Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

#GiftIdeas: Make a #Quilt Ornament as a #Secret Santa Gift @

The FREE printable no-sew ornament pattern is available at:

You can download the pattern and cut out a bunch of fabric squares. As you see in the video, you would use straight pins to poke the squares into a Styrofoam ball. Then just turn each square into triangles (shown in the video) and pin them down in layers.

It’s a fairly simple project to make, and what secret Santa would love to get one of these in their stocking?

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Heart Pincushions for February’s Secret Pal Gift (Great for Valentine’s Day)

This is another image I ran across on Pinterest, but it originally came from an article in Country Living magazine. That link will provide you with the instructions for creating these cute little Valentine’s Day gifts for your secret pal or office buddy:

Gift for February Birthday

Photo by Seth Smoot (

Visit Simply Sublime for more great DIY ideas like this one.

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Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Secret Pal Teacher Friend

Secret Friend Valentine's Day Poem

Image: Pinterest

Just as with last month’s post, I ran across this clever gift-giving idea on Pineterest, so I thought I’d share. Valentine’s Day gifts for the secret pal need to be clever but not-so-romantic. Here’s just the “tool” for you.

A person could choose teacher-y stuff to put in the cellophane instead, of course: erasers, pencils, Oriental Trade prizes, colorful paper clips, or sticky notes. I’m assuming you just make these gifts with the following:

  • cellophane wrap (12 inches x 12 inches, approx. depending on the size of your shovel)
  • curling ribbon
  • candy or prizes
  • I Dig Your Style Valentine Labels (click to download)
  • plastic shovel


  1. Lay the cellophane on a flat surface.
  2. Place the shovel over the top of the cellophane with its scoop in the center.
  3. Fill the scoop with the gift of choice (candy or prizes).
  4. Gather the cellophane around the handle and tie it off with curling ribbon.
  5. Glue or tape the label to the front.

I’ve included a Valentine’s Day label that you can easily download and print right here. (See link above.) On that document, I made two possible labels, so you can choose which one suits your secret pal best.

Happy Valentine’s Day! And remember, please show your appreciation for my freebies by “liking” this page, sharing it with others, and/or posting links from your blog to mine. Thanks!

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Happy Easter for Your Secret Pal at Work

Easter gift for secret pal office friend

Image: iClipart

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:


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


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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A card to print for your secret pal!

printable card with poem for secret pal gift

Image: iClipart

For our Secret Santa gifts, I often included a little poem I wrote. That seemed to be quite popular in December. So I think I’ll do the same again, throughout the year, for my secret pal, but I’m going to step it up a notch.

How about if I include a poem and easy-to-print gift card, made in Microsoft word? It’s very easy to adapt the poem that way. If, for example, I’m giving a New Year‘s gift this week, but if you stumbled across my website closer to St. Patrick’s Day, then you can just type the words “St. Patrick’s Day” where I had typed New Year’s. It’s as easy as that!

If you’re unfamiliar with printing cards in Microsoft Word, please note that it’s normal for the graphic to be upside down. The poem, though, will be right-side-up. That’s because you’re going to fold the card in half, then again in fourths. Once folded, the card’s graphic image appears to be right-side-up, as is the poem too.

The graphic is copyrighted, so please only use it once. I get my graphics from iClipart, and I highly recommend it. The variety of images you can use range from relevant photos in all different spheres of life to color or black-and-white computer-generated images, like the one on this card.

Here’s the card to print. Just click on the link and download.

Incidentally, I’m re-gifting a DVD for my secret pal this week. I tried to take the DVD back, but couldn’t figure out which store it came from; therefore, a re-gift it shall be.

If you’re an English or reading teacher, please visit my creative writing blog, englishemporium.wordpress.combefore your visit is done. You might be surprised by all the inventive ideas I’ve shared there as well!

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