25 of The Best Elf On the Shelf Ideas for Christmas
Are your kids catching onto the same hiding spots for your Elf on the Shelf year after year? These fun Elf on the Shelf ideas will add a little extra something special to the holidays this year.
Turn An Egg Into Candy
Watch and see what your elf friend can do overnight! All you need is a few eggs, sprinkles, and Kinder eggs to make magic come to life.
An Early Present
Have your elf bring a special holiday book as a gift and hide it on the bookshelf.
This is perfect timing, especially if your kids are excited by the return of Elsa and Anna in Frozen 2.
Piggy Bank Bandit
Uh oh, the elf found the piggy bank!
Baby Elf Doo Doo
If you’re sick of Baby Shark but your kids just won’t quit, this is the perfect surprise for them to find.
Having a taco night? Wrap up your elf in a tortilla and watch the kids rejoice when they find them on a plate.
Set up a snowball fight with marshmallows for snowballs and a fort, powdered sugar snow, and an equal-sized toy to fight with.
Encourage selfless giving during the holiday season and have your kids gather up old toys to be donated to an organization or center of your choosing.
Naughty elf! Set up a shallow bowl with water, googly eyes, buttons, and twigs for a melted snowman.
Did you know elves love s’mores? Set the elf up with graham crackers, chocolate, a marshmallow, and a flameless tea light candle.
All Tied Up
Looks like Iron Man and Captain America weren’t getting along again!
Is your elf a little bored just sitting around? Build them a gummy bear wall to climb!
Fore! Set up your elves for a game of mini-golf on green wrapping paper for grass, beads or Smarties candies for a ball, and candy cane clubs.
Toilet Paper String
Grab an empty toilet paper roll, two pieces of string, a bit of tape, and you’ve got yourself a perfect elf swing!
Have your elf teach a seasonal painting class to your dolls or action figures!
Get the elf set up and ready in the kitchen to make a batch of seasonal cookies.
Prove to your kids that you, and the elf, are with the times!
Hot Chocolate Bar
Have your elf get a hot cocoa bar prepared for a night of movie watching!
It looks like the elf set up the perfect selfie station with a Santa beard and hat.
Someone stole the cookies from the cookie jar, no surprise it was the elf!
Rub a dub dub, it’s shower time for the elf!
Hide small seasonal treats under an array of cups and bowls on the floor!
Uh oh! Looks like the elf got caged by a few wild animals.
Some chocolate cereal or candies make the perfect reindeer poop.
Sprinkles or powdered sugar makes the perfect backdrop for angels.
Looking for more creative holiday ideas? Here are our favorite 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas That Don't Involve Four Calling Birds or A Partridge in a Pear Tree.
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