Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Christmas Presents

That Elf on a Shelf is a sneaky fella… always getting into things he shouldn’t. And if he forgets to move… oh the shame! That’s why you need a list of Elf on the Shelf ideas at your fingertips.

(photo via Michel Curi)

Never has there been a Christmas tradition that got more laughs than Elf on the Shelf. Perhaps the best part of this holiday game is that your Elf gets to take on the personality you choose.

Did you start the Elf on the Shelf tradition but found your ideas running stale before the end of the month? And horror of horror, did you have to explain away why the Elf forgot to move one night?

If you are ready to up your Elf on the Shelf game, we’ve got the resources you need! Bookmark this page because we’ll be adding a new Elf on the Shelf idea every single day from Thanksgiving to Christmas. That’s 31 days of ideas you can print right off — we’ve done all the work for you!

Don’t want to wait? Purchase our entire Elf on the Shelf Bundle right now by clicking here. This bundle includes five printables you won’t find anywhere else. Fun, right?!


Elf on the Shelf Move Your Elf Calendar

Elf on the Shelf Printable Planning Calendar

Click here to sign up to receive our Elf on the Shelf Printable Planning Calendar. This calendar simplifies your Elf on the Shelf plan and gives you something fun t o do every day!

Elf on the Shelf Props and Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Surprise Box

We’ve created unique Elf on the Shelf Props for you that you can print off and use every day.

Bookmark this page and come back every day for a new printable or activity.

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When Does the Elf on the Shelf Start

Some families choose to have their scout elf return the day after Thanksgiving, or as soon as their holiday decorations are put up. Others wait until December 1 or a few weeks before Christmas. Whatever you choose, there are tons of fun ways to bring your Elf on the Shelf back from the North Pole.

Elf on the Shelf Taped To Mirror

Elf on the Shelf Notes and Printables

Did your scout elf forget to move last night? Don’t worry! These Elf on the Shelf Notes and Printables have you covered. From excuses to why your elf didn’t move to fun elf-sized coloring pages your kids will love, these printable Elf on the Shelf resources will save your bacon!

Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Your Elf on the Shelf doesn’t have to be elaborate — sometimes, simple is the way to go. And these easy Elf on the Shelf ideas are just what you’re looking for.

Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Perhaps you want your scout elf to have a little more personality? Look no further than our funny Elf on the Shelf ideas. Whether your elf is pulling pranks on your kids or getting into mischief while they’re asleep, your family will giggle when they find your elf in each morning.

More Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Here are 40+ more ideas for your scout elf — so creative and fun!

Elf on the Shelf Games

Involve your kids in this fun holiday tradition with Elf on the Shelf games. They don’t have to touch their scout elf to play a fun game with him. And this will make them love him even more.

Elf on the Shelf Books

Get your kids excited for this tradition by reading Elf on the Shelf Books together. Each scout elf comes with the original Elf on the Shelf story, but there are other stories to tell, too.

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