13 whacky Elf on the Shelf ideas

Elf on a shelf

I know I know. Another Christmas-themed blog. But with only 76 sleeps till the big day, and still fewer than 100% of retailers displaying their Christmas stock, I need to inspire myself somehow. (Also I’ve misplaced my John Denver Christmas album. Either that or the kids finally made good with their threats and set fire to it.)

Despite being Christmas Crazy, I’ve managed to miss the whole Elf on the Shelf thing that became huge in recent years. Being somewhat of a late adopter (case in point, John Denver album), perhaps this isn’t too surprising.

For the fellow uninitiated, the Elf on the Shelf idea sprung from a 2005 book of the same name. It involves a fun game where during the lead-up to Christmas Day, parents place a toy elf around the house for children to find each morning. The whackier the concept, the better.

If you’re looking for some inspo to get your kids excited, here are some clever ideas from parents around the world.

What I hope to look like on Christmas Day… 

Elf on the shelf
Elf on the Shelf – Chocolate

Image: Natal Me

The rather pretty aftermath of the big junk food binge. 

Elf on the Shelf - Toilet

Image: A Small Snippet

Race you to the North Pole!!!

Elf on the Shelf - Sack race

Image: Smarty the Elf

Office Christmas party hijinks

Elf on the Shelf - Photocopy

Image: Natal Me

I hope that’s not a permanent marker…

Elf on the Shelf - Photo

Image: Rachel Pulver/SheKnows

Snap, Elf, POP!

Elf on the Shelf - Rice bubbles

Image: Instagram

Under the mistletoe: Kiss me I’m Elfish!

Elf on the Shelf - Mistletoe

Image: Rachel Pulver/SheKnows

More Sharpie mischief

Elf on the Shelf - Minions

Image: Stacy Molten Photography via Stay At Home Mum

It’s like this elf can read the minds of children…

Elf on the Shelf - Letter

Image: Natal Me

What do you do when the kids go to bed? Netflix!

Elf on the Shelf - Netflix

Image: A Small Snippet

Being from the North Pole, he may be an expert at snow skiing. But what about suburban stairs skiing?

Elf on the Shelf - Skiing

Image: Smarty the Elf

Ermm… where has the other hand gone???

Elf on the Shelf - Barbie

Image: Natal Me

Sun safe summery Christmas 

Elf on the Shelf - sunbake

Image: A Small Snippet

Show us yer elf! Do you have any cool Elf on the Shelf ideas to share?