The Elf on the Shelf craze has exploded in the past 2 years through the month of December, with so many parents working hard to come up with creative new ideas to place their elf each night, ready for the kids to come looking in the morning.
The concept behind Elf on the Shelf is to enhance the Christmas magic for kids, encouraging them to keep believing. It also helps with keeping them more nice than naughty through December. After all, the elf does pop back to the North Pole each night to report to Santa all the going ons.
We have had an annual elf visitor in our home for about 4 Christmas seasons now. The first year, our then 3 year old was quite uneasy. Now, the kids talk about him through the year and wonder when he will be back. Our elf is affectionately named Bo which was what a 3 year old named him when he first arrived that year! Easy to remember.
11 CREATIVE ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS
I will admit though, I’m not an expert on fun Elf on the Shelf ideas.
In fact, I won’t even tell you how many times I got into bed then remembered I hadn’t moved the elf last year. Or there was that one night when I completely forgot to move the elf. So we had to make up a story about how he didn’t move because the kids had been ratbags and it was his way of telling them so! It was effective!
This is a big reason why I had to create my own Elf on the Shelf planner… otherwise it’s going to end up with me on Pinterest at 11PM trying to come up with a brilliant elf idea!
Meanwhile, my friend Jess is a bit of a Elf on the Shelf pro.
Her 2 girls are lucky enough to have the pleasure of a very mischievous elf visiting their home each December. And Jess has been kind enough to let me share some of her creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for your inspiration.
Dec 1 – Welcome back Sparkles the Elf
This one is very impressive. That is a lot of effort. Well done Jess.
All Rolled Up
Candy Cane Thief
Sometimes you need to give the little people a friendly Elf reminder to be nice instead of naughty.
Hanging With The Angel
A big thank you to Jess for letting me share these fun Christmas elf ideas.
Time to get that Christmas preparation underway!
Grab my Santa Tag freebie for a cute gift tag for your children’s gifts this Christmas. And if you’re stuck on inspiration, or looking for a budget friendly idea, these handmade gifts are easy and thoughtful ideas.
Do you have an Elf on the Shelf visiting your household?