“Is Kevin here yet?”
“Don’t touch him! He’ll lose his magic!”
“Can he really see *everything*???”
Those are just a few of the things you’ll hear in our house during the holiday season thanks to our Elf on the Shelf. When our elf came for the first time a few years ago, I thought it would be something cute to do with the kids during the holidays and I was excited. Then I saw what other people’s elves were doing… It can be hard for elves to come up with ideas on their own so I’ve included some ideas for your elf from our elves through the years. I’ve also asked some other friends to share their ideas with you as well and gathered this collection of Elf on the Shelf ideas.
Sometimes elves make some not so great choices. Underwear on the Christmas tree. Snowball fights with other toys. Michele from Midlife Healthy Living has some more naughty ideas. Amanda from Dude Mom gathered up some creative ideas that might be considered a little bit naughty (at least a few of them). These ideas from Stacy at Fancy Shanty are super fun and there are some naughty ones on her list.
Elves make good choices too. Maybe they’ll bring your family some new Christmas pajamas or a movie or game to enjoy together. They might even challenge you to do some helpful things for your family or community. Need a yummy dessert that makes your elf the star? Check out these delicious cupcakes from Tatanisha at This Worthy Life. She’s also got a great list of more simple ideas for your elf. Lisa from Adventures in Familyhood came up with a list of ways to play with your elf. Sarah from 2 Paws Designs put together a list of nice things your elf can do during their visit. Kate from Homebound but Hopeful also has some creative ideas for your elf.
Reporting back to Santa each night is tough work! Sometimes elves just need some time to kick back and relax. They might need to take a bubble bath or fix their hair or makeup. Or maybe they miss home and curl up in the refrigerator or freezer. Destiny of Suburban Wife City Life even has a pledge to have a stress free elf visit that you should check out.
A quick Pinterest search for Elf on the Shelf ideas will give your elf more ideas than they’ll ever need (you can even let your elf search Pinterest themselves if you’re feeling brave!). Follow our Elf on the Shelf ideas board on Pinterest to make it extra easy for your elves to get some new ideas. And if your elf likes to make a grand entrance, check out this welcome breakfast idea from Tatanisha at This Worthy Life. Lisa from Adventures in Familyhood also hosts a welcome back breakfast for their elf. She’s also got some tips to help in case someone touches your elf. Jennifer at Jersey Family Fun also has a lot of ideas for your elf too. Renee also shared some tips for traveling with your elf in case you’ve got travel plans this holiday season. If your elf’s feeling like maybe they’re not able to do all they’d like to, they might need a little bit of surgery. Jana from Merlot Mommy has some tips to help make your elf a bit more flexible.
Keeping up with an elf’s social calendar is a tough gig. Do them a favor and leave them a calendar and pencil (yup elves like to change their mind sometimes…) so they can keep track of everything. Be sure to ask your elf to leave you a copy so you’re not worried about them while they’re gone. Because your elf knows you’ll be at the store four hundred times between now and Christmas and they might need you to pick a few things for them. Need a calendar to give your elf that’s already full of ideas? Eghe of Becoming Family has you covered with this printable calendar. Steph from A Little Moore also has a printable calendar if your elf needs more ideas. Amanda of Dude Mome even went so far to make a video of their elf’s shenanigans: