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40+ of the Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas

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Over 40 of the BEST Elf on the Shelf ideas – these creative ideas are so much fun and provide wonderful Christmas memories that kids will love and remember for years to come.

Over 40 of the BEST Elf on the Shelf ideas

We have included so many fun & easy ideas Elf on the Shelf ideas that your kids will be so excited about. We also show clever reasons why your elf did not move which I personally love from those nights I fall asleep a bit early!

What is Elf on the Shelf?

The Elf on the Shelf is a stuffed elf doll that comes with a book and has become a Christmas tradition for many families. The magical Elf helps Santa manage his nice list by reporting back to the North Pole with what he has spotted in each home from December 1st to Christmas Eve.

When he arrives home the next morning, he moves to another spot. Sometimes the Elf will do silly things to keep everyone laughing and entertained during the Holiday season. The kids love to wake up and find the Elf to see what he or she has been up to. They get to name their own Elf.

Where to Buy Elf on the Shelf

If you don’t currently have your own Elf on the Shelf Doll & Book it’s definitely worth getting and you can find it HERE. The kids will love this fun tradition!

Elf on the Shelf

First – you might want to print off this Elf on the Shelf Cheat Sheet.

This is a super helpful guide for when you’re having trouble thinking of creative Elf ideas.

Print Elf on the Shelf Cheat Sheet HERE!

Elf on the Shelf Cheat Sheet

Easy Elf on the Shelf ideas

Minion Bananas from California Unpublished.

Elf Minion Bananas

It’s Cold in the Fridge from New Mercies

Elf in the Refrigerator

Elsa has Frozen the Elf.

Your little Disney fans will love this idea…

Elsa Freezing Elf on the Shelf

Snowball Fight from Nelly Cole Photography...

A few marshmallows and some Legos makes a fun snowball fight.

Elf on the Shelf and Buzz Lightyear Snowball Fight

Elf Kissing Booth from Living Locurto.

Elf Kissing Booth

Cotton Ball Igloo from Demestic Femme

Elf in a Cotton Ball Eskimo House

Give to Get from Courtney Potoka.

Give to Get - Elf on the Shelf

Hungry Elf

This is such a cute idea from the movie ELF that we spotted on Pinterest.

Spaghetti noodles loaded with marshmallows, candy and a side of syrup.

 Elf Spaghetti Noodles

HELP! I’m stuck under the glass from Andiamo…

Elf in a Glass

Captured by the Confederate Army from Jennifer Saintz Photography….

Elf Taped to a Wall with Soldiers

Fragile Gift Elf from Picklehead Soup

Elf on the Shelf Unpacking Gifts

Paper Sack Race from Picklehead Soup….

Elf Paper Sack Race with Toys

Elf caught in Darth Vader’s Force Grip from Lemonista

Elf caught in Darth Vadors Force

Shaving from A Small Snippet

 Elf on the Shelf Shaving

Red Noses from A Mommy’s Adventure….

Red Nose Family Elf

Tower of Canned Foods via Pinterest

Tower of Canned Food for Elf on the Shelf

Toilet Paper Snowman Elf from Frugal Coupon Living….

Toilet Paper Snowman Elf

Fill a Crock Pot with Marshmallows for a Bubbly fun Bath in the Tub from Pinterest…

Elf on the Shelf in a Crockpot Bath

Here comes the Train from California Unpublished

Elf tied up on train track

Elf Donuts spotted on Pinterest…

Elf on the Shelf Donuts

Elf Golf from Greg Baresel Golf

Elf playing golf

Naught or Nice Clip Chart via Pinterest.

The Naughty or Nice Meter

Stay high on the chart to get lots of presents from Santa.

The lower you get on the chart, the fewer gifts he will bring.

Elf on the Shelf Naughty or Nice Clip Chart

Coloring Elf from Little Bit Funky…

Coloring Elf

Christmas Tree made out of Canned Foods from I Did it Finally….

Christmas Tree made out of Canned Foods

Snow Angel from Skinny Mom

Snow Angel Elf

Isolation House from Moonlight Creations from JamJam

Elf on the shelf isolation house! Those little guys need to isolate too! Count down the days on the chaulk board side panels.

Elf on the Shelf Isolation House

Swinging Elf from A Small Snippet

Swinging Elf on the Shelf

Mini Elf Pancake Breakfast from The Fondrans…

Mini Elf Pancake Breakfast

I brought you back a Snowman via Pinterest…

Melted Snowman Elf on the Shelf idea

See you next year Elf from The Simple Life

See you next year Elf

Now you know where Hershey Kisses are made from. HA via Hunted Interior

Pooping Elf on the Shelf

You’ve been impeached – spotted on Pinterest…

We've Been Impeached Elf

Elf Dust from Twins and a Blog

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Elf showing Bible Scriptures

Have the Elf open the bible displaying the Christmas story and show them the real Reason for the Season …

Jesus is the Reason for the Season - Elf on the Shelf

Printable Elf Notes including this official warning that you’ve been naughty!

Printable Elf On The Shelf - Naughty Notice

Naughty Elf on the Shelf ideas

Potty Training Elf

Elf going Potty using Hershey Kisses (fun potty training idea) from One Legged Flea…

Elf going Potty

Elves Rule from Momma Melly.

Elf marking Face

Elf left a naughty surprise in the sink instead of the potty…ha! via Pinterest…

Elf on the Shelf pooped in the sink

Uh oh! Pee-wee Herman and Beetlejuice have captured the Elf!

Elf caught by Beetle Juice and PeeWee Herman

Elf Melting Frosty from Pink Peony.

Elf Melting Frosty the Snowman

Pooping Elf

We all love making Hershey Kiss Cookies for the Holidays and they are so good! However, this naughty elf is using them as Pooping Kiss Cookie. I bet your kids will get a kick out of this one from Ashley To Awesome…

Pooping Kiss Cookie Elf

Worst Cookies Ever! Do not give to Santa from Apug05…

Worst Cookies Ever - Dog Food - Elf on the Shelf

This one is hilarious! Elf with a Razor via Pinterest…

Elf on the Shelf with a Razor

Burned down Cheryl’s She Shed – spotted on pinterest…

Burned down Cheryl's She Shed

When dad is in charge of Elf on the Shelf.ha via Kents Kremlin

Lemonade - Naughty Elf on the Shelf

Frozen Song Lyrics on the Toilet via Pinterest…

Let it Go Elf

Reasons Elf on the Shelf did not move

Broken Leg Elf from  Courtney Boles.

“Poor Buddy fell and broke his leg, he has strict orders from Santa not to move for two weeks! Parenting WIN!!”

Broken Leg Elf on the Shelf

Leave an Email for Santa on your laptop from A Little Bluebird….

Excuse Letter to Santa Elf

Top 10 Reasons that your Elf did not Move from Living Locurto.

Ever wondered why your Elf on the Shelf did not move?

Here are 10 facts for parents to read to kids to explain why the elf didn’t move.

Reasons Your Elf Did Not Move

Sick Elf…no moving for 3 Days from Living Locurto.

Printable Elf Doctors Note that says No moving for 3 days… it’s the doctor’s order. Enjoy our elf’s original printable elf doctor note and label for Reindeer Flu pills. A clever idea for your Elf on the Shelf when you need a break from it all or need to travel out of town.

Doctors Note Elf

Wall Climbing Elf from The Keeper of the Cheerios

Wall Climbing Elf

We hope that you enjoyed these fun Elf on the Shelf ideas as much as we do.

Over 40 of the BEST Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Christmas!

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Where can I get the elf please

Look on wish and sites like kohls jcpenny and target good luck!

Target or Amazon sells The Elf on a Shelf.

Walmart target toys r us almost anywhere

Wal mart

Target, Walmart Toys r us

Best bet is to Google it to get it soon, but if your not in a hurry, the wish app and AliExpress has them super cheap and different colors and hair and eye color!

TJ Maxx has elves… daughter got one this weekend,

I aways wanted one of them

Most stores have them

Found you through Pinterest! These are great! Thanks!

How do you make the little stickers like on the tic tac box? And how do you get the hands to stay certain ways without being very noticeable?

Love looking at all of the ideas! our little elf Flake is quite a handful, he makes counting down until Christmas quite interesting for the entire family. thank you for sharing!

Thank you for sharing our Elf on the Shelf Ideas on Frugal Coupon Living.

I love all these great ideas!

Never wanted an ‘Elf on the Shelf’ …it seemed creepy and way too much work. But after reading this post and honestly laughing out loud a number of times I’m seriously reconsidering!  
Thanks for the chuckles & inspiration