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It’s Christmastime. Do you know where your Elf on the Shelf is? This list of Elf on the Shelf ideas will help you stay organized this holiday season!

The Elf on the Shelf is an adorable Christmas tradition based on the book, An Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.

Before Christmas, your family’s elf will come watch your kids. Every night, he (or she) will fly back to the North Pole to help Santa (and give him a report of your kids’ behavior).

You can get an elf for each child or just have one “family elf.” There are boy and girl elves, and you can even get them with different eye colors. There are also tons of cute Elf on the Shelf costumes, clothes and accessories, and even movies.

While the Elf on the Shelf is a cute idea, it can quickly become overwhelming for parents. In addition to getting ready for Christmas, the Elf on the Shelf can seem like one more thing to do.

Also, it seems like the Elf on the Shelf has taken over the internet. Parents are posting their Pinterest-worthy elf positions, sharing elf fails, and performing “elf surgery” to modify their elves. After my kids were sick and I forgot to move my elf for four days in a row, I decided to get more organized with my Elf on a Shelf. 

If you’re tired of thinking of creative activities for your elf, or if your elf has forgotten to move for the fourth day in a row, I’ve got you covered!

The Ultimate List of Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Send your kids Christmas letters, track good behavior, and remember to move your Elf on the Shelf with these free printable elf templates.

9 Printable “Elf Stationary” Templates Download these adorable (free) printables to write letters to and from your Elf on the Shelf, remember to move your elf, and create good behavior checklists.

100+ Cute Names for Your Elf Having trouble deciding on a name for your Elf on the Shelf? This list has funny and cute names for your elf.

5 Ways to Welcome Your Elf When does your Elf on the Shelf come to your house? Help your kids welcome their Christmas elf with these fun ideas.

10 Fun Accessories for your Elf on the Shelf Bring your elf back for birthdays and fun family events or dress your elf in funny costumes with these adorable elf accessories.

Elf on the Shelf Breakfast Ideas This is such a fun treat for kids! Celebrate the Elf on the Shelf with these easy holiday-themed recipes.

45+ Star Wars Elf on the Shelf Ideas Do you have a Star Wars fan in your house? These Star Wars Elf on the Shelf ideas are so fun!

55+ Disney Elf on the Shelf Ideas Decorate your elf in your favorite Disney movie theme with these cute ideas!


How to Make Your Elf Bendable Insert wire and perform “surgery” on your elf. You’ll be able to pose your elves in so many more positions with these simple DIY instructions. You could also buy this elf upgrade kit if you aren’t “crafty.”

Knitting Patterns for the Elf on the Shelf Dress your elf in fun costumes or make your own DIY elf accessories with these cute knitting patterns.

14 Ways to Say Goodbye to Your Elf Send your elf back to the North Pole with these creative farewell ideas.

What fun Christmas traditions have you started with your kids? Has your Elf on the Shelf tried any of these ideas? Don’t forget to sign up for these free “Elf Templates!”


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