Can you believe that it was less than two decades ago that The Elf of the Shelf book was published?  Since then, these spunky little elves, helping Santa maintain his naughty and nice lists, have wreaked havoc in homes at Christmastime throughout the world.  My kids love it when our elf, Rusty, comes to visit.  

There are hundreds of clothing and accessory kits for elves out there, but let’s be honest.  It’s late at night, you’re falling asleep and remember, “Oh no! I didn’t move the elf!”  I love to find quick and easy ideas that I haven’t used before.  Here are some I plan to use this year.

elf on shelf breakfast

Welcome your elf with a fabulous breakfast.

elf shelf basketball

I love this basketball hoop made from a pudding cup and paper.  You can just tape it to the wall.  


elf shelf bathroom

Elves like marshmallow baths, it’s good for their skin.  And don’t be surprised if some little snitchers go for a taste.

elf shelf snowman

Frozen lovers will be delighted to find their elf hiding in a stack of toilet paper snowmen.  

elf shelf vacuum

Oh no! The elf got sucked up in the vacuum.  This is really perfect for a child who has the job to vacuum that day.  Sprinkle a little glitter on the floor to add to the merriment.  

elf shelf barbie

I try to keep my elves more mischievous than actually naughty (less to explain to the kids) but sometimes, they just need a hug.


fridge elf on shelf

Hide your elf in the refrigerator in a snap, wrapped in a little cozy cloth.  The kids will be looking for him all day.  


elf shelf banana

This one just makes me laugh.  A spunky elf makes minions out of bananas.  


rice elf shelf

Elves like to play and a dish of rice is the perfect place to make a snow angel.  And, then some dinner.


syrup elf

Syrup is one of the elves’ food groups, right?  So, stick a straw in the syrup and let him enjoy.


He ate all the ice cream! (Okay, well, maybe you can help him before you go to bed.  I plan to)

elf shelf ice cream

Elves love s’mores just like we do.  Let him roast one up with a battery-operated candle.  Maybe the kids would like to make some later, too.

elf on Shelf idea


popcorn elf on shelf

Is it movie night?  Your elf can get things poppin’ with a little popcorn.


I love that this hard-working elf gets a spa day! I want one too.

spa elf on shelf

Cleaning supplies are easily on hand, so put your elf to work cleaning.  A good example to the kids, too.

cleaning good elf on shelf

Okay, there’s just no way that your kids are not going to be rolling on the floor laughing at an elf who takes a little flight in someone’s underpants.  

underwear elf on shelf

If you do have a little time to prep, blue jello makes the perfect spot for your elf to feed the ducks.  Darling.

elf on shelf ideas

I hope these ideas will bring smiles to your kids this Christmas!

elf on shelf ideas