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19 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for you leading up to Christmas

Elf on the Shelf is a fun-filled Christmas tradition that’s captured the hearts of children everywhere! These elves are the magical helpers of Santa Claus who cannot be everywhere at once.  They report nightly to Santa so that he knows who to put on the naughty and nice lists.

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf in your family?  Here are 19 Elf on the Shelf Ideas to help you get through now-until-Christmas.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf characters return before the next morning placed in different locations and situations by loving parents.

coffee prep

“Our Elf was very tired so she made herself a cup of coffee in moms favorite Christmas mug”

sipping coffee

kids kitchen

“Our Elf snuck some cupcakes and hid behind the kids’ play kitchen.”


Elf on the Shelf Snowman Fridge

Jennifer Penner also has some great Elf of the Shelf ideas for you:

Helping With Laundry

“Our little elf helped with the laundry last night and must have gotten tired so she slept in the washing machine!   She is so helpful!”

van ride

“Our elf travelled with us all day in the van! She said she was lonely at home and wanted to tag along for the day!”

shes greeeeat

“Our Elf….She’s grrrrrreeeeat!”

ice cream

“Our Elf tried to find ingredients to make something special but no sugar!  She decided to take a                                nap in the container instead!”

catching rays

“Our elf catching some rays today In front of the window! Check out the cool shades!”


Elf on the Shelf Photo Booth


Elf on the Shelf Massage Table


Elf on the Shelf Dunk Tank


Elf on the Shelf Starbucks Treat


Elf on the Shelf Car Ride


Elf on the Shelf Roasting Marshmallows


Elf in the Shelf Hot Air Balloon


Printable BB-8 Elf Costume


Elf on the Shelf Baymax Costume


Elf on the Shelf Gift Idea

If you are looking for more Elf on the Shelf round-ups and ideas check these out:

Elf on the Shelf Word Search

Elf on the Shelf Name Ideas

How to make your Elf poseable

25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

15 Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

7 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Kids

Cute Elf on the Shelf Ideas

14 Family Friend Elf on the Shelf Ideas

What is the name of your Elf?

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Susan Patterson

Sunday 20th of December 2015

Thank you for all the great ideas for Elf on the shelf. This has really helped me!

kathy downey

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Those are just too cute

Nicole a

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Our elfs name changes every year according to my son!


Tuesday 15th of December 2015

The Elf on the shelf hot balloon one is cool.

Chandra O'Connor

Sunday 13th of December 2015

The cereal one made me lol.