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The Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas You’ll HAVE to Try!

Elf on the Shelf is a fun Christmas tradition! If you are short on inspiration, check out these 50 fun Elf on the Shelf ideas your kids will love!

Elf on the Shelf

Oh, the whimsical world of Elf on the Shelf! It’s that time of year again, where these little red-clad elves descend from the North Pole to partake in the most enchanting of Christmas traditions.

For those already in the know, you understand the magic. For the uninitiated, let’s just say it involves a charming elf who’s part spy, part mischief-maker, and wholly a Christmas delight.

Now, let’s talk about the real magic of Elf on the Shelf – it’s not just about having a cute little elf perched somewhere in your home. No, it’s about waking up each day to a new scene of elfin antics.

Each morning, as the sun peeks through the curtains, there’s a palpable buzz of excitement: where is the elf today, and what has he been up to while we were dreaming of sugar plums?

But here’s the thing: sometimes, coming up with fresh and creative ideas for your elf’s daily escapades can be as challenging as convincing your kids to go to bed on Christmas Eve.

That’s where I come in! I’ve become something of an Elf on the Shelf idea connoisseur, and I’m here to share my treasure trove of over 50 good elf on the shelf ideas.

From the hilariously mischievous to the delightfully surprising, these ideas are designed to not only entertain your kids but also to bring a smile to your face.

Whether your elf is a fan of the occasional prank or prefers to be caught in the midst of a holiday task, there’s something here for every family’s festive friend.

Scroll down to embark on a journey through a gallery of Elf on the Shelf scenarios. You’ll find inspiration for every day leading up to Christmas, ensuring your elf is the talk of the town (or at least your household).

So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, get cozy, and let’s dive into a world where elves might be found zip-lining across your living room, whipping up miniature pancakes, or even taking a bubble bath in a sink.

The only limit is your imagination! And once you’ve feasted your eyes on these ideas, don’t be shy – drop a comment and let me know which elf setup captured your heart.

Now, without further ado, let’s explore the playful and enchanting world of Elf on the Shelf ideas!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Does your kids' elf need some things to keep him or her busy? I've got a great list for you! There's all sorts of trouble to get into and put a smile on your child's face this December.

I hope you loved these naughty elf ideas! If these elf ideas are up your alley, I’m thinking you might also like these Christmas activities for kids:


Wednesday 27th of November 2013

Great ideas and so much fun!


Wednesday 27th of November 2013

Adorable ideas.

Tara @ Suburble

Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Okay - the Gulliver's Travels elf made me laugh out loud! (But I did quite like the elf with a mustache - especially when he was hanging out with the Barbie gang! I didn't know that the Elf was such a lady's man! )

Great round-up, Amy!

Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs

Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Love these ideas! I have been thinking about getting the Elf on the Shelf and I think this had finally pushed me over the edge!!!!


Tuesday 26th of November 2013

Thanks... Perfect timing! Our elf will be arriving to our shelf very soon!