Love the Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition but need more ideas? Amp up your Elf on the Shelf game with these fun ideas that both you and your children will love! 

When I first learned about the Christmas tradition known as Elf on the Shelf, I was slightly creeped out. I’ll be honest; the thought of placing a doll somewhere in your house each morning to show that it “moved” was creepy to me. Isn’t that creepy?! As I kept learning about it and seeing more and more photos of the elf showing up around Christmas in creative locations, I was intrigued. Maybe the elf isn’t that creepy after all. Some of my friends with children get really creative with it, and so I decided to share some of my favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas!

If you don’t know what Elf on the Shelf is, no worries. The Elf on the Shelf is a children’s book that was published in 2004. It’s written by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. It features the elf and explains how Santa knows if a child has been naughty or nice. The elf appears between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and each morning he appears in a new spot after reporting what he saw to Santa during the night.

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Some families get really into this holiday tradition. For example, this family created a calendar. You can see all the cool ideas they came up with. I mean, you have to have 24 ideas in order to properly execute this.

Let’s be honest here - I think parents may get more fun out of it than kids. Parents get to set it up and think of the ideas. Be creative and have fun with it!

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Elf on the Shelf North Pole Breakfast Donuts Chocolate Milk Christmas Coffee Christmas Tree with Lights and Garland

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If I were doing this, I’d start this Christmas tradition by doing this on the first day of December! I believe in the phrase “go big or go home,” and this is going big. Set up a fun and yummy breakfast (with treats and maybe a slice of your kid’s favorite fruit with whipped cream to be a little healthy!) with Christmas decor to get Elf on the Shelf started. I’d personally love doing this for the futuristic kid I plan to have 15 years from now (sorry, mom).

Elf on the Shelf Coffee Pot Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Naughty or Nice

Via Vitamin-Ha

As a coffee fanatic, I laughed when I saw this idea. I *wish* someone would make my morning coffee for me. This idea is great because it’s simple and perfect for the morning that’s hectic and a hot mess. Just pop open your coffee maker, lean your elf in, and set the bag of coffee and maybe a couple cute Christmas decorations around, and you’re done for the day! Yay for simple and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas!

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Elf on the Shelf Elf Fishing Bathroom Fishes Naughty or Nice Plastic Bath Toys

Via Poofy Cheeks

Get creative! What I particularly like about this one is the parents used the kid’s bath toys. The elf is fishing (so cute!). This idea is easy to make. Just use a straw and tie some string on the end of it to create a fishing rod. Fill up your sink and dump the toys in, and there you go! Easy.

Elf on the Shelf Darth Vader The Force Christmas Light Saber Hardwood Floors Lisa Stout Photography

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Now this mom got super creative with this Elf on the Shelf idea! Her kid’s Darth Vader toy is using The Force on the elf! This idea is perfect for all the Star Wars fans out there. It also shows all the mischief that the elf gets into as he performs his daily duties. I hope the elf was okay!

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So if you’re not a Star Wars fan, maybe you’re a Frozen fan? I’m a 20-something-year-old, and I will proudly admit that I am a Frozen fan. I have a little story about the first time I saw the movie. It came out during my first semester of college, and I went to go see it in theaters. I went with my best friends at the last showing on a weekday. Nobody else was there. My guy friend ended up sleeping through the entire movie, and my other friend and I probably cried at least three times each. So there I was, old enough to know better, and yet I’m balling like a kid.

This Elf on the Shelf idea is fun, but it requires just a little bit of preparation. You have to freeze the elf overnight to ensure that he’s ready in the morning. Once he’s frozen, just set him up with Elsa, and boom - another idea done!

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This last Elf on the Shelf idea is my favorite because, in my opinion, it is the most creative. Elf on the Shelf photoshoot with Barbies - how fun! I love that they have little accessories (Santa beard!) and a Christmas backdrop!

Are you and your family going to participate in this Christmas tradition for kids? Elf on the Shelf is a fun, creative family Christmas tradition that you and your kids will love. There are so many different and exciting ways to plan and place your elf! Comment and let me know which idea was your favorite. Share this post with your friends and family with children so that they can brainstorm some nifty ideas.

**Featured image via Today