It will soon be time once again for that helpful little elf to make its way into our homes as we countdown the days until Christmas. I’m sure many of you have also been bitten by the Elf on the Shelf bug. It is truly one of our favorite family traditions during the holidays. Our elf, Marco, has spent many wonderful years with us and he is a cherished holiday tradition in our home! Over the years we have come up with some pretty fun ideas for how Marco will make his daily appearances. Our kids love finding him everyday almost as much as we love setting him each night. These Elf on the Shelf ideas will help you make this an awesome family tradition as well. Don’t forget to check out the the Elf on the Shelf shopping list resources we have for great ideas on items for your elf, supplies for setting your daily scenes, and of course a variety of elves!
Elf on the Shelf ideas can be tricky to come up with, luckily for you I’ve compiled some of our best ones here with an Elf on the Shelf shopping list!
Introducing the Elf on the Shelf
Our post on how to introduce the Elf on the Shelf is one of the most popular out there!
Introduce the Elf on the Shelf as he Appears Randomly
Nothing beats a fun new friend just showing up out of the blue one day!
Introduce the Elf on the Shelf as a Gift from Santa
Early gifts from Santa are always a welcome surprise.
Introduce the Elf on the Shelf with a Letter from Santa
What could make the Christmas season more magical than a personalized letter from Santa himself?! This is a fun route to go if you want to really make it a big surprise!
Year after year we have the same little Elf coming to visit us during the holiday season. If you also have a tried and true Elf tradition use some of these accessories to spice things up a bit! Nothing is more fun than introducing your Elf for the year in a new outfit or with a new pet or friend!
Shopping Supplies to Introduce the Elf on the Shelf
- Elf on the Shelf Doll
- Elf on the Shelf Kit
- Elf Outfits for Boys and Girls
- The Elf Story (In case the book gets lost!!)
- Elf Sized Suitcase
- Elf on the Shelf Pet Reindeer
- The Elf Story DVD
- Elf on the Shelf Pet St. Bernard
- Baking Set with Elf on the Shelf Kit
- Elf on the Shelf Advent Calendar Countodwn
- Naughty or Nice Elf on the Shelf Board Game
Over One Month of Elf on the Shelf Ideas:
We’ve had to get a bit creative with new ideas over the past few years! Our elf has been with us for a long time so each year we try and stay creative with fun ideas of places for Marco to turn up each day. Here are 35 thing to do with your Elf on the Shelf!
Elf on the Shelf Scene Setting Supplies Shopping List:
- Rainbow Sprinkles
- Food Markers
- Fishing Line
- Shaving Cream
- Snow in a Can
- Masking Tape
- Plastic Army Men
- Clear Plastic Wrap
- Pipe Cleaners
Saying Goodbye to Your Elf on the Shelf:
One of the hardest parts of Elf on the Shelf is saying goodbye to them at the end of the season. We’ve been through this so many times that I thought it would be helpful to share some ways that we say goodbye to our elf, Marco. This is an equally popular post because he can’t just fly off one day without saying goodbye. It’s important to address this issues so that next year you are all set for your elf to return!
Elf on the Shelf Shopping List for Accessories and Outfits:
- Puffy Coat
- Pet St. Bernard
- Merry Magical Elf Notes
- Pet Reindeer
- Fancy Outfit
- Pet Reindeer Coat and Boots
- Sports Jersey