Elf on the Shelf: Over 139 Ideas

Are you looking for Elf on the Shelf ideas?

This is our third year to do Elf on the Shelf and my boys look forward to it and love it every year!

Below I share tons of ideas that include antics, creativity and even free Elf on the Shelf printables!



We started this tradition in 2011 and we’ve been having a blast!

Essentially there is an Elf on the Shelf book that comes with this cute little Elf. Read the book to your children and it explains the tradition. The Elf lives in your house from now until Christmas and reports back to Santa every night once the kids go to bed reporting naughty and nice behavior. Then each new morning the kids hunt to find Elf in a new spot. At our house sometimes Elf is mischievous and sometimes Elf leaves a note.

It’s lots of fun and the kids are excited each morning to find Elf.

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You can also follow my Elf on the Shelf Pinterest Board for more inspiration.

2014 Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Printables

  1. Printable Elf on the Shelf Planning Calendar for 2014
  2. Printable Welcome Letter (there are two choices- one for a girl elf one for a boy elf)
  3. Christmas Sweaters for Elves 
  4. Elf on the Shelf Green Milk Shake 
  5. Date Night for Boy and Girl Elf (Married Elf on the Shelf)
  6. Girl Elf has a Marshmallow Bubble Bath 
  7. Elf Makes No Bake Cookies (that look like Santa!)
  8. Elf on the Shelf Workout 

Our 2013 Elf on the Shelf Journey

  1. Our Elf on the Shelf is Seriously Missing (Like, Seriously Missing) 
  2. Leftover Pumpkin Pie 
  3. When You Forget to Move Elf on the Shelf 
  4. Hanging Out in the Laundry Room (I am glad someone likes to hang out in there)
  5. Elf Calls Mommy Out ($1 Advent Calendar Idea)
  6. Elf Blogs
  7. Elf Gets the Dog Back
  8. This one Involves a Cereal Box (hilarious!) 
  9. Boo in the Bathroom 

30 Days of Elf on the Shelf Ideas 2012

  1. Elf Leaves a Welcome Note
  2. Elf Celebrates Birthdays
  3. Letters to Santa via Elf
  4. Elf Brings Hot Chocolate and a Movie
  5. Elf Had a Bad Fall
  6. Long Flights Make Elf Hungry
  7. Elf is Up to No Good
  8. Elf Brings Treasures
  9. Gone Fishing (MacGyver Style)
  10. Finding Truth in the Tinsel
  11. Mustache on a Stick (free printable)
  12. Elf Brings Breakfast 
  13. Elf Goes Splat
  14. Elf on the Shelf Free Note Cards Printable
  15. Write On!
  16. Caught Playing
  17. Elf on the Shelf: The Ransom Note
  18. What is an Elf’s Favorite Music?
  19. Elf Poo {Free Printable}
  20. Elf Makes a Trip to the Mall
  21. Elf on the Shelf Cookies
  22. Elf on the Shelf Plays Hide and Seek
  23. Daddy’s Boots
  24. Part Monkey Part Elf
  25. Traveling Elf on the Shelf
  26. A Colorful Elf
  27. What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s
  28. Adios San Antonio
  29. Christmas Eve
  30. Happy Birthday Jesus

Elf on the Shelf 2011 Edition

  1. Elf on the Book Shelf
  2. Elf Leaves a Note Are You Being Good?
  3. Elf Eating Marshmallows
  4. A Busy Elf

elf on the shelf ideas date night

Elf on the Shelf Date Night


elf on the shelf printables


Looking for free printables to use with your Elf on the Shelf? Here are 26 Elf on the Shelf free printables.


70 elf on the shelf ideas

 If this wasn’t enough, here are 70 more Elf on the Shelf ideas!