card stock paper, whether you’re making your recipe cards on the computer or by hand. Regular computer paper is too flimsy.

You can wrap them in a festive ribbon or put them in the Christmas-card-box I gave instructions for two weeks ago. Here’s the link to that.

If your secret pal isn’t a coach or sports fan, you can do the same with the word Santa:

  • Santa’s Caesar Salad
  • Reindeer Rye Bread
  • North Pole Nut Bread
  • Snowman Stroganoff

In this case, of course, you’ll want to decorate your Christmas-themed recipe cards with holiday graphics instead of school mascot images. If you want to steal my pre-made holiday recipe cards, here are two links to download those. You’ve got to print them–like I said–on card stock (heavy) paper on both sides. So print page one first, flip it over, then print page two. Or try this: print page one and two on regular paper, cut out the cards, and glue them front-to-back on a piece of card stock that you’ve cut out with zig-zag scissors. That looks nice too.