Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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What do teachers spend their weekends, evenings, and vacations doing? Grading papers.

The most useful gift you can give a teacher is TIME, because we never seem to have enough of it. But how can you help a teacher grade all those papers without letting the cat out of the bag?

Give your secret teacher pal rubber stamps. Let’s face it, sometimes those papers pile up, and you can’t find enough time to grade all of them. When that end-of-your-rope moment occurs, what you need is a quick easy way to say, “CHECK!”–I graded it.

  • Here’s a set of Good Job! stamps, selling for $4.00 for four wood-based stamps, on Amazon.
  • Here’s a set for English teachers, with messages like, “Check Grammar” and “Rough Draft”.
  • Here’s one that shows the insect life cycle, for your science teacher friends. It’s $4.55 and eligible for super saver shipping.
  • These are healthy foods stamps for the health teacher, but they’re a little pricey at $15.47.
  • For teachers of math, they’ve got giant number stamps (3 inches in diameter ea.), a blank clock stamp (for learning to tell time), and an X-Y axis grid stamp that looks like graph paper.
  • Once you’ve bought the rubber stamps, you’ll also want to buy your teacher pal some ink. Here’s a set with three different colors for $5.85.

There are lots of ways to divvy out your stamps. Give them, one at a time, in a gift bag with other things like candy and pencils. Or wrap each one in a  little box with a ribbon and give the stamps as individual gifts. If you buy a set of 10 stamps, you could divide them up and give your secret pal one stamp per gift day, spreading out a $20.00 set so that they become ten, $2.00 gifts.

One last thing: although it’s a little more spendy, here’s a website that offers educational self-inking stamps, youth-group-themed stamps, business stamps, and more. You can have a self-inking stamp customized with your teacher friend’s name on it (great for marking his/her classroom library’s books and other stuff) for $13.95. Imagine giving your secret pal teacher friend a self-inking stamp that says, “This book belongs to Mr. Garcia”. How cool is that? 🙂

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Gifts in a Jar for Your Secret Pal Teacher Buddy

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Does your secret pal teacher buddy like to bake? There are so many gifts you can give someone like this!

But why not give the gift that keeps on giving? Gifts-in-a-jar books and labels! Here’s a link to a set of three gifts-in-a-jar books, plus three sheets of labels to accompany them. Give this gift in parts of course. At the start  of September, give them the Harvest Gifts book. Then, in October, give them Cookies From Your Kitchen to Give In-a-Jar. By November, they’ll be ready for Christmas Gifts to Give In-a-Jar.

In the weeks in-between, give them fabric, ribbons, and the jars themselves as gifts. And don’t forget to give them the labels as well.

And guess what will happen down the road? You might just see a gift-in-a-jar in your mailbox too! After all, you gave your secret pal everything he/she needs to get started with gifts-in-a-jar.

Here’s another possibility: buy the books and labels for yourself and give your secret pal teacher friend a gift in a jar each week. If he/she loves to bake anyway, you can’t go wrong!

Do ask ahead though, about your secret pal’s food allergies. If he/she is gluten intolerant or has food allergies or diabetes, you might need to make some adaptations to your gifts-in-a-jar recipes. However cookie and cupcake recipes are found online for all kinds of dietary needs. Search cooks.com or specialty websites for your secret pal with food intolerance issues.

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Secret Pal Ideas for Summer

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For most schools, we go on vacation in the summer, but this isn’t the case at all schools. So this summer I plan to post once a month. Here are some secret pal gift ideas for those of you involved in education this summer:

SILLY:

  • water wings
  • goggles
  • tiki torch
  • coconut

USEFUL:

  • flip-flops
  • beach towel
  • sunscreen
  • picnic basket (load with plastic silverware, paper plates, etc.)
  • sunglasses
  • floppy hat or visor
  • nail polish
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A Useful Gift Idea for Teachers

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What do teachers spend their weekends, evenings, and vacations doing? Grading papers.

The most useful gift you can give a teacher is TIME, because we never seem to have enough of it. But how can you help a teacher grade all those papers without letting the cat out of the bag?

Give your secret teacher pal rubber stamps. Let’s face it, sometimes those papers pile up, and you can’t find enough time to grade all of them. When that end-of-your-rope moment occurs, what you need is a quick easy way to say, “CHECK!”–I graded it.

  • Here’s a set of Good Job! stamps, selling for $4.00 for four wood-based stamps, on Amazon.
  • Here’s a set for English teachers, with messages like, “Check Grammar” and “Rough Draft”.
  • Here’s one that shows the insect life cycle, for your science teacher friends. It’s $4.55 and eligible for super saver shipping.
  • These are healthy foods stamps for the health teacher, but they’re a little pricey at $15.47.
  • For teachers of math, they’ve got giant number stamps (3 inches in diameter ea.), a blank clock stamp (for learning to tell time), and an X-Y axis grid stamp that looks like graph paper.
  • Once you’ve bought the rubber stamps, you’ll also want to buy your teacher pal some ink. Here’s a set with three different colors for $5.85.

There are lots of ways to divvy out your stamps. Give them, one at a time, in a gift bag with other things like candy and pencils. Or wrap each one in a  little box with a ribbon and give the stamps as individual gifts. If you buy a set of 10 stamps, you could divide them up and give your secret pal one stamp per gift day, spreading out a $20.00 set so that they become ten, $2.00 gifts.

One last thing: although it’s a little more spendy, here’s a website that offers educational self-inking stamps, youth-group-themed stamps, business stamps, and more. You can have a self-inking stamp customized with your teacher friend’s name on it (great for marking his/her classroom library’s books and other stuff) for $13.95. Imagine giving your secret pal teacher friend a self-inking stamp that says, “This book belongs to Mr. Garcia”. How cool is that? 🙂

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What should I give my secret pal for St. Patrick’s Day?

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Whether your secret pal is Irish or not, St. Paddy’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate, with bright green gifts and the good luck that goes with them. Here are some fun gifts you might think about giving your secret pal for this traditional Irish holiday. Click on each gift idea and it will send you to the Amazon page where you can order that item.

SILLY GIFTS:

PRACTICAL GIFTS:

EDIBLE GIFTS:

Of course you can find a lot of these things in stores, but if you are reading this on the day I’ve posted it, you probably still have time to order a festive gift from Amazon before St. Patrick’s day is upon us. Until then, “Erin go bragh!”

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A Meaty Treaty for Your Secret Pal (Thanks to Caveman Ingenuity)

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Last Friday I gave my Secret Pal teacher friend a package of Old Wisconsin beef sticks. They’re an easy snack to keep in your classroom, because they don’t go bad very quickly at all. A package of beef jerky is another tasty treat for your Secret Pal for the same reason. It has “stay power” (if you can keep your students out of it)!

Now you’ll want to make sure your Secret Pal isn’t a vegetarian, of course. If so, I recommend a different route. Homemade pastries can be a special treat for vegetarians, and you can find vegan mixes in health food stores, if your Secret Pal is really careful about not eating dairy or eggs.

If your Secret Pal is a guy, they’ll probably love a spicier jerky/pepperoni stick, as this is manly food. And let’s face it, guys love anything that’s going to show off their tough side in the staff room. Why? I dunno. I’m a chick, so I don’t get it. I only know my husband will eat anything that even has the word “pepperoni” on the carton, because for some reason he associates this with man stuff.

It must go back to the caveman days:

Caveman: Me make meaty thing. You eat.

Cavewoman: Seriously?

Caveman: Try meat. It good.

Cavewoman: Okay, but it looks a lot like that stuff our chihuahua leaves on the lawn.

Caveman: You eat. You like.

[Cavewoman takes a small nibble.]

Cavewoman: Huh. This isn’t too bad… What did you put in this?

Caveman: Meat. And… other stuff me find.

Alright, so maybe that looks more like a conversation between Hilary Clinton and Cookie Monster, but we all know Cavewomen were the brains of the establishment. Cavemen were just kept around to… uh, open the pickle jars. Right ladies?

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