Elf on the Shelf Ideas

by Mindy Cain
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It is currently snowing in Central Pennsylvania and it’s only November 10th. This means I can put my tree up now, right? Lol. I’m using the snow as my inspiration for some Elf on the Shelf ideas. I can’t wait for Thaddeus to make his grand arrival!

Yes, I’ve decided to name him Thaddeus. lol. Seemed like an interesting name for an elf. I was going to buy one a year or two ago but by the time I went to get one they were completely sold out and there wasn’t enough time to order one online.

About The Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a children’s book that was created in 2005 by Carol Aebersold. The book describes elves visiting children before Christmas and reporting back to Santa on who is naughty and nice. After Christmas they return to the North Pole until the next year. The elf is to arrive December 1st but most families have the elf arrive the day after Thanksgiving, which is completely up to you. Each night after the elf reports to the North Pole, they move to a different spot and wait for the children to wake up. Remember, the elf cannot be touched or it will lose it’s magic!

Children love waking up and finding what their elf has gotten into the night before. Some parents get super creative with their elves! I wish I were half that creative but I’m lucky if Thad even remembers to move to a new spot every night.

Where to get an Elf

Most stores carry The Elf on the Shelf but I ordered one through Amazon on Thursday and it’s scheduled to arrive tomorrow (Sunday). You can get yours through the link below. They also have female elves if you don’t want a male. She comes with different outfits as well.

The Elf on the Self: A Christmas Tradition

Elf on the Shelf Blue-eyed Girl Dress Up Set

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

The best part about The Elf on the Shelf is that the ideas are endless and they aren’t that intricate unless you make them that way.

Surprise your kids with a gift from their Elf this Christmas with the original Elf Kissing Booth from the North Pole! Perfect for the magical shelf or any place in your home!

Printable Elf Kissing Booth

Welcome Elf cocoa party- surprise your kids with your Elf on a Shelf's return and a cocoa party to celebrate!

Welcome Elf Cocoa Party


Elf drinking syrup


Packed Lunch

Elf on a Shelf talks to another soldier on walkie talkies

Operation Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf and Enemy Toy Soldier Invasion

Defending the presents from a toy soldier invasion

Sack Race

25 Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas - These clever and original ideas are sure to make the Christmas season a blast in your home!

Elf Sledding

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Ideas on the Sweet Shoppe Designs Blog

Elf Kisses

24 Days of Elf on the Shelf Ideas on the Sweet Shoppe Designs Blog

Elf playing a board game

Elf on the Shelf Feeds the Dogs The elves, Chippy and Candy, wanted to help feed the dogs! They get creative to deliver the food.

Feeding the pets

Looking for funny Elf on The Shelf ideas? You'll love the 5 funny Elf on the Shelf ideas Kirsten and co. has put together!

Take an elfie


“Snow” Angels

foddle t mcelfie-marshmallow-bowl


This elf and Elsa are bonding over how little the cold bothers them. From My Mommy Style.


This elf is the definition of a short-order cook. From The Elf on the Shelf.

Elf wants to bake

Even Buzz is doomed against an elf. From Nelly Cole Photography.

Snowball fight!

Holiday Wrapping


elf on the shelf ideas

Pancake Breakfast

Do you want to build a gingerbread house? – unknown origins

Follow me on Instagram this holiday season to find out what kind of shenanigans Thaddeus will be getting into!!

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