Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas
If you are looking to add a Christmas tradition to your family, consider Elf on the Shelf. Our elf Charlie has been a part of our Christmas for years now. He comes every year and while we don’t focus solely on “being good” we do find that it is a fun and exciting way to encourage our kids to strive to be kind and do their best every day. Plus, Charlie can get mischievous, and that’s the fun of it all.
How Does Elf on the Shelf Work?
The magical Scout Elves help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists by taking note of a family’s Christmas adventures and reporting back to Santa at the North Pole nightly. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their Scout Elf each morning.
How Do Elf Pets Work?
Thanks to a magic heart charm worn around its neck, each of these Elf on the Shelf pets can help store the Christmas spirit necessary to make Santa’s sleigh soar. By adopting one of these snuggly Elf Pets® Reindeer and showing it love, children generate the merriment, wonder, and joy necessary to help Santa fulfill his Christmas Eve mission.
This year, we gained a couple friends and let’s just say, they were well received. We added another boy Elf on a Shelf named Chip and an Elf Pet named Henry. He’s a reindeer but, you can also get a pet Saint Bernard. Plus, with Elf on the Shelf Couture, you can dress up your favourite elves in all kinds of outfits and accessories. It’s made this time of year and our tradition even more fun!
Since our love of Elf on the Shelf runs deep, I decided to compile a list of the best Elf on the Shelf ideas plus recipes, tips, and crafts that you can use when you adopt an elf or pet. Read on to bring your Elf on the Shelf game to the next level!
Christmas Baking Printable Set – Mom Envy
I absolutely love this idea. Holiday baking is a staple in our home and that means that the elves have to get in on the action. Mom Envy has a really sweet printable to set up a baking scene and best part? It’s FREE! All you need is the printables, scissors, glue or double-sided tape!
All Taped Up -Mommyhood Life
This one made me giggle. The fact that it is so simple yet, so funny is what gets me. All you need is duct tape and a little imagination. Mommyhood Life has also compiled 23 more ways to keep your scout elves busy all season long.
Elf on the Shelf Paper Plate Craft – The Inspiration Edit
Now, my kids love to leave gifts for their elves. They’ll leave a treat or even a craft. I think ‘The Inspiration Edit’ hit the nail on the head with this craft. A perfectly cute portrait of themselves will make any elf happy! Their elf just might leave a treat for them too!
More Awesome Ideas:
- Official Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Scout Elves and Pets
- Elf on the Shelf Dunk Tank
- Free Elf on the Shelf Cut-Outs
- 12 Days of Elf on the Shelf
- Elf on the Shelf Collage
- Cute Elf on the Shelf Printable List of Ideas
- 12 Reasons Your Elf Didn’t Move
- Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas
- Letterboard Elf on the Shelf Ideas
- How to Name Your Elf on the Shelf
Ready to WIN?
Now that you have some fun and easy ideas, you’re ready for the Elf on the Shelf holiday season. But, one lucky Whispered Inspirations reader will enter to WIN an Elf on the Shelf Scout Elf and Elf Pet. You can either add to your family or start your very own tradition!
For more information, visit Elf on the Shelf and don’t forget to shop their scout elves, pets, and couture outfits. They’re fabulous, dahling!
Do you do Elf on the Shelf in your home?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.