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Elf on the Shelf ideas

OK, so I’ve given in and decided that this year we are going to be doing Elf on the Shelf. We did try it a few years ago when the kids were really little but I found they lost interest really quickly and it was just too much effort when the kids weren’t even bothered. Since last year, Evie in particular has started asking why we don’t have an Elf on the Shelf and her friends do. She also sees them in YouTube videos and can’t understand why we don’t have one (gee, thanks YouTube!).

I’ve also had this sudden realisation that the kids are getting older and we might only have a couple more years left of them believing in this sort of stuff and I really want to make the most of the magic. So, I’ve given in and ordered an Elf on the Shelf. The last time we did it I just bought a cheap elf toy from IKEA, but I thought we’d do it properly this time. The proper Elf on the Shelf comes with a book which tells the story of the Elf on the Shelf tradition, which I think is a nice touch and something we can sit and read together.

But let’s be honest here, he’s SO creepy isn’t he?! I’m not sure I’m happy to have him in my house…

I’m sure you all know what Elf on the Shelf is, but if you don’t you can find out more here. But the basic idea is that the elf comes to keep an eye on your children in the run up to Christmas and make sure they are being good. Each night he reports back to Santa in the North Pole and in the morning he has moved to a new position. Which is where the fun comes in…

I remember the last time we did this I didn’t have a clear plan of what I was doing with the elf each night so I’d often get in to bed and then realise I’d forgotten to move the damn thing! So I’m doing it differently this time and have created a plan for each day. Some people go all out with their elf and do things like wrapping their toilet in Christmas wrapping paper, but I’m definitely not going to be doing that! I’m keeping it as simple as possible.

You can buy accessories and outfits for your elf from the Elf on the Shelf website but they are quite pricey. I had heard that Poundland sell accessories, so I popped in at the weekend and got a few bits. I bought elf report cards and post box, an elf swing seat, elf clothes line and a message in a bottle. Not bad for £4!

Here’s our Elf on the Shelf plans…

1. Elf arrives with letter and advent calendars

2. Eating candy canes

3. Sat on picture shelf

4. Eating chocolate

5. Elf with message in a bottle

6. Stuck in cereal box

7. In bathroom with good morning message wrote with bath crayons

8. Wrapping presents

9. Elf washing line

10. Decorating the Christmas Tree with pants

11. Elf swing seat

12. Having a marshmallow bath

13. Doing snow angels with flour

14. Stuck in Christmas Tree

15. Wearing Barbie doll clothes

16. Drawing funny faces on photo frames

17. Watching TV and eating popcorn

18. Elf report cards

19. Christmas Tree wrapped in toilet paper

20. Reading a book to teddy bears

21. Elf fills the living room with red balloons

22. Tangled up in fairy lights

23. In the fridge, wrapped in a blanket

24. Elf brings Christmas Eve box and leaves goodbye letter

Are you doing Elf on the Shelf this year? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Thank you for reading.



  1. November 26, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    I am giving it a miss this year. We have done it for the last 3 or 4 years and I need a break. lol
    It sounds like you have some fantastic ideas. Good luck x

    • Emma
      November 27, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Thank you. I know what you mean, I don’t think I could manage to do it every year x